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  1. I could be wrong but PD can't be saved like that. I believe (up here atleast) it looks into previous extensions to the house and calculating total new floor area of proposed PD compared to original property/property on a certain date. But it's been a while since I've read into it.
  2. It reads like it's priced based on the RIBA plan of works stages. And reads like a decent break down of what's is what and how much. You may need the architect to get the ball rolling for stage 5 before you take over as PM.
  3. If it was me I'd be swapping around the laundry room and showerroom. Laundry looks same size as those two bedrooms, bathroom and laundry could take up the same space as shower room and bed3, which would allow reconfiguration of those two room sizes.
  4. As and update didn't get this house, there was an offer significantly more than ours and ours was under the offers over value.
  5. I though the range would be too inefficient, but could maybe make do for a winter season, but by that attitude the previous occupants survived 30+ years with what's there so why can't we? But yes, hybrid is looking the best way forward. Offer submitted today so will find out tomorrow maybe. Even if we don't get this one then it's all research and knowledge added. There's the big grand plan of rebuilding a wooden lean to to move the utility into and expand the kitchen into the old space. So anything that's make do may need to take into consideration that.
  6. I think the air tightness may be an issue, it's a lovely 1860 house (previous house we didn't get from closed bidding was 1835) filled with the originial period features so ripping down ceilings and padding out walls (some external walls must be close to 1000mm thick already!) and lose all the features and old wall textures etc one may as well buy a new build at that point! Of course the attic rooms can be knocked about to hearts content to insulate those which would help the house. Windows, the modern veluxs need replaced before the sash n case but double glazing is obviously on the cards. The biggest concern at the moment for this house is installing a heating system of some description.
  7. Thanks, will read into it. Admittedly my brief reading of paragraphs about hybrid systems only brought up gas as the other fuel.
  8. In the feeling of the never ending quest to find a renovation property with land the odd farmhouse has popped up. Most have been with oil boilers and as you can imagine they aren't the most airtight for the classic UFH and ASHP combo. The latest house we've viewed doesn't even have central heating, it's electric radiators and an immersion with an oil fueled range providing the hot water. My question: Who's successfully installed ASHP and radiator system CH? Did you run with normal radiators or go with aluminium, as some websites appear to suggest. High temperature ASHP appear to be a newish thing on the market designed for this sort of scenario, is there much benefit speccing these over the standard ones? I'm just trying to get an idea into options and the associated costs of installation and obviously taking into account upping the insulation levels where do-able.
  9. I think that would be obviously expected and wasn't part of the original question.
  10. I appreciate it's a massively open question. It's a house we're trying to arrange a viewing for. Looking at pictures of earial views below can be made out. The flat roof extension isn't actually flat, even for flat roof standards. Almost half of it has a raised portion, internally one has to go up some stairs to gain access to a room and shower room. The slope of the flat roof is down the 9.5m length, which starts at the same height as the raised part before ending (externally) at the same height of the originial pitched roof. The house is on a hill and looking at proportions they've converted a single garage (the raised part) into rooms and then added the flat roof extension in-filling between it and the originial house, but kept that at house level while "old garage" was up the hill. To further complicate matters, there's also a double garage thats flat roof at same out of the raised portion and a further "extension" off the main space also a flat roof, both are off-set to this main space making it pointless to incorporate. Describing all this makes one think it may be easier to just knock down the main flat roof space and start again so internals are level.
  11. Any body know rough costings for "converting" a flat roof to a pitched roof? I know there's loads of variables, but if we accept the current foundation and walls can support it. New pitch would be in line with original house, which is akin to a chalet bungalow, flat roof size is roughly 9.5m by 6.5m. The current gable end is the 9.5m length. How would this cost to making the new roof area live-able?
  12. 100mm walls? What are you planning to construct the house form? Timber frame is typically 100mm stud work, 12.5mm plasterboard and 3mm skim, 131mm. SIPS may allow for a thinner wall, happy to be explained why it can be kept to 100mm. Bathroom, right for keeping thicker, more so for allowing soundproofing. Also wouldnt design with mm percision for allowing components/fixtures to fit "just," you're allowing for zero build tolerances. You also have four different zones for wet and waste services, consider the cost and design implications of this.
  13. The 500 working days is total working days. You could have 1 guy work 501 days, have 5guys working 101days- which if you think about it does 5 guys working for 3 months seem a realistic time scale for your build? What you may have to do is ask all your subcontractors estimated number of poeple on site per day and proposed amount of working days.
  14. Is this based off a persimmon home? Pretty sure we looked at one with this layout.