After the first layer of render was completed at the end of Week 1, Week 2 involved simply waiting for the render to dry. Tomorrow, unless there is torrential rain, our contractor - Merl Cunliffe - will be coming back with a colleague to put on the final layer of render. This all has to be done in one day, to get a good appearance. After that layer has dried, it will be painted. Then there will be some further work in extending the roof by a couple of tiles, to protect the top of the insulation from rain.
The materials for the external insulation have cost around £3000. Merl will work for 7 - 8 days in total, there will be some additional labour in extending the roof tiles, and the cost of scaffolding to add on top. Not surprisingly, this will end up costing many times more than getting insulation blown in to cavity walls. If I recall correctly from a previous home, that took two men in a van about three hours to complete (for all the flats in a block of four) and cost a subsidised £50. Happy days! I blame the Edwardians...