Project builds #71: The barn timber framing is finished

Sorry for my failiure to report for so long. It’s been a rocky time for me. So much so I have been for a job interview just after Christmas. This has since fallen through and the firm are not recruiting.

Any how the barn well what to say client is project managing the job and has zero project management experience. It’s been hard work to get as far as we have with it but the structural timber work is done and the roofer has been in and nearly tiled the roof.

We were done there first week in January but the client had not sorted an electrician so we have had to pull away for a while.

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Dreaming of a sawmill, feels like a museum. Thanks for looking Adam.

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lightweightladylefty ...

Your work is always excellent. The entrance looks spectacular. That should be an exceptional “barn” when it’s finished. You certainly have been patient in getting this job done. We empathize with your frustration.

For what is the client actually going to use it when completed?

L/W

Whitacrebespoke ...

It will be their new house

oldrivers ...

Amazing display of patience’s performing this excellent work. I see your diligence is pay big dividends must be one Happy client great Job!

Whitacrebespoke ...

Old rivers Thankyou, sadly they are never satisfied response I got was it’s ok now when can we move in.

oldrivers ...

Been there a time or two, no worries those type people are never satisfied, always want more for less. It is the strong and courageous who hold their head up go forward and do the right thing. Mark my words you will be the one who benefits in the long run in spite of their ingratitude. Hang in there brighter days are ahead.

Whitacrebespoke ...

My plan is to just keep my head down and get on with it. I’m not project managing so I refuse to meet other trades etc now or liase with suppliers and building inspector that is all project management work that they have refused my quote for.

Sadly I have other projects in the pipe line I may have to hold to get this finished.

It’s been a steep learning curve. A management charge needs to go on all large jobs like this even if the client has not sacked the architect. Also not letting clients deal directly with my suppliers is a big no no too.

oldrivers ...

Sorry that you have to deal with such adversity, however tribulations often promote growth which you have indicated by your learning curve and the big changes you will make in the future taking control of management of project. Thanks best wishes,keep me posted- Oldrivers

Jack ...

It is a sorry day that someone with your talent and expertise must deal with those people. They should be licking your boots. Onward and upward.

Whitacrebespoke ...

Sadly Jack it’s the way of the world. I’ve been told in the past I have a degree and I don’t earn that much. On a rare occasion a job went wrong (I foolishly took on a built in job for same client as some doors) I made all the doors my self and face frames etc. They then fitted mirrors them selves in the backs of these units. Sadly during a freak accident I cracked a mirror. At every stage of the job they moaned I was too slow, there was dust even I was in their house. I returned there deposit and got an email to say I was a Bejoke carpenter. Sadly talent is no measure of how people treat you. I’m honest and supply at all times what I’ve quoted and sometimes better at my cost. In the main customers are happy folks though.

Wes Louwagie ...

Adam, you work to hard!! I really like that entryway.. That’s some funky scaffold, is it yours? Never seen any quite like that. I’m also trying to figure out the bottom in like picture 11, does that get covered, or exposed beams?

Whitacrebespoke ...

Hi Wes, Thankyou. All timber in photo 11 is fully exposed. The ties are down what will be the hallway and living area in the new extension.

The scaffold is not mine. Hired by the client and to be honest barely safe.