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Getting to the Starting Line ...

jonM

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An introduction to myself, my plot and and my self-build can be found in the following thread:

 

Having carried out one self build which turned out to be a lovely family home, we were keen to do another now that both our children had left home. We were drawn towards Passivhaus and started looking on the Southern side of the English Welsh border around 2015. The plot we eventually purchased was in Shropshire and one of 9 self-build / custom-build plots. The plots  have a design code but there is a lot of flexibility within the design code and energy efficiency is encouraged. All infrastructure work (roads, lighting, mains services etc) are being sorted out by the developer which removed some of the risk. Timetable to the start of the build was as follows: 

 

Oct 2017 - Offer accepted on plot. Architect appointed.

The architect was somebody who had already provided feedback on some previous plots we had looked at and we felt was very much in tune with our own ideas. 

Feb 2018 - Initial Design completed. Pre-App submitted to planning. 

Jul 2018 - Full Application submitted to planning

Aug 2018 - Completed on plot

Sep 2018 - Application approved by planning with one condition

Oct 2018 - Started Groundwork / Landscaping. Planning condition discharged. 

 

So, over 3 years from starting to look for a plot to starting with the build which seems to be around par for the course. 

 

The house as mentioned previously is Passivhaus using a Passivhaus raft foundation and a timber frame that is being built on site using I-Beam / Glulam Beams. It is very different from my previous self build which was brick / block. 

 

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Very interested in the I beam walls, if I had done  timberframe this is what I wanted to do, I joists just for the roof now

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I am building on a small communal development with two other self builders and feel this is a big advantage particularly as one property is 9 months ahead of me. We have instant new friends, free advice and an effective shared security network.

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We have built a house using a PH raft foundation with timber I-beam walls and roof. Am I correct in thinking you are stick building on site with the I-beams or are you having the frame made off site then erected.

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20 hours ago, epsilonGreedy said:

I am building on a small communal development with two other self builders and feel this is a big advantage particularly as one property is 9 months ahead of me. We have instant new friends, free advice and an effective shared security network.

 

I couldn't agree more with this. Our current road is all self-build and we formed some lasting friendships with other people doing the same thing. We are the first plot to start on our current site this time but already have made some good contacts which have been of great use. 

 

 

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4 hours ago, PeterStarck said:

We have built a house using a PH raft foundation with timber I-beam walls and roof. Am I correct in thinking you are stick building on site with the I-beams or are you having the frame made off site then erected.

 

Hi Peter - yes we are stick building on site with the i-beams. We have made good progress erecting the frame, it is just that I have been a bit delayed setting up the blog due to everything else going on with the build. On the surface, it sounds similar to your self-build - I enjoyed reading your blog very much. 

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18 hours ago, Russell griffiths said:

Very interested in the I beam walls, if I had done  timberframe this is what I wanted to do, I joists just for the roof now

It is a very clever system. Not something I had come across until I started looking into Passivhaus. Fortunately my architect and builder are familiar with this system so it was the natural choice. 

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