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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

    Building Regs and SAP

    It's only because they're all set up for a certain stud size/insulation etc - there's literally nothing wrong with 100mm kit, I've actually done a block of flats in 100mm kit before!
  2. the_r_sole

    Building Regs and SAP

    that's interesting, the resistance from framing specialists - 100mm structural studs used to be the standard way to build, it only really moved to 140/150mm studs when the insulation requirements were upped, now it's actually difficult to get enough insulation between studs so you end up going to insulation on the inside of the studs... We recently did a house for a builder and he wanted to do 100mm kit with mineral wool studs between for the external walls, then use rigid insulation inside, that one flew through the SAP calcs but was also the cheapest way the guy could build, he priced up loads of different options....
  3. the_r_sole

    Steelwork quote seems a lot

    I didn't say that there was no mulit-disciplinary involvement - the last commercial project that I finished had 13 consultants (including us as lead consultant) - so pretty complex, but definitely not left to a firm of engineers to "make possible" - it was us doing all the coordination between drawing sets and making sure the drawings on site were the right ones - all that after a year of designing the building with the client to get through planning, get on budget etc etc! Delivering a building is a team process, but saying that architects only draw pretty pictures is definitely the understanding of a jaded engineer/architectural technologist! (ps if you know any mechanical engineers in scotland who don't just copy and paste ventilation units from their last job can you drop me a pm?!)
  4. It's an interesting idea, but is it really necessary? You already get kits to form walk in showers in suspended timber floors - with big slot drains? seems a bit overkill if you're not going to see the s/s?
  5. the_r_sole

    Steelwork quote seems a lot

    I work on a lot of commercial projects and really we don't have engineering consultancies acting in anything like that role, maybe on a tescos or something where there's zero design requirement but it's certainly not my experience of working as an architect in the uk, eu or canada
  6. the_r_sole

    Steelwork quote seems a lot

    bit harsh, architects have to deal with the whole project, balancing planning, client, budget, technical, timescale issues - structural engineers have one job to do! 🤣 You are of course correct about building regs, it's a serious failure in the english system imo, far too much responsibility is trusted to builders and "building regs" rather than actually getting the correct person to design things for the best outcome... seems like a massive oversight from everyone involved here! even the builder pricing the job
  7. Interesting discussion... looking at @Ferdinands alternative proposal - I was thinking almost the exact opposite of that! 😂 One of my pet hates with traditional bungalows is the square floor plan which wastes a good chuck of area on corridor and give you 2+ room depths in a small house - for me, one nice to have is a single room depth of house (so probably an L shape on this site) but it allows a dual aspect in the public rooms which always makes a small house feel bigger. If you can use an L shape it means you can enter at the middle (minimising corridor) and have one side as public and one for bedrooms, or keep the corner area as public and split the bedrooms to either end, but I think a private garden behind a bungalow would be preferable to having it all on show (and you could also follow building/plot lines which might be an easier sell to planners)
  8. the_r_sole

    Building Regs and SAP

    Tbh 13 points is absolutely nothing, one local authority we work with gives you four points relating to the construction notification plan! Building regs don't decide what build method you use or what heating systems are used, sometimes you need to tweak the design to account for things to make sure them comply but it's not the job of building control to dictate anything, their role is to confirm compliance with the regs
  9. the_r_sole

    Building Regs and SAP

    We no longer prepare sap's and always farm them out to specialists, too time consuming for us - but you need to have good information to input into the system, what kind of mistakes has this person made (and what is their actual job? Energy Assessor, Architect, Technologist??) If you've got building regs drawings there are hundreds of energy consultants who will do SAP calcs - having heard some of the advice dealt out in jewsons to builders on building reg compliance, I would be very wary, but guess they will just be farming it out too and skimming a bit off the top
  10. the_r_sole

    Timber clad suppliers and advice please

    they can make minor changes or add things if it fits within their rigid system- their job, similar to huf house is to get you on the hook with the "system build" then up sell absolutely everything! I had a meeting with a financier who works regularly with these companies and she was saying it's amazing how quickly a £200k build turns into a £500k build once you've been on the hook for a while! Surely the point of them being in the EU, using eu labour and installers means they can't blame costs on brexit!!
  11. there's not many lenders you can approach direct outside of buildstore, as buildstore effectively make the product for the lenders, ecology you can do direct but depends on the appropriateness to the project... the other thing to look for is an accelerator type mortgage which pays in stages upfront, that way you can cashflow a lot easier, if you do a self build in arrears you have to find each stage, get a valuation and then draw down, hoping that the valuations match what you've paid out. You might think the Buildstore fees are high, but they include the insurance, warranties etc which another lender might require in their t&c's but they don't provide directly (so you might end up spending just as much overall)
  12. the_r_sole

    Timber frame vs Brick and block?

    don't have time to do the survey at the moment, but the 1980's world in action programme about poor workmanship in timber frame pretty much decimated timber frame in volume house building - which really had nothing to do with the system, just the cowboys building it! There is a bizarre fascination with "bricks and mortar" in England within the target audience of volume housebuilders (even some funders) we had a massive issue trying to get a development off the ground in devon with timber frame construction... Have a look at the scottish builders and you'll see that there is a high percentage of timber framed houses over masonry. Another factor is that the bricklayers/builders have a good lobbying power in England so they help to shape the industry
  13. the_r_sole

    JCT Homeowners Contract and Insurers

    only your specific insurer will know what kind of contracts they like, have never heard of any that don't like the JCT but maybe it's the particular homeowner one they don't like as it doesn't have a third party contract administrator?
  14. the_r_sole

    When do I hire these consultants?

    It's a fairly common occurrence, I've had this argument with them a few times (edinburgh city council always ask for a letter from the architect to confirm the costs but other use the indexed price) - the way to explain it, is that the project needs a quantifiable amount of input and inspection from building standards, so even if you can build something cheaper, it doesn't mean building standards do less work. If people are submitting warrant packages based on the true cost of a finished building, they are over-paying fees to the local authority, generally you can get away with a much lower m2 cost on a warrant submission because it only needs to include which falls under the scope of the technical standards - I know that some jobs I have won't be delivered for less than 2k per m2 but the warrant values are based on around half that...
  15. the_r_sole

    Ugly house re-design

    Is the ground floor on the right a converted garage? I think you can be much bolder in the approach - there's still too much going on imo - that pitched roof dormer addtion isn't really helping you either! What's going in the entrance? is it just going to be a stair from external ground to ground floor level? and how wide is it? I know it's been mentioned in here before, and I know that you are concentrating solely on the look of the elevation, but the floor plan is absolutely critical too imo