For some reason, the editors over at stuff have given my column a "How to" title. Some of the builders (and their wives) who read it have rolled their eyes in the comments telling me I have no clue, and fair enough - but I'm not trying to write a How to Build column, more a How We've Built column, and that has been helpful for plenty of you apparently. So thanks.
This week on stuff, I'm talking about windows, and especially glazing, a big deal when you're trying for passive design. Luckily we've got the good stuff from Metro in, or at least still coming. Because that's what this week is all about, playing catch up.
Our builder went on holiday. I mentioned it a while back, but the full implications have only just hit home. We had hoped to be totally closed in at the end of April, and now...here we are. The windows came, then some of them went again, and now they're back. But we'd been hoping to glaze them after all the flashings for the cladding went in so the jiggling to get them just so would be easier. Because Mike Our Man of Hammers was on holiday however, issues weren't picked up and we still don't have the flashings on. They are due today, and things should start picking up again, but still, it's almost the middle of May now...not the end of April.
Happily Mr Buildig Boxes has been spending every living minute that he isn't at work on site, and the chippies have been picking away at battens and the internal walls. So lots of other small, annoying, time consuming jobs are done, and when we get going again, we'll really crack on. But the outcome seems pretty clear: if you want to stay on schedule, keep your A Team building. Seems I need to make more cake.
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