Archive for the ‘Water’ Category

Roof-Top Hot Tub

Posted on: October 31st, 2015 by Barley Store

The Hot Tub up on the roof is finally ready to go, and doesn’t it just look fantastic!
Just like the theory of the rest of the house, it has the ability to be a cool plunge pool in summer, and a steamy spa during winter.
The cedar smells wonderful, and the Hot Tub from Ukko Hot Tubs that was installed so long ago is now in full use.

Hot Tub

Parts of our Mechanical System

Posted on: September 19th, 2015 by Barley Store

The Mechanical systems are a very important component in the 5×4 Project building. This balanced mechanical system provides us with fresh, filtered air all year round, and can recover up to 95% of heating and cooling throughout the building. The components have all been carefully chosen to work in harmony wiht each other, creating the most efficient and sustainable system possible.


Thintanks installed

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by Barley Store

The Thin Tank has been installed. These tanks are a great option when wanting rainwater but not having room for a tank. The 5×4 building has about a meter between it’s wall and the neighbour’s, which is all the Thin Tank needs!
Installation was not a walk in the park, however once installed the tank melts into the design.


Geothermal Installation

Posted on: April 8th, 2015 by Barley Store

The Geothermal Heat pump system is being set up by Direct Energy. The heat pump and compressor are being instated and connected to the geothermal pipes. Ventilation ducts are being weaved through the walls to all four levels.
The Geothermal Heat Pump System will cover the heating, cooling, hot-water and ventilation of the 5×4 building.


Hot Tub

Posted on: April 4th, 2015 by Barley Store

Water has been added to the hot tub, completing the final step of the installation.
The tub, crafted by Ukko, is designed to leak for the first few days until the wood expands and fills in any gaps.
With water in the tub, the smell of the wood is filling the top level of the build. The tub has a corona discharge ozonator and an ioniser which means the water will have minimal chemicals.


Bathrooms and Tiling

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by Barley Store

The all-important bathrooms are being installed and tiled. The en-suite bathroom is now beginning to look like a bathroom, having been kitted out with a shower head, sink, taps, and a toilet. The downstairs bathroom is a complete wet bathroom, meaning that it is waterproofed and tiled all the way up to the ceiling.


Video Diary: Hot Tub Installation

Posted on: December 13th, 2014 by Barley Store

A quick time-lapse of the hot tub being installed. due to its size and weight it had to be installed very early on in the build. See the time-lapse below, or head to our YouTube channel BarleyStore for the full 5×4 Hayes Lane Project playlist.


Rooftop Hot Tub

Posted on: November 24th, 2014 by Barley Store

Ukko has arrived with the hot tub. The hot tub itself is made from Canadian Western Red Cedar, and the crew from Ukko hoisted it up to the roof in pieces, assembling it once it was up there. Completely handmade, it is just asking for the rooftop deck to be built around it.

The hot tub is heated by the same method as the rest of the hot water system throughout the building, utilising the geothermal heat pump.

Roof Construction

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by Barley Store

Because we were having all the walls, floors and roof prefabricated off site, it meant the plumbing for the roof also needed to be done off site.
To allow for the rooftop deck to be laid over the top, Design Sheet Metal supplied a Custom Stainless Steel flat roof.
With another trip up to Drouin, we helped the guys from Atherton Plumbing waterproof and install the roof on the prefabricated wooden frame.


Connecting and prepping

Posted on: September 5th, 2014 by Barley Store

First thing in the morning Stewart from Direct Energy came to connect the geothermal loop. The team from Pilacon, as well as the the plumbing guys from Atherton Plumbing arrived to connect the pipes and dig the required trenches in preparation for the boxing of the slab.