Learn to Build – Upwards and Onwards
Upwards and Onwards
You now carry on exactly as you did on the ground floor, correctly measuring where your window openings are. The main difference being the fact that you will be working from some form of scaffolding.
This can be hired and they will erect it for you. Or, you, as a private builder, can buy a heavy duty scaffold tower.
Once again, this is cheaper than hiring and has the benefit of being resellable at the finish of the project, if not smitten by the building bug.
A project like this, either leaves you saying, “Never again” or, bursting to buy a piece of land on which to build your ‘grand design’.
Whatever your feelings at this stage, you must build up to the desired wall height.
This is governed by two factors: the height of your existing house and the type of roof you are intending to install, and the desired height of the new ceiling.
Due to the heavy emphasis on energy conservation, modern ceilings are much lower than they used to be.
As we all know, heat rises, so what is the point of heating the space above your head where you aren’t sitting? High ceilings in hot countries are a luxury but, in the British Isles they are a money pit.
On reaching the desired height, according to your drawings, or your in mind plans, the inner face must finish with a timber wall plate.
This is the width of your block 100mm and usually 50-75mm thick. Place it on a bed of compo and tap it down until it is perfectly level.
Don’t disturb it until the compo has set, and then secure it in place with the metal restraining straps.
These are ‘L’ shaped with a 100mm side and a long side 450-600mm+ with many holes for securing by screws to wall plugs.
These should be spaced apart no wider than 2m centres.