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  1. That steel beams dwarfs the one we put in. At the start of the entry you mentioned about the timber beam being visible, will you still have a beam/false beam visible?
  2. Outlet in roof are not a good idea if you have room in the roof design. Our one sticks out of the roof so it's vents a bit higher up.
  3. I paid £6.95 (gross) per 12.5mm sheet in the summer.
  4. Definitely agree with this. Make contact with the local utilities crews and all these jobs will be far simpler. Our main is on the other side of a single track road. I was fortunate knew where an existing duct was, we dug down on the verge found the duct and was able to thread the pipe through, this saved on somebody opening the road and the only cost was a small fee to Highland Council for this. No point explaining that to head office, but the local road dept and Scottish water team were all happy and this saved time and money.
  5. Interesting article here I believe it's particulate matter that is the problem. When I drive to work I pass a old static caravan that must have a really inefficient stove or burning wet wood as the smoke is pouring out within a few meters of another property which has MVHR. I have a stove but live in very sparsely populated area with few houses around me.
  6. A few pictures of the side of the deck might be useful, can air travel through the decking? Can you see the vents/air bricks? Also is there a gap between the decking and the wall? There are some good videos on youtube by a chap called Peter Ward, might be worth a watch.
  7. If it's a pretty standard build and nothing fancy, why go with an architect? I paid around £2,850 for planning, building warrant and structural drawings. Our house is 138m2. Expecting the cost to be around £1350m2 prehaps a bit less. I've done jobs like fitting clips, painting etc the rest I have used individual contractors.
  8. Very little choice in Scotland. We went with the Scottish Building Society, directly. If your planning a build with a high SAP rating, you might want to also consider Ecology. Good feedback on here from them. I briefly considered buildstore but put off by the endless list of fees.
  9. Are you still needing to live in that location, would you not sell up and buy a plot and build? I like the house as well. I don't understand how you won't lose a lot of equity.
  10. Have a look at the blogs. A range of projects, different methods, different budgets etc
  11. We have L shaped restraint straps that go under the blockwork to connect to the substructure of the house. Soleplate connected to blockwork using rawl plugs. Don't know what your putting on your roof, but with us, once a few pallet of slates were on the house, visually it felt pretty secure. I'm building in the Hebrides (in a sheltered spot) but can still get weeks of windy winds.
  12. @carlb40 I agree with the above. Originally posted back in September. After many coats and sanding they are now done (upstairs!)
  13. Hi @Trippy21 We put in full planning for a house with dormers and were then able to achieve a Non Material Variation to change to velux windows. Our build is in national scenic area and houses are never the full two storey here. There is a bit of work in dormers, they are almost like a mini house in your roof. We put double ones in our loft conversion and the space you gain is quite limited for the amount of work involved. We liked our top hung veluxs as you can stand out of them. Here is a couple of photos one of the external and internal of the house.
  14. Fingers crossed this gets resolved for you. 🤞 Is your mortgage with Newcastle Building Society, when we looked at buildstore this was lender they wanted to arrange?
  15. Hello, Another post and another year of self building. Since my last entry we have made some progress in a few areas. I previously mentioned some trouble that I had with the treatment tank. We choose a Tricel model as it is widely installed on Skye and the local merchants all suggested it. The alternative was a rotating one with moving parts which I was keen to avoid. Other models were getting costly to be delivered and would require some form of mechanical unloading at my end. After my post I had a fair bit of communication with the manufacturer and the merchant. I didn’t back down and didn’t pay, in the end they backed down and sent a replacement. This went via Inverness and the merchant wanted to inspect before delivering to Skye, guess what they found? Three tanks later and it’s now in the ground. Discharge will be to a ditch, which at this time of year is wet but for most of the year is usually dry, this runs off to a wooded area at the bottom of the croft. Our original warrant and SEPA approval was for a traditional septic tank and soakaway (amended installation was agreed with both parties). After some posts on BH it was clear that a treatment tank would be the better option all around. I should say that a traditional septic tank and soakway is still quite popular in the Hebrides, two recent self builds both installed this set-up. Whilst the digger was here, we decided to get some further work done. A gravel drain was put around the back and is working well. Rotten rock which was at the front of the house was used to bring up the level around the house. A big pile of clay and top soil (or mud mountain as some called it 😀) from works back in 2015 was then landscaped around the site. We are pleased with how the house sits in its surroundings. Finally, here is one from the Broch. People have been self building here since the Iron Age! Although this one is down to foundation level with the rock reused multiple times in various self builds during the last two thousand years. We now need to put the fence back up around the site to allow our sheep to come back on the croft. Today’s job has been digging and fitting four posts. The electricity connection was moved from the temporary supply box into the house. The cost for this work was cheap at around £200 and done by two very tidy and polite SSE workers. This simple homemade box was constructed from scraps and has lasted four long Hebridean winters but will now be recycled for another purpose. Talking of recycling, I don’t have a skip on site and everything apart from dust is stored and will be used for another job. Internally all our efforts have been on the upstairs of the house. Upstairs is an easy win to get completed as it’s just our two children’s bedrooms and an upstairs living area. A bit of time has been spent with our MDF skirtings, architraves and cills. We used real wood in our last build project and it has moved slightly over the years, MDF won’t do this and is cheap, but requires work in sanding and painting. Carpets are due to be fitted at the start of January and once these are down it will just be electrical sockets, lights etc to finish the rooms. Internal decorating can then commence downstairs. That’s about it, the kitchen has been fitted and downstairs flooring is done but both are covered by copious amounts of cardboard and I’ll upload some photos once this is removed. Thanks for reading. This will be the last post for 2019, hope everybody has a great Christmas and best wishes for your projects in the New Year!