- Grand Designs
Shocking. I’m with the haters.
I know all skate/BMX parks look similar but that looked very like one I visited a few times…. Can’t remember exactly where it was but North London/Essex border. The bike looked quite similar to my old dp freestyle too (with chain stays coming forward of the seat post). Made me nostalgicPosted 10 months agoAndy_KSubscriber
It was certainly the most concete-y of all the concrete GDs. I didn’t actually hate the inside as much as I thought I would in the end, but the bare surfaces really sucked the light out of the place, and there wasn’t a great many windows to start with. You could see how dark it was when the were filming the final reveal.
It’s sort of nice that it exists, but glad I’m not living in it.
Ooh, and looking forward to the return of the King of Cob next week! Although didn’t he eventually sell the place, or at least try to?Posted 10 months agoDickyboySubscriber
First of this current series, Dinton Castle’s up for sale £850k, didn’t take them long to work out that it’s not right for two growing boys then 🤔Posted 10 months agoajantomSubscriber
Divorce = sale of old family home
Kev sold his old house (which is also cob, and next door to his new place).
He does also do a lot of other cob work around the area, which is one of the reasons it took so long I suppose. But as long as he keeps working then the cash kept coming in. It’s a big old place!
On another note….he’s also an MTBer, and friends with a few of us on here.Posted 10 months agoPeterPoddyMember
As an ex concrete technician and Plant Supervisor (AKA batcher) I watched the concrete house episode with a little bit of horror mixed with amazement. Firstly, there’s bugger all ‘new’ or ‘cutting edge’ about poly or steel fibres in a mix. I was using those 20 years ago. (Blackbushe Metals in Hampshire has a slab they smash cars to bits on. It’s the strongest mix we could supply at the time, containing both microsilica and steel fibres, for instance)
I wasn’t surprised when the shuttering burst. They were pouring what looked like a superplasticised mix (i.e. absolute piss) and the fluid pressure at the bottom would have been very high. Stuff like that is generally poured slowly so it’s going off at the bottom whilst you’re sill pouring in the top.
Im really not sure about not using rebar in the walls and subsitituing fibres instead. As far as I can see it complicates everything. Just use the rebar you muppet.
I did giggle when thy implied the pump couldn’t pump their special mix. Again, that’s was a sloppy superplasticsied mix. It should virtually pump itself. I’d have refused to pay the pump hire because that’s their fault. He probably hadn’t primed the line properly (using cement slurry) or cleaned it out previously. That was a farce, believe me.
The actual house was a disaster too. Bloody awful. Terribly finished. They’ll never sell it.Posted 10 months agorevs1972Member
Just watching tonight’s on plus one.Posted 4 days ago
Dear oh dear , another one who thinks he can project manage.
Mmmmm, pay your cladders to stay at home whilst the timber boys go home at 4.
Obviously paying them too much, not met an erector yet who turns down extra hours (nor crane drivers come to that ) 🙂Harry_the_SpiderSubscriber
Watched the cliff top house last night. I liked the look of the finished article, probably because it looked like a WW2 RAF dipersal pen. The location was stunning but I couldn’t cope with the weather myself, however that was their choice.
Liked the couple too. My Missus would have said exactly the same thing about the boulders.
If that wrong batch of concrete had set before they could remedy it what would they have done?
Shame about the dog.Posted 3 days agoedhornbySubscriber
I genuinely don’t get the need to pour concrete ?? especially for rectangular boxes which are then covered by something like stud and plaster, surely it would be better to either use those prefab wooden walls that you join together or just block. The cliff top house would have been fine with block, although I did like it.
the round one left me completely underwhelmed, I’d have been a bit more discerning with the choice of architect if it were me.Posted 2 days ago
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