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    We are going to build our own house and can't believe our luck!
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  1. we have a 8 tonne digger, dumper, 3 tonne roller and a lot of people! it'll be fine!!!
  2. We had a soil survey and the spec has been provided by the MBC engineer so I can only assume so.
  3. Already checked Cemex £27, Day £28.50 Best so far is Mainland. Just re checking. Thanks everyone for your help. You live and learn.
  4. Have sent email to MBC and they are checking with engineer. They think it needs to be MOT type 1 and we can't use recycled material so that is why it is so much more expensive. I feel very stupid because this has blown the foundations budget and we haven't even started. The point of going with MBC was the fixed price. I was working on using recycled prices. If any knows any quarries near us I would be very grateful. I have only found Robins so far.
  5. Just spoken to Paul there. Their type 1 is £32 per tonne!
  6. Hi Peter It was not bulk bags sadly. The quote was for 240 tonnes direct from all of those wholesalers. I have not found anywhere that can get close to the prices you paid. I would pay someone commission if they could fine those prices as I just can't. No quarries near me - we are in West Sussex. Could you tell me where you got yours from? I am going to speak to the foundation designer at MBC and see is we can substitute for anything else.
  7. That was the cheapest from Mainland. Day was £30 per tonne, Hanson £32. local supplier £35!!! I need to try some quarries.
  8. Hi everyone We are booked to have MBC do our insulated foundation on the 11th May. We need to install 500mm of Type 1 in the foundation and for 1 metre around the building. Our building measures 23.625 metres x 7.5 metres. It is a rectangle with no bits sticking out! I have been told by MBC that we need to order 240 tonnes of type 1. The best price I have for this is £6228 plus VAT . Questions 1)I am assuming once compacted that no matter how well it is done this cannot be an exact science because there will be minuscule air gaps? 2) Should we do it in layers and how many layers? 3) Should we under order in case we end up having too much and risk not getting as good a price? The cost of this is far in excess of what I had in my budget. My fault. I am sure at some point I was told Type 1 was 'cheap' so I popped in a PC sum. Any help much appreciated, as always.
  9. Dan, very sensibly, asked my why not passive house? I replied the following. I have three children who leave all the doors windows open so not sure how effective PH is in that scenario! Plus we have a massive amount of glazing on a south facing site so was also a bit worried about solar gain. Tell me if you think I am wrong? I also love a fire and one company said if we go passive house we will hardly have the heating on so a fire would be out of the question. I know its a really small thing but we really wanted a wood burner. Plus we have lots of animals, children over, need a cat flap etc..... So I am just being practical and thinking about the way we actually live. Please tell me if I am wrong or missing something here?
  10. Hi Dan We were going for supply and erect. We are considering both options but I have a price for foundations plus supply and erect and the groundworks prices are fairly similar to my groundwork quotes so am happy either way Not passive house. 0.14 - 0.13 No desperate hurry but want to get on with it. We have finance in place but are living on site in a tiny house with 3 children so not ideal! We haven't had any quotes for closed panels with pre fitted windows but would be happy to look at it.I have spent a lot of time on hear reading everyones views on windows so there are certain brands that I feel disinclined towards! I am feeling now that perhaps we should go for a one stop shop to get out of the ground and in the dry so we can take a breather and then organise subbies and do the internals ourselves as much as possible. House is a very simply design. We have spent a lot on the plot so we are trying to keep the costs down as much as possible for the build without trying to compromise on quality. Would appreciate any advice either on the forum or via DM Many thanks indeed Jo
  11. Hi everyone. We are over the moon that we have a plot, and we have planning and are now in the challenging stage of budgeting and deciding who to go with. I have spent several hours now on this site audit has been invaluable with so far, so hoping you can help with this. We have decided on timber frame over SIPS. Would anyone be happy to share their views on the frame companies they looked at, who they chose and how it has gone for them with that supplier? I know what you are promised if not always what is delivered and I would love all the good and bad stories. I would also love some tips on what to look out for so that we compare like with like. I would be particularly interested in views on MBC too, if you have gone with them and if you didn't, why not. Many thanks indeed. Jo