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  1. Thanks everyone for your input. We've since decided to go with block and render - mostly due to issues already raised in the chat, such as if we sold in the future, and wanting to keep our finance options as wide as possible. Now I need to research how to get beautiful, crisp render that won't get knackered by the wind coming off the sea!
  2. Hi there, looking for some advice on rough costs of block and render for a 1.5 storey self build, approx 13m x 6.5m. We’d originally planned to to timber cladding but I understand that getting mortgages for entirely timber clad houses can be tricky. We’re after a crisp, clean finish so might want to go with a silicone-based render, but happy to be advised otherwise! Thanks
  3. Thanks @Hilldes Can you let me know why you went with render on render board as opposed to block and render? I’d only looked at timber cladding up until now so haven’t researched other options.
  4. Hi, wondering if anyone had experience of getting a self-build mortgage on a timber clad house? All the TF designs we've been considering are timber clad (its for a rural part of Scotland and these seem pretty attractive to the planners and I also prefer it over block and render), however I understand that only 2 or 3 lenders will offer a mortgage on a fully timber clad house. I've love to hear if people know who these lenders are and if this is an issue folks have come up against. Thanks
  5. Thanks for this, that's really helpful. Our preference is to go with a company that will supply and erect, for all of the reasons you outline. However there's one supplier (Scotframe) which seems to have a good closed panel kit but which only does supply. I'm still waiting on quotes from a few kit companies but would be good to know build costs of the TF if we decide to go with the Scotframe kit.
  6. Hi, thanks for the reply. I've sent a few builders the kit house we're considering, which shows shape, size, spec of kit etc. Is that likely enough for a firm to produce a quote from?
  7. Hi, can anyone suggest an accurate way of getting a build cost for a closed panel timber frame kit house? I'm comparing some companies that offer supply and erect with supply only, but in order to have a clear comparison, I need to get an accurate idea of how much the build costs will be. I also don't want to commit to a design if it ends up costing loads to build! I've asked several companies to quote, and a couple have replied saying they'd need to see planning and building warrant drawings to give an estimate. But by that point we'll have committed to what we're building ? Any help appreciated!
  8. Hi, I've been mostly looking at companies who offer supply and erect service, which means I wouldn't have to pay the VAT on the kit. I've just started looking at kit supply only companies and want to know if a self-build mortgage would cover the VAT for our kit house? I know we can reclaim it back, but can we borrow on the cost inc VAT or only exc VAT? Thanks
  9. Hi, I'm in the process of comparing timber frame and SIPs kit suppliers. Would love to hear more about MBC. How did the costs work out as a company based in England with a build up north? We're based in the north west of Scotland.
  10. Looking for advice on going with Scotframe for a kit house. We'd be going with their closed panel system (which seems to have a lot of the benefits of SIPs construction??). The downside is that they don't do a supply and erect service, so we'd have to stump up the VAT for the build (before reclaiming later). Would appreciate hearing from anyone with experience of going with Scotframe. Thanks
  11. Thanks for this, plenty to think about! What is an I Joist kit? Can you point me in the direction of a supplier so I can find out more? It’s a house for us, and warmth and comfort and definitely high on the list of priorities. Thanks
  12. I think that’s right. I’m still a bit of a newbie tbh but that’s my understanding.
  13. Closed Panel System - so panels are manufactured with insulation in place
  14. Hi, looking for some advice on the pros and cons of going with timber frame, CPS or SIP construction for a 1.5 storey rural self-build. Specifically wondering how the various type build affect the future value of the house, and how the speed of construction affects the overall costs (ie if SIP goes up quicker than CPS, does this counter the extra cost of a SIP kit as you’re saving on days of labour?). Any advice welcome!
  15. Hi, looking for some advice on the pros and cons of going with timber frame, CPS or SIP construction for a 1.5 storey rural self-build. Specifically wondering how the various type build affect the future value of the house, and how the speed of construction affects the overall costs (ie if SIP goes up quicker than CPS, does this counter the extra cost of a SIP kit as you’re saving on days of labour?). Any advice welcome!
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