Redoctober

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  1. Redoctober

    Window Boards

    Plus one to that. You should be able to source oak trims from a BM. If your budget can stretch have a look at the UK Oak Doors website. We got our oak Cills and boards from them.
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    The Build - Mission accomplished! We're in!!

    Many thanks @Square Feet you would be most welcome so if in the area make contact, the kettle(hot water tap) is always on😄
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    Blockwork

    Looking lovely. The larch cladding will be worth the wait I'm sure.
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    Klover pellet swallower!

    Good to hear that the "caravan days" are behind you albeit not in the manner you had hoped I'm sure. Hopefully the pellet stove business will be sorted sooner than later and you can then concentrate on moving forward - even if it is just one day or one job at a time. You will get there, just be patient.
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    The Build - Mission accomplished! We're in!!

    Yes this was very much an all trades build - I supplied the materials were I could and just paid the labour costs. An example of that is the Joinery. I supplied all the oak materials etc., whilst the Joiner worked on an hourly rate of £25 per hour. Again the floor tiles and associated sundries were supplied by me and installed at a rate of £35 per sq m. The builder supplied and fitted, so to speak, all materials for the ground works & drainage systems. His costs also covered the stone mason, although I supplied the stone at £70 per sq metre. The same is said of the roofer - He supplied and fitted everything required for the house, car port, porch [ when fitted] and the Rainwater goods. The timber frame, additional insulation and erection costs came in at £316 per sq metre. I supplied all the landscaping materials and just paid for the Landscapers labour - A breakdown of £5500 for labour and £6100 for materials. I hope this helps and should anyone require more specific details, please send a PM.
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    The Build - Mission accomplished! We're in!!

    Yes a great question and one Mrs W and I have chatted about. I will answer these points as I think it is important to address them. However I will do so in my next entry as I would like to show the porch in all its glory once it is erected. 👍
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    The Build - Mission accomplished! We're in!!

    @Onoff exactly as @CC45 has described. The TF is doing all the insulating and air tightness. The stone is for appearances. Render was not an option as it wouldn’t tie in with the local housing stock albeit 3 farm workers cottages and a Smiddy!!
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    Fallout with builder- now I’m on drains - questions

    So true - well said.👍
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    The Build - Mission accomplished! We're in!!

    Thanks, yes we too love the chapel chairs. They just bring a little something. As for the drive, during the build it was subsoil with Type 1 spread across it. When we came to finalise it so to speak, an additional layer of type 1 was laid and this in turn, was compacted down. We then put down the stone you see in the images. This stone is called Whin Chip and we went for the 200mm version. All the people in the know advised against a membrane going down under the whin chip, due to it eventually ripping and moving etc. As for maintenance, we plan to spray the area twice a year and just rake it over every now and again to keep it tidy. I believe we managed to get he whin chip for around £30 a tonne and required 20 tonnes.
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    The Build - Mission accomplished! We're in!!

    Ha, yes that's what being on this forum can do for you - stay around long enough and you can capture all the good points from others !! 😜
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    The Build - Mission accomplished! We're in!!

    Yes very pleased with the outcome thanks.
  12. It was online and via the Royal Mail website - no link at hand but I think I found it under " new addresses or something similar.
  13. A busy November saw all the trades coming good, albeit some were cutting it fine for the moving in day – 30th November – However, we have moved in with all the services up and running. Having said that, BT and Openreach have missed the deadlines and as a result we are without any internet, phone line or TV for at least a week! Also the master bedroom built in wardrobes are still be fitted. The landscapers have finished their work, providing us with a patio area and a driveway area which will see plenty of activity. Look closely and you should see the hedging that has been planted. 330 separate plants in all. This was a planning condition and the hedges are a mixture of Hawthorn, Beech, Holly and Maple. Locally referred to as native hedging. The turf will be laid next Spring. Our Air Tightness test was conducted by a guy from Perth - a good couple of hours away. We never set out to achieve such low levels because we didn’t want the capital outlay of such a system as well as the infrastructure it requires. Our score was 4.9 which in our eyes is very good. There are a number of minor jobs which I need to do such as touching up the paint work here and there; re-oiling some wood in places but all that can wait until we have given the whole place a deep clean. The main external jobs outstanding are the erection of the oak framed porch and the downpipes. Both of which should be completed within the next 10 days or so. Anyway, this was not a self build in the true sense of the words but it was project managed by myself and built using a main contractor and sub contractors after the TF had been erected. I hope you have not only enjoyed reading about our project but have found some useful bits of information within the blogs in order to assist yourselves with your projects, whatever that may be. Overall my experience has been a good one. It hasn’t been without its difficulties, such as additional unforeseen expenditure and additional expenditure as a result of our mistakes, or due to us changing our minds! Such examples include ordering the wrong door frame - we failed to realise we hadn't ordered a threshold suitable for level access - a mistake that cost us £1k. Changing our minds over the 3 toilets we had ordered. They simply looked lost in their respective environments so 3 new ones were ordered at an additional cost of £850. A failure to get a full grip of the scaffolding cost an additional £1k and a failure to budget correctly for the foundations and dwarf wall for the carport cost an additional £4k. Final facts and figures - Build schedule – 6 months from the day the TF arrived. Cost per sq metre - £1850 – includes everything, and I mean everything - from the scaffolding through to the landscaping and it includes the car port and porch [ still to be erected] but not the land or fees. Only two skips were used throughout the build – everything else was removed by us to the local dump or burnt on site – best investment was a £25 oil drum which we used as an incinerator. Thanks for reading - Paul.
  14. Here in the Scottish Borders, I contacted the local council and they steered me to the Royal Mail. I completed a form and they registered the address free of charge. Also received two bins this week also free of charge.
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    Air test

    Update to this thread - we had our Air Test carried out today - 3 days ahead of our moving in date - We achieved a score of 3.9 which we were most impressed with. This figure was a touch "tight" for us as we have no MVHR and do not wish to install one. We needed to get the figure nearer to 5 so the seals around the loft hatch, letter box and flue were "loosened". Final recorded figure came in at 4.9. The test cost us £245 which included his travelling costs from Perth to the Borders.