Alister84

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  1. Thought I’d update on how things are progressing with us. Our mortgage provider has agreed the part release so we can separate the titles for the land we want to build on. Our current house had to be valued as a result. Having this done by a guy in full PPE; while you have every single, door, window and internal door open in your house with all the lights on while you, your partner, dog and three children remain in one corner of one room was......interesting! But it’s done. After approximately 5 rounds; the floor plan now has very little left to change, we think it works for us but interesting to see what you all think? Be nice....
  2. Hi AnnSyl, Welcome! Where in the world are you? We are early stages too and ICF is coming out top we think. Do you know which system you would use?
  3. Welcome! ICF is coming out top for our build too so keen to connect with people using it! Keep us posted on your journey!
  4. Looking for advice or real world examples of GSHP as the main source for both heat and hot water. House is new build, will be ICF construction and approx 420 square meters. We are a family of 5 with three teenagers who (when the world is functioning normally) all do clubs/sports so shower 2/3 times a day. My concern is the GSHP won’t be able to keep up with demand, everyone having showers in the morning then 2/3 people having showers in the afternoon then the same again in the evening. Hot water tank would be 300+ litres and we plan on having solar thermal in addition to the GSHP and obviously the tank will have an immersion heater should all else fail, but feel that defeats the purpose. Real world advice/examples appreciated
  5. I do know the rules are different in Scotland. However the person who had the house before us purchased the land in addition to the land owned by the house, so the house has two titles. Essentially we are just restoring them, lucky for us.
  6. Good question! We would like a modern agricultural feel/design but realistic. Have no desire for glass walls a complex roof design. The house should give very little away as you approach, then open up to the views at the back......maybe......planners might not like that idea.
  7. Morning all, Thought I’d share some pictures of the plot. We are incredibly lucky with it’s size, 6 acres as well as the Burn running through. On a clear day we also get brilliant views of the Isle of Arran. Architect was on site last week (socially distant) and is meeting with us again towards the end of this week. We now have a list of rooms and rough floor dimensions, he will workout the “flow” of these and start the process of design. Our solicitor has been instructed to separate the title (from our existing house next door) so progress finally feels like it’s being made!
  8. Not a great deal of info included in it to be honest as only a budget estimate
  9. Advice/ thoughts welcome... SP Energy Network have provided us a budget estimate of £10,600 to provide electricity to our new build. We are building in the field next to our existing house which we have a dedicated supply for from an existing pole on our land, we own all the land between said pole and the new house. The estimate is for SP digging only 2m, laying 130m worth of cable and connecting the new supply. Apparently its fine for me to dig 128m trench but i'm not allowed purchase cable or place in trench for them to then connect - is this right? Obviously fine with SP digging the last 2m and connecting the supply but 10k for this seems off the wall! Or do i have no clue what i'm talking about?
  10. Id be interested to know if you found a good solution to this @sendu . Planning our new build and demand for hot water is near constant with multiple bathrooms and teenagers.
  11. Hi all, We are early in our self build journey having just been granted planning in principle for our plot. We have an architect and have had first discussions with a broker, so the money side of things looks ok too. Cost and efficiency are big motivators as we currently live in an old house which haemorrhages both heat and money, Will also be our home for the next 30 odd years so running costs important. Have only now just started the bulk of our research as it took three years to sort the plot and didn't want to get ahead of ourselves. Will probably have questions on absolutely everything.Thanks!