Self Build Home Blog

Plastering Complete

The Lodge – Blog 9 – Second Fix

With plastering complete, it was time to move on to second fix. Second fix comprises all the work required after plastering has taken place and includes electrics, plumbing and carpentry. Second fix can be a rewarding part of the construction process for self-builders as this is the stage when chosen products and decorative details are […]

Sliding Door

The Lodge – Blog 6 – Windows and Doors

Triple-glazed windows and doors were installed into the timber frame structure of our new bungalow show home creating a watertight shell. The high-quality units, provided by Norrsken, are comprised of timber which is clad in a powder-coated aluminium external facing. This composite construction benefits from the warmth and thermal performance of wood along with the […]

Actis Insulation

The Lodge – Blog 5 – Insulation

High-performance insulation has been fitted to the walls of our new single-storey show home. As with the three other properties at our show centre, along with countless customer self build projects, we have chosen to use Actis Insulation’s Hybrid range to insulate The Lodge. The thermal efficiency performance achieved with this system, as well as […]

MVHR System

The Lodge – Blog 4 – MVHR

With the timber frame kit erected, the team continued with the structure fitting the eco-joists for the roof of the bungalow. Eco-joists are engineered timber components with V-shaped steel webs that enable quick and easy installation of services and utilities. The mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR) system could then be fitted within the pipes […]

Timber Frame Kit Home

The Lodge – Blog 3 – Timber Frame

The timber frame was delivered from our nearby factory for the new show home. We use slow-grown Scandinavian, PEFC-sourced timber harvested under a forestry management policy of long-term renewal. Not only does this make our timber frame a sustainable and environmentally friendly choice, but it also helps to create an air-tight structure, which when combined […]

Blockwork Foundations

The Lodge – Blog 2 – Groundworks

Diggers were on site removing earth as the groundworks began for our new show home. Trenches were dug for all exterior and load-bearing walls within which concrete was poured to just below ground level. Once set, blockwork was then laid on top to create the foundations for our new bungalow. Trenches are a standard shallow […]