Thursday
Jan022014

Happy New Year from New Welsh House!

Well to summarise 2013- we were a bit too busy to write! However, as the on-site project winds down to the finishing touches and new projects begin to blossom we will endeavour to share a bit more about where we are and where we hope to go with the New Welsh House.

The Eco House weekend in October attracted a lot of people who were interested to see how to build with our panels.  We opened the two, small live/work units being built next to the Workhouse Gallery for people to see the 'work in progress'.  Most people showed great enthusiasm, actually 'got it' and asked question after question.  The most asked question was 'how much does it cost' and 'where can we get one'.  At that time we could only say we are waiting to see, but hope that by the first quarter of 2014, many of the questions about costs will be answered and we will publish a spreadsheet breaking down each of the main costs into per square meter horizontal and vertical.  Detail of window fitted into cladding.The spreadsheet will cover the costs of foundations, insulated heated concrete floor, D.P.C., D.P.M fixing, cost of kit of panels for walls, floors, ceiling/roof (including the cost of erection and crane hire), windows and doors, membranes, battens- and even stainless steel nails!  We did not factor in the cost of the nails in stainless and got a shock at the price- but they do look very smart with the Douglas fir and Larch cladding. 

Detail of corner join with wriggly tin.Some of the build costs are individual: we built a cut roof over our insulated panels, but it could have been made from factory built trusses.  We have used 3 inch galvanised steel wriggly tin on the roofs and two walls, primarily to continue the design aesthetic of the existing Workhouse Gallery.  This look may not be to everyone's taste; but it is very economical, quick and will last 25 years before it needs painting.  One of our favourite roof options continues to be the Colourcoat clip, raised seem roof made by Tata- it is hard to beat, especially the colours and the very clever little fixing to attach rails for P.V. and solar thermal panels.

We are now working on internal partitions, air tight membranes', battening for services, electrics, water and, finally, dry-lining.  We will keep you posted on our progress.

If you are in Presteigne in the near future, you could pop in to Broad Axe Estate to see the live/work studio that John Copsey has designed and built using and interesting method of deconstructed panels with the ladder frame, walls and floors; which have been put up and then covered with T&G Spruce cladding.  John is extensively photographing the work and we hope both his photographs and costings will be made available to others.

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