Steadily, block by block, Charlie Viney and his team of brick-layers, Ollie, Ian and Kyle progressed to the first floor. The first floor structure was constructed in exactly the same way as the ground floor. The inner skin of the external walls and were built with the concrete blocks laid flat to give thick walls of high thermal capacity and good acoustic insulation. The internal room dividing walls and outer skin of the external cavity walls were constructed with blocks laid on edge for economy but with the external walls also incorporating 100mm of Kingspan “Cooltherm” insulation and a 50 mm air cavity for maximum thermal insulation. The central staircase walls were constructed from over 10,000 bricks so that the curves of the stair hall walls could be achieved. When the first floor walls were at full height a crane was used to lift and place the large number of steel RSJ beams that are necessary to support the roof. The photographs below illustrate the construction of the first floor block-work structure.
The first floor from the front of the building.
The first floor from the side of the building with the Orangery in front. Note the wooden protection applied to the stone architraves of the Orangery doors.
Photograph showing the brick central stair hall of the house nearing completion with its curved end walls.
Crane lifting the steel RSJ beams into place to support the roof.
Photograph illustrating the complexity of the steel structure that supports the roof of the house.
Photographs illustrating part of the internal first floor block-work layout.. The octagonal structure shown will eventually be the vaulted lobby linking the rooms of the main bedroom suite, the bedroom, bathroom and dressing room.
Another photograph showing a different aspect of the first floor internal block-work.
The complete first floor showing the roof structure also. Note the protection around the stone architraves of the windows and front door. Note also the clearing of the scaffolding in the vicinity of the front door so that the portico can be built to enable the venetian window and pedimented gable end above the front door to be completed.