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  1. I have spent the last two days reading lots of posts about wet rooms and waterproofing, so its time to now ask for advice. we have bought a bungalow for my elderly parents and while most of it is ideal for them, the bathroom leaves a lot to be desired. it is small with a bath, which neither of them can use as they cannot safely get in and out. we are not easily able to remove the bath and replace with a shower as there is a large window which would need to be moved/made smaller, it would be a small shower and what would they use while the work was being carried out? so the other option is to add a wet room on the side of the building. it gives a second loo, which is always a good idea, and hopefully will add to the value. we have plenty of land around as it is a corner plot and looking round the estate, it seems the council allow pretty much whatever anyone asks for. The porch will form one wall of the wet room and the side window (seen just peeping out on the right) will be removed from the bedroom and a door inserted. then the room will fill that corner on the right. the roof will extend upwards to link or be just below the origonal and it will come out a little past the porch wall. the reason for that is it appeared that the main drain runs under the wall of the porch🤨. the inspection cover can be seen on the bottom left of the photo and it runs straight towards my builder. so if we move the new wall further out, it will give us extra space inside and hopefully avoid too much bridging of the drain. We plan to have the usual loo, basin and shower but to leave it all open, so no screens, thinking of the future when they may need to use the room in a wheelchair. The builder has said he plans to build it with a concrete floor and then use a 70/90mm screed to form the floor, draining to a drain. But in most of the BuildHub posts, I am reading about formers. is this needed here when he is building the floor from scratch? Included in the quote is;- *To extend existing porch by approximately 4.5m2, exterior bricks and roof tiles to match existing; - *New soil drainage to connect into existing manhole; - *Existing porch window to be converted into wet room door opening and the supply and fit of new door to match existing; - *Window to be re-used in new extension; - We actually just want a small velux in the roof and no windows. also it would be nice to make use of the whole roof space, to add to the spacious feel of the room. *Plastering works to be carried out in associated areas; - *Removal of associated waste. The OH and I plan to do the fit out ourselves once the plumbing, drains, walls etc are done. we can do tiling and plumbing but I have not done waterproofing before. We have used the builder before and know he does a good job, once he starts - the hard part is getting him! I am meeting him on Friday to discuss the build and find out when he can start. Are there any questions I should ask? Any suggestions I could consider? 😃
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    Plot in Oxfordshire

    Just an update to this plot. The land now has planning permission and it will be up for sale with Thomes Merrifield, Bicester, in the near future. It is a really good location and while the design isnt ideal, there is probably the possibility of making changes to the planning now that they have agreed in principle with the build itself. I would have loved to go for it but circumstances are just not right for us so good luck to whoever goes for it. As for price, smaller plots at Graven Hill are going for between £250 and £350k and I would say they arent in such a good situation.
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    How to make best use of the budget?

    This isnt the one I was thinking about but it may be worth a read.
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    How to make best use of the budget?

    Good luck with it It sounds like fun!. I cant give much advice as I am still without plot but there are plenty here with good tips. I am sure there is a post somewhere for all those 'I wish I had done this ...' . Thats probably worth a read so you can avoid some things. And buy the Housebuilders Bible which gives a good idea of how much things should cost for a basic 4 bed house. while not the same as yours, it gives a rough idea. and Spons may be mentioned too. good luck and lets have plenty of photo's please.😊
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    Expensive springs for garage doors.

    would that work with the electric door opener that we have? we could consider that next time. I ordered the spring and it arrived this week so I am now waiting for the fitter to come round and get the garage door working again. I certainly miss it as we use the garage far more than the front door, particularly for walking the dog - which may explain why the springs keep going. it probably does more work than usual.
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    Expensive springs for garage doors.

    One spring ordered at a cost of £114 with fitter costing £75 so much better than Hormanns offerigns.
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    Expensive springs for garage doors.

    spring ordered from ABI Garage Doors Sullies - Only £110 for the spring and the chap will fit it for £75 so much better and a lesson to me - always look online to make sure we are not paying over the odds for goods! ?
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    Expensive springs for garage doors.

    Will both sides be the same - Ed, my fitter, took the tag to order another one? I shall see if we can get the number and have a look online. I guess we can't invalidate any warranty as we dont have one now!?
  9. When we built our garage in 2002, we had an electric door fitted, 3.6m wide, supplied and fitted by a local chap and it has been great apart from one thing. in 2009 one of the springs went and so our local chap ordered another one from Germany and fitted it - cost £182 which seemed rather a lot for a metal spring but that did include fitting and vat. Then in 2012 another one went, this time it cost £238. the fitter said that he had only ever had to replace one other spring in all the doors he has fitted but ours seems to keep going - in 2014 the opposite one broke. I guess I should have made a big fuss with the German company, Hormann, but we didnt and paid the £295 for our third replacement. Guess what! its happened again. the spring went last thursday evening, luckily with the car on the outside as the OH was away and I ceretainly could not have managed to lift the door without help. Again our local chap came and had a look - this should not be happening. Our door is the only one whose springs keep going. So this time he said he would see if Hormann wanted to come and have a look and see if they could help with this issue. But you've guessed it, they dont want to know. Its out of warranty! I am emailing the company to ask for some sort of discount here - it has already cost us over £700 over and above the installation costs and I would guess the price for the new spring will keep going up. But surely I should have some comeback on Hormann as no-one else seems to have this problem. Any ideas on what else we can do?
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    Hello to one and all

    cost for a new build vary enormously and while we have not built ourselves, we did a huge amount of research and I'd recommend in the region of £300k at a minimum, but that could go up or down depending on size, design and materials used. Get hold of some of the self build magazines - some of them give ideas of costs, visit the Self Build Centre at Swindon and maybe read the Housebuilders Bible. then you will have a much better idea of what is invovled. Certainly, i have seen some lovely houses built for £300k but most are more than that as the owners want their 'foreve home' and therefore tnd to make it better quality than a general house would be.
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    Hello to one and all

    I'd recommend looking at one of the building companies such as Scotframe, Danwood or Potton who can do everything for you, including the design and applying for planning. I have been to the Poton site near St Neots and it was very useful. I dont they are too expensive either - they hold your hand all the way through and the houses are lovely. I would certainly consider building new as you can have the house exactly as you want it (within reason) and make sure it is well insulated and efficient, something you may struggle to do with an extension and re-design. Are the bills in the future an important consideration? Anyway - sounds like a great project whichever route you take - Good Luck.?
  12. If any of you know about Mike Coe and his Autonomous House in Worcestershire, you may be interested in this. Mike and Lizzie have made the decision to sell and upsticks to Skye, although they never planned to leave their amazing self build near Pershore. This video explains why they have moved and having watched it, I am inclined to think we should be doing the same. Its not easy watching. https://portreepassivhaus.uk/report01/
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    what a difference in price.

    https://www.rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-for-sale/property-50492376.html Nice looking plot - I guess what you save on the land cost, you'll need for the extra costs of building on an island and with limited supply of contractors?
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    Finished at last!

    Better late than never - a final post for this blog. the house eventually sold on 1st June - two years minus two days since we bought it. the buyer is very happy and so are we. we have had some time away from renovating but new plans are taking shape - not quite what I expected but it will do for now. tell you more soon! ?
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    New plots in North Devon

    Just had this sent through for an area being divided up into 16 plots. may be worth a look if thats your area of interest. http://www.thelandbankpartnership.co.uk/property_details.php?Id=235&propInd=S#ad-image-0 It does not say where exactly but a village on the edge of Exmoor National Park and 13 miles east of Barnstable. so it shouldnt be too ifficult to find out where it is.