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  1. @Dreadnaught yes we would definitely go down the route of building a more permanent box. As like yours our door has also fallen off 😂 Will have to investigate further regarding who moves the fuse - but hopefully this isn’t required! Fingers crossed
  2. @Dreadnaught Thanks, would be great to know as it would save us a lot of effort in getting the SSE squad out to move the cut-out fuse to the house!!
  3. Thats interesting thanks. It must be an old fashioned thing to have the entire meter box on the house now! So regarding our setup does this mean then that we don't actually need SSE to extend our supply cable given the meter can be housed in the box 20 metres away? Obviously fused as you say then running the cable under the ground and into the garage? Any advice on the gauge of cable?
  4. Just came across this thread when investigating our next steps for our electric connection. We are at this exact stage with supply terminated into a box like yours - now we need to get our supply over to the house (approx 20 metres). Perhaps I have read it wrong however do you mean to have your meter installed in this box with your consumer unit in your house? Is this allowed?
  5. Also given the front door/back door is lockable does this mean they aren’t considered a fire escape? I would rather walk out my front door than jump out a window 😀
  6. This doesn’t seem right...I know of houses with lockable doors out to a Juliet balcony. At the end of the day it’s up to us to make sure we carry out the correct measures to ensure we are safe, like not locking a fire escape would be one!
  7. They would not need a key to get them to turn Bedroom door leads out into the landing which is open right down the stairs, into the hallway with doors for ground floor bedrooms, living room, kitchen and the front door (although you would have to open the vestibule door)
  8. 'Lockable handles or restrictors, which can only be released by removable keys or other tools, should not be fitted to window opening sections for escape or rescue.' Hmm doesn't look good from a quick look at the building regs
  9. Nice idea @PeterW! I feel Building Control would need quite a bit of persuading to allow this to conform, although from what I hear it depends on the day in most cases! That would solve all of issues if this was allowed, anyone used these for domestic purposes?
  10. As time has passed we have now got our windows installed but still haven't decided on our 'escape plans' 😀 As per our design (drawing attached in original post) we went with tilt/turns on the 2nd/4th windows, with the 1st,3rd,5th being fixed frames. Now our dilemma is trying to figure out how to incorporate a safety barrier on the top floor - originally the barrier was going to be internal as we were going to have outward opening doors however I decided against this as i think it looks odd having doors on the top floor which will never be used (hopefully) and cant be used for ventilation etc like a normal tilt/turn. This brings up the issue of where our barrier will now go given tilt/turns obviously swing inwards opposed to outwards, meaning our barrier doesn't look like it can be on the inside as you wouldn't be able to open the window fully to escape. I really do not like external barriers however it looks like we have no choice in the matter. UNLESS! Someone is creative enough to suggest a workaround for having the barrier internally? Wild idea but could you possibly have a gate (like a toddler gate) in the bedroom to open to allow the tilt/turn to fully open? Tilting shouldn't be a problem...crazy idea I know but I am thinking out of the box here!
  11. Are there any real life examples of the cost differences between say k-rend and a comparative traditional render (for example wet dash k-rend / traditional wet dash)? I will be getting quotes however it would be good to know if im getting taken for a ride! 😁
  12. Looking amazing! Must be such a great feeling when its all said and done (well its never done is it!) Can I ask how does it work in regards to moving in without having a completion certificate? I have heard of a temporary habitation certificate or something along those lines, is this easy to obtain?
  13. Thanks. Can you confirm the different options with Wet Dash? I assume the texture is changed by using different size chips?
  14. Perhaps we are a little premature with presuming the stones will all fall off! We are in the north east, Aberdeenshire, about half mile from the coast so can get a fair bit of wind/rain etc in the winter. Close to trees also at one side so perhaps k-rend wouldn't be great for us anyway? I assume wet dash can be painted?
  15. Hello Folks, What is everyone's preference when it comes to render? It seems the options we are narrowed down to is wet dash which is our preference, then we have dry dash and finally textured (smooth?) We like the look of wet dash as it seems a fool proof application which cant go wrong and is quite common here in Scotland. Our only worry being that one mans wet dash seems to be different to another, one house is never the same. I assume you can use different size chips in with the mix? I just worry we ask for wet dash and get a horrible lumpy texture like that you see on old fishing cottages for example! Dry dash has put us off slightly simply due to the fact the stones falling off the wall! Still looks nice when new. Textured looks very nice however can this be achieved without the need for special systems such as k-rend etc? This inevitably brings us to 'K-Rend', they seem to boast there renders are far superior to that of the normal mortar renders. My builder opposes this and states its money wasted which could be spent elsewhere. I somewhat agree with this, does the extra cost really benefit us in the real world? It would seem there are plenty of houses which have had the 'old fashioned' methods applied and they are doing just fine... Any thoughts or photos of examples would be great!