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  1. You need to provide details of the door and window positions
  2. Here's our guy spraying a mist coat in the bedroom. Byt the time the top coat went on, it was like a white-out - I couldn't focus my eyes becuase there was nothing to focus on.
  3. We had a bespoke oak door made by another company. Like many companies, Idealcombi's front doors looked pretty commercial, like what you'd find on a block of flats...
  4. We have sliding doors in our kitchen to the patio. 4 panels 900 x 2145, centre 2 open giving an opening of about 1500. Triple glazed aluminium/polyurethane/timber. About £3.5k three years ago. Beautifully made by Idealcombi, but you have to clean and lubricate the runners to keep them running smoothly. We use them a lot - opening slightly gives some ventilation, but not as controllable as a conventional window casement. Another downside with any sliding doors is they are obviously not as robust as normal french doors - if anything goes wrong and you can't shut them, it's quite a security risk.
  5. Take a look at Idealcombi https://idealcombi.com/domestic/
  6. Our lawn structure was compacted type 1, weed membrane, 40mm compacted granite dust, grass. The weeds still grow though, most likely self-seeded above the membrane. I got loads of samples and it was clear you got what you paid for. We ended up using Easigrass - I think it was their Chelsea or Mayfair range. A good product but I couldn't recommend the installers (Easigrass use a network of franchised local fitters). They fitted it well enough but there was one section where the 'pile' of the grass was longer. It appeared as a 40mm wide bump running the width of the grass. Despite repeated requests, they failed to remedy it (at one point saying they would have to go out and buy some new scissors!), so I did it myself. Looks fine now. Overall it was very expensive at about £24/sqm + fitting. What you can see cost us £8k, but we had a lot of offcuts. Sufficient to do our daughter's small lawn!
  7. We don't have problems with dogs/cats/foxes/peacocks here, but we do with incontinent pigeons, who seem to live on a diet of araldite and concrete. The grass stands up to it pretty well - it softens in the rain and I brush it off. And cut back the overhanging willow tree where they roost. We do get the odd weed coming through too. And squirrels will try to bury conkers in it. So it's not quite fit and forget
  8. This is ours. Probably the worst ever shape for artificial turf! It's been down a year now. We're very pleased with it - it's great to walk on throughout the year and no mowing is great for me as I get hayfever pretty badly. Leaves are a problem though and I'm thinking of getting a lawn vacuum. Blowers don't seem to work that well, maybe becuase we have no 'corners' to blow it into.
  9. The best way of finding out is to email the Homebuy Agent for your area: https://www.helptobuy.gov.uk/equity-loan/find-helptobuy-agent/ The scheme is aimed at qualifying new build homes, but in principle I can't see why a self build would not qualify. I expect you would have to find a lender to fund the land purchase and build, and then switch over to the Government equity loan when it's complete. Be prepared for a lot of complex procedures though! Let the Forum know how you get on.
  10. We fitted one of the BPC silencers in our system. Not sure what difference it makes - the Vent Axia is pretty quiet anyway and radial ductwork avoids any cross-talk. But for the samll cost, I think it's worth fitting
  11. Total waste of time in my experience. We had one installed when we completed the build in 2018. I wanted to avoid having to submit readings (the gas meter wasn't smart, so we still had to send those through) and get a better handle on use. It was a SMETS 1 type that was tied to a particular supply (in our case Green Energy). The more advanced SMETS2 ones were in short supply at the time. It had 3 charging periods. The 4-8pm tariff was exorbitant - over 30p/KwH, but the midnight-7am a reasonable 7p/hr. The normal daytime rate was about 16p and Standing Charge around 20p/day. The meter linked to the Home Display unit for a couple of days, then lost connection. I tried to get it to work for 2 months of endless calls to Green energy, including a new one being sent out. I gave up and it went in the bin. The readings never seemed to get through to Energy Assets, the Data Communications Company. Our supplier couldn't understand what the issue was despite the 3G signal being fine. Then we switched supplier and it became a dumb meter. So now we have to send 3 readings every 3 months. Strikes me the industry isn't geared up for this yet, so you do wonder who's pushing them.
  12. I would echo @Bitpipe's comments about overheating. There's a lot of glazing on the southern elevation and the solar gain could be very high. Once the sun heats up the interior fabric, it's hard to get rid of in a well-insulated home. So I would incorporate shading or roof overhangs on each window wherever possible, and don't rely too much on surrounding trees to do it for you. Love the design and model btw!
  13. Margaret - I am horrified to see what your builder is doing. 'Pushing RSJs into the house as far as possible' is not underpinning, it is guesswork. All you will end up with is a lot of steel and concrete which will act as a further deadweight under the house the retaining wall would have to hold up. This may increase the chances of a collapse. Looking back at your earlier photos of the house from the road, I can see the steps and path to your house themselves present quite a slope. With a physical disability, are you sure the house is suitable for your needs? It may be better to start thinking about finding a place that is more suitable which already has a parking space and level access. This would be both safer and cheaper in the longer run. As others have said, I think you should not do anything further without taking advice from a structural engineer.
  14. That is very sensible Margaret. Come back here when you have more information and we'll try to help you find a solution.
  15. Having looked at the additional photos you have posted Margaret, the change in level between your house and the road is much higher than I thought when viewed from the road. I would urge you to stop listening to your builder and get professional advice. When it all goes wrong, you won't see that builder for dust.