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  1. My reading is that any roof space you added when building the single storey extension counts towards the allowance for the loft conversion. Eg the volume of rooms on the ground floor of the extension don't count towards the allowance.
  2. Hep02 do a 45/135 degree bend. https://www.toolstation.com/hep2o-obtuse-bend-135o-single-socket/p78071?store=U2&utm_source=googleshopping&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=googleshoppingfeed&gclid=Cj0KCQjw6575BRCQARIsAMp-ksMSj_S-qjzI35-xpbwjrZ9dI1w-M82q8Mq5YLNUtZ621bprbh3HC4oaArK9EALw_wcB
  3. My level access area outside the front door extends far enough out from the house that we could put steps down off the sides for able-bodied people and coincidentally expose the vents. We also have beam and block floor. I'm away from home or I would post photo.
  4. Is this a CIL area? Have you got your CIL exemption paperwork done and notified them of your start date on the right forms? Don't start before then or you loose the exemption.
  5. Is it cheaper NOT to pay for parking and agree to pay the fines instead 🙂
  6. We once lived in a house with a concrete first floor and liked it a lot, so when we built our own we opted for beam and block with UFH on both floors. Can't really tel you the cost hit as we used a builder as prim contractor.
  7. We wanted to change and move the approved house back on the plot. The planners fought us for over a year. Then we discovered a letter they had sent a previous owner saying "a larger house further back might be better". When we produced it they gave in and allowed what we wanted. Cost us >£10,000. So its near impossible to predict with any certainty how things will go. Sometimes they can be very bloody minded and other times just agree immediately. Best advice is to try, but be prepared to build the approved house, perhaps with only minor modifications, if it all gets too much. Just don't give in too easily.
  8. I would speak to a planning consultant. Aks if there is any chance of getting planning permission for two or more houses. If there is a good chance then buy and split the land selling off the bit you arent living in. No CGT if it's part of our main residence you are selling off.
  9. Must be possible to find someone to do it sooner. What are the limits on who can do it?
  10. Osmo uv protection oil doesn't fade quickly so I doubt there will be much change in a year. I tried the clear on new oak and found it way too light. So I used a coat of Danish oil first to get a nice honey colour and the clear to protect it. A year on it's still a nice honey colour so I think the uv properties are pretty good. Before hitting it with the sander I would paint up some scrap cedar and see what happens. The stain might have penetrated unevenly so it might not sand off evenly.
  11. Can you post a photo? So as I understand the problem is if it was level immediately adjacent to the house the vents would be blocked. The answer might be to move the level area 6" away from the house to leave a "trough" or gap for air to get to the vents as others have suggested. This gap could be covered with something like a removable linear drain cover to prevent the wheels of your chair falling into it...
  12. +1 They really must fix that. May have to move the whole lot left a bit so they go under the old ones like you say they do on the other pitch.
  13. I guess you may have looked here already but looks like they have their own EPS system... http://www.sto.co.uk/en/products/external-wall-insulation/downloads.html
  14. I cant really help answer your question but I know that not all renders are approved by the manufacture for use below DPC so I would contact them to ask about that.
  15. For my outbuilding I arranged for the top of the slab to be above ground level and slightly smaller than the building so rain running down the cladding would drop onto the ground not the top of the slab. I also raised the frame on a course of bricks and a DPC so no way the frame can sit in water.