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  1. I didn't think that directly owned 'residential' property was allowed as part of a personal pension?
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    Architect CAD Files

    Okay, never mind. From what you said earlier it doesn't sound to me as if he is trying to get more fees out of you but is naturally reluctant to get involved in part of the job for which he isn't getting paid. It would still be worth a phone call to have a chat with him to see if he is able to give you an electronic copy of the .dwg CAD drawings. Tell him that you are happy to give him a disclaimer in writing saying that he won't be held liable for any subsequent use of the drawings.
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    Architect CAD Files

    @ultramods From the description you gave of your build it sounds like you are in Scotland? I'm an architect working in England but assuming the forms of contract are similar and if your architect is a member of the RIAS and used their standard form of appointment then you as the client have a license to copy and use the architects drawings and other documents produced on your behalf for your project. I would ask for an electronic copy of their .dwg CAD drawings and say that you will not hold them responsible for any subsequent modification of those drawings.
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    UFH + Combi boiler, a happy match?

    @epsilonGreedy Your proposed system sounds very similar to the one I installed in my own build. Like you I wanted to keep everything as simple as possible. The main difference is that mine is a small 71sqM single storey holiday home. It’s built to minimum building regs insulation values and I have a bulk 1200 litre LPG tank feeding a combi boiler with u/floor heating. The combi also supplies all our hot water and cooking needs. I work full time so we only use the house at weekends. The heating is set to a constant 24/7 ‘frost’ setting of 12 deg.C but I have a Hive controller and in the heating season before we go there I remotely boost the heating on the Friday night to a normal temperature. Looking at the Hive app after the weekend I can see that the temperature stays at a comfortable level for about half the week. We’ve now been through 2 full winters and I’ve only used 850 litres of LPG so far. The LPG cost 30 pence per litre so I reckon our annual cost will work out at about £130 per year of LPG + the rental of the tank.
  5. @joe90 Like you, our build is in a very quiet spot. Our own sewage treatment plant is a Bio Pure 1 and I've located the Secoh JDK-S-60 air pump in a separate brick built housing away from the actual treatment plant and there's absolutely no noise from the pump however we still get the noise of the bubbling air/water from the plant.
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    Floor make up questions and options

    @ProDave if your’re worried about tile longevity choose a porcelain with a high PEI wear rating. Guide to ratings: https://www.builddirect.com/learning-center/flooring/porcelain-tile-rated-hardness/
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    Sewage treatment plants

    the main risk of recessing the pump box is that it could potentially flood in a heavy rainstorm
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    Airtightness and Vapour Control:

    That advice comes directly from British Standard BS5250:2002. Although its essentially still correct the advice has since been superseded by the 2011+A1:2016 version of the standard which lowers the requirement to 2x vapour resistance. The exact wording is: "....an AVCL, with a vapour resistance of at least double that of the [external] sheathing should be provided on the warm side of the insulation"
  9. @recoveringacademic Coming along well isn't it! Well done!
  10. You should be looking to use a 'F2' grade brick in locations below DPC which simply means that they are frost proof. (F2 classification is the equivalent of the old F/L grade). Not all facing bricks are frost resistant so it's worth checking.
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    Cast concrete joints

    @Triassic I guess what they are trying to say is that you should get rid of any surface laitance as this forms a weak dusty layer on the top of many if not most new concrete slabs. http://www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk/blog/why-it-s-essential-to-get-rid-of-laitance/
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    Epoxy tiles

    I've specified this type of tile for a commercial project although they were quite a bit larger than the ones you're looking at. The boss of the tiling company was happy to use them at first but his tilers found them to be very difficult to work with particularly the cutting and he had to change tilers in the end to ones who had experience in working with that type of tile. I think they did the cutting off site after a few disasters cutting them on site. Wastage was much higher than with normal tiles. Breaking large tiles gets expensive very quickly.
  13. For the benefit of those reading this who are still at the early planning stages I would say that it's important to realise that the process is like a marathon rather than a sprint. However you decide to manage the process, whether you're still in full time employment or retired, make sure that the way that you're doing it is in a manner that is sustainable over a long period of time without putting yourself under unsustainable levels of stress. My own self build holiday home is only small at 71m2. The build itself only took 8 months but the whole process from first meeting with a Planning Consultant to finally finishing the externals on the 1.5 acre garden last weekend has taken us 5 years.
  14. @JamesP the normal build up for a warm roof with an impervious roof finish like metal is to either (a) ventilate properly under the metal or (b) install a proper vapour barrier on the warm side of the construction.
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    window lead/install times

    Same for me....3 weeks from order to install c/w glass for Rehau Upvc with triple glazing