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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Concrete Steps

This has been a labour of love over the last three weeks! Blood, sweat and the whole of my little finger nail (which got ripped off on a piece of reinforcing bar) have gone into these steps! 

With the patio being so large I decided that having a nice, wide flight of stairs would really set it off. There was a few ways I could have made them; timber was out of the question as I wanted something maintenance free and to last a long time (it's very wet here and they'd rot in ten years or so). 
That left me with either using blocks or concrete, the blocks would be more expensive and I'm not great at laying them (so I'd get my brick layer to do it. The concrete on the other is something I could do myself but it does involve a lot of work (and I mean a lot!).
First step form work
Not one to be deterred by a bit of work I went for the concrete option. I have built full flights of stairs like this where you pour all the concrete for the steps in one go (have a look here) but I decided that as I was mixing the concrete in a small mixer by hand I'd do one step at a time, doing it this way means I can use the same timber to form each step as well so it save money. 
I join each step by leaving some reinforcing wire between each step to tie into the one above. Each step is also vibrated to remove the air from the concrete using an industrial vibrator (no rude jokes please!) 

These pictures show the process, there was a bout 6 to 8 mixes full of concrete in each step! I tended to move and set up the shuttering/form work one night, then mix and pour the concrete the next and strip it the night after that. 

Pouring the concrete in for the first step

Removing the shuttering/form work 

Second step form work in. Stone fills in behind and is compacted down. 


third step - note the bars in the back to tie in the next step

Another step - I did this one when we poured the footings for the extension as I ordered enough concrete to do it - seemed daft to mix it if we were having some delivered.  

Nearly there! 

Steps finished!
I was surprised how much work were in these stairs, even though I knew there would be. I guess mixing concrete after eight at night after doing a ten hour day on a building site is going to make me a bit more tired as well! 
Still it feels great to have them done. They'll get clad in the same stone that the patio will be with a handrail down the sides. 

What do you think? 

Ever made steps like this?

Sunday, 17 July 2016

A Pair Of Doors

I recently made and hung a pair of doors for some customers who live in the village. 
The door was built to their proportions and given a clean looks by not adding fussy mouldings. 
I was really pleased with how they turned out. 

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Fitted Wardrobes

Yesterday I went back and put the finishing touches to some fitted wardrobes I'd made for a customer.
The couple wanted something different to suit their needs so I created a "his and hers"  - one side each. 
His side

Her side



Trouser rail
 I was really pleased with how they came out now they're painted and so was the customer. A lovely couple to work for and some really nice work for me!

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Large Door

I fitted this door I made for a very happy customer today.

It's a monster at nearly three foot wide and eight feet tall! 

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Altering A Doorway

A couple of weeks ago I had to alter a door way that used to have double doors. 
Since then pipe work has been added either side and a fridge was to be positioned behind, so they decided to have the one half partitioned off and a glazed door ont he other half.
To do the work I first had to build the frame out either side 75mm, I then hung the door and built the partition to suit. Quite a tricky job when you first look at it but when it's broken down into stages it becomes quite straight forward. 
The customer was more than happy and sent me a thank you note when they paid. 

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year To You All!
Some flooring finished just before Christmas

I'm back in full time work this year so if anyone has any projects for me then please let me know!
I'm booked up until the end of February at the moment with bookings for the spring already coming in. I'm also looking at starting an online shop of handmade wood products that can be shipped around the country. 

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