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  1. Mrs S

    Hello fellow Scottish builders

    Hi, we have a plot South Aberdeenshire that we have PP for a 3 bed build with integrated garage, TF build, due to our narrow access roads. Had hoped to have started by now, but I fear we are being given the run around from the “local” tradesmen with their pricing and the length of time they take to get back to us! We had hoped for a turnkey but looks more likely that I will PM and sub out the work. We aren’t local to the area so going on our architects recommendation, which isn’t proving very productive!! Any help or advice regarding do’s & dont’s would be gladly appreciated 😊
  2. Mrs S

    Demolition Costs

    Thanks, this guy is the local groundsman that everyone uses. He was also the most expensive bid when we were quoted for turnkey- hence we decided to split the jobs up and sub them out. I think he’s coming it as he used a QS to quote for the demolition, and we live overseas at the moment, so I think he thinks we are loaded- I wish!! We May demolish the cottage ourselves, but we still need services connected up before we get back so we have somewhere to live.
  3. Mrs S

    Demolition Costs

    They are sound, the previous owners were in the process of redeveloping the cottage to use, and the roof was one of the first things for them to do
  4. Mrs S

    Demolition Costs

    Another £18k
  5. Mrs S

    Demolition Costs

    You would think so, at this amount!!
  6. Mrs S

    Demolition Costs

    We had done a rough guess of costs using “the bible” and were gobsmacked when we got the figure in. No asbestos, no founds, just an earth floor- very traditional farmhands cottage. This sum was on top of what he wants to charge for our services prior to siting a caravan on site!!
  7. Mrs S

    Demolition Costs

    How much would you expect an estimate for demolition of a small stone built cottage approx 60 sqm? We are reusing most of the stone and the slate roof. The local guy has just quoted us £17,500 and that’s only for demolition and not for removal of any excess materials. We think it’s on the high side and would like to benchmark it with others Thanks
  8. Mrs S

    Help- Tender costs too high

    Thanks, you brought up some good points. Apparently we have overestimated for our bathrooms & kitchen, so we’ve saved money already 👍🏻 It’s the final market value of the house when we come to sell it that has dictated our budget. Hence, why we’ve limited ourselves to the home values in our area. Yes, I agree, it is easy to get carried away, but I’m the one who is loath to part with money not my husband, so I am usually quite good at sourcing a good deal. Also design names don’t interest me, as long as the product does what it’s supposed to, I am happy - shoot me down now 😂 I think we have agreed that we will go down the route of me being PM , I am good at organising whereas my husband is the more practical one.
  9. Mrs S

    Help- Tender costs too high

    Thanks for this @Ferdinand, a lot to take in & think about. Let me attempt to explain our reasoning 😊 - we have 2 loo’s downstairs, as I didn’t want to have to trail through the house to use the loo, after I’d been out working in the garden. - the balcony from the upstairs lounge was the architect’s suggestion and we kept it as it’s South facing and will allow us to enjoy the summer evenings. - the balcony over the dining room is there for our coastal views, & we have further plans for it once we have the budget. - the shower room off the lounge, jack n Jill style has been done that way, as the lounge will also be used for guests staying over. - the “plant room” in in fact a storage cupboard, as I felt we lacked storage, so utilised some hall space. The Plant will be down in the garage. - I am the only person in our family that likes a bath, & I wanted it in the master room to be more relaxed. - the stairs I can’t answer for, that again was my architects doing - I agree completely about the garage/ entrance way, but we don’t have the room to make it a double, as we have to leave rights of access up the back of our property. - the roof is not the design we wanted, but we had no option as our initial design was rejected by planning for being “too modern & urban” for the area. This is basically what the planners suggested the architect to do, in order for us to pass planning. - one of our suggestions was a corner entranceway, which would have given us a more open hall, which we wanted, instead of the corridor, but was told we didn’t have the room. - As per Scottish Building Warrant rules, a provisional space has to be made for a chair stair lift in every new build. If it comes to it, we will use the area to the side and put in a lift, using the storage area upstairs. Thank you for all your comments & suggestions as every bit of advice counts. I will sit down with my hubby later with a glass of red and think about what you have written & if it’s still possible for us to implement them 😊
  10. Mrs S

    Help- Tender costs too high

    @soapstar, at the moment we don’t know who we’ll use for sub contracting, we’d prefer to use local tradesmen if possible
  11. Mrs S

    Help- Tender costs too high

    Interesting, thanks for that, I’ll look into them 👍🏻
  12. Mrs S

    Help- Tender costs too high

    Sorry, what do you mean by a “fall”? There is going to be a slight step from the hall onto the balcony. This has already been passed by BW & planning. I understand where you are coming from regarding the large glazing, but we are directly on the coast and have a stunning view, hence why the windows have been designed as such. It’s possible to get blinds to suit your window shape, which should help with the early morning sun. We have taken the step to reduce our facing materials, and are putting it by planning to get the ok. Concrete tiles are a definite no go, we have to use slate, as we are in a conservation coastal area. We’ve already had to change our roof design, as it “wasn’t in keeping with the area” 😞 The downstairs shower room is already designed to be wheelchair accessible.
  13. Mrs S

    Help- Tender costs too high

    Thanks, but our budget excluding what we paid for the plot is £1300-£1450/sqm
  14. Mrs S

    Help- Tender costs too high

    Hi @soapstar, we didn’t receive detailed quotes from either builder, which perturbed me ever so slightly, as I like to know what I’m paying for. Having previously done some homework with our costings, we know that we are being overcharged for some of the products ie the sewage treatment plant is £3k more than if we purchase it ourselves! After meeting with @ultramods, my husband and I have decided to go down the sub contractor route. I will PM the build, along with my husband when he is at home, this will hopefully allow us to build a house within our budget without having to sacrifice some of the design features. Good luck with your build 😊