Top Cottage Project - 19 August 2011

The rafters were covered with ten sheets of plasterboard faced 32mm ‘Thermalcheck’, followed by twelve sheets of 11mm sterling board, and then the breathable membrane.

This is a bit of an unorthodox construction. Originally I had intended to fit the thermal insulation and plasterboard between the rafters after the roof was finished. But in a conversation with my friend David Windsor, he remarked that it might be quite difficult to do a good job of fitting and holding them in place. He said "Why not lay them over the rafters as you construct the roof" So this is what I did, and it has worked really well - Thanks David for that brilliant idea!

This part of the job took two long days, and lifting the sheets into position was not easy, particularly as it was quite windy on the first day - I could not have done it without the help of Alex and Aden. Fortunately the whether remained dry and we were weatherproof by the end of the second day.

Unfortunately my camera battery went flat so there are no pictures for this part of the job.

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Alex carefully checks the spacing of the tile batons.

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Me laying the tiles.

Another two hard days, with Alex handing them up to me on the first day and Aden on the second day.

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We recycled the original tiles so as to preserve the original traditional appearance of the building. The tiles must have been second hand even in the original construction because they were not all quite the same profile and size, this made the job quite difficult and some cutting was necessary.

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Carolyn and Iris take it easy while the work goes on.

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