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  1. Thanks for all your help. I've got some things to think about.
  2. I'm not 100% sure, but I'm guessing he's chosen 203mm steels, so that it doesn't create a bulkhead and because they're only 203mm, they're not strong enough on their own, that's why there's 2 together. The ground floor is not open plan. I have attached an image of the layout. Would I have to dig out foundations for the walls to be supporting or could they just rest on top of a 150mm slab? Would 4x2 walls, strengthened with OSB be strong enough to take the weight of the floor joists above? Why do you point out that they are still 4m long joists? I've just fitted 9x3 floor joists to my garage, which are just over 5m and they are fine. What length joists would you want to be using? What would you use instead of UC beams? Thanks.
  3. Hi. I have attached an image of what the structural engineer has come up with for the design of the floor for both the first and second floor. I'm racking my brain to try and come up with another way without having to use all that steel. Any other ideas? Thanks.
  4. Thanks Dave. I'll take a look through the brands you've mentioned. I just did a quick look and it seems like I'll need an 8 person one.
  5. Hi. I am looking for some advice on which treatment plant to buy. The property is 6 bedrooms and the drainage company I was planning to use quoted for a 6 person Klargester. Anybody installed a treatment plant? Thanks.
  6. That wouldn't be a problem. Who exactly do I need to look for, for the fire report? Thanks.
  7. I did think they were from another country Ali G. I'm not going to keep the same lay out now, I'd like to continue the staircase from the ground floor to the 1st and 2nd floor and rearrange the 2nd floor. I'd like to keep the stairs open and I don't want to alter the first floor. Are sprinkler systems not enough?
  8. I'll look into that Conor thanks. The top floor is in the loft space, so the wall is only going to be about 1300mm high. Is there another way to get access out through the roof onto an outside fire escape? Thanks.
  9. I have attached the images of the 3 floors. The 1st floor is open plan with a kitchen, so I'm guessing that's what's causing the problem. I have read that this is still ok if you install a mist or sprinkler system.
  10. Hi. I'm looking for some advice on the best way around fire regs on a 3 storey house. The house has bedrooms on the ground on top floor and the living area to the first. I originally had a double vaulted ceiling to the living area with a mezzanine balcony on the top floor, leading to 2 bedrooms. However, I have now decided to do away with the balcony and just have the 2 bedrooms on the top floor. The BCO was concerned about having a protected route in case of a fire. There is an open staircase from the ground to first floor and then I had an enclosed staircase in the corner of the room to take you up to the top floor. As there is no mezzanine now, I would like to just carry on up with the staircase from the ground floor. I've been told that I still need to protect the staircase, so it would have to be enclosed and this would look out of place in an open plan living area. I've been looking at images for ideas and I've seen plenty, that are similar to what I'm planning, but they are not enclosed. How have they got around the regs for this? I've attached some images of a staircases from the ground to 2nd floor that are not protected. Thanks.
  11. Ok. I didn't go into to much detail as I didn't think you'd be interested. I'm building a house and detached garage and I'm currently living on site in a static caravan. The plan was to move into the garage, remove the caravan and then spend the next 18 months building the house. The mains gas will be connected directly to the house, but that won't be until I've got the main structure up and the caravan gone (because it is in the way). That will probably take me about another 4 months, so was thinking of an alternative. The garage has an upstairs, which will be converted into a one bed accommodation and once I'm in the house will only be used intermittently throughout the year. The other idea was to install a gas boiler and run it off gas bottles, until I get the mains installed.
  12. I'll take a look into it. Thanks.
  13. So they seem like they are up to the job, but sounds expensive to run. What brand is the one in your office?
  14. Hi. I'm building a large detached garage to move into, whilst continuing the house build and I'm contemplating installing an electric boiler instead of gas. There will be a bath and shower, as well as 5 radiators. Has anybody had any experience with an electric boiler? Are they good enough? Thanks.