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Update 16: Rendering

The exterior of the house has has its first coat of render applied. This will be completed over the course of a couple of weeks, as the different components are fitted. Despite the fact that this is only a starting coat, the house is already starting to look white. Edging strips are fixed to the […]


Update 14: Floor Screed

Now that the underfloor heating has been installed a floor screed is laid in order to protect the pipework. The pressure in the heating system is left on at this time. The floor screed is a cementitious material made from a 1:3 ratio of cement to sharp sand. There are two routes that self-builders can […]


Update 13: Underfloor Heating

Installing underfloor heating is a popular option amongst self-builders and Scandia-Hus customers. Advantages of Underfloor Heating Efficiency savings – underfloor heating operates at lower temperatures than radiator systems – reduced energy consumption and lower heating costs for the building System uses mainly radiant heat which gives an even distribution of warmth over the whole room […]


Update 11: Rockwool

Rockwool insulation has now been fitted into the house. We have used it in partition walls and in between the floor joists to complement the ACTIS insulation that has already been fitted into the external facing walls and the roof. The Rockwool provides sound insulation between the rooms and floors of the house. With the […]


Update 10: First Fix Plumbing

First fix plumbing is essentially the installation of pipe work for heating, water supply and waste water drainage. The first fix plumbing will be hidden when the house is complete. Kitchen Plumbing The hot and cold water copper pipes have been installed in the kitchen for the sink as well as the waste water pipe. […]


Update 9: First Fix

Plasterboard We are trialling a new plasterboard in our Show House which is part of the Lifestyle Wall range manufactured by British Gypsum. This will give us greater flexibility and strength for fixing shelves, curtain poles, and TVs into place without the need for specialist fixings as well as improved sound insulation. First fix electrics […]


Update 8: Battening and Blockwork

Plasterboard ceilings Internally the ceilings on the ground floor have been prepared for the fixing of plasterboard. The ceiling has been battened and 15mm plasterboard sheets fixed to the timber battens. Insulation A final top level of insulation has been put into the roof and 47mm timber counter battens fitted on top ready for ceiling […]