Dreadnaught

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    I have a plot in Cambridgeshire for a bungalow near the centre of a large town. Hope to start building spring 2020. The build will be screw piles, insulated concrete raft foundation, factory-made timber frame, sedum green flat roof with roof windows, brick skin, triple-glazed windows, gas boiler, UFH and MVHR.
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  1. @Weebles has a spectacular one in her double-height entrance hall.
  2. Thanks @JOE187. Yes, 46ms ping is pretty good.( Sub 30ms would very good). (Interesting typeface for the feedback rating section.)
  3. @JOE187, what's the latency like on 3 mobile broadband using that 4G router?
  4. My hunch is that insulation in and of itself is quite transparent to the radio signals used for telecoms. I suspect that its foil-coated membranes (such as some aluminium-coated reflective breather membranes) and other metal frame parts of the build that can create a form of Faraday cage. For this reason, and keen to have reception indoors, I have chosen a non-metallised breather membrane and am avoiding using a steel-lattice-support structure for my brick slips (which was prohibitively expensive anyhow).
  5. If the foundations are not in, underground to the front?
  6. This sounds to me like the archetype example for why professional-indemnity insurance exists. A professional mistake that leads to a major problematic consequences, and who's rectification is beyond the means of said professional.
  7. Peter, I assume you DIY-d it. Did you have any difficulty getting the mortar to look nice (it looks good in the photo)? By the way, I missed that system: I will look it up. I evaluated EuroBrick P-Clad, Corium, Forterra’s Wonderwall, and Ibstock Kevington’s Fastwall.
  8. @Visti, I can't remember, did MBC use Egger Protect T&G for your first-floor floor as they usually do? Would that be a sufficient finish? https://www.egger.com/shop/en_GB/building/product-detail/PROTECT
  9. This podcast might be worth a listen. If memory serves, I recall that Ruth Butler (an architect) described the contracting arrangements she used for her build, which I thought were rather good. https://www.houseplanninghelp.com/hph177-redeveloping-a-brown-field-site-for-a-contemporary-home-with-ruth-butler/
  10. I plan to use brick slips for my build, but in my case I can use stock extruded slips, not cut bricks to match any existing building. I will be using Eurobrick's P-Clad system. Like you I am using it to remove the need for a skilled (and expensive) bricklayer in my build. Eurobrick offer a cutting service for your own stock bricks. But I wonder if, in your case you could not find a way for the extension to stand proud and separate of the existing structure, perhaps with a glazed link, enabling you to use a complimentary brick slip but not one made by cutting existing bricks, and so reduce the cost. Isn't there also a trend in architecture for a new extension to be visibly distinct from the original building.
  11. Intriguing design. Will it be a bungalow? What type of roof (flat or pitched)? Have you considered roof windows?
  12. I am a fan of flexibility, having options, and for simplicity. When I build my new house I plan to include the wiring and pipes for both an ASHP and gas boiler. To go with the ASHP, I will also include UFH piping in my reinforced concrete raft foundation. Installing all the options at the time of the build costs peanuts. But how about adding one more cheap option: from a capital cost perspective, the cheapest of all. When I pour my my raft foundation, why don't I also include some electrical heating wire too embedded deep within the concrete? From checking on eBay, the cost of loose heating wire seems to be about £150 for 2kW. £150 really is peanuts! And it beats even a Willis heater for simplicity. Wet UFH after all needs a manifold, a pump, regulators, etc. While I would still have all the other options available later, I could use the wire heating for the first couple of years while I learn how my new house responds. What does everyone think? Bad idea?
  13. There is a body of evidence that being colder prior to retiring to bed promotes sleep.