Archive for the ‘Construction’ Category

Kitchen and Cabinetry

Posted on: February 17th, 2015 by Barley Store

Chriscol Kitchens have started installing the kitchen cabinetry on the second floor.

This is made up of FORMrite Plywood from Carter Colt Harvey, with a black finish and an exposed edge.
The raw look of the plywood on the black finishes look fantastic, and is just waiting for the wax treatment to finish it off.

Chriscol Kitchens prefabricated the cabinetry, and then came on site to install the kitchen on the second floor, and prepare the site for the the rest of the cabinetry. (more…)


Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by Barley Store

The crew from Just Stairs came around to install the hardwood stairs.
Just Stairs have worked with the 5×4 Team to first design and construct these three sets of stairs, working with hardwood timber that ASH supplied.
Once cut and shaped, the installation team from Just Stairs fitted these custom made flights whilst Grand Designs watched on.

With our small footage and tall height, these stairs are very important for the accessibility of the house, but also aesthetically, as they take up a almost a quarter of the space within each room.


Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by Barley Store

The hardwood floors from ASH were installed!


Glass install

Posted on: January 15th, 2015 by Barley Store

It’s finally time for the glass on the east facade to be installed!

Early Morning

 With the help of a scissor-lift, the Audsley Windows installers attached the 10 ft pieces of class to the frames, while Grand Designs got it all on camera.



Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by Barley Store

Another truck driver did extremely well to reverse down the lane and deliver the Fiberock Aqua-Tough plaster boards from USG Boral.

Fiberock plasterboard is part of our Wall System, and are 95% recycled in their production. They are designed to be demountable and reusable, with consideration given the product’s complete life-cycle.

Once the measurements have been taken, these boards are being cut to size and then installed over the building.

Exterior Cladding

Posted on: December 9th, 2014 by Barley Store


It was time for the pressure-treated exterior cladding from ASH to go up as the final section of our Wall System.

Long 5 meter planks were passed up the scaffolding to be nailed into place, interlocking each other to create the water-tight finish.


Interview with Ralph Alphonso – The Month of October 2014

Posted on: October 31st, 2014 by Barley Store

With a lot going on, Ralph runs through the busy month of October. The progress is impressive, from a site of foundations to a fully constructed building! One of the many perks of prefabricating wall, floor and roof cassettes!

For more video interviews head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full Construction Diary Interviews playlist.

Video Diary: Floor and Wall Panels Construction

Posted on: October 31st, 2014 by Barley Store

In just three days we had the whole 5×4 structure up, with everyone working in sequence to make sure it was a smooth process. See the video below of all three days, or head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full 5×4 Hayes Lane Project playlist.

Installing the Floor, Roof and Walls: Days 2 and 3

Posted on: October 30th, 2014 by Barley Store

Day two of the prefabricated installation went rapidly. The third and the fourth stories were assembled, the riggers doing a fantastic job to get all the pieces up there by crane safely and in one piece.
On the final day of the assembly the third story and rooftop went up, completing the assembly process. The final piece was the wooden beams that create the ‘roof’ of the rooftop hot-tub.

To watch the whole time-lapse video see subsequent posts or head to our YouTube channel at Barley Store.

Installing the Floor, Roof and Walls: Day 1

Posted on: October 28th, 2014 by Barley Store

The day has come! The walls, floors and roof arrived, with the truck driver from DWTT reversing down our narrow lane-way with his semitrailer.
Melbourne Cranes set up their crane, and began to lift the layers on top of the hollow block work. As with most prefabricated things, we hit a bit of a snag on the first layer, and had to make a few minor adjustments to the first roof/floor, but after that it began to go up smoothly.

Please also have a look at the time-lapse of the assembly process on our YouTube channel, Barley Store.