Mews House

Home type
3-bedroom
Time since the start
340 days

Follow the progress of Mews House from the first brick!

1
Milestone 1 Completed July '19 Foundations This milestone includes
Soil Testing
Site Levelling
Site Clearing
Pile Foundations
Concrete Groundfloor Slabs
2
Milestone 2 Completed October '19 The Brickwork This milestone includes
Raising the scaffold and first-floor brickwork
Flooring
First to second floor
Brickwork to the wall plate
3
Milestone 3 Completed October '19 The Roofworks This milestone includes
Install roof trusses
Complete gable walls
Roof tiles
Fitting the windows
Installing the solar panels
4
Current Milestone Internal fit-out This milestone includes
Stairs
Screed
The first fix
Closing up the walls and dry lining
The first coat of paint
Kitchen Installation
The second fix
Wall tiling
Powering up
Decoration and flooring
5
Milestone 5 The completed build This milestone includes
Commissioning
Snagging
1st unit handover for inspection
6
Milestone 6 The external works This milestone includes
Hard landscaping
Landscaping
Technical tour
The greenlight

Foundations: Laying the foundations

Start June '19 Completed July '19


Status: Completed

After months of careful planning, the site is primed and ready for the first pour.

Standing on the edge of the site it's easy to look at the footprint and imagine the shape of the building to come.

Engineers and builders are waiting for the arrival of the steel and concrete.

This is an exciting time and a few months from now this area will transform as the first new homes are built.

Before the big pour, however, there are a few task to complete.


This milestone includes

Soil Testing

Started June '19 Completed June '19

In accordance with UK Law, the team will make sure the soil meets UK standards and is free from toxins.

Site Levelling

Started June '19 Completed June '19

Using sophisticated equipment, the engineers will ensure all measurements are accurate. In particular, the heights must be correct in relation to each other.

Site Clearing

Started June '19 Completed June '19

Removing any unwanted debris.

Pile Foundations

Started June '19 Completed June '19

This term refers to driving strong cylinders of concrete deep into the ground. These 'piles' will help support the buildings above.

Concrete Groundfloor Slabs

Started July '19 Completed July '19

Reinforced by steel, this poured concrete layer will be between 100 and 500mm thick.

With solid ground beneath their feet, the Ravensbury Team is now ready for stage two: The Brickwork.

The Brickwork: from foundation to the second floor

Start August '19 Completed October '19


Status: Completed

With a strong foundation in place, the team can now begin assembling the brickwork. This is a phase with lots of activity on the site. For the first time, the project will rise from ground level.

Now that the important groundwork is complete, the team can begin to raise the scaffold, which will be used during the brickwork.

The bricks will be laid to form the skeleton of the building.

Before the team can begin laying the bricks and mortar, there are a few steps to take.


This milestone includes

Raising the scaffold and first-floor brickwork

Started August '19 Completed August '19

Taking great care, the team will build a temporary framework in order to complete the brickwork from the ground to the first floor and above.

Flooring

Started September '19 Completed September '19

Once the walls are complete, the next stage is adding the flooring.

First to second floor

Started September '19 Completed September '19

Once the floor is complete, the team can repeat stage one. This time moving from the first to the second floor.

Brickwork to the wall plate

Started October '19 Completed October '19

The wall plate is a horizontal, timber support which helps strengthen exterior walls. The team will now position the wall plate so bricks can be laid beyond the ground floor.

With the brickwork and flooring complete, the next step is the roof work.

Raising the roof

Start October '19 Completed October '19


Status: Completed

Looking out at the site now it is easier to imagine the completed building.

Now that the building has foundations, floors, and walls, the next logical step is raising the roof. After fitting the roof and windows the team can get to work on the interior.

Before the team can fully weatherproof the site, however, there are a few jobs to do.


This milestone includes

Install roof trusses

Started October '19 Completed October '19

Roof trusses transfer weight from one area to another. These are the diagonal beams you might see in an old barn.

Complete gable walls

Started October '19 Completed October '19

Gable walls are the small triangular walls at each end of the roof. Together with the trusses, they help distribute the weight of the roof evenly throughout the building.

Roof tiles

Started October '19 Completed October '19

Tiling the roof is a major milestone in the project. It is the roof tiles and windows which make the structure weather and waterproof.

Fitting the windows

Started October '19 Completed October '19

Once the build is watertight, the team can begin fitting the specialist windows.

Installing the solar panels

Started October '19 Completed October '19

Solar PV panels will be installed as a source of renewable energy for residents.

Once these critical steps are complete, the focus can shift from the exterior to the interior of the building. This is the final phase before we move on to Stage Four: The Internal Fit-Out.

Internal fit-out: taking the work indoors

Start November '19 Expected to Complete To be confirmed


Status: In progress

From the outside at least, the buildings will soon begin to look like a finished article.

Soon, families will start to move in, but before that, the building needs an interior. There are walls, a roof, and windows, but there is still a good deal of work to be done before residents move in.


This milestone includes

Stairs

Started November '19 Completed November '19

Skilled workers will arrive to fit and add fixtures, but they'll need stairs to get that plan off the ground floor.

Screed

Started November '19 Completed November '19

During this step, a concrete finisher performs a process called screeding. This is cutting off excess wet concrete to bring the top surface of a slab to the proper grade and smoothness.

The first fix

Started November '19 Completed November '19

Now that the house has a structure, workers will install the essential components to make it a home. This includes the electrics, plumbing and ventilation. Part of the first fix is the installation of cables, wires, pipes and other hidden fixtures.

Closing up the walls and dry lining

Started November '19 Completed November '19

Before the second fix, plasterers will carefully close up and finish the interior walls.

The first coat of paint

Started December '19 Completed December '19

Now that the plaster is dry and much of the internal work has been done, the decorators will apply the first coats of paint.

Kitchen Installation

Started February '20 Completed February '20

During this process, the team will install the kitchens and internal doors, skirtings and architraves

The second fix

Started January '20 Completed January '20

As soon as the plasterers and carpenters have completed the dry lining, the skilled workers will return to convert wires into sockets, and pipes into taps.

Wall tiling

Started February '20 Completed February '20

Tiles will be added to the kitchen and bathroom walls.

Powering up

Start February '20

For the first time the building will be connected to the Grid. Water, gas and electricity will flow through its pipes, and there will be light, heat, hot and cold water.

Decoration and flooring

Start February '20

At this point the painters and decorators will return to add the final touches to the interiors.

At this stage, the project is in the final phase of preparation for the first householders.

Before we can allow anyone to cross the threshold however, we have our own housekeeping to complete. Stage Five: The completed build.

The completed build

Start February '20


We can't wait to welcome you to your new home. Before we can hand over the keys however, we've got some administration to complete.

Stage five is a phase of reporting and assessing. It is the stage during which we sign-off on all the construction work done to date after a few final checks.


This milestone includes

Commissioning

Start February '20

This is making sure that everything is in good working order. This involves us testing everything.

Snagging

Start February '20

This is the process of looking for minor defects or snags. At this stage, the team will triple and quadruple check everything on the off-chance they may have missed a minor detail.

1st unit handover for inspection

Start March '20

Once we have tested and retested everything from the rafters to the foundations, we can move into the final phase: The external works.

Grounds work, housekeeping and the final touches

Start February '20


All that remains now is to open up the site and tidy the grounds.

There's a little housekeeping to complete before we can welcome residents to their new homes.


This milestone includes

Hard landscaping

Start February '20

At this stage, the team will lay the final groundwork. This includes paving the driveways and installing fencing and garden fixtures.
During this stage, the site will be cleared of all waste, leftover materials, and unnecessary equipment.

Landscaping

Start March '20

Once the site is clear the landscapers and gardeners will install all the external furniture, fixtures and plant the trees, shrubs and lawns.

Technical tour

Start TBC

The site will be inspected in preparation for the final hand over.

The greenlight

Start TBC

It is only after we are 100% satisfied that all work has been successfully carried out that we finally sign-off on the homes and hand it over to the new residents.

It’s a time for you and your family to enjoy your new home.

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