Sue B

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  1. Looking at the picture, your plot is above the road / pavement so anything falling from the build may land on passers by. If I have that correct ......... I can understand your worry about an ICF blowout with the danger to people below. However, i can’t help but think one accidental mid-handling of a Lego block, that falls, would be far more dangerous. I think your risk assessment for the build must include protecting passers-by. With ICF the danger is only during the pour. With the Lego blocks it is as you lay every single block unless I am looking at the picture incorrectly.
  2. We’ll be building it ourselves to practise using the blocks so supply only.
  3. Thanks everyone. Looks like i’ll have to wait to get the VAT back. Very frustrating.
  4. We buried bits of asbestos under a large pond in our first house. Even if the new owners fill in the pond, they will probably just fill it with earth and not break out the bottom so perfectly safe.
  5. We are still waiting for planning permission (at appeal due to non-determination in proper timescale). If we start on the boundary wall and driveway (a very rough driveway to level it out a bit) now, before planning permission is granted, can we claim the VAT back when we finally submit the claim, assuming that planning is finally approved? I know electric gates cannot be claimed for but everything apart from the electric parts of the gates appears to be eligible. We do have permission for a very different house in place at the moment but as we are not planning to build that we haven’t met all the pre-commencement conditions. Do we have to wait or can we start the boundary wall now? cheers everyone.
  6. I prefer stainless steel sinks. Last house we had a large sink in the utility room which took oven trays. In the kitchen a franke 1.5 bowl with drainer. The utility room sink was big enough to do a daily bath of young labradoodle puppies to about 4 months old. Perfect!
  7. Oh dead oh dear. so..... Peter is a little accident prone...... He was on a Local authority tree felling course. This was before we were married, so very very young. In the way of the world as it was then, lunch was down the pub and he had a drink (never a big drinker, it always went to his head). That afternoon, the chainsaw slipped and went straight down onto the top of his knee - luckily it wasn’t particularly deep. He arrived at A&E and was promptly seen by my sister who was was on duty as a nurse - she sewed him up and phoned our parents to come and collect him. The Local authority banned drinking before work and at lunch for those operating machinery soon after. Several years later we were doing a large extension on our house. I was out collecting the windows and Peter was up a ladder, with an angle grinder, cutting into the brickwork for the new joist hangers. He blames it on being left handed but the grinder hit something hard in the wall and kicked back, swinging round on the handle. The grinder hit him in the chest on what would have been his bra line for his moobs (they didn’t exist then but certainly do now!) . I arrived home to find a very shaken looking brickie who had taken Peter to hospital in his pristine Jag. He was a little surprised at my “oh well, never mind” attitude. It is one I have learnt to develop over the years to stop panic setting in. Huge scar but just needed stitching again. Many years after that we had an allotment. It was a hot day, he was cutting the grass with his petrol mower. The mower needed re-filling but he’d forgotten he had a little fire going to burn some raspberry canes. Fumes, fire, a spark from the canes and WHOOSH. His arm is engulfed in flames. The only water available was from a well with an old fashioned hand pump. He used that to put his arm out. Put everything away and put the fire out, drove back home and asked me to take him to A&E. They wrapped the arm in cling film (who knew that was the best first aid treatment) and sent us to the the nearest specialist burns hospital (Kensington and Chelsea) on a Saturday afternoon! Luckily there was no home game that day as the hospital hires out some of the car park to Chelsea fans! We had a family BBQ planned for that evening, it still went ahead. So not only extremely accident prone, he has the luck of the devil as well, and of course no sense, no feeling!!!!!! He regularly asks for a nail gun for Christmas with an excited little glint in his eyes. It’s not happening. Our daughter is just as accident prone! I live in fear. Do I win?
  8. On our last build our kids were year 12 and the older one just left school. We could only fit a 28’ caravan on the site so we rented a house for 10 months that they stayed in and we lived in the caravan with the cats - the cheapest houses to rent were in the middle of the town so I couldn’t move the cats there (there were 5 of them). We just couldn’t all fit it in the caravan. It meant £10k wasted but we couldn’t have lived any other way. We moved into a water tight shell of a house. No heating, one working toilet and shower and no kitchen for 2 years. It’s hard work and stressful but worth it.
  9. The IBCs are quite a distance from the house so if we bury the them, we can run the pipe from the gutter, underground and still have a slight drop - no pump needed to fill them. If the IBCs are above ground, we would need to collect the water at the house in a suitable looking water butt and then pump to the IBCs on a regular basis as the water butt won’t be big enough to hold enough water for our needs. To actually use the water, we would of course then have to use a pump as it’s below ground level.
  10. We finally got our wills done last month after 38 years of marriage. Our son and his wife have split up (they just about made their first anniversary!) and we don’t want her to get any of our money should we both get run over by a bus at the same time. It forced us to leave our son’s half of the estate to his son (in trust as he’s only 3) to make sure she can’t claim rights over it. As soon as they are divorced, we can revert back to him getting his half as normal. Kids! Puppies and kittens next time round for me!
  11. We have just had to empty our septic tank - the drain down to the ditch has blocked so the tank was overflowing. Very frustrating to have to pay to empty rainwater that filled up the tank.
  12. That is a good point Jeremy. After the rain we’ve just had they would all be full to the brim and of course the water table is as high as it can get. I suppose we should really have taken notice that we come down Marsh Lane to get to our plot - it is named for a reason 😊 So do you think we could just dig a hole, firm up the bottom with a layer of gravel, and pop the IBCs in and cover with decking? I know now that we need to protect the sides from crushing from soil. Any suggestions without resorting to concrete?
  13. Hi Welcome to the forum and so sorry to hear about your loss. Self building is very rewarding but it is stressful, all-consuming and not for the faint hearted. Even if you are not physically building it yourself, you cannot over-estimate how much of your time it will take. Land is always the the biggest hurdle for self builders - you will normally need to be able to buy the land outright as getting a mortgage on just land is not easy. It is why self builders are typically older (generalising of course) as we have built up savings over the years - even if we have to sell our house to live in a caravan, releasing capital whilst we build. Not sure what type of log cabin you are intending to build but you need to be sure that once it is built, it is mortgageable so that you can sell it on. The house we are currently living in, was built and lived in about 5 plots away from us. We believe it was a built on site rather than a pre-fabricated building that arrived and was put together. When they completed their permanent build, the previous owners of our plot, bought the house and they transported it in two halves across the various plots in between (it is too wide to fit down the lane). It is perfectly liveable and when they first decided to sell, it went on the market at a value assuming it was mortgageable. After several prospective purchasers pulled out when they could not secure a mortgage, it was placed back on the market for over £160k less. As we were cash buyers, we could buy it, but we’re only interested because there was also planning permission for a replacement dwelling. Good luck and I truly hope you can make this work for you - you deserve some luck after everything you have been through.
  14. To early really for me but willing to risk £1500 if there are two others wanting to club together.
  15. The you tube videos I’ve been watching all seem to wrap their IBCs in black thick polythene to stop the algae. When we were going to put them a floor level, we were going to box them in so that they were in the dark. That doesn’t solve the gravity issue to fill them though which burying them would do.