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Kev M

Kev M's Observatory Build

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I did contemplate sketchup but opted for the tried and tested.....bag of a fag packet.

Almost certainly I will regret this but needed to get moving before winter comes, or I die of old age....could go either way on this.

Decided I wanted an Obsy about 4 years ago...had to get house extn finished first and convince SWMBO ( that bit took longer ).🤐

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whatever way works is the right way!

I'm just a bit nerdy when it comes to computer-aided design and planning stuff 🤣

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I know how it feels, Kev.  My initial design (also in Sketchup) is coming up for its seventh birthday next week and I only started building a couple of months ago!

James

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Managed to get the framework for the roof done yesterday and tied the structure securely to the stable. ( will post pics later ).

Now looking to source some plywood ( at a sensible price 🤔 ) for the roof , might end up going with OSB3 but its not much different in price and less issues with plywood in the future if there are any leaks, ( plywood gets damp, OSB turns into weetabix ).

Have some left over fibreglass from extn build so tempted to give it a go. Like the idea of fibreglass as it will cover all nooks & crannies and can be added to later ( if I have any drastic design changes.....which is highly likely ). I have 2 cats and dont like the thought of them tearing the rubber roof to bits ( they are scratch mad 🙄 ).

Havent quite worked out the rolling roof bit yet, still thinking about this.

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Pictures of roof frame from the other day

 

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Bit of thought required to connect onto existing shed

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Got distracted now with new toy

 

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Some wear and tear to chrome and scratches on paint, but optically & mechanically sound

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Apologies been away for a while ……  some more updates

Got the warm room roof on...

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OOPs, sorry this one

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Went for the fibreglass option as there were some complicated joins to existing structures and it and strength to the roof.

OK had a load of leftover resin, topcoat and matting from house extn build.... so it cost me nowt.....!

 

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Then I started the cladding...shiplap

 

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Finished the cladding

 

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This is as it currently stands tonight.

 

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Looks better from south...no sun in eyes

 

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Next step is to tidy up the yard...….orders have been issued by her ladyship.

Then start deciding how to line both the scope room and the warm room....

 

 

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