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The Big Project

I would like to start by thank you, the community for your support by getting behind and subscribing to the video series.


We got off to a slow start but I am pleased to say the numbers have grown steadily and we are starting to see a positive return on the investment made into making these videos.


The revenue gained isn’t being used to line our pockets over here at The HTA HQ, but rather invested in a structure that will house the The HTA academy building.


As many of you may know, we have gone from a farm house to a steel Portacabin in four years. The next step is renovating the out-buildings which formal would have served the main house as stables for horses, a piggery, and a hay barn.


Its not as bad as it sounds. The out-buildings haven’t been used for farming in a generation.


The structure dates back to the 1800’s, it’s stone built with brick windows and door frames. One side is a two-storey which is 44ft long and 20 ft wide, the low side is about halve the length, has a dormer second floor and is even older in age.


The plan is to keep the original look on the outside and modernised the inside of the building. Having renovated most of the main house myself, it’s a project I am looking forward to getting started.


We expect to break ground in March. Since the ground level outside the building is higher than the floor level inside, the first job will be to rip up the courtyard and dig down as much as a few feet in some places.


I will be posting pics of the current condition of the buildings as well as the progress made over the coming weeks and months.


If you have any suggestions you would like to make or any expertise you would like to add, I will welcome all.


Finish date will be the Summer of 2023, when we will be hosting an in-house course and I do hope you will join us.



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martinkuester71
martinkuester71
2021年11月13日

How does the project develop so far?

いいね!

Rory Duffy
Rory Duffy
2021年1月31日

Our Diggerman suggested that the building might have been built on a slope, considering one side is 2 foot higher than the other. So I got the kango out and dug a big hole at the far corner where the ground is at its highest. Luckily we discovered that the wall went down 2 foot below the ground surface, confirming we will be able to lower the floors inside to give the necessary head space on the ground floor.

いいね!

Rory Duffy
Rory Duffy
2021年1月31日

Our Sandblaster never made it out this week, because of the wind and rain. Hopefully this week.

いいね!

Rory Duffy
Rory Duffy
2021年1月31日

Had the roofer out taking a look at the building. We have decided to go for a modern alternative to the traditional Bangor Blue slate. Kingspan are a local company that make faux tile roofs with insulation. I want my school to be warm, so when student think back on their experience they remember it as a comfortable and informative experience. Having just finished insulting my own house, I plan to use the same materials in this build. Right now it’s below freezing outside, but inside it’s like the Mediterranean.

いいね!

Rory Duffy
Rory Duffy
2021年1月26日

As you can see it’s stone built. My fathers and fathers fathers handwork is clearly visible in both images. A sledgehammer has been taken to both arches.

いいね!
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