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  1. I’ve been where you are now Rus The initial sap is a waste of paper I went elsewhere for the final sap As Built and still scored 89 without MVRH solar PV I was truthful about everything Others perhaps arnt We had a planning condition that we had to score 24% higher the the national average We had water harvesting and a massive array of solar panels as part of our planning With decided not to fit either and exceed all insulation spec I thought Em we may have problems at the end Paid my 100 quid and received my my detailed report the following day The Sap is at best a rough guide
  2. A couple of caps full of grout remover in the tile bucket will help also
  3. You should really seal the pourus tiles before grouting
  4. Use Abito board on your top layer Far better acoustics and better to fix to than OSB
  5. 150 insulation UFH pipes 75 mil screed 18 mil Porcelain Oak stairs straight on top
  6. It cracks me up the way contractors treat self builders I supply and fit plasterboard metal framing and insulation to large sites Loads of skips there to be used No chance I’ve to supply my own skips It would be more than reasonable for you to deduct the price of a skip and something for your time Had he not let you down Surely he wouldn’t have left a big pile of rubbish for you to get rid of
  7. I’m sorry to hear that Mary It sounds like any relationship or trust that you had had now gone Ask building control what remedial measures need to be taken to satisfy them Then put it in writing what needs to be done to get you back on track Giving him 30 day to sort it out Or you will bring in another builder at his expense and take him to small claims court if need be I’m guessing he The isolation would be fine The issue is that it should be separate from the brickwork Fixing a moister barrier should have been the first job
  8. I’m sorry to hear that Mary It sounds like any relationship or trust that you had had now gone Ask building control what remedial measures need to be taken to satisfy them Then put it in writing what needs to be done to get you back on track Giving him 30 day to sort it out Or you will bring in another builder at his expense and take him to small claims court if need be I’m guessing he will know all about small claims court There are plenty of good builders out there But as many poor ones also The later of quite skilled at making the customer feel like they are in the wrong or don’t know what they are talking about
  9. Unfortunately it can’t It’s his error and if you haven’t paid him His problem He either didn’t care or didn’t know If you are using Building control They would have wanted to inspect prior to plaster boarding and would have definitely flagged this issue You need to be firm on this and tell him Not only will you not be paying the money owed You will bill him for any extra cost rectifying this bad workmanship
  10. Finishes 31 sash windows I set of French doors 1 set of bifold 5 mtr orangery with glass roof lantern 150 m2 of UFH Covered with a 150 m2 of top quality Italian porcelain Large Nolte kitchen with £7000 worth of appliances 120 m2 of Italian tiles used on to bathrooms One with free standing tub and one ensuite All German Fittings Two double garages 400 m2 K rend Electric gates and garage door 400 m2 of Tobalmoore paving Paid for out of some of the vat claim We have a warm well insulated house I should point out that we have built out of Block and block So we where always going to come in less than if we had taken the easier option of TF We where able to build without selling our own home or borrowing Largely due to spreading the cost over two years Im sure I’ve missed something We chose not to install MVHR If not sure it would have made any difference one way or the other Perhaps in the next one If only to have it and not need it If we had lowered the fitting out spec we could have knocked 40 K off the cost and still had a nice house
  11. Budgets on here vary wildly and so does the spec As Dave has pointed out much depends on how much you do yourself Paying for trades can soon rack up We finished ours in two years While holding down full time jobs We worked Friday to Sunday and I went to the house for a few hours each evening Every week We didn’t scrimp on the finish All German Bathrooms and Kitchen we came in at 830 m2 On a 5 bed 285 m2 house My wife is a theatre manager in a hospital and has helped out with roofing plastering wiring Fitting windows and doors etc The list goes on Don't underestimate how much you can save by doing a lot of the labour yourself
  12. We had 750 tons of mostly Clay to remove by lorry 20 ton at a time I did a deal with a local haulier 3 lorry’s Each returning with reclaimed hardcore 130 per load of hardcore 130 Muck away We started in November Had we started on schedule in June We would have saved a third on the muck away Prices three years ago