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Reality dawns


vivienz

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After feeling like I've had dozens of different plates spinning in the air at the same time, they are gradually starting to come down to earth and some more gently than others.  This relates to how much it's all going to cost or at least getting an idea of it.

 

We started out with our budget and a target price per m2 but there's been a lot of theory around that.  In fairness, I had my quote from MBC but that was about it.  More costs are becoming clear now and it's a little intimidating as it mounts up so quickly.  Sort of like a large brick wall with a giant £ sign on it hurtling towards me.  I'm confident that we're comfortably within budget at the moment, with contingency, but there's a lot of guesswork going on at the moment.  I think that the next big brain task is to get to grips with SPONS and try and hang some more figures off things so that I can get a clearer idea of what my cashflow needs will be in order to organise the funds.  In truth, I will probably need most of it in from May - July.  In that time, MBC and the glazing firm need paying and these are the two most expensive single areas.  Because of the nature of the build, all the other internal stuff will follow on pretty quickly afterwards and then tail off towards the autumn. 

 

In the meantime, I'm eagerly shopping around for everything (see previous post re. south coast inflation) and trying to find the sweet spot of value that sits somewhere between cost and quality. 

 

Also in the meantime, I'm still waiting for sign off from Natural England to get the roof off the house and deal with the bat summer roost.

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Also in the meantime, I'm still waiting for sign off from Natural England to get the roof off the house and deal with the bat summer roost.

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Tell us about that, would you please?
Lots of people have the same issue. I get the feeling it's dealt with differently across the UK, and possibly differently across the UK by individual ecologist . Despite official protestations to the contrary.
 
 
 
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