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  1. Only one for now! Happy to send it over privately, send me a message if interested?
  2. Ah ok so this is a QS estimate? Very helpful to know, perhaps the basement team I found was too pricey. Where are you located though, I imagine 'middle of nowhere, Ireland' might be cheaper than my 'commuting distance from london' spot..
  3. 40K for a 25m2 basement + foundations? That sounds hugely optimistic, perhaps depending on where you are trying to build.. but if you have any actual quotes I'd love to hear them!
  4. Sadly not, the groundworks company doesn't do foundations, and the basement company doesn't do foundations-alone. I'm sure I can get more quotes, for example I asked a quote from a timber frame company that will do foundations so perhaps from them I can untangle it. Let's share our notes, shall we? 😃
  5. And one delayed update: Demolition + Removal + Groundworks: 20,000 Digging a massive hole for the basement: 10,000 25m2 basement + 130m2 foundation to 'cover' the entire house footprint: 100,000 To be clear, the above is under the assumption that the soil is 'solid', No unexpected water, or sagging, or unexploded WWII bombs. Yes we'll have to do some investigations. My question is: How much more is this cost (130,0000) than if I were to just clear, groundwork, foundation? I'm trying to separate out the GBP/m2 of the basement
  6. Interesting point, I dunno, when buying houses I can't recall a single time that anyone mentioned explicitly the method either direction in their sales pitches. Never mentioned in e.g. rightmove blurbs etc etc. Perhaps there are a few people obsessed either way, but if any thing I think that once the house actually stands, and assuming (...) that it indeed has succeeded, the results would speak for itself. So yes, if you're worried TF has a larger chance of being 'broken' somehow then perhaps not do it, but once it's proven itself, surely it's fine..
  7. Let me know if I'm missing a more recent thread but I figured I'd resurrect this one since it covers a little what's on my mind. Context being our Architect telling his gut preference for B+B rather than "TF" (any variant, ICF, SIPS etc etc included). As far as I can summarize this thread so far, and when I say 'TF' I again mean all variants, rather than some specific brand or technology General TF Pros: - Ultraquick 'slab to airtight' stage. - To me this is quite important, but it's more a gut feeling thing.. it just 'feels' wrong to have some open house being rained soggy with wet cement. The more this can be limited the better, but perhaps not a massive deal. - Precision - Clearly the TF design can also be screwed up but especially with a bunch of experts looking at this, this can be done with a high degree of certainty. - Reason why this matters: - Disagreements: Many annoying situations arise when people start to deviate from the plan, things move slightly to the left or right and suddenly things don't align, it's your fault no it's mine etc. - Airtightness/Insulation: much easier to get airtight, it is 'close to airtight' by default rather than something brickies will have to pay close attention to at all times. (wheras their incentive is a lot more towards speed) Neutrals: - Cost - Sounds like the price depends a lot on what you compare to what, and it's super tough to compare apples to apples, but in the end, while one or the other might win out, I think the variations between companies/builders and offers varies more than between 'philosophies'. maybe TF is slightly pricier because it is good sense to make triple-sure you have everything right before going onsite, hiring a 3rd set of eyes to prevent surprises might cost you a cool 15,000. - Total build time - Because increased pressure to get it completely right, it takes more design time - But when ready, it's built quick. Evens out (mostly)? - External sound insulation - Apparently, keeping out the sound from outside is pretty easy with TF - Experience of the workforce - @epsilonGreedy seems to emphasize this, and it's clearly true that 'traditional' - by definition - is done more often historically. I call this neutral because while indeed giving an builder a massive flatpack and the ikea style 'screw this to this' instruction leaflet is a recipe for disaster, but an experienced builder will be absolutely fine. General TF Cons: - Corrections onsite hard/costly - IF something is askew onsite, you are in trouble. If the TF design or the slab was shoddy, weird stuff has to be done. - Internal Noisiness - Not insurmountable, but because TF just has less 'heft' it is easier to move, which means sound travels easier. - As a result, extra hard work needs to be done to make sure the house is quiet. As I understand it ICF might be the optimal one here, but if I remember correctly it might be hard to find, perhaps with Brexit doubly so? - Underfloor heating - Still not quite sure if this is a myth but some extra care needs to be done to allow the 1st floor be able to even carry the UFH pipes, slabs, waterworks etc. Philosophical A lot of discussion here is going on about risk, and a there seem to be two philosophies: 1/ Building is messy, but a skilled brickie/PM can steer the ship easily into calm waters whatever happens. 2/ Let's prevent any chance of messiness, and while the requirements for skills are not gone, they have definitely shifted away from gut feelings to precision, meticulousness, etc Which, to me, kind of comes down to "Who do you trust". If you know yourself and/or your builders, you will be able to make a call on if they can either be meticulous, or skilled navigators of choppy waters. And if you don't trust the "3D computer fanciness" design will be done properly beforehand, or perhaps even that the foundation is done so poorly that a TF will almost literally fall off, where a brickie can compensate for a poor foundation. One thing I will say - I work in computer software and for me, and my philosophy, I have seen the #2 approach work very well as long as someone in the chain is strongly skilled and/or incentivised to 'lose sleep over' upfront precision/design quality. Thoughts? Comments? Anything important I missed? Pointers to different discussion where I should've posted? Please do shout.
  8. https://www.cbi.org.uk/uk-transition-hub/importing-goods-from-the-eu/ is the closest thing I could find, sorry. I think I heard it on TLDR news or something. Apologies I should've caveatted it a bit better that it's something I think I heard but can't find now.
  9. One thing I heard is that at least for the first 6 months, the UK is waiving all import fees from countries, so while there might be export fees, presumably if you manage to get some orders in before July you could still have good value?
  10. Slight anecdote I just ran in today: don't get a bath with a drain plug in the middle. Rinsing it out is much more cumbersome with water randomly 'overshooting' the plughole. 2m eh? Yeah the 2mm is pretty common. Not something to lose sleep over I guess. I'm tempted to go for some type of tile in the kitchen, but I suppose that doesn't help the staining.. Seems to me wood is easy to restore, but it does require a lot of ongoing work and being more careful. Any type of liquid that stays on it for some time just gets embedded in the texture, like it or not. Good call, have a small kid. Carpet doesn't feel super modern, but has a bunch of pros and cons - Pro: + sound echo - I'm not a big fan of echoey rooms, both for cinema quality as well as just living quality reasons + warmer to touch (bare feet?) + doesn't tend to really 'absorb' colors (e.g. bleach) - Con - harder to clean spills - fluffs coming off - looks a bit antiquated But as a curveball, I'm tempted to go for amtico in most places.... Good idea in general.. although I think I like the idea of ground floor = shoes on, top floor = shoes off? Yeah gloss doesn't seem like a great idea, and some 'grey pattern' wokrtop seems ideal to hide both calcium and other stains Ah it was just a joke Good point Would love to hear more examples! Thanks, indeed pyrolysis seems like an important option!
  11. Many things in a house collect dirt, scratches etc etc. Does anyone have opinions on which items you might want to avoid because they're hard to clean, or what things to do to make it even easier? Hard to clean: Shaker Doors, Wooden worktops and Gas hobs come to mind, but I could imagine (totally made up) that a steam oven sounds nice but is a nightmare the water toboggin keeps on slipping away or brandX washing machines just collect nasty smelling scum that you have to disassemble the entire thing to get to. Easy to clean: Most electic hobs are pretty good but there's still a line around it that's a touch annoying. Has anyone ever recessed the hob fully into the worktop or is that a bad idea? Have closeable cupboards only. Any open shelving will be dusty in a week.
  12. Interesting, I indeed didn't realise that pull-out drops the flow rate. Wouldn't it make sense to try to fix the pressure problem though? A pump? Build your own water tower?
  13. Care to share your research? 😃 but indeed a fair point that "non feature related" stuff such as delivery times still matters a lot.
  14. @joth @PeterW @Temp you're all not wrong about the networking, in that particular case I casually jotted down a 'good one' in one of my hobby trawls through geek forums. Agreed that I probably don't need the speed it provides before the technology itself is mostly superceded, but this particular item on the list, eh, if I can score one on ebay for 250 it might just be 'fun'. @joth - main windows - that's why I have you! (both you personally and the collective 'you' of Buildhub ) - no we didn't look at windows yet, and we should do so, but indeed in a way they also feel "trivial" purely in the sense that as you said, as long as they are high-quality I don't have a strong opinion for any brand, the Fakro stood out purely for its smart home chops, nothing else. I realise the above 'messiness of real life' drops the quality of the spreadsheet, I debated which columns to create and populate that would reflect things like "thoroughness of research" "rate how weird you are"(e.g. I realise my needing a windowframe that came in bright orange limited my selection somewhat.." and "value for money" etc. but I didn't want to overcomplicate just yet..
  15. Today there's no way I'm using the speed, but if I'm designing my network closet I figure a bit of give is not a bad idea.