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  1. 3 points
    Not wanting to hijack Peter's post This just landed on the mat What a lot of hassle to get to this
  2. 2 points
    Ive been researching the many different ICF products on the market recently and have complied some data for comparison. A lot of the info is available online, but details from some manufacturers aren't so easy to find. The spreadsheet is far from complete or exhaustive, the products with the most detail are the ones I've been personally interested in and have sought quotes. Ive settled on a product now and my motivation has moved on to the next pressing decision! Hope this is some help to anyone thinking of building with ICF
  3. 1 point
    Well, at last we have finished our renovation and have had an offer that we have accepted. It took longer to get here than we ever thought, over 17months, but I think it was worth it. After Christmas and our little party, we had the estate agent in who had already sold one of the neighbours houses and before we knew it, the photographer was there and the next day it was online! we still had a few snags to sort out but we soon had those done, apart from the wooden mantle for the lounge fireplace, which we hadn't found yet. After a couple of weeks, we had a good offer and so we are now in the hands of the solicitors. I am hopeful to have it all completed by end of April. Our buyer was in the middle of selling her place to a first time buyer so I am keeping my fingers crossed that there are not too many problems. We did say we didn't want a chain, prefering a FTB or cash buyer. So here are a few of the photographs of our amazing house, together with the origonal shots, if I have them. The dining room. The lounge. Our lovely bathroom - Am very pleased with this The back bedroom. I am so proud of what we have acheived. it was our first big renovation and we had to take on many challenges that we had not done before. But apart from the builder (who did the structural work on the side gable wall and removed the wall between the kitchen and dining room) and the plasterers, we did the lot ourselves! Poor OH has still not recovered, although his knees are much better now that he is no longer crawling round the floor doing plumbing/electrics/boarding etc. Whenever I mention another nice place I have seen on Rightmove that needs renovating, he turns a strange colour of pale and goes to lie down. I think I shall have to wait for a little while before looking too seriously. I hope you have enjoyed sharing this experience/blog with us and maybe have learnt some things on the way; I know I certainly have. I shall be sad to see the house go - it has always felt a friendly /warm house, even in the middle of winter. But onwards and upwards! Maybe we will eventually find a plot and can build our own house or, if not, a renovation for us rather than for profit. And whatever, I shall make sure there is a blog on Buildhub! Cheers, The Mitchells.
  4. 1 point
    The BCO came yesterday for his final visit and to let me know what remaining documentation he wanted. He couldn't believe the air tightness of 0.47m3/m2.h as it was the lowest he had seen and that he usually saw results around the 4m3/m2.h. I didn't think it was especially low, but it was a point in my favour. Today I received the completion certificate, so now I can insure it as a normal house and start the VAT reclaim. I can only praise the experience I had with Building Control.
  5. 1 point
    @Ralph What are you wanting to achieve in terms of running costs? As others have said, improving the U values of the floor, walls and windows would make a significant difference. Plugging your U values into the heat loss calculations for my house, saw a near doubling of heating requirement. Try dowloading the heat loss spreadsheet from @JSHarris blog: http://www.mayfly.eu/ plug in some different values and try and work out where the best value improvements would be. Our last house used the Supawall system (made by Scotframe - a licenced version of the Valutherm they now produce). It is used a lot up here in Orkney, and is a well engineered system and IMHO a good option, and takes away a lot of the workmanship risk in terms of insulating the walls. On windows, I've certainly found Nordan to be quite expensive in the past (albeit they are nice windows). Have you had quotes from anyone else? In respect of your heating / DHW, we went with a packaged Mitsubishi Ecodan system which you can read about in my blog: Key to using an ASHP is making sure its set up correctly, easy with this system as it has an auto adaptive mode so manages itself, and that you have correctly sized the heat emitters, either UFH pipes OR large (oversized) radiators and pipework designed for low flow temps. We had the latter in our last house, UFH in this, and I find UFH far more comfortable to live with. The master controller stat is set to 21C and it maintains the house at that quite happily, with flow temperatures usually around 26C (albeit the past few days they have been as high as 29C). I'll be posting on the blog soon with how the system has performed over 12 months but just a quick look indicates annual COP for DHW to be 2.3 and for heating 3.4
  6. 1 point
    @Ian D I was looking at the existing planning app, where the Lombardies are a line alongside the common drive/parking area, so could fall into a common ownership of some sort depending on how it is all set up in the new scheme. The trees circled are the ones where future ownership would not be clear, and the back gardens of the houses lose their sunny aspect as they are on the north side. That S106 also looks nebulous - afaics it does not say what the Planning Obligation sum is. That may be to your advantage as you can negotiate it or possibly change your Planning App to avoid it entirely.
  7. 1 point
    Seems like this part of the Scottish west coast is immune to the snow, its baltic but no snow as yet. I wish i had a pair of ice skates as my pond ice can support a person and it would make a novel photo or a Darwin Award... Stay safe out there.
  8. 1 point
    I think it's possible to calibrate Heatmiser stats but I thought they could only be adjusted a few degrees? Perhaps I'm wrong and someone messed with the calibration by mistake? Otherwise yes it's faulty.
  9. 1 point
    Welcome what sort of consultant have you approached for the price you’ve been quoted..? Planning..? Architect ..? It will make a difference as to what you will get.
  10. 1 point
    At last. An appropriate use for Uggs.
  11. 1 point
    I think that £600 will get about 1.5->2 days of time as a maximum unless there is a special factor involved, and 25-30% of that will be writing, so I hope you wouldn't expect too much. Unless it is a very simple, focussed brief I would be concerned about the thoroughness that is possible. If t is a general brief, he will need nearly a day to get to grips with your planning app and the history. With such a small quote the precision of your brief and telling the consultant what not to do will be crucial.
  12. 1 point
    Zechariah 2:1 Then I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a man with a measuring line in his hand. 1 Kings 7:9 All these were of costly stones, of stone cut according to measure, sawed with saws, inside and outside; even from the foundation to the coping, and so on the outside to the great court. Jeremiah 10:4 "They decorate it with silver and with gold; They fasten it with nails and with hammers So that it will not totter.
  13. 1 point
    What would you expect of any of these outlets * I'm being kind here* to do the fcuk about any of it? Investigative journalism has almost died in the mainstream media, not extinct completely but the titles you quote are unimpressive to put it mildly...
  14. 1 point
    I was fortunate to be able to visit recently and whilst there is some work still to be done it is a credit to them both, it is luverlly.
  15. 1 point
    Congratulations to you both. I saw it part finished and it was fantastic. I'm sure it looks even better now. Hoping that everytime I use my wall mounted wc I'll think of you and it'll inspire me! (To those unaware Peter kindly gave me a couple of his surplus Geberit fittings )
  16. 1 point
    Great news well done fantastic achievement. Have a well earned glass or two now!
  17. 1 point
    While I have only just seen some of the questioning posts on this topic, I agree with Jeremy's comment - I think we need to give the FMG a bit of space. Personnaly I am happy to accept their decision and if a post has been removed, there must have been a good reason for it. We all agree that this is one of the best forums on the web and I would hate to see this issue spoiling such a good thing. Can we let it go, please.
  18. 1 point
    Well done, house looks spot on. you have probably got another pile of paperwork to deal with when you start the demolition. ?
  19. 1 point
    Only in Barnsley
  20. 1 point
    Was in my local builders merchants and got onto the subject of how little insulation was in my house and how i needed to sort it asap as today the pipes are frozen in the loft..... they sent me away with 15 packs of insulation for free ! Happy days.
  21. 1 point
    Hey, @Nickfromwales and @PeterW dinnae be coming oop the day. It’s fair jeelit ootside but bonny enough tae get the washing oot . I’m fair scunnered wit the snow.
  22. 1 point
    It's starting to feel like the finish line is in sight now. Since my last entry, I've largely finished the interior including all the flooring, the doors, most of the kitchen, the windowsills, and the huge and daunting task of the bathroom (big thanks to @Nickfromwales for answering my hundreds of questions on that one!). I got a plumber in to install my UVC (sorry Nick, forgot to get a photo of that). I've also done a bit more of the cladding, but the exterior work has been on the back burner. I've also gone back to work full time since my last blog post, which is why everything has slowed down so much. Still managing to get a bit done in the evenings and at weekends. You'll notice some furniture has appeared, some of this was given to me by a neighour and was very handy for storing all my tools etc; the bed and sofa were in storage with family and eventually I exhausted their goodwill and had to take delivery of them! The shower has had a couple of test runs, and SWMBO reports that it is very nice indeed. The plan is to be open for business in April, which should be tight but doable. I expect that at that stage I'll still have some outside jobs left to finish but the inside is only a few days away from completion now. Sorry for the crappy image quality- will have to do a bit better when the time comes to do the proper marketing shots
  23. 1 point
    I'm in North Dorset Vivienz. At an early stage of works I accompanied my groundworker to Sydenhams and Bradfords, places he favoured and had a rapport with. His introducing me made a significant difference I believe and i've had great service and good prices from them both, compared to other merchants where i've just made solo contact as a self builder. My Blandford branches are constantly accessing Verwood's stock for me. Even if I went into Verwood for something i've already had before from Blandford, they'd check to ensure I didnt pay more than I previously had. I think it all comes down to what 'discount tier' the merchant group chooses to put you on, and for me that was significantly affected by how I was introduced versus my cold calling for 'best possible prices'.
  24. 1 point
    Amen to that. The trouble is (well it is for me) the assumption that due diligence is enough to filter contractors with a poor record. In my case, it did. But it couldn't filter for poor management of staff during the build. Couple that with the pressure we all feel to get the job done (code for reduce-the-stress-of-the-build-process) and you have a significant brake on that reinstatement process. Where do you draw the line? 2mm out of plumb? 6mm over 3 vertical meters? C25 not 35? How does a domestic client know the difference? Who out of all of us has done a slump test on delivery BEFORE pouring? Bird's mouth beautifully seated on the wall plate, or one which would accept a 50p piece? Well, not to worry, it'll settle. @nod knows his stuff. I don't. And every trades person knows he knows his stuff. (But, he tells me that occasionally they still try it on - quite a relief that , in a masochistic sort of way) And they know I don't know my stuff. Buildhub is the mainstay for me in bridging the gap between complete naivety and a fighting chance of getting work done to a reasonable standard.
  25. 1 point
    We had wanted to build our own house for many years and then suddenly the opportunity presented itself. What sort of house should we build though? We wanted to reduce our household outgoings, so a house that used less energy and had low maintenance costs was needed. This was the start of a long process of research into low energy buildings. We designed the house ourselves. The local planning department were not helpful and in total the detailed planning process took three attempts, but after taking all the various planning officers comments into account the final design was approved unanimously by the planning committee. The design had evolved and the look had changed considerably by the third design. When it's built hopefully it will look something like this and this. During the research process decisions on whether to use a low or high thermal mass building were considered. We decided on relatively low thermal mass as this is England and when do we have long periods of hot weather! We considered different types of timber frame and in the end chose a portal timber I-beam frame design. This was when I found out about Passivhaus (PH). It was amazing, this was exactly the concept we were looking for. We bought a copy of the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) and after reading the manual a couple of times we started to enter data into the package. Although the software was quite complex, inputting correct data was essential to obtaining meaningful output. It took many months to finish getting everything spot on, but eventually the design met the PH criteria with a space heating requirement of 12kWh/(m²a) and a primary energy demand of 51kWh/(m²a). We managed to source all the major building components which were certified by the Passivhaus Institute(PHI). The type of insulation to be used was narrowed down to ‘Icynene LDR50’ or ‘Knauf Supafil Frame’. Icynene was decided upon because of its better airtightness qualities. The concrete raft foundations are a German PH certified system called Isoquick which incorporates 300mm Peripor polystyrene insulation giving an overall U factor of 0.1 W/m²K. The walls and roof are constructed using 350mm Steico I-beams sheathed with 15mm OSB3 giving racking strength. In addition to the 350mm internal Icynene there are 50mm high density Rockwool batts fitted to the outside of the OSB3. This gives an overall U factor of 0.09 W/m²K. The roof covering uses the Nu-Lok system of black ceramic tiles and the walls are clad in untreated shiplap cedar. The entrance doors are PH certified and manufactured by Internorm. The windows which are also PH certified are triple glazed and triple sealed and manufactured in the UK using Rehau Geneo profiles which are made of fibre reinforced plastic. The high airtightness requirement of PH means there is a heat recovery and ventilation system. The compact unit we have decided upon is the Genvex Combi 185S. This incorporates an exhaust air heat pump to provide hot water and duct heating. A 2.8 kWp PV array will be installed on the South facing roof. All interior and exterior lighting will be LED. Aerating taps and showers will reduce water and energy use. We used BuildDesk U to determine U factors and any potential interstitial condensation problems. WUFI will be used to accurately determine the need for an internal vapour membrane. The local building control department were very interested in the design and have been very helpful.
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