NBAU Blog Takeover – Week 17



Week 17 – And they’re in! …

11/10/21 – 15/10/21



Monday – 11/10/21

We counter battened the East and North elevations with Mark.

Wilf and Steph continued with South elevation cladding.

The housing ventilation has been completed.

Tuesday – 12/10/21

A couple more internal doors have been hung in the study and bedroom.
Courtyard counter battening started. We starting to get low on battens so having to use shorter pieces making the process longer. We also put up vertical battens in the corners to pick up the counter battens so they are not cantilevering.


Cladding continues…

Wednesday – 13/10/21

Cleared the driveway and sorted rubbish for Francine and Stephen to be able to pull up next to the decking.
The decking edge has been finished and cut square.
The extractor fan has been installed and the en suite panels sorted and tidied.
We constructed the client’s bed frame, tidied the bedroom, lounge and kitchen, cleaned windows and sills and removed protective coverings.

Thursday – 14/10/21

Swept whole house, removed cardboard protection, fixed the fridge door to cupboard door.


Our clients moved in!


We helped arrange furniture and set things up and made prototype handles for sliding doors for temporary use to close the bedroom door.

Friday – 15/10/21

Hung last internal door today, the utility door , and completed counter-battening in the courtyard.

We put up some of Francine’s furniture on the walls, fitted the shower seat – opted to not use screws provided and bolt through the wall with a washer and nut. For a water tight seal, we siliconed the bolt.

External door threshold issue – we tested a potential solution by using a thinner channel of aluminium to create a gap beneath the door in order to unblock the drip holes. However, there was not sufficient space created to mastic seal as planned behind the now unblocked drip holes.

We devised a potential solution of wrapping leftover butyl membrane on the end to form a rubber seal. Let it rain! Hopefully it holds and water does not enter the building.



A note from Studio Bark

No Building As Usual is an ambitious student build project running for 10 weeks over the summer of 2021. The programme addresses the climate emergency, diversity in the built environment professions, and the need for cross-industry collaboration.

Many thanks to blog and NBAU project collaborator NMITE

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