This week I finished disassembling Josephine. The soil was rotten in several places, I had to remove the walls to be able to change it completely and start on a good base. It remains 4 walls, a roof and a floor but nothing is connected together!
I took the measurements of the floor and I went to buy the materials for its construction and for the repair of the walls. I decided to use a thicker first layer for the floor and especially filmed for better insulation and moisture resistance. The insulation is expanded polystyrene (cheap, lightweight and less dangerous to install than glass wool). I would have liked to find insulation in recycled textile fibers but impossible to find in local stores.
The hard part was to find slats of the good size. Indeed the floor is made of 3 panels placed next to each other, so I needed slats that make the entire length of the ground to support all that (about 3m). I found thin slats 27x40mm 4m long at the DIY store but impossible to find wider (for better resistance to weight). It was finally at the end of the 5th store that I found it, at a professional wood supplier. The Holy Grail: slats 40x60mm in 5m long !!!
Serious things could begin. I cut the panels of plywood filmed, slats and nailed all together (the slats that go from left to right are used for the joints between panels). I cut the insulation and laid the panels and covered them with the plywood boards.
And here is a brand new floor ready to welcome the walls!
I still have to put the mudguards and put all that on the metal frame that my father cleaned and repainted. In the meantime I can attack the repair of the walls.
The lows of the week : I was sad when I saw that everything was not perfect (it is difficult to cut the wood straight over a long length with just a small electric saw) and I pulled out my hair to look for slats of good dimension.
The ups of the week : I have all traced, cut, mounted alone and I begin to realize what it will be.