For keen cyclists Paddy and Anabel creating a special room for their bikes was a dream they had when they bought their 1890’s Victorian terrace in Whitley Bay. Previously they had a yard with a small wooden shed but this … Continue reading →
We have been working at a property in Tynemouth for the past few weeks and are delighted to be “out of the ground”.
Our excavator arrived on site a few weeks ago and started the process of demolishing the existing structures, levelling the land and excavating for the foundations and floors.
With in 2 weeks we had removed over 200 tonnes of demolition materials, clay and stone and were now ready to cast the foundations for the new building.
20 tonnes of concrete is lifted in place with our 13 ton JCB excavator leaving the site ready for our bricklayers the following week. The machine was also able to distribute 60tons of crushed stone to form the foundations for the solid concrete floors.
Our bricklayers had their work cut out as they needed to build a retaining wall from bricks with an absorbancy of less than 7% to prevent their strength deteriorating while under ground, the wall would take 4000 bricks and be sunk 2 meters into ground.
This was then backfilled with earth and crushed rock so as to form the structure. Once this was complete they diverted their attention to the new walls which as a special thermal design using high density polystyrene below ground and solid (9”) walls made from concrete blocks.
The picture opposite shows the high performance insulations mounted below ground to prevent transfer of cold into the sub structures of the new building. This is complimented with 150mm of similar high performance insulation above ground on the walls which is then rendered with another high performance synthetic product to keep the rain out.
The insulation below ground is kept in place by the land and gravel pressing against it which was one of our jobs once the walls were in place. Holywell farms were called in to assist with the placing of the 8 tons on pea gravel used to back fill the surrounding areas.
We are delighted to announce that after being asked about the supply of high quality logs, to burn in log burners we have fitted, we have now sourced a local supply and can deliver in bulk in readiness for the … Continue reading →
Climate change minister Greg Barker has dismissed the green deal’s teething problems. However laudable its aims, it’s hard not to conclude that the government’s flagship energy efficiency programme – the green deal – has become something of a shambles. Years … Continue reading →
Vented? Unvented? What’s it all about? Most people will have heard of a “combi” boiler, maybe even a “condensing combi”, these are technical names for a boiler which supplies hot water on demand. They are idea for small one bedroom … Continue reading →
With the summer finally here it’s now a good time to make sure your heating and hot water systems are running as efficiently as possible. It’s also a good time to tap into some real savings from Macoun Eco who’s … Continue reading →
Macoun were asked to take a look at the roof structure of a kitchen extension which seemed unable to retain the heat placed in it. From initial inspection it was obvious that there were significant gaps in the seals around … Continue reading →
The Sunday Times reports today that Eco improvements to your home increases the value of it up,to £16,000. This will be confirmed by a report due to be issued by the government tomorrow (17th June 2013). However, it admits that … Continue reading →
When the rains came down last June (2012) it devastated a number of homes around the North East. Macoun were asked to renovate a home in Whitley Bay after the initial drying out certificate had been passed. Working with the … Continue reading →
Basic heating controls which allow home owners to manually switch the heating on and off have been available for a long time now. But as the cost of heating our homes increases every day the need to have better control … Continue reading →