In the Heart of the Cotswolds - The Moonstone Project
1. Existing Cottage & Demolition Works

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Moonstone Project Introduction
01. Existing Cottage & Demolition Works
02. ArchiCAD & Planning Proposals
03. Basement Floor and Blockwork Walls
04. Quadlock - ICF Concrete System
05. Basement Slabs
06. Waterproofing of Guest Wing Slab
07. Tanking to Walls
08. General Building and Blockwork
09. Slinkies
10. Boreholes
11. Steel Erection
12. Zinc Roof
13. Stone Lintels
14. Stone Walls
15. Gull Wings
16. Flat Roofs
17. Solar Systems
18. Oak Frame
19. Becker : Triple Glazing
20. Toughened
21. Timber Cladding
22. Heat Recovery Earth Pipes
23. Insulation & Passiv Haus
24. Solar Panels
25. Aquatron & Poo
26. Reed Beds
27. Underfloor Heating
28. Tiling
29. Stone Bath and Polishing Floors
30. Steel Staircase & Balustrades
31. Weather
32. Technology and Lighting
33. Kitchens and Fitted Furniture
34. Glass Stairs and Glass Box


Before we could even start imagining how our house would look we spent every evening and weekend clearing the site by hand, in hind sight, an excavator would have saved alot of blood and tears.

The previous owners had tried for the previous 8 years to get planning permission for a replacement dwelling without any luck. So our purchase of the land and buildings was somewhat of a gamble. When permission was finally granted David Horton Contractors ( came on site with Ron, there most experienced excavator driver. We had approximately 11m deep excavation s to go through from top of site to basement level, that required moving over 12,000 tonnes of good quality Cotswold stone. It turned the site into a quarry rather than a typical building site. Two 9T dumpers from Hewden plant hire were employed for 10 hour days, without ever stopping. It took just under 14 days, running 7 days a week, shifting approximately 90 tonnes per hour for 10 hour days in some of the most hostile weather conditions of the winter of 2005. All material was then suitably crushed, screened and sorted into appropriate piles ready for use either for our temporary road ways or for building material. No material left site.

Even the crushing of the concrete industrial buildings, was put to good use in the blinding for the foundations and road surfaces, all the metal was sent off for recycling. In fact even during the entire project only three 8 yard skips were used for the entire construction period.

We worked through all weather conditions never allowing it to get the better of us.