TheMitchells

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  1. This is not an easy post to write.....

    me too! Once we have finished on our renovation, I am sure we'd be up for the odd weekend in Lancashire! the banks are right &&$$!!'s.
  2. possible plot, Helmdon, near Silverstone.

    apparently it is owned by quite an elderly person and they just want to sell it. it does have a 40%uplift in value added to the contract. But that is quite reasonable, in my opinion. And I believe it is only access for pedestrians and horses that is required. But that could possibly be designed in.
  3. Light Relief Threads

    it must be a man thing, Having all those cars! VW Polo Vauxhall Astra Scoda Octavia - has done 126,000miles and still going strong. Dont tell but we were looking at a newer version today! Why change something if it works well and does what I want it to do? Hmm - better not let the OH see this post....................
  4. Read this today and thought I'd share. You may have seen it before. Once in a while we just have to stand back in awe of government. The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing the greatest amount of free Meals and Food Stamps ever – 46 million people now receive Food Stamps. Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks us "Please Do Not Feed the Animals." Their stated reason for the policy is because "The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves." THUS ENDS TODAY'S LESSON IN IRONY.
  5. Scrap Metal Prices

    After stripping out the electric cabling in our renovation property, we took it to the local scrap dealer and got over a hundred pounds for the cabling and some copper. well worth the effort.
  6. Services.... or not.

    Getting services installed does seem to be one of the biggest hold ups when self building. what a shame that companies cannot just get on a do their job efficiently!
  7. Hello from Bristol

    we are always interested in possible plots! Just a bit too far for me - the commute to bicester would be a tad too long.
  8. Wow - lots of work required there! at least there's going to be plenty of stone to use. Shame its not a bit closer to the sea or I might have been interested.
  9. This is a possible self build plot, not too far from me. https://www.onthemarket.com/details/3981267/?utm_source=newsnow&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=newsnow_feed&utm_content=clickad Apparently the access to the paddock has to stay but a local architect who sent me the details said she had come up with a do-able plan, invloving an overhang on the second floor. As she said to me, as it has an 'issue', it will not be very attractive to developers and may be ideal for a self builder.
  10. Group self-build Bristol

    also the local council will have a register of those interested in self build. I am on several councils lists and occasionally get info of ones coming up in their area. they could send out the details to those on their list.
  11. Shopping Around

    I too have found TP quite expensive but when busy at our house, they are the only ones local so we do end up using them for stuff we need there and then. Their PB was about the same as elsewhere but apart from that, we use Blanchfords which recently opened a new branch at Bicester, trying to get some of the Graven Hill trade, and they are helpful and have free delivery. Prices are excellent too.
  12. You could have told the rest of us - to save us having to Google it too!
  13. Its been great reading - thanks for asking all the questions. Maybe this comes back to the need for a simple post with the tips and advice found in that section. If it could be kept at the top of the posts, it can be added to by anyone who finds good advice. I can see which of my scribbles woulld be useful, though I dont always remember where I saw the advice. And most of it is from @Nickfromwales and @JSHarris.
  14. thanks but with 37 pages, I may have missed it. will have another look!
  15. Okay, we have the walls and floor in our bathroom now - and the bath is being fitted tomorrow. Its now time for me to start tiling the walls. I think I have identified the ceramic tiles - from a local tile shop around £21 per m2. But are there any recommendations for tile ahesive? I have seen some which say waterproof and some shower resistant. The chap at Topps Tiles said I need to add something to the mix to make the adhesive waterproof. We have used moisture resistant PB so I do want to make sure the adhesive and grout is as waterproof as I can. and there seems to be a huge range to choose from. So any pointers in the right direction would be appreciated.