Moving mountains of hardcore at Pannells Ash Barn – a luxury holiday let renovation
On: September 21, 2012   |   By: Pannells Ash   |   Under: luxury holiday let, Pannells Ash Barn, renovation   |   Comments: Comments are off

Time for a new tie beam

This week, Darren and Martin cut in a new green oak tie beam in the lobby of let three. While Darren cut the tongue into the beam, Martin cut the groove out of the old plate beam.

The pegs are fashioned by driving a square peg into a round hole, well almost, it’s roughly shaped first. The fitting’s tight and fine tuned with the delicate use of a chisel.

A lasting grip

The beam’s held in place by tongue and groove and a 20 mm oak peg.

By drilling the two holes and making the second slightly off centre, when the peg is driven in, the holes being out of line, help tighten the grip. The peg is then trimmed off.

And that should be that, for about 300 years!

Our first residents have left the building

Sadly or happily the Swallows have left to head south. Sadly because they will be missed, happily because we can get on with work in that area of the holiday lets.

And typing of departures, finally, Bobby has moved out of the barn. And plenty of rubble too.

The Robert Boby seed cleaning machine (which was approximately 16 feet tall and its superstructure filled most of what will become the bathroom) has been removed and en route to a new home.

The barn floor has finished being dug out and is being prepared to have the concrete pads poured which will support the metal mezzanine frame work. Once that is done the floor can be made ready with the metal rods for the main floor pour.

The Robert Boby seed cleaning machine.
The lowered barn floor against our kitchen wall.
The lowered barn floor against the entrance wall.
A small area of underpinning is required.

Unfortunately, there is one small area which looks like it is going to require some underpinning. Fingers crossed it’s just the corner section.

This latest ground work has transformed the perception of the barn’s size. When the floor is finished its new level will be fourteen inches lower than what we started with – giving us the head room we require to not bash our heads on the beams in the bedroom!

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