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  1. 5 points
    Hi @ProDave This is exactly why I am doing a "blog" detailing my experiences and routes for various aspects of the self build. We will never be embarking on such a project again which is a great shame when you consider the "learning" one gains from such a venture. Yes, I can sit back and reflect on where I could have made a saving and or used a different approach but as long as we get over the finish line without breaking the bank, I shall consider it a successful mission. I just hope others reading this record will be able to consider options they may not have considered, as explained by either myself or contributors such as yourself.
  2. 4 points
    We have stick built primarily for cost saving, will share the actual cost later but hopefully £50K+ saving, fortunately have some time and energy though I do feel a bit bushed in a good way at 53 and the challenge and satisfaction from it all. Also having the support of my Dad, he's 74 has been invaluable and an opportunity to spend time together. Maybe that sounds a bit odd. I am still enjoying it.....
  3. 3 points
    ha ha....flying by the seat of my pants really! but I'm fortunate that I spend all day sat in front of a computer so a large portion of that is spent on this forum trying to learn from everyone. so if it seems organised then you all are teaching me well. 🤓
  4. 3 points
    So the roof of the tower is nearly complete, the slates are in and all we need now is the lead man to do the hips.
  5. 3 points
    Five years ago a friend had an air tightness result of 0.9ACH and she was disappointed because she had put so much effort into taping etc. The house was very comfortable with no cold spots or draughts. To help her I ran the PHPP to see what the effect of different air tightness values would be on the space heating demand. Results below. I asked on the AECB forum why the PHI had set the maximum value at 0.6ACH and had an answer from Mark Siddall shown below. So until you get to relatively quite high air tightness values, space heating demand is not affected greatly. Of course the PHPP has been designed to work at the low end of air tightness. Pressurisation Test Result ACH Specific Space Heating Demand kWh/(m2.a) 0.2 12.1 0.4 12.3 0.6 12.5 0.8 12.7 1.0 12.9 2.0 14.0 A 2pa pressure difference (what you get over 2 a storey building) would mean that assuming a 1m long, 1mm wide gap would permit about 360g of water vapour to be transported through the gap in 1 day. On the basis of the internal temp being 20C/50%RH and ext. temp of 0C/80%RH then you can expect this moisture to hit the dew point as it passes through the insulation. The air tightness threshold is 0.6 so as to protect structure from moisture damage.
  6. 3 points
    Better late than never - a final post for this blog. the house eventually sold on 1st June - two years minus two days since we bought it. the buyer is very happy and so are we. we have had some time away from renovating but new plans are taking shape - not quite what I expected but it will do for now. tell you more soon! ?
  7. 2 points
    @Jenki IMO, implicit to all this is that I have a passive class house in terms of U-values, air tightness, MVHR, etc. In this, inter-room or inter-zone heat transfer is an order of magnitude higher that interior to exterior transfer. I have what is called a warm slab -- that is the entire reinforced floor slab is within the insulated perimeter so my total thermal mass internal to the external insulation barrier (I did the sums once and reported these on a post somewhere) IIRC is equivalent to that of ~100 tonnes of concrete. If the heating fails, then the house as a whole cools at around 1°C per day. In my previous house we heated by room, with only a few rooms kept at a comfortable temperature. In our current house every room and touchable surface is essentially at the same temperature within a degree or so; zones make no sense in this new context. Our UFH, loops were laid into the slab by being tied to the rebar before pour. The layout avoided walls etc, but MBC advised that we keep the loops all the same length (and close to the 100m roll length). We could have just about fitted in 4 × 100 loops, but this was tight. As I only needed to pump a few kW into the entire floor, we spaced the runs out a little and dropped heating the utility room, so that we could make do with 3 loops (which when laid actually varied from 93 – 100m, IIRC). I trimmed the manifold valves by setting them to max and slightly closing them as need so that the temperature drop across all three zones when heating was the same. The Willis actually draws 2.88 kW, so an entire 7 hour heating budget works out at just over 20 kWh. 2 × Willis seemed like overkill at the time, as a single unit should have been enough to keep within cheap rate for maybe 95% of the year with our planned 20°C target, given our expected other waste heat. However as I said previously, we upped the heating set point for comfort ending up with an average some 2.8°C higher. BTW, pretty much all electricity used within the house ultimately cascades down a waste heat within the environment. In practice our new lighting, computers, and our other base electric load ended up being quite a bit more energy efficient in the new house, so this waste heat element was less than anticipated from previous use. The electric rad on the landing typically adds 8 kWh over night for a full 7 hour window. We have maybe 30 days a year where we need to top up over this 28kWh threshold, and end up using peak rate electricity. So yes, using a bigger resistive heater such as a 5kW inline or just 2 × Willis (as others have done) could have kept heating in the cheap rate window, but it just wasn't worth the hassle to make this change, as our current arrangement only adds maybe £10 - 15 to our annual electricity bill.
  8. 2 points
    My present car (bought second hand) came with a towbar that looked unused, but no towing electrics. Apparently it was fitted just to tow the wheelie bin to the end of the drive once a week.
  9. 2 points
    Forgot to post this one, just the oven to raise up a bit which i'm going to do today, and then its onto flooring, kickboards and cornice which i'm hoping to get done this weekend, photos to follow!
  10. 2 points
    As far as tools are concerned, a nibbler was invaluable. Other than that, tin snips and a wooden mallet and block did most of the other bits, I did end up using a pair of bolt cutters to trim assembled seam ends. Contact @patrick to get more information as he's now an agent for the roofing company. Please excuse the very slow response.
  11. 2 points
    A week later and the Cedral cladding is installed and all we need now is for the scaffold to come down so we can finish the rest of the roof.
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    I remember our basement looking like that - wan't much point clearing it until the rest of the house was watertight. At the end it resembled the trash compactor from Star Wars...
  14. 2 points
    Put me down for 2 weeks in August please!
  15. 2 points
    Maybe apply some clear anti-slip tape to the nose of each tread. https://www.seton.co.uk/clear-anti-slip-tape.html?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI1Ybd2eLz3QIVaLvtCh1aGQM1EAQYASABEgKUbPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds#CLEAR4
  16. 2 points
    Nice looking house. Great symmetry.
  17. 2 points
    If this carries on then you are going to have a hell of a house. Er in doors is lusting after that stone - we havent had feellings like that in this house for years! ?
  18. 2 points
    Ah yes, I remember that feeling, before my innocence was ripped from me by the rest of the build Gorgeous setting. You got me with the building inspector comment too, until I scrolled down.
  19. 2 points
    Bloody cheek! Sorry, seemed (in?)appropriate. Did you plaster yourself? Looks good.
  20. 2 points
    Oh and I forgot the best bit: I was packing up for the day and couldn't find my wee radio... I could hear it though... no prizes for guessing where it was So hopefully that's the only time I will have to pry off a piece of cladding...
  21. 1 point
    Congratulations, almost there!
  22. 1 point
    Thanks, we've benefited immensely from the build hub ourselves, don't think we would have got this far without all the help and advice members have provided.
  23. 1 point
    These our our doors and as yet I haven't walked into them but I have the sliding doors because I have to keep going outside to get a phone signal/internet - BT line doesn't get installed til 5 January.....
  24. 1 point
    Good for you - reading between the lines, it seems the back stories have there own issues but the main thing is you are now in a position to push forward and realise your dreams. I'm sure your Dad is proud of you. Enjoy the build and I will look forward to seeing this unfold over the coming year. Good luck. 👍
  25. 1 point
    Beautiful and the views aren't that bad either😄. Cracking job - hope you feel proud of what you have achieved👍
  26. 1 point
    Our house aspect is east (street) / west (garden) and north and south face neighbours so minimal glazing on those aspects. We have external blinds to all our east facing windows and they are a godsend (even the Velux). Really keep the house from over heating year round and are great for privacy too = also no need for curtains On the west side, we have interior blinds on the loft velux, traditional curtains on rear bedrooms and have some lightweight material drapes on our downstairs sliders which do a decent enough job of minimising evening solar gain in summer. One rogue window in the kitchen faces south and we didn't spec a blind as we figured it would never get that much direct sun due to neighbours property. However the sun is low in spring and autumn and causes a localised hotspot via that window, planning to retro fit a blind when the render gets replaced at some point (another story).
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  28. 1 point
    Stay away from that circular reveal I remember the blog post! So do you have to repair your air tight membrane after or is a vcl different? How do you do it go mad with tape?
  29. 1 point
    That's brutal! 32mm pipe? I'd agree there's less chance of freezing under a heavy tree canopy, and the debris on the ground acts like an insulator, so wouldn't worry too much about those sections unless is seriously cold for several weeks. However, anywhere that is rocky is highly vulnerable to freezing, and you'll need to insulate and duct the pipe. MDPE pipes split badly and weaken through frost cycles.
  30. 1 point
    Good luck. I will miss your comments, and highly valued contributions. Have some fun.
  31. 1 point
    Well done, looks lovely and you have managed to avoid it looking to clinical which is often the way with such "accessible" bathrooms etc.
  32. 1 point
    I take it you have calculated your water run off from the roof, I used to have a 5000ltr tank and could fill it in one night with a good shower. Get some pics up as soon as you start we have just put our last icf block in position, every item of clothing I own has expanding foam on it. Just about fed up with it now, ready for something new. Good luck, if your blocks are like my steel reinforcement, number 1 will be the last pallet you find.
  33. 1 point
    Great style of blogging, pray do continue! I’m already a fan 👍
  34. 1 point
    Superb, well done @Redoctober I've enjoyed reading your blog, hopefully your do one more entry once the last few jobs are done.
  35. 1 point
    Yep, I too feel your frustrations - our Joiner has been on site for just 13 days out of a possible 30 working days!! As a result, other trades are having to be put back and the time in our rental extended for another month. Electrician said he would be on site this week - failed to show thus far. Plumber won't come out until Kitchen is in. Kitchen can't go in until tiles are down. Tiler failed to show for past 3 working days despite saying he would. What can you do? I'm sure it will all come together over the next 2 -3 weeks but why does it have to be so blooming frustrating ?? I believe it is part and parcel of self building - I don't believe anyone said it was going to be easy !!
  36. 1 point
    And it all takes so much time! Fiddly, faffy, tiddly details that are for tiny things and take 80% of the time. Drives me nuts, but it's often this level of attention to detail that makes the finished build look like a quality job.
  37. 1 point
    @vivienz when I was speaking to PYC about scaffolding, they mentioned that they can erect a single story without scaffolding if needed, using a fork lift or something similar, and could place other safety features, such as crash mats and air safety mattresses, to protect any workers working at height without scaffolding. Hope you can find a similar solution. Great photos!
  38. 1 point
    I wish my house was that clean and tidy, but that's impossible until I've had my bigger house built with enough room for all the crap we've accumulated! I do like the idea of sticking the plans everywhere - no deniability!
  39. 1 point
    Still looking great. Can't wait to see all the stonework completed because that will turn it into a thing of beauty. Clearly it's @Redoctober with the OCD
  40. 1 point
    @Redoctober your slates look great, you must have had a good roofer, we were all set to use heavy 3 but didn’t realise they needed sorting into different thickness and when I asked the builders if the roofer would sort them he said no so it’s mini stonewold that will be going on
  41. 1 point
    It can be a such a nightmare with builders can’t it!! Things are starting to take shape though which is nice to see. Assume that’s the old cottage next door? Don’t quote me but I think you need to start a new blog post when you do a new entry. These comments are just for the entry contained above, ie your 3rd Time Lucky post. Is that right @PeterW?
  42. 1 point
    Or in direct sunlight for much of the day
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  44. 1 point
    The mobilisation cost is always the big one. You are just paying to get the rig there on site. For the type of rig above it was probably a dando terrier which fits nicely in a long wheel 6.5t van. Drove one all over Ireland for a few years. When you go into the holes over 30m then your into much bigger rigs that will need a big compressor as well. So your paying usually for a lorry and a Jeep. As for the soil testing very few companies will do the actual soil tests them selves as the equipment is very expensive. Queens university done most of ours or a company in Dublin if it was contamination. I think @PeterStarck robbed who ever he got in. £3k for 47m is cheap very cheap. Well done!!!
  45. 1 point
    @JohnW, thanks for your kind comments. Our resident Welsh Wizard may be able to offer more insight but with gas you start needing buffers or maybe even a TS because of the short cycling issue. I'm only guessing but I believe fuel costs would be lower (for DHW at least), but you end up paying another standing charge for your gas supply. I haven't costed gas vs ASHP, but I suspect there wouldn't be that much in it once capital, running and servicing costs taken into account. If you need cooling, gas isn't going to give you that capability. I can't really give you a definitive answer as it simply wasn't something I had to consider, but my gut feeling is I probably would have still gone with an ASHP set up.
  46. 1 point
    @curlewhouse Also worth reading this - usually the vehicle is defined in the easement with the height / width / weight as they are tangible - and it does beg the question if that is even enforceable. http://www.boundary-problems.co.uk/boundary-problems/priv-r-o-w.html
  47. 1 point
    Sun came out just as I took the photo resulting in rubbish over exposure but...I'm half way there with just the bus shelter part to finish. Think my hidden doors look good and the hinges (£16 a pair from toolstation) set it off nicely.
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