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    Building a split level bungalow in the garden of my bigger one. Reason 1) fund retirement 2) benefit from modern technology in building and insulation 3) future proof - although on this I am taking a step back also as my current bungalow has no stairs
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    Hoyland, Close to M1 Junction 36

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  1. I think I'd be better at telling you who to avoid. Some were worse than others but none were brilliant. Only definite recommendation is DIY kitchens at Pontefract - lots on here have used them too - but it will be a while before you get that far.
  2. Hi, welcome to the forum. Whereabouts in Yorkshire are you. I'm close to junction 36, and my build is more or less finished apart from drive, garden, skirting boards and doors.
  3. My admittedly old sat nav told me I was there and the showroom was on the right. It wasn't - it was a bit further along on a road down to the left. My phone map got me there though so I suspect a newer sat nav will be fine. I'm only 20 minutes away so I went about 4 times before I order but a couple were at weekends when they are very busy so it was easier to see someone to go through my plan during the week. It's a great place. I took my sister once and it nearly persuaded her she needed a new kitchen ---- she definitely doesn't but was so enthusiastic about it when she told a friend, in Bristol, that the kitchens were great and it wasn't worth paying 3 times as much for the one her friend was looking at. The friend made the journey from Bristol to visit (adding in a weekend visit somewhere) and was equally impressed. They now have one and love it.
  4. another vote for DIY kitchens. Units available in 50mm increments so pretty flexible
  5. I had a tension rod which I could take up and down - where to put it when down was the issue. For this reason and because the curtain will slide along more easily I have changed to a curtain wire. Curtains are sheer and very light and gap is 2.7m. I want blinds up for the winter but can't afford them yet and just want this to provide a slight solar gain barrier, probably won't really need it again after today. The gap is filled by a door - opening out and a bifold, also opening out so there is no fouling. AND the curtains will only be operated gently by me. So it to inside the reveal, I don't think command hooks will work - used them in the old house for the shower curtain and was having to refix every couple of weeks with a direct pull - if placed so the tension was sideways they didn't even last that long.
  6. I'm putting some voiles up on a wire in the reveal. Where is it best to fix the wire? To the window itself, the top of the reveal or the side walls?
  7. I haven't been visiting this site much recently and missed this. I got the same information in an email from a couple of days ago FFS what next. I suppose I need to contact them now and find out what happens now.
  8. I got in a mess with bridging. It was at 13% so extortionate but I planned for it and all should have been fine. Then the house took much longer than planned Then my old house didn't sell and still hasn't I am lucky my sister is loaded and loaned me the money to pay it off but as I am not earning anything I would have been totally up the khyber if she wasn't able to help.
  9. As things become more automated - an 'Alexa' or similar positioned in the bathroom to enable oral 'drop in' check
  10. would this work? https://www.amazon.co.uk/InterDesign-Organizer-Towels-24-Inch-4-Piece/dp/B01AILVIAG/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_201_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=RM9QF44PXBVJXP5RP2CE
  11. I would go for stick down ones too. Anything that allows water underneath will either need to be lifted everytime or will get absolutely grotty underneath
  12. Bloody typical - 2 different employees told me that - I think it's because it;s a different property though but I can't see that should make a difference
  13. I couldn't book straight with OpenReach I had to go through a supplier - BT offered me an excellent deal which, despite the £50 installation still saved me about £75 quid over the next year. (previously with plus net) I've had a pole installed on my land, very difficult and long to do it any other way. They were supposed to be connecting me on 28th December - I knew this date couldn't happen because of the pole but they were happy to give me a fixed date. So engineer came that day and said 'we will have to install a pole' 'Yes - that's what I said when I ordered it! We agreed where it would go and a week or so later (7 Jan) they came to put the pole up. Knocked on the door, lots of digging, pole on drive and then it all went quiet. After I while I went to have a look and the hole had been filled in and they had disappeared. Contacted BT and the saga commenced. Phone calls about twice a week. The guy at BT was doing his best, contacting Open Reach all the time. An engineer came out again - apparently they had come across services - I knew there were none there. He went away saying I'd hear within the week. Lots more communication with BT. Open Reach had no capacity, were booked up with other jobs etc etc. Eventually I got in touch with the Ombudsman. So then BT higher management got involved, and eventually another engineer came out. Told me that the services were some kind of land drain junction - so I realised it was were the surface water from the porch went - about 1m of guttering. We could put the pole pretty close. He also told me that the contractors had said I had gone out so they couldn't discuss it with me at the time - a complete lie. Within a week they came back - dug up pretty much the same hole and put the pole up. 2 or 3 days later I was connected. That was the 11 May. As my original house is not yet sold I was able to use the cordless phones from up there and with the aid of a plug in booster use the wifi too. The ombudsman said I wasn't entitled to any compensation as they had done nothing wrong as they weren't accountable for OpenReach. It seemed a waste of time but my contact at BT said that was what had got them moving an enabled him to escalate even higher - he had already escalated 3 times to the highest level he was able. After I was finally connected BT contacted me and told me they were crediting my account with just over £150. That amount covers the installation and about 6 months phone and broadband so I'm happy enough with that. I just have to wait 2 weeks to get my phone number transferred as BT can't port numbers from Plusnet - I have to cancel PlusNet which puts the number back in the system and in 2 weeks time BT can reallocate it. What a farce
  14. I find it odd that the comfort of the seat is never mentioned as a feature and most sellers don't even give a good picture that shows it properly. It's something I have become aware of because, with my 3 toilets, 2 have comfortable seats and the 3rd which is a different design, with a curved profile is much less so.