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  1. ok - thank you everyone for your view - I'll contact him - I'm keen to avoid needless delays.
  2. I partially wondered if he'd been deliberately not quite what we wanted so that if the planners want something changed we can change it for them but get it right at the same time! Hmmmm.... more deliberation needed. 🤔
  3. He's omitted a window upstairs but it looks onto the road - not into any garden and the velux windows are in the wrong place but they don't over look anyone either. Perhaps it's not so much a concern then....
  4. Am I correct in thinking that the architect plans submitted to the planning department for reserved matters should really show the windows where I would like the windows to be - rather than just putting them in where he has. Obviously if there are building constraints then that's fine but when I tried to explain where I wanted them initially he told me it didn't matter yet. I'm concerned that it does matter. There's already been some long delays - not all due to him but the recent 24 day one was. He's also added an external wall to be clad in larch which hasn't been discussed or even mentioned. Perhaps I'm wrong [hopefully!] and I can just decide to relocate Velux windows and others once the planning has been approved but it all seems a bit odd to me.
  5. Interesting concept @Simplysimon - thank you - that would certainly give more room upstairs - I quite like bed 1 on that side as it's east facing and will have french doors instead of a window - moving it would mean I could only have a window on the north side. I know of someone though who dropped the ground floor ceiling height a little - it didn't look as bad as first thought and that gave quite a bit more room upstairs too. [not that I'm suggesting that's going to happen here.] I've been measuring it all out in my head and on the floor of where I'm currently staying. My neighbours have said they are happy with it which is all positive so now it's a case of whether the planning dept will be concerned about it being in front of the building line of the properties going the other way. My architect tells me he'll be submitting the plans this week. Time to look for a cheap rental nearby as my previous plan of having a static isn't going to work. It's too small. 😥
  6. I'm liking the votes for the UPstairs washing machine which should fit nicely under the eaves. I've heard about the two dishwasher technique Jilly - very sensible - though I'll be happy with a slimline one - I've been without for so long - hand washing is pretty grim. 🙁 Thanks everyone for your comments and views.
  7. I guess it can be annoying opening more doors than you need to if you are merely accessing the garden. I'm staying in a place with a 4 door bi-fold and its annoying as you have to open two of them to get out although I understand this is not the case with them all. What I do like about them though is the sense of space they give to small rooms - and the sunshine of course!
  8. Ok.. . thanks for that tip Christine... will do. 😁
  9. Thats a great idea PeterW - thank you. Not sure why he'd put a tank in there as I'll be having a combi boiler. I might put a bath along there instead and move the door. The other thing I've been considering which might impact on that is an UPstairs washing machine. 😱😱
  10. Thanks Moonshine - I'm not a fan of bi-folds so it's likely to be a set of french doors on the south side and a set on the west side hopefully near to the south west corner of the house. If I was loaded I'd have some sort of corner door/window super set but french doors are fine.
  11. Those are my spaces - although I hesitate to mention that we agreed the sale of the land with the existing parking so with next doors adjacent to mine and we have agreed to do a land swap for the space at the front - where they currently park. This is why the garden is a bit zig-zaggy there - so that they can retain their parking spaces. I imagine I will still need to create their driveways as per existing approval - they've said I can access their mains drain temporarily too so there will be some digging there and I'm keen to maintain good relations with them. The architect has also shown their shed [which I also have to provide] on their driveway but I'd imagine they'll want that in their back garden.
  12. He's definitely an architect - so hopefully the stairs will be ok. I guess he doesn't want to provide more guidance until I get back to him with my thoughts which I've not done yet - and I thought it wise to ask for additional views before we move on. I'll get my builder to have a look at it too - however he's the family member who sometimes tells me that it can't be done when what he really means is that he doesn't want to do it that way. Bless him. Thank goodness I have this forum to tell me otherwise - though of course I do want to keep it simple for him too. 😊 Parking - side by side would probably be fine as that was how it is on the current approved outline plan however for personal preference I'd like to maximise garden to the side where the bedroom is rather than parking - it's only me living there - so one car and another space for visitors so there shouldn't be issues with having to move to let anyone else out. I like the idea of being able to park close to my front door although I do appreciate its quite tight width wise and whilst I always prefer to reverse in that won't be best here as I'll probably have to park close to the garage next door to leave me enough room to get out. My poor passengers will have to get out before I park.
  13. Thank you for that link Ferdinand - you were such a star!
  14. Thank you for your thoughts. It's true that it does stick out a bit more than the other row of houses that run to the north of the site and might be refused on those grounds - the outline was approved in line with the western side house row - it was more forward and parking for both houses was at the back. There was a previous application similar to this one now which was refused but the planning officer has changed and it has been mentioned [though of course not guaranteed] that they prefer the previous application. I'm quite short Ferdinand however I'll take this on board and see what can be done. He's not put windows on as yet - bed 1 will have french doors, bed 2 will have a south facing window and a west facing velux. Upstairs bathroom will have a velux - I'm wondering about a dormer - cost is a consideration but then I'm planning to live here for a long time. Thank you moonshine for agreeing with my change of kitchen end - I'd also like to put in a log burner in the living area but siting it isn't simple. There'll be a velux on the east side where the stairs are to get the morning sun. Downstairs shower room might be able to incorporate the understairs space - it looks like there's a hallway cupboard there.
  15. Hello again - I posted some time ago about my small build garden plot with the tricky parking and am pleased that my new neighbours and I have similar ideas with regard to parking. We're hoping the planners will be in agreement when we submit for full planning though my architect is suggesting I might have to submit a whole new application as this plan differs quite a bit from the outline plan which has been approved. I'm currently working with the architect and this is our first draft. North is where the front door is. I'd prefer the kitchen area to be the opposite end of the living area - so that it is adjacent to the bathroom and I'd like patio doors on the west side and smaller patio doors where he's put the current bifolds. Any glaring omissions I might be unaware of?