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Monthly Archives: September 2009

The first news from The Bothy, as those who have been following on Twitter will know, is that it, The Bothy that is, has been a while in the concept stage.  Finally the ideas have been thrashed out, summer holidays taken and and a decision made to commit to closing our rental office.   This means that our office, Ketch Landscape Architects, is now operating our dining room in a tangle of cables, boxed files, reference books and the rest.  It also means that I can be on hand while The Bothy is being built.
Last week our contractor Martin Forde, started work during the driest weather we have seen so far this year… a week and a half later it it is still dry and approximately 18 degrees outdoors… wonderful weather for building.
The first week was spent demolishing the old stone shed and building a new stone retaining wall with the arising material.  The wall contains a new planting bed which will of course be visible from the work station inside The Bothy.
This week Martin has completed digging and leveling the foundations, concrete has been poured and steel has been fixed.
I’ve been chatting this morning with Nigel at http://www.mysolarshop.co.uk and I’m ready to to place an order for two 100w solar panels, a controller and various necessary bits and pieces which will provide power for most of the year as I work and operate my amateur radio station from the new building.
I will go into more detail in later posts about the design of The Bothy, but for those who have been waiting patiently for news here are a few images of the site preparation and early construction work.
Both http://www.shedworking.co.uk/ and Christine Farmer have been very interested in the process so far and have also both been very helpful, whether they know it or not, in helping me to make decisions about the direction the project would, and possibly still will, take.  Conor O’Neill and John Ronan have also given me invalualbe advice with regard to solar power and building construction.
The shed vanishes - and a heap of building stone emerges...

The first news from The Bothy, as those who have been following on Twitter will know, is that it, The Bothy that is, has been a while in the concept stage.  Finally the ideas have been thrashed out, summer holidays taken and and a decision made to commit to closing our rental office.   This means that our office is now operating from our dining room in a tangle of cables, boxed files, reference books and the rest.  It also means that I can be on hand while The Bothy is being built.

Last week our contractor Martin Forde, started work during the driest weather we have seen so far this year… a week and a half later it it is still dry and approximately 18 degrees outdoors… wonderful weather for building.

The first week was spent demolishing the old stone shed and building a new stone retaining wall with the arising material.  The wall contains a new planting bed which will of course be visible from the work station inside The Bothy.

This week Martin has completed digging and leveling the foundations, concrete has been poured and steel has been fixed.

I’ve been chatting this morning with Nigel at www.mysolarshop.co.uk and I’m ready to place an order for two 100w solar panels, a controller and various necessary bits and pieces which will provide power for most of the year as I work and operate my amateur radio station from the new building.

I will go into more detail in later posts about the design of The Bothy, but for those who have been waiting patiently for news here are a few images of the site preparation and early construction work.

Both www.shedworking.co.uk/ and Christine Farmer have been very interested in the process so far and have also both been very helpful, whether they know it or not, in helping me to make decisions about the direction the project would, and possibly still will, take.  Conor O’Neill (@Floatsam on Twitter) and John Ronan have also given me invaluable advice with regard to solar power and building construction.

The Old Shed

The old stone shed gradually emerges from an over-mature landscape scheme.

The Old Stone Shed

Pruning and shredding exposes more of the old shed on the site of the proposed Bothy

Martin starts demolition work

Martin starts demolition work

A new wall

Neilus builds a new wall from the demolished shed

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