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  1. My architect has shown the DPM on the Beam and Block floor, then running up and over the course of bricks and then the sole plate placed on top of the DPM. To enable this the DPM will need laying before the timber frame is installed, if this is the case does the DPM need to be protected to stop it getting damaged while the Timber Frame is being installed. What is the best solution or am I not understanding his drawing ? Colin
  2. We are building in North Norfolk and discovered they have not implimented CIL, it is no wonder that there are massive amount of new properties being built in the area by large building companies, not sure where everyone is going to work as employment is already struggling in North Norfolk.
  3. Our approved planning application did not raise any questions as to any turning circle. We once built will be living on an un-adopted private road and have no way to drive in and out in forward gear. The highways had no comment as it is a private road, all they commented on was the access from private road to public highway as to if it was suitable for an additional 2 cars capacity. No guarantee that this is the same view in all planning departments.
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  5. Just received a quote for block and beam floor and wondering if it is a fair price. 150mm deep 'T' Beams total of 28 beams total length of 75 metres £837.85 100mm wide Slip Bricks quantity 207 = £72.45 Medium Density Lightweight Infill Blocks 53 square metres £537.95 Total £1448.25 Exc VAT Install price £895 Exc VAT Thanks Colin
  6. Would appreciate if anyone can recommend 2 or 3 block and beam supplier, if possible close to Norwich. Thanks Colin
  7. Since initial post I have been shown this option where the Block and Beam are mounted within the I section of the Steel Beam, has anyone else built their foundations this way. Anyone see any problems with this method.
  8. After many months working through Timber frame companies and foundation options we are very close to making a decision but just looking for some views / clarity as to the foundation / floor insulation. We have to have piles due to being by a river that will have a steel ring beam. it is a small one and three quarter property approx 13 metres by 6 metres and looking to use block and beam. We are not aiming for a highly insulated house, walls have an estimated 0.16 U, and ceiling has an estimated 0.13U. The timber company can supply the floor insulation and have quoted 90mm Kingspan kooltherm K103. Does this seem a sensible thickness to get a balanced U value for the property, would there be any benefit to increasing the thickness for comfort / cost benefit. The bedrooms are on he ground floor and we have decided not to have UFH . Their diagrams show that the timber frame would be placed on two layer of bricks which I guess takes up the insulation and screed height, I was expecting the timber frame to be fixed directly to the screed / Block and beam. One thing that puzzles me is how everything is going to be held down if brick is used: Timber Frame Sole Plate DPC Brick Beam and block Steel Ring Beam Any ideas, comments, experiences, do's and don't or any views on any aspects welcomed. Colin
  9. How do they calculate the council band that the property falls in as I understand current tax bands are based on property prices many years ago.
  10. Maybe a non starter, but has anyone taken pipes through the inner service void area on external walls and then out through the plaster rather than up through the floorboards. This would make it so much easier to keep the floor clean and less chance of the pipes being bashed with the hoover.
  11. Trying to design kitchen layout, looking at having eye level Oven and Grill in tall unit but struggling to design where it should go in relation to Hob, Tall integrated Fridge/Freezer and Sink. All diagram I can find only show the typical triangle and never shows where to put an eye level oven. The area is 3500 x 3100, no windows just one roof light approx where I have put 'RL' in diagram. Not the best of diagram below but hopefully it shows shape of area. Wondering if to wrap any units round where it opens to the lounge. Ideas appreciated Outside Wall ________3500___________ 3 | RL 1 | This opens 0 | into Lounge 0 | |_______________________
  12. How does Concrete slab compare to Beam and Block on cost, weight and insulation. We have a ground floor area 12 metres by 6 metres, it needs to be on piles with a steel ringbeam as water has to be able to flow through in a flood situation. The gap from soil level to ground floor level will be approximately 500 mm, so looking for best solution Thanks Colin
  13. We put in for a Non-Material change requesting a small change to the 1st floor to extend part of the property to align with the rest of the 1st floor structure. The forms were accepted and I have been given a NONMAT application number. I have now received a letter stating that the statutory period ends on 25th Nov which makes it 4 weeks from when the application was agreed. They then make a comment that ' However if a decission is not made within this period I will assume that you agree to an extension of time, if you do not agree to extend the period please contact the planner within 14 days'. Do NOMAT chnages qualify for a refund of payment if they do not meet the dealine and is this a crafty way of avoiding any refunds. Welcome feedback as how should I approach this, will questioning the timescale cause problems between both parties. Colin
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