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23/10/2017 11:28 am  

Hi everyone, I’m currently building a timber framed porch at the front of my house and cladding it with brick slips to match the current brick slips that I already have installed on top of my external wall insulation. The insulation was fitted as part of the old now defunct Green Deal insulation scheme.

I’m no bricklayer and so a timber framed structure was the obvious way to go for me as a general DIY’er.

I first started by extending the width and depth of my old concrete porch slab by digging a small foundation onto which a local brickie laid two courses of brick, to form my porch perimeter. I then filled the void with concrete and eventually I will lay a screed on top of a damp proof membrane to keep out rising moisture from below.

The photograph that I’m posting below shows the very first part of the initial framework onto which I will be fitting 18mm loadbearing plywood. As I haven’t chosen marine ply for my project due to the eye-watering price, I will also need to protect the panels using a coat of S.B.R bonding, which is similar to pva.

The S.B.R will also act as a key for my brick slip adhesive as per the adhesive instructions. I’m also sealing the edges of my panels with external weatherproof primer and paint to protect the ply from moisture entry which would cause the plywood layers to separate when wet or damp.

I’ll post a few more images as the work progresses in the hope that it may give inspiration to others considering a similar project and it would be great to hear your thoughts, suggestions or advice.

The second image is a basic mock up of what I’m trying to achieve and the grey L shaped panel will, I hope be a suitable grey panelling to give a modern contemporary look to my build.

Marc

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23/10/2017 3:09 pm  

What are you doing regards the roof Marc?

Two days ago I  had the “outhouse” stripped of the corrugated sheeting, lined with ply, sealed and overlaid with grey Tapco synthetic slate roof tiles. Looks very effective. (Cost £1500 for materials and work)


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25/10/2017 11:02 am  

Hi Jaybeem, I’ve chosen the Firestone rubber roofing system.

I found it to be an excellent flat roof alternative to roofing felt. It’s much easier to install than roofing felt and it cost me less than half the price to cover my outhouse conversion compared to having a team of roofing felt installers in to do the work, as I could easily install the rubber myself without any special tools.

I know that in general flat roofs are frowned upon but I’ve never had a problem with a rubber flat roofs and an apex wouldn’t really fit in with the contemporary styling that I have in mind.

I’ve just had a look at Tapco tiles though and I must say that they do look very realistic indeed. That would be perfect for a pitched roof and quite different to the more commonly used Decra / Metrotile / Britmet steel roofing systems that I’ve seen.

I think £1500 is a great price too. When I originally had a quote just to felt my flat roof a couple of years ago, they wanted just over £1800 and it certainly wouldn’t have looked as good as the tapco.

For anyone interested, I’ve posted a Tapco tile image below,

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(Image Credit  https://trulypvcsupplies.com).

 


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25/10/2017 11:20 am  

The £1500 cost may be misleading as the work was done by my neighbours son who is a builder 🙂 – I’m hoping he did it on the cheap for me 🙂


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25/10/2017 11:52 am  

An old, in ill health man climbing up a step ladder to take a photo is a daunting task  🙂

The Tapco tiles in place on the outhouse. The existing metal “skirt” was reused rather than fitting lead flashing or alternative around the roof – this needs to be painted black yet so as to not be so noticeable.

The cleaning of the cladding and painting of the outside render is a job for next summer.

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26/10/2017 1:51 am  

Great photo and they certainly do look like real slate.

What’s good also, compared say to steel roof tiles, is the ability to fit them onto a very shallow pitch, which makes them ideal for the job in hand. Plus, grey is a very fashionable colour for roofs and windows at the moment.

Sadly my house roof was fitted with red Decra steel roofing tiles when I purchased the property and, like many others that I’ve seen, they have now turned a rather nasty shade of mossy, algae green.

Watch yourself climbing up those ladders if you’re not in the best of health at the minute Jaybee. We don’t want you injuring yourself my friend.


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28/12/2017 5:56 pm  

Hi Everyone.

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and are looking forward to the new year.

I managed to pretty well complete my porch build on Christmas eve. When I say complete, I haven’t yet started on the interior of my build just yet, partly because it has been too cold and partly because of the Christmas break.

I didn’t actually take that many photos of the build itself but I will post the few that I have in due course but below is an image of what I’ve managed to complete so far.

I hope you like it.

Marc

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28/12/2017 6:06 pm  

For those who may be wondering, my BISF House has been externally insulated and covered in a layer of brick slips.

These are thin slices of brick that is bonded on top of the insulations panels to give the effect of a real brick wall.

I used the same technique to build my porch as I couldn’t lay a brick to save my life. The bricks were purchased from brick slips direct, you can view their website here.

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I have used a textured red brick for the sides of the porch and fitted a side window (photograph to follow).

The blue bricks that you see on the left side of the porch are Staffordshire blue brick slips. See details below

£22.00 sqm

A machine Made High quality brick slip, Smooth in texture A good match to Staffordshire Blue Facing and Engineering bricks. Also ideal for giving a modern or contemporary feel.

Size 215 x 65 x 15mm thick.Low water absorption and high strength.

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