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  1. For us it took 2 years to get Planning Permission including an appeal. The LA in N Wales fought us every step of the way as the plot was in open countryside in an AONB. Fortunately the appeal inspector sent up from Cardiff sided with us. After getting PP the build took 8 months to complete the house and another year for the 6,000 sq metres of garden. The build process was timber frame contractor then individual trades after frame was erected. We both work full time and site was remote from home so the only physical work we did ourselves was painting (and tidying up at weekends) + I did the design work, Building Regs info & liaison and project management.
  2. that SS trim will protect it from any splashes. (btw, does the trim have slots or perforations in the angled end section to allow for air ventilation up the cavity?)
  3. Because option 1 has the potential to trap water against the bottom of the timber sole plate and OSB.
  4. Scottish Power have a zero tariff rate called “Power Up” which is quite a bit cheaper than Ebico.
  5. Mortar will stick to a brick with a rough textured face even if it’s oiled
  6. I would imagine it’s because engineering bricks have a smooth non-absorbent face so the mortar won’t stick once they are covered in linseed oil.
  7. Yes, I think you’re right. I’ve inspected a couple of commercial jobs where water had got behind the tiles and the underlying gypsum plasterboard had turned to mush.
  8. @patp PP permitted development rules don’t come into play until you’ve finished the main house. Also in order to reclaim the Vat on the garage it would need to be shown on your PP drawings so it would be best to apply for the PP for the garage straight away
  9. You normally only need to fire treat cladding if you are building close to the boundary. The closer you are the more of the cladding you need to have fire resistant (requirement is expressed as a % of the facade). BCOs in my experience will accept self-applied surface treatment but they may ask you to provide proof that the fire retardant product that you are using is certified for the purpose. Most BCOs will want a copy of the certification.
  10. A 100mm thick concrete floor slab weighs about 240kg per sq metre
  11. Sikaflex EBT + worked for me in an external application where several others had failed
  12. I built a new-build 71 sqm bungalow to minimum building regs in 2016. EPC is C71. U values are 0.1 floor, 0.13 roof, 0.21 walls and 0.8 windows. No PV or other renewables. It's heated by UFH via a combi fed from an above ground bulk LPG (1400 litre) tank. It's in a very remote area of Wales with no close neigbours and we use it as a holiday home which is one of the reasons why I went with LPG rather than oil as its not as easy to pinch. The heating is normally set to a 'frost' setting of 12 degC and then I remotely boost the heating to normal temperatures on Friday evening when I know we are going at the weekend. The LPG tank was free issue. The last full year of LPG usage was about 420 litres at 33p/litre so about £140 + the £66 standing charge. Thats for all of our heating, hot water and cooking. I reckon about 90 - 100 litres went on hot water & cooking so about 330 litres costing about £110 was the cost of our heating. A full tank contains 1200 litres so lasts us longer than the 2 year LPG lock-in contract period which is handy as it means we are never held to ransom. We have 3 main local bulk LPG suppliers.