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  1. We have used Arka architects in Falkirk, not a technician but we found them to be very competitive when comparing with technician’s quotes and we really liked their work
  2. We are currently trying to decide between Rationel and Allan Brothers Aluclad windows. We are very familiar with the Rationel windows but wondered if anyone has used or considered Allan Brothers?
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    Thanks everyone. I’ll check in with the contractor but sounds like we can disregard the VAT figure for now
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    We have received our first tender response back from a contractor, with the rest to follow. VAT has been included within the quote. As a self builder (via a main contractor) should we not benefit from the zero rated VAT position, how have other main contractors dealt with this?
  5. We received quotes from buildstore and Protek. The Protek ones came in much cheaper and they offered a price match so went back to Buildstore and asked if they could price match (they are currently looking into it for both site insurance and warranty) so may be worthwhile doing the same. Our Protek site insurance quote came in at £895.
  6. Looking for some advice, we have gas on- site and trying to work our whether we should put in a gas boiler with pv panels or go down the route of an ASHP. We will have ufh downstairs and rads upstairs and the house is 300sqm. I’ve heard such mixed reviews about the ability of an ASHP to heat that size of house efficiently and cost effectively. I know there is a big difference in capital expense but keen to canvas people’s views and experiences of other issues other than costs. Thanks
  7. Thanks, it’s food to hear positive feedback. Did you manage to do any pre-planning approval application or promise or did you need to have planning approval before they would do anything?
  8. Hi Does anyone have any recommendations for self-build mortgage brokers other than Buildstore? Keen to explore options at this stage as haven’t always heard positive feeedback on Buildstore. Based in Scotland, if that makes any difference.
  9. We will be making sure our shower controls are far away from our shower head, no more wet arm turning it on in the morning.
  10. Thanks for taking the time to feedback, it is appreciated. To give you a little bit of context it’s more of a £500/550k house as opposed to £1M which maybe impact some of the overall comments. We had already considered a few of the comments/point raised and some are entirely new which is exactly the reason we thought it would be good to get feedback. The space itself is fairly flexible and we feel that rooms could easily be changed around to reflect our needs further down the line eg playroom could become fifth bedroom/grannex since the bathroom is next door. We are also putting in roof trusses to be able to go up a level in the future so this could accomodate future studies/cinema rooms etc should we require the extra space (especially if we end up having twins 😂). We we have decided to square off the angle on the open plan living area as it seemed unnecessary so this might give us a bit more hidden storage and flexibility with the stairs. thanks!
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    Hi everyone A friend of ours is a quantity surveyor and has mentioned helping us out with our project. I was wondering how much a quantity surveyor typically costs and what the typical level of involvement is. I see it as a good way to keep control of costs however would imagine in a main contractor scenario it is slightly less crucial. Just trying to work out if the extra spend is worthwhile? thanks in advance!
  12. It’s 303sqm. Originally the plan suggested by the architect was to keep the kitchen/utility to a single story but we decided to build up since we would be paying for foundations/roof etc anyway. I’d be keen to hear about those bits you aren’t convinced by, I’d like to see how our thoughts/decisions stack up against challenge. Yes, the architect mentioned this around the elevations and is working on a materials schedule now with this in mind.
  13. Thanks for the heads up re windows and blinds. I’ll look into that a bit more. We we have a jack and Jill in our current home and it works great for us. Trying to minimize the number of bathrooms that need kitted out and cleaned! Lol
  14. Thanks for your feedback, we quite like the angled wall and corner windowx as design features but appreciate they might end up expensive features which may have to consider changing when we get quotes etc. Ill have ave a look at the double landing, hadn’t occurred to me it could be tight. Yes; plot is too tight for a bigger garage however we had decided fairly early on that since all we use our current double garage for is storage, it’s a sacrifice that works for us.
  15. Hi all We have been working with our architect to finalise our plans for our self build. We are really happy with the plans but thought it would be interesting to share them here and benefit from the helpful critique, experience and suggestions others have obtained doing the same. The house itself is on the larger side being 303sqm (exc garage) as it is to accommodate our growing young family. thanks in advance. jenna