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  1. How about: To approach the discussion with the builder, armed with a note pad and a pot of hippy tea, ask ' what are my options for the trench?' ' Can you draw it so I understand how it will work and what the pros and cons are?'
  2. Sorry to hear you've had such stress, but now all is nearly well underway, am I right in thinking you want to make the differences look aesthetically pleasing? I would be with you on being happy with egg and chips if I liked that as much a steak, and understand why you don't want to have more confrontation with the builder. Hang on in there and keep your stress levels as low as possible. It's easier to think. Can you draw it so we can visualise it better, please? Can you do a sketch and then upload a photo of it? and the photo of the bit you are not keen on? I have trouble visualising from the written word, but I can understand drawings better? Can you make a feature of whatever it is? Or just clad the area?
  3. Wow, well done for keeping going!
  4. Hawthorn trees have a surprisingly high water demand, so would second the root barrier idea.
  5. Jilly


    Have you had a Structural Engineener's report yet for your conversion? I'm struggling with eyewatering costs to stabilise the foundations to modern standards, of my stable conversion.
  6. If you are looking at kit houses, I think they would come with building regs drawings etc
  7. Hello and welcome. You'll find everyone very helpful.
  8. A few thoughts: Buy the land with some kind of loan for the value of the land as it stands. I'm not sure if this is possible, but you might be able to get finance on the land to buy it for the price it has been valued at (ie before any building works). Take a lodger in your main house to pay for it. Depending how finances are, try to pay for planning and other permissions/investigations etc etc out of your wages/income. When all is in place, remortgage your £150K house to finance the build and hope to get to a place where the house is habitable and then move in and DIY the last bits to avoid over mortgaging yourself. Or rein in your plans and build a small house with plans to extend when you have recovered financially. If you are certain of your sums, and Brexit does not affect house prices, you may be able to get another mortgage part way through the build, but unless you have a high income, or have a guarantor, you may struggle to borrow more. Alternatively, get a let to buy mortgage on your £150K house, and rent it out, so this pays the mortgage and live on site in a static. I am in no way qualified to give financial advice, but I am cautious!
  9. Hi, the consensus seems to be that we should try to get planning for our stable conversion to be demolished and replaced rather than conversion. I know we will have trouble as we are in a conservation area and they have told me local policy is to reuse. They told me to make a case (as some of you have done) for demolition because of the carbon footprint etc. I'm slightly emotionally attached to the building, but I'll have to get over it as it's noting special. is there a standard calculation I can use? Or can anyone help me set out the argument.
  10. Architects are artists, and you seem to be people who are more concerned with how things (and sound) than how things look, so you may have to break out of your comfort zone and look at a lot of exteriors of houses to understand your likes and dislikes, and also their previous work. Chose one whose work you like and you should be ok.
  11. I agree with the others, it's fine to have a place where you can collect your thoughts, but this is far too detailed for the architect. I can see you've had fun, thinking about what you love and hate. Much of it can just be filed away for when you get to that stage of the build. Try to think more conceptually about the look and layout of the building and let the detailed ergonomics of design lead your choice of finish later, when you know how much the fabric of the building is going to cost and the practicalities and limitations of the site. My instinct is that you may be heading over budget, so consider where you might compromise. The plot might dictate the layout possibilities. Did you see the thread on Sageglass to negate the need for shading?
  12. I bought lots of plastic storage boxes with lids a few years ago from one of the big supermarkets, thinking it would a be a one off purchase for archiving, but at least half of them have cracked and got holes in from being moved around (not especially roughly!), so now I'm left with planet guilt. I'd go for ammo boxes if I were you.
  13. Any idea how I find out this? It might be pertinent to my project.