I am in the state at the moment of wondering why......
I never realised it was going to be so complicated to get all the paperwork sorted just to lay some blocks with holes in for windows and doors and a roof on top and preferably some heat, cooking and washing facilities, but I would even have considered giving up on those at some point.
Due to the complete lack of time we decided that the builder (HID) would take voluntary redundancy and early retirement and then build the house himself.
Trying to do this evenings and weekends was just impossible with us both working full-time with an hours commute each way, no home working for us.
So, in a few short weeks I'll be the bread-winner thanks to a new job (home working) with more money and HID cashing in a pension policy and HID can build full-time.
Or, so we thought.
We have planning
We have SE drawings
We have BC drawings - or so I thought.
I contacted our appointed BC (private) and he said great, but can I have ..........
This is before we can dig any trenches even.
I know that we need to make the decisions on windows, doors, roof, floors, insulation, fire control and engine turning circles and access, water, power as well as many other things.
But, I didn't realise that some of this is needed before doing anything.
We do have the foundations specified and have sourced blocks, concrete etc for that.
So, it's back to the architect to find out about the rest of the BC drawings, apparently what he sent was the overall plan, not the details and to get those we need to go back to the SE with some questions.
It seems that there are lots of books out there for self building, but none of them cover all the preliminaries that are required and we just didn't know.
The site is prepped, we have got quotes from builders merchants about blocks, concrete suppliers about concrete and pumps, looked at U values.
Also, ASHP, MVHR, UFH, and countless other acronyms, but not signed anything.
As a barn conversion we have to use as many existing walls as possible, but we do have 1 1/2 sides that never had a wall.
I stupidly thought, well we can build those up and then continue on the existing ones that need underpinning, seems that's not how it's done, why not.
So, it's back to the drawing board, literally, so work out what I don't know that I need and get it somehow.
It's also frustrating that all these professionals have the luxury of working Monday to Friday so when I'm free they are not and when they are free I'm working.
Good luck to all you self-builders how there and hope you have more luck than us.