EverHopefull

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  1. EverHopefull

    Mild panic as rollercoster ride begins!

    I will be doing many runs to the local tip to clear the place out firstly. During that time our architect should be knocking about some sketches based on the ever important budget.. I am planning a personal visit to the council office armed with the sales material we had for the house stating it was a development potential sale to see if that wins me any concessions regarding council tax. To be honest I went round the house and it has a leaking roof, around the chimney breast. The carpets and walls are covered in black mould so from a health angle it cannot be safe to live in. The electrics are old bakerlite kind and half the house is dead electrically, possibly a ring failed some how. Let's see how I get on.
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    Mild panic as rollercoster ride begins!

    It will be knock down and rebuild. I am trying to conserve the budget until that can happen. Just really glad to have the plot in my name at last. I know this is very early in the process and I should feel elated about it but that little voice in my head says this is just a small victory in what is in real terms a war!
  3. OK, completion day today. Should be but feeling more like 😱 with so many decisions. 1) Electricity account set up, readings given for change of owner. Power switched off. Should master fuse be removed? 2) Water meter reading being taken today to notify supplier and change ownership/set up new account. Should water be shut off at external stop cock? 3) Have to tackle council about being new owners. No grace given for property that is not habitable. Does demolition remove council tax liability? I know you have to apply to demolish a building that gives a notice period. Does requesting exemption from CIL have to occur before demolition? I am just trying to minimise outgoings during the "design/planning stages" Any advice welcome as it all gets very real tomorrow morning!
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    Landmark day tomorrrow!

    OK, completion day tomorrow. Should be but feeling more like 😱 with so many decisions. 1) Electricity account set up, readings given for change of owner. Power switched off. Should master fuse be removed? 2) Water meter reading being taken today to notify supplier and change ownership/set up new account. Should water be shut off at external stop cock? 3) Have to tackle council about being new owners. No grace given for property that is not habitable. Does demolition remove council tax liability? I know you have to apply to demolish a building that gives a notice period. Does requesting exemption from CIL have to occur before demolition? I am just trying to minimise outgoings during the "design/planning stages" Any advice welcome as it all gets very real tomorrow morning!
  5. Excellent, that is why this forum is so damn good. Cheers
  6. Hi all, a quick consensus please 😕 I take ownership of my building and plot next Monday, getting "real" at last. I am trying to decide what of the following is the best option? 1) Have electric disconnected until the build starts, or is planned. 2) Change supplier to one of the only tariffs with no standing charge. Really the aim is to reduce costs until we need site power, maybe a year from now. 😥
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    Bio ethanol

    They are quite interesting although I would still hedge my bets with an alternative source of heat than electrical for peace of mind.
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    Bio ethanol

    My plan was for something like this or actually to divide the lounge and dining areas.
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    Bio ethanol

    Those were the days when old plasma tv's were better performing COP than radiators! 🔥
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    Bio ethanol

    Hmmm I have always wanted a flame, call it the romantic in me maybe. I have inlaws that have a Scandia Haus and things get out of hand very quickly with the wood burner they have resulting in swimwear being worn on Christmas Day on one occasion! Whatever I go for may only be used for a few hours on a couple of nights so does not need to be very powerful. The house we are demolishing by comparison is only heated with a wood burner (12kw) in the lounge and it literally does heat two floors easily with windows that were usually left open all year and even had a couple of hot plates for cooking on! I have to compare the prospect to owning the rather fine Italian motorcycle I had. It was everything it needed to be but over performed in all areas, and only used one or two days a month.
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    Bio ethanol

    I decided to break into a new post subject to avoid diluting the other one I am observing. Has anyone here ventured in to bio ethanol fires? I have decided to rule out a wood burner/fireplace as such to eliminate punching a big hole in the planned nicely sealed house. The only real option it seems to have a flame without all the fumes and co2 worrying issues is to go down the bio ethanol route. I can see they are not cheap to run with fluid costing about £30 for 6 litres. This I read should burn upto 6 hours depending on the design you buy (read size) There are auto ignition models and the stunning "007" style long tray options so will probably have something suitable to provide back up instant "take the chill off" heat as required. Anyone have any experiences of living with these things?
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    Cold weather observation - ASHP

    I can accept that there will be moments in the lifetime of any heating system that there will be "outages" due to breakdowns and possibly power cuts. I plan to have a Bioethanol type fireplace in the living room to give the backup in that instance. Only planning on about a 4kw version which I hope will provide a boost at the time of year that a flame gives a psychological uplift as well as an emergency to cover breakdowns and no power. I guess underspec does occur with conventional boilers and rads but I cannot ever remember hearing of any such situation in 30 years of home ownership. Could we one day get phone calls and emails bombarding us about being miss-sold heat pumps in the vain of PPI.......
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    Cold weather observation - ASHP

    It does highlight to me that there are possibly a lot of people that have been sold the heat pump solution by inexperienced people that either offer poor advice, incorrect spec devices for the property and or lack of knowledge by the installers when setting up and handing over the systems. Leaving a home owner high and dry for the winter is probably a very upsetting and sobering moment after such huge efforts and probably financial commitment.
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    Cold weather observation - ASHP

    Ok that all makes sense. Maybe I am letting the posts regarding the inability of some installs to provide the required comfort levels worry me too much. I really could not face the prospect (or the other half to that matter) if the day ever came that once living in our completed modern marvel that it was deemed not able to keep us warm enough. Our current 15 year old house over three floors is a drafty place that is a complete pain to keep evenly heated as the middle floor (front door) is open plan, letting cld air downstairs to the bedrooms and all the generated heat to the top floor! We did toy with fitting aftermarket heat recovery to attempt to balance the temp between floors or at least circulate it evenly but thankfully the prospect of new build has saved me from that not working as well!
  15. This may be a completely stupid question as I do not currently have an ASHP but it is factored to be used in my build. Ok, be gentle with your replies. If the ASHP external unit is happy to operate within a range of temperature and it starts to struggle in the recent spells of -7 or below which is when you require it to work for comfort more than ever. Would it not be possible to have the unit itself one stage removed from being outdoors and take advantage of a warmer environment to boost performance. Maybe in a slightly insulated out building? Only a thought!