Christine Walker

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  1. You’d do well to have a talk with claymore timber frame in fife, we were very happy with their service and our engineer was very happy with the spec, they also provide erection service which we were very happy with
  2. Your budget quote from Scottish power will give you a price but no planned route for the connection, Scottish water doesn’t do budget quotes , you have to make a proper application for a connection and then they will give you all the details of where the main is and what they expect you to do, unlike @ProDave they wouldn’t do any of the work for us and we had to organise all the ground work and road crossing which was no easy feat, we couldn’t find anyone to do the road crossing at an acceptable price ( only company who were willing to do it wanted iirc £7k) we ended up getting the water pipe in when SP energy dig up the road for their connection. I think perhaps Scottish water won’t reveal the whereabouts of the main until you’ve paid the connection charge because previously people were just connecting themselves up!
  3. I quite agree with you there, if all the other properties on this road had pavements to the front we would have been quite happy to do this as the road is pretty dangerous to walk on, there’s a 40mph speed limit on it but it is used as a shortcut to another village and they speed along all the time, you take your life in your hands if out walking dogs!
  4. When we got our electricity in they had to get a road opening permit, I know this for certain as open reach had applied for it too and they were going to get the slot that sp energy wanted resulting in us having to cancel open reach so that sp energy could get the slot otherwise we would have had to wait another month for electric, a street works permit would be required by the person doing your pavement but can I ask if you are sure it is needed? Our pp said we had to install a pavement to the front of the property but being in a rural area where there are no pavements it seemed strange that they wanted 100m of pavement, turned out it was just a generic thing on the pp and didn’t apply to us.
  5. Merry Christmas everyone and I hope all your dreams of self build come true. This is our second Christmas in the new house although I think it’s more liveable now! The last few months have been spent getting it that way, it now resembles a home, all rooms are more or less finished although we will be revisiting the dining room next year and trying to get something done with the staircase whether it be moving it to the position it should have originally been in had it not been short of around 40mm headroom and wouldn’t pass regulations or starting again with a new one! However this will wait until the garage is finished, it’s up and the roof trusses are on we just have to get some time to finish it off, we got a fantastic bargain of a up and over garage door, 4.3m wide from a chap who was in a new build and was changing his garage into living accommodation-£30! He had been advertising it without any luck and I just happened to spot it on gumtree just after he’d reduced it because he just wanted it away! Made to measure for us . Next year will also see the drive getting done, it’s only hardcore just now, and after that a proper holiday will be called for! I almost forgot about the front door where we decided disabled access should be , our one and only visit from building control brought up the fact that the door , being one of these two half doors , wouldn’t be suitable for disabled access as it only has a handle on one door, the other being opened with two little bolts top and bottom which could not be accessed by a wheelchair user, our own fault, we were meant to have the access at the back door but we would have needed quite a long ramp so decided on the change without giving the actual door much thought. I don’t like the existing door anyway so we will source another in due course, we can’t get off a temporary habitation certificate anyway until the garage is completed so all things to work towards! I’ve been up since 5.30 this morning as I had to have one of the dogs operated on yesterday and with 10 people for dinner it’s going to be a long day! I hope you all have a good day whatever you’re doing.
  6. I kept the floor and worktops light as the units are dark grey ray
  7. You also have no claim on anything under£500 apparently, when we sold in 2016 the buyers wanted the fridge freezer, washing machine and dishwasher and I wasn’t too happy about the fact they were all 8 years old and could have broken down at any time however the solicitor said they would have no claim on anything less than £500
  8. We bought a property 3 years ago which was a cottage with 2 acres, we more or less immediately set about getting planning for a new house in the grounds, when this came through we fenced off the cottage and some land then put it on the market, it sold within a week and we moved into a caravan on site, the title was not split until we sold the cottage, no CGT as the money received from the sale of the cottage was used to do our self build which was then our main residence
  9. Had the same problem trying to read it 😂 Scotframe seem to be the big name in Scotland however we used claymore timber frame in fife and our engineer complemented their kit, said it was one of the best he’d seen recently
  10. an and then a 4 day fortnight from March. I'm not entirely convinced about his ability to take instruction though. I've already had insubordination from him on a couple of matters😂😂😂😂😂 you need to get him in line!
  11. Don’t talk to me about stairs! Our architect made a right pigs ear of the position of the staircase, nobody noticed, staircase company came out to measure up, still didn’t notice, we had a temporary staircase in for me getting upstairs and used all the time by the builders, still no one noticed, 3 months later when the staircase company decided to get to design they suddenly noticed we didn’t have enough headroom, we’d paid over £5k to the kit company for the staircase but when this problem was finally noticed the staircase company wanted another £5k+ to produce one which would comply, by this time we were in the closing stages of the build and didn’t have that kind of money left to spend on something we thought we’d already paid for! Architect wouldn’t admit liability and pay for the amended staircase, we tried everything to come up with a solution to come within an acceptable budget and ended up with a straight flight a quarter of the way into the room. How I now regret that decision, it’s a bloody eyesore and has changed the use of the room altogether, I should have a large room with a dining table in the middle not too near the stove, instead I don’t know what to do with it, had another architect out who said he’d never seen one as bad, he measured up the headroom in its current position and was still not certain it would comply so suggested I get bc out for a look, the problem is that I agreed to having it where it is and the architect (after threatening him with solicitors) eventually paid £1100 for the extra handrail and glass. I was hoping that bc would come out and say it wasn’t right in which case I could have gone back to the original architect and claimed him for putting it right however when the officer came out he looked at it and I told him we still didn’t think it was compliant, he had no tape measure and when I offered to get him one he mumbled something about it not being as simple as that and in his opinion it was fine and he would pass it, he said it had nothing to do with him that it looks ridiculous but it was safe as far as he was concerned! had it not been an oak staircase it would have been tossed out by now and we would have started from scratch but it’s too big a loss to do this as we certainly couldn’t replace it with the correct one made in oak, how many times I have kicked myself for agreeing to have it where it is and I know we are going to eventually have to do something with it!
  12. Is that if you register a trade account with them?
  13. Ok sounds good, just need to source at a good price now 🥴
  14. Not compatible with Heatmiser thermostats taken from the wundatrade website and the reason hubby got in touch with them but with no success