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  1. Hello. Our build is planned to have tilt/turn windows all round (1.5 storey house with dormer windows and large gable feature window). Now it has just occurred to me that instead of having tilt/turns all round, why don't we have standard casement windows which have one opening method opposed to two for tilt/turn. The only advantage I can see for tilt/turn windows is they open inwards to clean etc however I could see this being a pain if you have anything in front of the window on the inside! On the safety side of things does a normal casement window comply? I don't see why it wouldn't given it complies with the 450mm minimum width/height restriction as per building regulations? They are probably a lot cheaper than tilt turn also I would imagine!? I have noticed a lot of you on here discuss top hung windows quite regularly. Thanks!
  2. Thanks @nod Cost wise what would your opinion be between double skinned or studded walls?
  3. Thanks @nod I guess my biggest question is what are the determining factors in deciding on what type to build? correct me if I’m wrong anyone however from what I believe if it’s a double skin it would be harder to convert this garage into another liveable room in the future? For further information we have planned a timber frame pitched roof as with the rest of the house.
  4. Hey Folks, Needing some advise on the construction of our planned integrated double garage which has one wall attached to the utility room. It was originally planned to have what I believe is called a 'double skin' construction, from what I can gather this is basically external brick with a cavity gap and another brick wall internally. However I have been informed there is another option to have either a single skin construction (one layer of brick?) or a single skin with a studded internal wall. The latter seems to provide better insulation etc and also the added benefit of a cavity for cables etc - is it more common practise to have a studded internal wall for an integrated garage or is a double skin construction still used? Any examples from your own builds would be greatly appreciated! Cost comparison would be great also! Thanks.😀
  5. Such a beautiful location, good to see someone can be making progress at these uncertain times!
  6. I am glad I am a member of this forum as it feels very lonely right now to be building your own house...We were meant to start last week, now I am sick with worry wondering whats the worse that can happen. Our permission runs out in 2 months time although we did have a very brief confirmation from the council in the form of an email that our permission is'locked in' now given we started the driveway - i truly hope this holds up, if not we are screwed. Then if we start in June say after this hopefully blows over I would like to think the builder will manage the foundations easy enough as mentioned by others, and also erect the frame as they build the kits themselves..although it worries me that the windows/door factory which is now shut will be way behind schedule, meaning paying loads of interest on the mortgage until we can continue. I assume Howdens have stopped manufacturing also. Or do we delay..AGAIN..for late in the year (august/sept) for everything to sync up again hopefully, its such a tough call! I really do feel for those of you who are mid way through your build, so much unknowns but we just have to stick in and do the best we can. I keep trying to remind myself that at the end of the day there a people with far worse problems, building a house is very much low on the scale of issues in the world right now.
  7. @joe90 why didn’t I think of just going ‘around’ the house instead of through the house! Makes sense and at least they will be accessible if there are any issues. As you say @Ferdinand I too would be a little apprehensive having the gas run through the concrete slab.
  8. @Temp Thanks very much for your informative reply. Seems like you have a similar situation to what we will have (hopefully!). We will also have UFH in screed in the kitchen. I was worried that a great distance would be detrimental to the pressure from the cylinder to the cooker however if you are all good from 40m then we certainly will have no problem! From what you have said I think i better take note to tell the builder this before they start the foundations! As from what I can gather there wouldn't be any alternative way to direct the gas pipe from one side of the house to the other without being through the foundations. Yes I have quite a bit hands on experience with the 47kg bottles, very annoying to get into those cabinets! Your tip of a longer hose from the regulator is a good idea, i will take note!
  9. Hi Folks, Nearing the stage of starting and another question has popped into my head! So we will have a duel fuel rangemaster cooker in our kitchen (electric, gas hob), to which the gas will come from gas cylinders (47kg Propane). Now our cooker is located at the front of the house and the last thing we want is the cylinders outside at the front! What would be involved to get the gas pipe to the back of the house, this would be approximately 12m in distance. Would we have to incorporate a duct into the foundation slab to carry this pipe from the kitchen? If so i would hate to forget and be left with horrible cylinders at the front of the house! 😣
  10. We are based in the Stonehaven area. Yes we have had our electric connection in place for a couple years now, no meter just terminated to a box which will be moved to the house when built...Typically SSE made a mistake with our connection from the transformer! From the main cable which comes from the transformer this converts to a smaller cable terminating at the house, this smaller cable can only be 30 metres max, our house is 40 metres away as they were 10m short! Something to bear in mind perhaps if you are planning a temporary connection at this stage before the house is built.
  11. @Mike_scotland we applied for our connection a couple years back and didnt get asked any of these questions (we also plan for an ASHP), from your location we are only up the road from you too.
  12. Hello @MikeGrahamT21 I know this is an all post to say the least however we have been trying to decide which type of windows to go with recently and came across Eurocell's Modus range and noticed this was an option for you, did you so happen to go with these? Our biggest issue is given we have a large gable end window we would like to maximise the glass and less of the frame, we do not want to have chunky frames. I believe this is called 'frame factor' as described in @Ferdinand post - thanks for this I have been trying to find the correct word for describing this issue! From what I can gather the modus range which has 3 sash options (standard, slim and fully flush) may give us the look we are happy with opposed to the standard Eurocell range which our builder uses. We are scared these will be too 'chunky'. Probably a silly question however what does the profile measurement refer to, from what I can gather this relates to the depth of the frame, nothing to do with the width of the frames? So for example a 75mm profile is not linked to the overall 'frame factor'? Any pictures of the modus range in action would be great! I am very much struggling to get in touch with someone at Eurocell that can guide me anywhere I can physically see these windows!
  13. Interesting thanks. I never thought of the fact that solar power is at its greatest in the summer months when you do not need space heating. Given the price to store this via a battery would be 8k plus would be taking us out of our budget. So I can only conclude my assumption that we could use solar panels to power the ASHP (or a large part of the energy requirements) seems impractical without a great number of panels? From what I have been reading a standard home requires around 20m2 of panels to produce around 3000kw, therefore with our 16kw heat pump this wouldnt be enough?
  14. Hey Folks, Getting quite close to finally pulling the trigger on this build and of course there the many questions popping up in my head every day, especially after browsing this forum each day! The latest niggle in my head is should we have planned to have solar panels along with our ASHP?! Our 290m2 house will have UFH on the ground floor with rads upstairs. Plumber has quoted a 16kw ASHP with a 300 tank (50 litre buffer tank). Bit of a basic question however what would the PV’s (if we had them) be best utilised for exactly? To simply power the heat pump? Given the plumber has quoted a 16kw pump is it asking a lot for PV’s to power such a pump and therefore would it be cost effective? I have also heard people using solar panels for the hot water only? Whatever the outcome we 100% do not want masses of PV’s on the roof, a couple would be acceptable on the integral garage I think. I will admit I am a little clueless with solar panels and their associated cost to install - any figures would be greatly appreciated. thanks again for your help guys
  15. @epsilonGreedy is spot on with their advice....All I can say is be careful if you decide to fit a wood burning stove, you may struggle to sell it as many holiday parks do not allow wood burning stoves to be fitted on their premises.