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  1. Yes indeed all valid points and worth knowing, but I didn't think the OP would be interested in those aspects given his opening statement about something small etc in the countryside
  2. My project is in open countryside and planning was very resistant to say the least. However the BY FAR the quickest and easy route is class Q permitted development of an existing structure. You only have to fulfil 9 points the most important is it has to be structurally sound enough to take a home. I went that route, and then once I got that, I then went for full planning (as we wanted it to be a little bigger) which had to go to committee - which I won but had all my normal planning rights removed (so I cannot extend etc,). I looked a lot into para 55 and spoke to a local architect that had so far got about 8 through, but didn't go that route as you need a huge amount of documentation to support it and he said on average it could be anything from 40K to 80K for their fees. However getting an innovative design etc wasn't really the issue, it was more about how the development would actually enhance the area. The last one they got through was for quite a minor building, but it was on reclaimed land that was made into a nature reserve the the building was to be rented out for bird watchers.
  3. Kind of agree with this, even though I'm being a hypocrite as my build is in open country side. It took a very long journey with planning (about 4 years), ultimately going to a committee decision. Whatever route you want to go down it has to be based squarely on planning law and not feeling/common sense - most planning laws are there for pretty good sound reasons. I paid for a planning consultant/team
  4. Hi, I needed to buy a shipping container to securely store tools, and materials on my site. Is it possible to reclaim the VAT on this does anyone know? thanks
  5. I have no idea to be honest. I'll have to go back to them.
  6. Just to add, this price is installed and supply
  7. Most of them are for 8Kw system. They haven't suggested a temp on the quotes
  8. This was supply and fit: Supply & Install: Under-Floor Heating to Ground floor (Based on a Clip/Staple & Screed system) Includes: • 1 x 9-port Manifold • 1 x 7-port Manifold • 16mm UFH Pipe • EK16 Pipe Connectors • Pipe Clips/Staples • Edge Insulation – to be installed by others • 5 x Room thermostats. • 6 x Zone Actuators • Installation is to install pipe and manifold. Pressure testing of pipework. Labour & Materials = £3,895.00 VAT @ 0% Primary pipework. Pipe and installation from heat source to manifold. Labour & Materials = £300.00 VAT @ 0%
  9. All the quotes I'm getting for our 3 bed 4 people family ASHP install are quoting about 180 to 200 litre cylinder. I've read in some other thread people recommending at least 300 due to the fact the water temp is lower. However I challenged one of the installers about this and they said it doesn't really work like that as it will take much longer to heat the water up. They are all respected installers in my county yet they all quote around the same size - are they all wrong?? Anyone install a 200 litre with a family of 4?? Thanks as always.
  10. Hi, I've got a 155m2 house to build and I'm getting quotes of around £4K for the UFH part (and then the ASHP/fitting on top). Does that sound about correct or expensive? Thanks!
  11. Not hijack the thread but a quick question - we have only 150mm of insulation due to certain constraints of our conversion. Is there anything we can do material wise to reduce the heat lose through the floor with UFH?
  12. We had a white quartz top, over 6 years later it looked exactly the same as when we installed it. I'll be getting the same in the new build.