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  1. For a total layman, the Housebuilder Bible was absolutely fabulous read, before that I had no idea at all what it means to build a house from scratch. Obvioulsy, thing change in real life faster than they publish *th edition of the HouseBible (as DH came to call it), but some ground rules and a bit of insight into how the industry works is great. Mine copy of HB is now all feathered with sticky notes for future reference.
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    New Build Design

    Do you really need that much empty space in Bathroom adjacent to Bedroom 2? Seems that the funny shape of the bathroom eats into useful space in bedroom.
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    To chase or not to chase?..

    @Hecateh Thank you, you confirm my gut feel! ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    To chase or not to chase?..

    We submitted our plans for pre-application advice, paid the fee back in Nov'2018. The Council states they aim to deal with these in 10 working days, and set up a meeting in 15 working days from submission date. It's been almost twice that long (even taking Christmas out), and last time we gently checked whether they received the payment (the payment process is separate from application, so some doubts around whether they can match the two correctly) a reply came that they received both and aim to respond last week. Nothing since, and the weekly update on council website shows they are dealing with applications submitted later than ours. Hence, the questions - should we chase them again, or we risk getting into their bad books forever? I know, patience is a virtue, but there is patience and patience. Am also mindful there will be another 8 wks once we submit the full appl;n. Advice?..
  5. I'm not sure what external texture you have in mind (render?), but if you are keen to maintain contrast (I can see the point), I would probably take this contrasting a step futher and do a WHITE garage door to the left side of the house, to contrast to the dark entrance door on the right. Also the left-hand blind wall (neighbour-facing, I assume) can be rendered white / light (same as the righthand part of house), so you would have some sort of interplay between the two. White window frames to the dark side. A bit like Alice in Wonderland, but with correct materials it can be made fun and attractive! You can then take it even further by planting contrasting soft landscaping elements to blend it in (e.g., white flower shrubs / baskets) against the dark wall and darker intense colours (e.g, plants with dark foliage) againts light-coloured wall. Then it makes the whole lot look conceptual
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    Whilst we wait (and hope)... things to do - ?

    @TheMitchells Thank you! It's a bit of a drive from London, but will definitely explore. @ultramods thanks, glad we were thinking along the same lines and are well into the selection process you listed! Highlight of the Christmas family getaway was a visit to a Porcelanosa showroom ๐Ÿ˜ thought-provoking, indeed. Our provisional plans went up for a public forum beating earlier this week and the results were really helpful, working on amendments now! @Square Feet we are demolishing an existing bungalow we're currently living in, so the services are connected to the plot, so hopefully will not be much of a drama to disconnect and re-connect, and we're keeping services entry points almost at the exact spots as current. @recoveringacademic and @Ferdinand - believe me, we are reading it methodically (early stages), but I completely take your point! Nothing is more loathsome than newbies asking primitive questions for a 1000+'s time, can totally relate to the feelings it brings up :)) The only reason why I asked it (whilst reading everything else) was out of fear that there may be some crucial deadline I missed just because I have not yet read up to that page! Anyway, so far this is the friendliest forum I've seen in a long time, and I wholeheartedly intend to obey the rules and not irk the Masters and the Gurus :) bad for karma, they say! Everyone, thank you very much. Now back to reading....๐Ÿ˜Š
  7. We're currently waiting for the PP to come through, but me being all wired up on proactivity and efficiency (and having nothing to do on my hands after having read and re-read the Housebuilder Bible-12) I keep thinking what can be done whilst we wait. How to best utilise the project time?.. Need collective experience help here. Things that come to mind: 1) Choosing the builder - this will start later this week, hopefully, with intros to a few being arranged by our Architect. 2) Choosing a PM - this is likely to be either our Architect or the main contractor once chosen, so see above. 3) Getting docs together for the mortgage - in process (personal fin docs ready, but obviously don't yet have detailed confirmed plans / PP / SE calcs / costing & budget, etc, so too early). 4) Finding a rental property for the period of build - too early, they get snapped pretty quickly in our area. What do normal people do at this stage? What am I missing?
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    Getting mortgage after work has started

    May I ask, what caused such delay? Must have been hugely stressful ...
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    Floor plans (v5 and counting)

    @ProDave, in fact, I'm totally with you on the extra door - not sure why our Architect put it in there, we did instruct to remove this, as the space is supposed to be open, not enclosed. And yes, built-in wardrobes with mirrored sliding doors on both sides, so in fact it's just a wide corridor / extended landing, flanked by wardrobes. That's all.
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    Floor plans (v5 and counting)

    Re whether or not we are having a SF space, it depends on what the Planning authorities say, and we expect to hear some time next week (Christmas, etc out of the way, the council should be picking up pace now). If they say no it will be a complete game changer in which case FF will get fully reshuffled. Noted re turning around ensuites, will play around with RoomSketcher and see what it looks like. Utility space is actually going to be used, and we need to fit lots of storage cupboards in there. DH is big on cooking and experimenting, so you should see our ingredients store (take that, Nigella!). Having lived without a proper utility space for the past 11 years, we are desperate to have it back and use it to the full. Have visited some newbuilds recently where utility is even larger than this one, and it felt just right With regards to moving stairs back and enlarging reception, I can see the point, however we're a bit stuck here. You see, the plot is bloody narrow, and on the left-hand side the neighbour's garage (note in the top left corner of plans) sort of eats into the plot, creating a diagonal change to the wall (don't us us why - historically!). So our garage is quite conservatively planned around the largest of our two cars (an "estate" e-class), which in turn restricts severely our options to place the front door. You can notice it is not "centralised" in the hallway. Since we can't move garage door further towards the back garden, and hence cannot reposition the front door, moving back starcase and enlarging Reception (which I agree may be a bit tight) would create a disproportion in the hallway. Hard one, this one... Under stairs goes a built-in coats space. Generally we do need a significant amount of storage in the house, can't help it. Noted an increasing number of votes for SF bathroom, so will have to seriously consider. And yes, daylight on the stairs is definitely part of the plan now.
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    Floor plans (v5 and counting)

    Great ideas, thank you everyone! What a fresh look does!..
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    Floor plans (v5 and counting)

    Great idea, thank you!!
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    Floor plans (v5 and counting)

    @Ferdinand thank you so much for taking the time to review in such detail, hugely helpful! Itemised: 1 I think you perhaps want something to allow use of space outside the kitchen in light rain, evenings or winter for eg meals, parties or gardening activities. Perhaps a pergola? - Totally agree, a pergola will be included. I have not yet started proper landscaping plans for the garden, this will be me, not our Architect, so am warming up before announcing plans and budget to DH ๐Ÿ™ˆ Garden is c.125 m sq, almost a square shape. Not fully included in the plans I posted. 2 I think provision for a shower in the downstairs cloakroom is important. Muddy dogs, disabled guests, future old age etc.- No dogs in this household, this is entirely cat's terrain, but definitely a thing to consider (a shower, not a dog). 3 I a not sure that those stairs will take a stairlift, so you will perhaps need to identify a possible location for a future lift .. which is a better idea than a stairlift anyway, and is a good thing to be in a 3 story house, especially in London, and especially if you have oodles of kit and stock to take up to the top floor for your craft activities. It is a massive advantage to plan for that from the start. - We quite like the idea of a vertical tubular lift (going up from dining area to one of the bedrooms), it costs c.ยฃ11k, and is much simpler than a stairlift. Stiltz or similar. 4 The garage and carport look pretty good in design, but do consider maintenance of the wall and windows above - provision for a walkway and ladder stand up there? - Great point made, thank you very much. Will discuss and consider. 6 I am not really convinced by the inner landing, especially as it is large. if you turned the two ensuites by 90 degrees you could have larger bedrooms and keep the same ensuites, or shuffle the staircase along and make 3 beds 3 and 4 larger. IT might be an idea to use the extra space to give a big joint walk in wardrobe that could be repurposed as a dressing room in future to make one of bed 1 or bed 2 into a master suite in future. You still get a slightly smaller inner landing. - Good ideas, will consider. For now, see above re wardrobe space requirement. 7 I think the house would significantly benefit from fixing a way to get more light into the central spaces on the Gand and 1st. lots of ways to do this, but this reply is long enough already. - Agree. Current plan does not include a landing window mid-stairs between GF / FF, it's last-week's addition, not drawn up yet. 8 Do you actually want a cloakroom in the studio now, so you do not have to go downstairs when you are in full creative flow? - Hmm... now that you've said that.... 9 I think the hisโ€™nโ€™hers loos in the family bathroom are innovative and completely darling .... - LOL :))) All I planned for was a humble bidet :)))) DH, however, dreams of one of those Japanese uber-smart toilets (all-singing-all-dancing-all-washing-all-wiping, powder included), so we'll have to see if we have any spare change for those :))