Welcome to our amazing journey and self-build.
Our amazing journey starts here.
In 2010 we decided to give up working in the city of London and moved to the country.
We now enjoy the rural lifestyle with chickens, horses, and dogs.
Living the dream.
However, in June 2015, we started on a dream of a self-build project.
Replacing our old wooden garage with a new modern luxury living apartment with a double garage.
How did we get from this to this?
Every journey starts with the 1st step the journey begins
Every journey starts with the 1st step, then the journey begins
Planning permission approved was ready to start the build.
We wanted to build a 2 storey Oak Frame building, with a fully functioning luxury apartment with a large double garage below.
The first step was to pull down and remove the previous garage.
I was worried about dismantling the old wooden garage by hand so I hooked a chain to my 4 x 4 and pulled the garage to the ground.
My original time scale to build this myself was based on “a finger in the air” to test for prevailing wind guessing 6 months tops
Clearing the Bank and digging the footings
Pulling the old garage down with my 4 X 4, I could now start excavating the bank and footings using hired heavy machinery.
Like I said, working in the city as a project manager obviously gave me all the skills and experience needed to start using:
- 3 Ton Diggers
- 3-ton dumper truck
to excavate the footings and move the earth from the bank.
After 5 minutes induction from the delivery driver, I was off digging, taking extreme care looking for cables, etc.
The Digger and Dumper, was great fun