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  1. Thanks for further input. Under a previous planner my parents had a struggle getting permission just adjacent to me when they wanted to move from a tenanted house onto their own land, and other's locally have had difficulty. However I've had a positive response to a pre-app so am confident if I conform to what is asked I should be ok. I've been advised that from a building perspective a simple rectangle is the cheapest way to go and fortunately the 'longhouse' style has become a local norm for new houses. I've tended to see a septic tank as the default as that is what I have grown up with as the norm, with the only maintenance being emptying from time to time. In places certainly the underlaying substrate is bedrock and the guy who does the majority of digger work hereabouts said that he had come across similar elsewhere. Perversely, about 70m away my mum's standard onion tank was easily installed by digging out some boulders and rotten rock. Unfortunately our source of rotten rock has run out so I will have to buy in any infill / hard standing that is needed. @Thedreamer is your build ongoing then? Good luck if so. Sounds as though you are in the same boat with great views and strict budget. @ProDave your words are very reassuring! I made a crude attempt to measure the surface-level difference in height from front to back of the footprint of the house and I concluded it could be in the region of 900mm, and then there is the difference in soil depth... I have dug so many holes trying to figure out what can go where that the site is more hole than land now!
  2. An architect neighbour a couple of miles along the road has done just that! Well, they are partly into a bank and it is extended over the top with a turf roof. It is well up a hill track and invisible from the road. Very clever job and all done themselves, a lifetimes work though. I checked the lottery numbers this morning just in case
  3. I own to the top of the steep bank behind. The view? Priceless!!! I know there are more spendy solutions - and what wonders could be done on this site if there was money to throw at it, but I am absolutely scraping together the budget for the lowest-cost approach. It is in a National Scenic Area so a further consideration is that the view imposes costs in terms fairly limiting constraints on design and siting. A pre-app has had a positive response for this style of house in more or less this position and I was advised to be as close to the bottom of the bank as possible.
  4. Thanks John, it has been considered. This seems to be the lesser of evils - unless I use this layout I need a pump, and even a biodisc type system would require rock pecking out elsewhere on the site. Probably more significantly, SEPA have agreed to this approach and there is no watercourse available that would satisfy them for discharge.
  5. Video now accessible, probably of little use though, hard to know how I could make it so unclear and shaky! The base of the holes viewed are covered with soil as it was so long since I dug them but give an idea of soil type. The two photos show new holes dug yesterday. The shallow one is at the highest point, you can see smooth rock on the base. The other one was too taxing to fully dig out at this point but it is solid at the bottom, it is at the low end.
  6. Thanks for speedy replies. I hit rock at the bottom of all the holes. It is agricultural land, rough grazing, so nothing done previously. Rock in some places is a little friable but solid and in others clearly smooth bedrock. I will try to fix that video. The intended house is a longhouse style (15.6 x 6m) and only one floor developed, but with attic trusses to allow for upstairs later if funds allow. If the costs of the levelling are really significant maybe I should be thinking of making a smaller footprint with bedrooms upstairs instead... as I said, endless speculation with no knowledge at all to curb my wildest imaginings!! The architect who will draw the site plan is getting me quotes for the survey - a friend on nearby mainland paid £700 so I'm expecting this as a ballpark figure. The waiting at each stage is excruciating! Budget is limited and once I finally have all the information, foundation design etc the builder will produce the figure which reveals whether I can go ahead or not. I wobble from optimism to dread on an hourly basis!
  7. Hoping for general information regarding foundations on a sloping site. I'd previously been worried about septic tank and soakaway as I have shallow soil and drains surrounding my site (thank you for responses to my question on this a couple of months ago). This week an experienced consultant visited and he has advised that I could locate the house on the highest point of my site and this would provide enough drop to avoid using a pump, plus there would also be enough soil depth in the lowest area for a low-profile tank and mounded soakaway without needing to peck out rock. I was so relieved to have a solution after months of worrying!! This solution moves the house back a few metres to the base of a steep bank and euphoria quickly turned to new concern when I looked at what I'd previously considered to be a negligible slope across the site. I was even more concerned after digging test pits in the region of the house corners - the greatest soil depth is at the low end (1000mm) and soil is shallowest at the highest corner (550mm), that can't be good. I need to have a site survey done to map the levels and without that I realise my question is really vague, but I'd be grateful for any idea of what foundations on a sloping site entail. I am guessing the high point is scraped to rock and a retaining wall built around the lower parts to that same level. Then what fills the bit in between - rock type material (expensive on an island) or soil...? I'm hoping to use air-source heat pump und underfloor heating, I imagine this is relevant. I'm attaching a pdf showing test pits and their depths, and a link to a shaky video which gives an idea of the site (I look in test pits relating to a previous and now discounted house position - this has been a long process already!). Any input would be very very welcome! Until I have a site survey done and a response from builders my imagination is running wild! Thank you, Kirsty Site_Info_19th_Feb_2019.pdf
  8. No, that isn't included. Just connecting and the cable.
  9. I do thanks, an informal quote for 5k to bring it from a transformer about 65m away.
  10. She did. The flow from the springs is in the south ditch/drain and is a little more than that of the drain pictured, but not a great deal. It does sound as though the mound is a manageable option. I need to investigate how much for sand, and how much sand... so perc test next I think...
  11. Unfortunately I think they may have been furnished with all this info in the discussions with the consultant... at least that means the solution takes that into account. I expect they'd intend me to divert it if I went ahead. I do aim to divert the one I dug to the north as far as possible but there is a pokey-out bit from the bank just beyond the 3rd photo that means it really can only go that far then has to head down slope to the roadside ditch, but it should be feasible to move it at least 10m from the area I marked as a potential soakaway spot... I had to drain the area as nearby holes kept filling with water. Now I have moved the house thats not a problem - I was trying to avoid the ugly electric pole you see. The other drain that I dug to the south can also be diverted but it probably hasn't any relevance. The roadside ones are outside my jurisdiction, unfortunately! As is that electric pole, the bane of my life... I haven't signed an agreement over way leave yet but SSSE pretty much advised that was where it would be agreement or none! Thanks Joe, thats something to consider.
  12. Bedrock. I am on an awkward seam it appears. Any geologists who might comment on what it is and whether it is nice and easy to peck out and won't take a digger 5 minutes... 🙂 Having hand dug most of the other holes it was quite amusing to have a huge powerful digger come and make the smallest hole around! Ok, no more photos I promise. Its just so exciting to speak to people who can help!
  13. There is a fair bit of space to the north of the drain, but I'm trying to keep the access road as short as possible to minimise cost, and there is the only one point at this end of the plot providing the required visibility splay. Also to show how much water is in the drain, I don't know the flow rate required for the grey water discharge but it has run like this since dug in early autumn. eta, please ignore proposed house label, that is now proposed parking!!
  14. Thanks for speedy and encouraging replies! Quite simply I can't afford a nasty surprise once underway. Funnily I was worried about groundwater, and believed I was over rotten rock since this was at the bottom of my other test pits. Seems to be a seam of rock running along the land at this level... Oh a book. Fabulous. And that mound sounds quite do-able. I feel less daunted already!! Hokay here are images 3 and 4 of 6000000...
  15. Be my guest Thanks! Offshore Argyll, isle of Mull.