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    Architect in Scotland, have worked with self builders and looking to find a site to practice what I preach!
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  1. the_r_sole

    BIM Objects??

    sketchup can barely handle circles most of the time, I think using BIM objects in there would be total overkill. BIM objects tend to have a lot of information used for scheduling etc which you don't need/use in sketchup, you would exponentially increase file size, similar to adding loads of components from the warehouse. With sketchup - Keep it simple, make your own components if you need to, with simple geometries. What are you hoping to achieve using bim objects?
  2. if it's a perfectly habitable house then it's very likely the seller will just want rid of it, either as quickly as possible or for as much money as possible (both are things you want to avoid!) If it's a knackered house you could try and get an option agreement on it, so agree to buy it for x amount on the grant of planning permission - you sometimes need to put down a bit of a payment to get people on board with an option agreement and they are usually time limited. some sellers will not entertain an option agreement so might just force you to buy it - if there's already a house there then at least the principle for a house is established so it's more just going to come down to design issues in planning than anything wider ranging
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    nice stair there - be very careful if you are deviating from the SE design for things like that as if it falls under the SER certificate, the original engineer will have to sign off the design before you can apply for completion... what's your riser detail there for complying with the regs?
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    Architect Design v Self Design

    why do you want it done quickly? If you can afford some time at the early stages it will end in a better finished product (in design terms anyway) It's really difficult to comment on the plans without knowing the site and what constraints you are working with and what opportunities there are for getting views/light in etc It won't shock people to know that I think using an architect can be a very valuable experience, but it does depend on getting the right one, you want someone that understands how you want to live in a house - I know there's a few comments above about architects doing what they want rather than what you want, but it is fairly easy to spot those guys (I've worked with a few!) If you don't want to use one, my advice would be to make up a series of scenarios to help figure out how the house flows - imagine coming in on wet, windy day with your shopping, how do you get in, put the shopping down and get your outerwear off? On a sunny day, where are the bits of the garden you're likely to be sitting, do you need a view through the house to see if there's friends arriving at the front door? etc etc, you can make up loads of these and it will help you to figure out where things should be and how big etc It's a lot of bedrooms up the stairs, would it be better to look to have a guest bed on the ground floor and give you an option for the future and you could maybe have the study (semi) open to the hall on the first floor and bring light in through that to the hall?
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    Timber extension- structure q's.
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    Timber extension- structure q's.

    the loads transfer the same way in timber frame or masonry, i.e the inner leaf does all the work, on a four sided small building, two of the walls would transfer the load onto the foundations. Timber frame is no less "solid" than masonry by the time you're finished, it's more common in extreme weather environments than cavity masonry - the english domestic market has a bizarre fascination with "bricks and mortar" and how it's just more solid feeling than timber frame
  7. the only way I've ever managed to get around an issue like this is to get a civil engineer involved to argue it out with the environment agency about how you can get something acceptable
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    Electrician's insulator stripping tool.

    one of these things?
  9. In all seriousness, we generally produce 3d models for our clients to understand the designs but for planning applications we put in 2d elevation drawings - if you put in 3d's prepare yourself for planners not understanding that they are not to scale, that they need to think about which bit of the building they are looking at etc and they might see something that they don't like in the 3d. Too much information at formal application stage can harm your application - but can be very helpful at pre-app stage.
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    Material compatibility

    It's the run off from one material to the other where you can end up with issues - I'm sure zinc and cedar aren't a good combination but it makes a difference on which way around the run off is going, vmzinc have a little bit of technical info but I've seen something much more detailed recently (just can't put my finger on where!)
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    Virtual Reality

    having played a fair bit with 3d printers - the time input in taking an autocad drawing into the model would be a nightmare!
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    Virtual Reality

    The cost of this level of modelling is pretty significant, we produce walkthroughs and 3d visuals and occasionally a physical model or two at concept stage, but the amount of detail and set up of the lighting etc for photo realistic stuff is pretty specialist - some modern software lets you output to vr quite easily but it's much more loose and unrealistic than you'll see on the tv show. (although you would still get an impression of it)
  13. Under most contracts the work of subcontractors is the responsibility of the main contractor, the scenario would be that the main contractor would claim against the subcontractors but the employer only has a relationship with the main contractor so they carry the liability for all defects.
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    upside down and buried

    on a flat plot? no chance! I lived for a few weeks in a basement room which had a tiny slot window above head height (which was external ground level) and there was something not nice about the subterranean living, much prefer to have access to daylight and natural ventilation
  15. In a volume housing situation (as with most building work), the main contractor is always liable for the work on site