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  1. Jamie998

    Sunamp container bulging

    The problem is, that is the model I wanted. My original broad brush plan was to max out on PV and dump it into a SunAmp directly - it would seem this is no loader optimal for efficiency so an alternate course of action is required to work around this issue.
  2. Jamie998

    Sunamp container bulging

    I suppose one potential workaround would be to have multiple small capacity units - not sure how they could be connected to deplete one before moving onto the next? That way you will ensure it is depleted each time you have showers/bath etc and will therefore jump straight back into a charge cycle. However without looking at costs I suspect this will raise a 'whole system' price significantly.
  3. Jamie998

    Sunamp container bulging

    I would agree and I will watch this space with interest now. I am at least a year away from having to make a decision so I would hope that in this time the issue is rectified and sense prevails. The ability to dump excess PV generation directly into a SunAmp which would then sit there with low SHL was steering my decision making process - now the goalposts have been moved it may no longer be the optimal solution. I'm baffled as to why they would do this - some of their models are geared towards direct connection to PV but if it won't take the charge its bonkers.
  4. Got mine from IQ Builders Merchants - by far the cheapest place I found: Twinwall Black Duct 125mm x 6m: Drainage Pipe = £38.74 IQ BM = £20.66 63mm Blue Flexi Duct x 50m: Drainage Pipe = £76.13 IQ BM = £54.12 I could go on, I spent a lot of time trying to finding cheap ducting! - but there may be better out there that I missed. On another note - is identifying pipes later really an issue? Maintenance? What maintenance is anyone planning on doing to a pipe laid 750mm below ground level? Surely the location of the boundary box will affect the situation as you only need concern yourself with any pipe after the meter, before belongs to the water board? I see no reason not to lay two ducts in the one trench.
  5. Jamie998

    Design Critique/Advice Requested

    @newhome If I was a more sceptical person I would say they keep enough 'flaws' in the design to keep belt feeding new models out. I only bought mine 6 months ago and saw earlier they are onto version 10 now!
  6. Jamie998

    Design Critique/Advice Requested

    I would never go back to a standard upright now. We bought the Dyson V8 about 6 months ago and hoovering has gone from being a PITA to simples! I tend to hoover little and often now - probably because the battery on full power (I prefer full power, though probably unnecessary) will only last for one floor level at a time. Takes up very little space, pull the red lever over the bin and it all pops up to get rid of the crud from within, no hassle. I have two long haired cats which shed a fair bit and this has no issues dealing with that. So the downside is battery life, but in the grand scheme of life not an issue.
  7. Jamie998

    Design Critique/Advice Requested

    Morning all, I appreciate the feedback, it has provoked some thought and its always good to get another perspective on what we are trying to do. @le-cerveau Have you increased the Ground floor ceiling (as mentioned by @AliG)? We went for 2750mm + we have a 100mm suspended ceiling (service void) above that. I haven't properly looked into this yet, my initial feeling is that raising the ground floor ceiling will push the first floor up causing the steep Catslide sections of the roof to further eat into the useable room space. Have you considered opening up the dining area into a large open plan main living area, with it closed off and a table in the kitchen area, chances are it will never get used, but if one large space then it become the main dining area, you lose the smaller table and gain space (more for the kitchen). It has become habitual over the years that we eat all of our meals as a family at the kitchen table. We have always had a 4 seater which is a PITA when family visit - which is often as we have always lived away from them. We intend to only have four seats in the kitchen which will naturally push us into the main dining area when we have visitors. Plant room, whatever you plan it won't be big enough! DHW storage, Boiler/ASHP, MVHR, Consumer Unit, Node Zero (Data/AV distribution) it all adds up and contractors never put it exactly where you planned eating into other space. Must admit I haven't 'sized'up this room yet for its contents, it is on my to do list and I am sure you will no doubt be proven correct in this regard! Large window behind cinema screen will cause problems when you need to blackout the room for use! SWMBO wanted windows in this room so that the kids can use it double up as space for the kids to use when friends etc come around, the plan is to go to town with black out blinds, thick heavy curtains which will hopefully negate the issue. Storage for everyday things, Vacuum cleaner, Ironing board,..... Then the coats, hats, gloves, shoes/boots, not much space in the entry hall cupboard. After buying a dyson handheld I am a convert - no more uprights for this callsign! That being said, the utility has sufficient space to store the usual household cleaning products, iron, board, dyson etc. I intend to buy a second Dyson (in leiu of a central vac system which was the original plan) and will stick it out of the way upstairs - in a place yet to be determined! What will the store between the garage-carport be used for? Garden type equipment, if so where does the general household storage go, the boxes of stuff you have but don't use? We have a massive attic and it is amazing how much has already made it's way up there and out house is over 400m2! We don't have a lot of stuff, we have moved 5 times in 8 years so we habitually purge every time. That being said, we are nearly tripling our space with this house, the initial problem may be not having enough stuff to fill it! If you can plan bedrooms for Superkings do so, even if not installed otherwise you are limited and a bed with a standard (Queen 4'6") and just space around it is cramped! Noted - added to my to do list. I kind of threw stuff onto the model just to give us some perspective on what we can actually do with the room sizes as they are. If bed 4 (top left I think) is just for guests I would loose the en-suite, visitors use the main bathroom, and gain mose space. I understand your point, this comes from our own experience of continually being in the 'guest' room when visiting family. Over the years we have naturally gravitated towards residing at my in-laws during visits, simply because they had a spare room with a double and en-suite making it more comfortable and convenient. The other side of that coin is that when the in-laws etc visit, they 'spread'. This is also to keep their stuff contained within one area - I am a bit OCD when it comes to clutter! Plant room (again) ideally, it wants to be close to the main DHW users (Kitchen, Bath, en-suites), best place would be where the WC is (complete re-arrange). I think I did look at this but couldn't get it to 'work'. If i remember rightly it forced me to reposition the front door which at the moment is roughly central to the front of the house. I will look again but I think this was ascetically driven rather than about the practicalities. @ProDave Ditch the cat slide dormers. I think they look horrible, and create a very difficult edge detail to both get right initially, and then to maintain. Put proper little gable end dormers instead, look much nicer. I hear what you are saying, Catslide are very much a marmite design. Unfortunately, the vernacular of the surrounding properties is Catslide and it is something we have to accept as necessary. The surrounding properties are predominantly dormer bungalows with Catslide roofs, as such they are significantly smaller than our property, the design of ours is such that it lessens the visual impact and prevents ours from becoming overbearing with regards to the surrounding properties. Although we initially felt the same as you, time has softened our opinion and we actually quite like them now! What I am learning is that the self build dream is a compromise against what you want, what you can have and what you can afford. The Catslide are something we can happily live with I think. @Mr PunterI don't think it looks attractive. What is behind the design? Is it to follow a local vernacular or a certain style or look that you aim to achieve? You will be spending a lot of money and time building this, so it will be worth paying to get a couple of professionals to come up with some ideas, as you risk it looking a bit "nothing". As with @ProDave the dormers are a no-no, as is the arched window and the Georgian windows. The outside needs to be properly resolved. Yep, as you say the vernacular of the nearest couple of streets is Catslide roofs with Lincolnshire Pantile tiles. The initial design wasn't ours, its what we are willing to work with though. I hated the Catslides to at first but have now grown to like them. Arched window is SWMBO idea, she wants a big feature window there, the design may change slightly but i expect she will not change her mind in that regard. The look of the windows is something we haven't 'settled' on yet - plain windows we don't like so trying to work out what we do like in that regard. I think overall in terms of street appeal, we aren't looking for anything radical, we want a look that is low key, fits in with the village etc. The important aspect for us is the internal layout/space but I understand that this will not be everyone's cup of tea. @epsilonGreedyI can see some improvements on your first proposed design in particular I think you have resolved the problem of the linear tunnel in the kitchen/day room wing of the house. I am not reacting as adversely to the roof details as some here, it might be a regional thing, are the dormers inspired by a local Suffolk design? However there lingers a hint of Pennsylvania farmstead about it. I will have to look the farmsteads up! Plonk the beds in sensible positions as it is a shame to waste design feedback bandwidth on rookie errors, have you upgraded the bed sizes in all rooms as I queried a few weeks ago? I was a bit jaded with sketchup when I did them but I take your point. The beds in three of the rooms are standard doubles but looking at the kids rooms they can be upsized if necessary but at 7 & 8 years old I think doubles will be a lot more than most their age have. The master room is super king - with a clear delineation to be added so no encroachment on my space occurs!! Move the large window in the formal sitting rooms to be aligned with the furniture that is orientated around the fireplace. The undersized door connection between hall and format sitting room still stands out as a design error in such a grand house. Likewise I feel your V2 design has further disconnected the hall from the kitchen/day room wing, is the front door to kitchen people flow the primary daily entrance experience? Makes sense, i think I had it like that originally but then SWMBO decided it needed moving so it lined up with the window above it - I think the external look trumped internal look here! @AliG I actually think that this is the most important comment before doing anything else and I'm sorry we didn't ask this before you started. It seems that you have plenty of land. Is there any particular reasons that the house is oriented the way it is? The lounge, dining room and kitchen face east and north, only the family room benefits from a south facing window and even this will be shaded by the house. The cinema room where you wouldn't want light is on the south side. Indeed from a light perspective it would be much better to turn the house 180 degrees. I think I wasn't very clear, my fault! The property is 180 degrees to what you think, all of the sun is hitting the family room, lounge etc. It is the front of the house, i.e. entrance, toilet, utility etc that will be in shade. As the kitchen has a dining area, I would have a single door from there to the dining room and a door into the dining room from the hall. If it is a formal dining room it shouldn't be open to the kitchen. I will discuss this further with SWMBO. Do you want a through the wall fire between the dining room and the lounge? If not move the fire to the other end of the lounge and have a double door to the lounge closer to the front door. I did consider this but never actually modelled it - I think I will revisit this. I wouldn't put a window in a plant room, it will make it difficult to place equipment inside and you will be able to see into the worst looking room in the house. I think the window was included to enhance the look of the house from the front, so it doesn't go from a wall riddled with windows to a solid wall, I will discuss with SWMBO. Why does the cinema room have three windows? We have one and it is a pain in the neck. If you want a window in case you change the use of the room, the reason we have one, put it to the side.Again, SWMBO. The idea is that the room can double as a space for the kids to chill with mates, rather than retreating to their bedrooms. In practical terms it may be that they will still retreat back to their rooms, time will tell. To mitigate we intend to get blackout blinds and thick heavy curtains fitted, hopefully negates the issue somewhat. You have bathrooms upstairs above the middle of rooms downstairs. This is doable, but you will need to lose the waste in the ceiling which might encroach on the ceiling height. Plus you then have to route the waste somewhere downstairs. Instead try to keep rooms with plumbing above each other or have toilets close to corners (although I personally hate boxed out wastes in downstairs corners) I need to investigate this further. The intention is to make use of Geberit frames to keep everthing minimal and clean looking, I need to look into where pipes will run in practical terms though. How high is the interior wall height at the eaves? You have drawn the upstairs rooms out to the outside wall, but it is not clear how high the ceiling will be at this point, maybe only 1.2m? 1.34m where the Catslide comes down. On the rear of the house this isn't an issue as the rooms are large enough to not have to locate furniture etc against that wall. On the front this is mainly bathrooms, ensuite and when I was positioning showers etc I made sure that head room was acceptable, so hopefully not an issue. This is something I will triple check though before committing to anything. I applaud the effort you have made, it seems like you have put in a lot of work. Thank you, it did but I expect that this will prove to be the easy part! Like everyone else on this forum, we will get to the dream eventually. Thank you for taking the time to give some feedback, it is appreciated. TIA Jamie
  8. Jamie998

    Design Critique/Advice Requested

    Morning all, I have now finished creating my Sketchup Free model and have just noticed it has sucked up 37 days of my life....many mistakes were made but I got there in the end! Attached are various views of the house, the furniture is there just as an aide to understanding what we can put in and where. North is in the direction of the fence which runs between our property and the neighbours green house. The house is approx. 260m2, the garage is a large double, with a store to the left and then a car port type cover to the left of that to accommodate the motorhome (not quite big enough but better than a massive white vehicle creating an obvious eye sore!). The two rear bedrooms with just a bed in are for our girls, the room in the middle is going to be a shared walk in wardrobe/dressing room with a shared en-suite accessed from there. For an idea of scale, the three beds to the left are standard double and the larger one is a super king. The main bathroom has a bath in the centre, along one side is a shower and a steam room, along the other is a sauna. Ground floor - the room on the far left will be a cinema room, at the top of that (nothing in it at the minute) will be the plant room and the utility is just to the right of that. All critique good or bad is welcome and encouraged, even where I may disagree with comments, it is still useful to have received them as they prompt me to consider my approach from another perspective and either reaffirms in my mind the approach we are taking or leads me to amend the plan. TIA.
  9. Jamie998

    Type of Glazing Required

    Thanks for the replies. So, am I right in now thinking that although tough/lam is only required by Part K in vulnerable areas such as large areas of glazing/doors etc. it is now the standard spec, hence why it has been specified whole house in my quote?
  10. Jamie998

    Type of Glazing Required

    Quick question ref a glazing quote I received. ALL of the glazing within the quote is specified as 'tough and 'laminated. This confuses me. I was under the impression that they are two sides of the same coin - I.e. safety glass. Toughened will shatter in 'safe' fragments whilst laminated will hold together - just reducing any risk posed to person involved in the breaking of said glazing. Having read the approved document k, safety glazing is only required in certain areas - as I thought. When I suggested this to the person issuing the quote (I included diagram 5.1 from Part K) I was informed that building regs part Q requires enhanced security for all of the windows in a new build - hence specifying tough/lam for all my windows/doors. I just checked part Q....I must be missing something as that is not what I interpret the document as stating. My instincts say that tough/lam is significantly bumping the price up, unnecessarily. Also why would you use toughened and laminated? Surely one or the other ticks the box? A sanity check from my fellow self builders would be much appreciated. TIA Jamie
  11. Jamie998

    Design Critique/Advice Requested

    Ha ha @epsilonGreedy all criticism and advice is welcomed and encouraged. The drawing is as per what was submitted by the vendor. The footprint exterior is something I am content with....the interior I am working on. I am currently knocking a model up in skerchup so I can introduce furniture to get a feel for the space. I plan to get rid of the upstairs airing cupboard and make a massive bathroom which will only have a 4/5 person sauna and bath in, maybe a shower to rinse off after using the sauna (we like saunas so this is a must have - although maybe not everyone's cup of tea). The kitchen area needs to be jogged about...still trying to figure it out at the minute. We plan to spin the island around and add a couple of floor to ceiling columns to the left and right of it so it's a bit of a quasi wall type look which will break up that bit of the room a bit. We are thinking of a partial wall coming out where the sun room starts to break that up a bit....with potentially a dual aspect fire incorporated into it as a bit of a feature. Both of those should break the tunnel up somewhat.
  12. Afternoon all, I have been meaning to post floor plans on here for a while now to get some feedback/ideas from my fellow self build members. Ground Floor: 1. The ground floor is fairly easy, the downstairs shower and toilet at the left will go, this room will be combined with what's left of the utility to form a larger utility/plant room. 2. The wine cellar is going, and the office will be a home cinema. 3. The front door is going to have an additional side panel on the left so there will be one each side, this will move the cloak cupboard and downstairs toilet to the left, eating into the current utility, hence why what is left will join to the shower mentioned in 1. 4. The sitting room and snug will swap round, the snug will become a formal dining room with pocket doors joining it to the kitchen. 5. A partial wall will built to slight section off the family room from the rest of the kitchen diner. 6. The French doors in the family room at the bottom and the right will be swapped for large windows. The one to the left of the family room will remain, opening up onto the patio area. First Floor: 1. Bedroom two will shrink to be a guest room with En-suite, just large enough to accommodate double bed, bedside tables and a wardrobe pretty much. 2. Bedroom 3 will move to the left to take up the space vacated by the shrinking of bedroom 2. 3. The area currently occupied by bedroom 3 will become a Jack and Jill bathroom for bedrooms 3 & 4 (bedrooms 3 & 4 are the kids rooms). 4. Master bedroom will remain largely unchanged, a Juliet balcony will be added and I want to reshuffle the En-suite and dressing room - not sure how yet. The issues are with the first floor, I am not entirely happy with how it is in my head yet. There is a Catslide roof creating a dormer effect that restricts how showers etc. can be placed in the bathrooms. Where each window is on the first floor the ceiling height is about 2.2m, but to the left and right of the windows the cat slide drops it down to 1.34m: The ground floor is 144m2 of GIFA and the first floor is 105m2. I look forward to hearing any useful suggestions/advice that any of you may have, TIA Jamie
  13. Jamie998

    Contract Covenants

    @JSHarris what you say makes a great deal of sense. However; if we scrub 4 and rely on PD rights being the limiting factor, what may be allowed there may differ from what the vendor would view as offensive or detrimental to their plot. We are purchasing a garden plot and so will be long term neighbours, I am happy to have something specific in the contract curtailing what we can do, yet there needs to be enough 'slack' to permit us to live and use our plot as we choose - within reason. @Ferdinand I see 1 & 2 as surrendering our right to objecting to any development the vendor may wish to conduct even if it is detrimental to our plot. I don't expect they intend to do anything - but i do wish to retain the right to object in the same manner that anyone can object to a planning application should the need arise, and then leave it to the planning department to decide the outcome. I have asked that 1 & 2 are scrubbed from the contract. It has been interesting to read others take/view on the contract. There is a fine balance to be achieved between what the vendors (whom are nice and amenable) feel is required to preserve the value/appeal of their property whilst also ensuring that my wife and I have the same freedom to use the plot as we see fit, in the same manner in which any homeowner can do so.
  14. Jamie998

    Contract Covenants

    @ProDave unfortunately that is how I see 4 too - far too powerful rendering us incapable of doing pretty much anything without the vendors express authority, indefinitely. I have suggested an amendment as follows (with my reasons why) which I hope gives the vendor a warm fuzzy feeling that we wont later construct some monstrosity, yet at the same time allows us to utilise the plot/property as we see fit: "4(a) Must not build any structure exceeding one storey in height. This would allow us the freedom to construct items such as those listed above (sheds/summer houses etc. if we decide to) at a later date whilst ensuring anything we do construct will have no visual impact on your property. We are already prohibited from constructing a second dwelling, and considering the screening provided by the mature hawthorn boundary, a one-storey limit will ensure no visual impact to your plot. (b) After completion must not make any changes to the walls, hedges and fences forming the shared boundary. To restrict making any alterations or additions is too powerful, as mentioned above; strictly speaking we could not replace our windows, paint a door or anything. We think this should be limited to concern only the shared boundary and the area directly opposite your house. (c) Deleted this is too prohibitive, we think what needs to be covered in this area is done so by (a) and (b). (d) Perhaps a bit on how anything we do must be in keeping with the vernacular of the village, this would prevent us from painting our house blue or doing anything not in keeping with the village etc. " @epsilonGreedy what you suggest is food for thought. I would like to put a static on there at some during the later stages so we can relocate to the plot in time for the kids to spend a full year in the local Junior School prior to commencing Secondary School, the build may still be ongoing internally at this point.
  15. Jamie998

    Contract Covenants

    Also, we are on good terms with the seller so there will be no throwing of teddies or any such. We are looking to rebalance things so we have freedom and the seller has the assurances they require. The views of my fellow self builders have are always invaluable.