Ray’s Wall

WallC-010

Welcome to the photographic diary of major underpinning & retaining works to the rear garden, the work was carried out by Ray Hopkinson, his family and friends at his Hastings home over a seven year period commencing September 2010.

WallC-029
The construction works consumed many tones of concrete with due to restricted access were carried to the rear by hand in buckets.
The walls were carried out in an anticlockwise direction starting with wall C (see diagram) Walls A & A1 represent the deepest point with a depth of 4.45m below the patio.

plan view 3

_________________________________________________________________________

2010 and the start of Wall C

_________________________________________________________________________

The photo below shows the very start of the dig at a depth of 3.337m x 1.9m wide was required, this involved significantly more excavation than a simple narrow trench footing and wall.

WallC-011

Below shows the excavation of the wall C toe, setting out was achieved with minimal technology, a string line (photo) a length of clear hose as a water level, one light and one medium plumb bob depending on wind speed, a spirit level and tape measure.

WallC-007

Provides a sense of the 5.5m length of wall C.

WallC-013

The photo below shows the steel reinforcing bars incorporated within the wall and purpose made re-usable plywood lined shutters used to encase the concrete during pouring. This is the only section ever carried out in a hit & miss sequence, it is due to the constant risk of land slide and the fact it stretches the escape route.

WallC-034

The completion of wall C with shutters removed, the wall consumed over 10.5 cubic meters of concrete all carted by hand in buckets.

WallC-038

For a complete gallery of pictures of this stage, please click here.

________________________________________________________________________

2012 and the completion of Wall B

________________________________________________________________________

2011 was a quiet year for Ray due to injury and other commitments.  The elbow Wall B was competed in early 2012.  The pictures of Ray and Lauren below were taken in April 2012. Shuttering still in place awaiting removal.

aIMG_4761

The top of Wall C is now totally hiding the substantial depth and width of the complete wall foundations.

Complex hand-made shuttering required to encase the wall sections.  Concrete mixed on the old patio and poured via temporary slide. The picture below also shows the challenges ahead as Walls D and A will need to go to significant depth under the remains of the old steps and patio.

aIMG_4767

A clear indication of the deep work in prospect approaching the start of Wall D.

aIMG_4763

A few more pictures click here

________________________________________________________________________

2013 and preparation for the deep Walls D & A

________________________________________________________________________

2013 was another quiet year due to health and other commitments.  Work commenced later in the year on the deep digs required to accommodate Wall D.

DSC_0025 DSC_0010 DSC_0020

________________________________________________________________________

2014 the deep Wall D and Walls A & A1

________________________________________________________________________

2014 was a hard year with the deep and potentially dangerous deep dig to accommodate Wall D and Wall A. The extreme depth of foundations was at the mercy of the weather, landslip being a constant worry.

IMG_1308

Moving and relocating the large amounts of spoil around the project to make room was a constant pain throughout the project. Ian and xxx posing.

DSC_0029

All spoil was hauled up and moved by hand.  Even the smallest mechanical digger would not fit down the side of the house.  xx skips were used during the whole project.DSC_0028

Progress on Wall A and the start of significant shoring required as the foundation dig approaches and potentially undermines the old patio.

IMG_1311 DSC_0030a IMG_1317

Complex shoring-up of the old patio. A difficult problem as there is little to lever and shore against.

DSC_0035

For a comprehensive gallery of photos from this period in the build please click here.

________________________________________________________________________

2015 the completion of Wall A and the end of heavy digging is in sight

________________________________________________________________________

The photos below date from June to December 2015 and show the last sections of Wall A and the elbow against the boundary fence.

DSC_0082a

DSC_0094a

DSC_0098a

Matt in his best clothes…

IMG_1326a

The final big concrete pour

DSC_0119a

Back to where it all started 5 years ago.

DSC_0008a

Ray moving the final spoil

DSC_0031a

Shuttering the coping to top the walls

DSC_0052a

Shingle new patio for the moment to allow time for the backfill to settle.

DSC_0054a

DSC_0060a

DSC_0067a

All walls complete and awaiting rendering

DSC_0070a

For a comprehensive gallery of photos from this period in the build please click here.

________________________________________________________________________

2017 Project completion

________________________________________________________________________

The Wall completion party took place on 18th August 2017.

Both upper and lower patios are initially filled with pea shingle to allow for settlement before permanent paving installed.

 

Reasons to be cheerful…