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  1. Rae


    Good Morning All! Not just posting Newbie-a newbie adventurer into the self-build world! ? So, before I flood you all with a myriad of questions, please may-anyone!-kindly email me their comprehensive, start to completion, spreadsheet! Thank you x
  2. I am building a single storey building in my garden 6m by 12m by 3.25m heigh. It will sit on an insulated slab (e.g. Isoquick or Kore) with the walls being ICF. Apart from a small toilet/shower room and a small room/ large cupboard for utilities the building will essentially be one large room. The building is being done under permitted development rights so there is no need to submit plans to the planners. I am planning on constructing the building myself with a friend and calling upon external help where needed, this will be my first building project. I would like to avoid any unnecessary expenditure and think that may include architect fees. My thought is that the Architect drawings largely serve the purpose of communicating to the builder how the building is to be constructed but as I will be the builder I will already know how I intend to build. I am currently at the design and budgeting stage although I have done some excavation for foundations and have been able to get quotes from suppliers so far without architect drawings. The one area I am anticipating may be an handicap without an Architect is getting a Structural Engineers calculations. Are there benefits from using an Architect that I am not factoring in or other reasons why I will need to bite the bullet and pay for an architect? Thanks for any feedback
  3. that was the message from site today. so up to site at 5pm to be told the gable window is the correct size according to the plans and the schedule, however, it's not going to fit in the gable. between steel and roof you've got about 850mm where it should go and window is 1200mmx900mm. ok so how do we deal with this? 'will it fit if we lower it'? 'yes, however, it will be 500mm from the floor' ok, new glass and it''l look sh1te, turn it on it's side, at least we could look out at the right height, still need new glass and be low and look sh1te. what's the solution to avoid a new window and write this on off, there is one. and how the hell did it get drawn and work?
  4. Folks... I very recently bought a plot with full PP for a perfectly nice oak framed house, the problem is it's someone else's interpretation of nice and not my dream. I would very much like to change the design to a more contemporary and simpler clean lines design, optimised to suit contemporary timber frame...is this doable??. If I go for a complete re-application it will be the third in four years..The plot is in the conservation area of a village in North Herefordshire. Any similar experiences out there?
  5. This thread is for examples of architects who can be looked up, or houses that can be studied or visited, to give ideas, details or simply provocation. The aim is to help us self-builders who haven't designed or seen a wide range of houses gain different views or insights. My top recommendations are: 1 - Go on the London Open House weekend, or equivalent regional events. The next one is due on September 17-18th, when hundreds of normally closed buildings, including domestic, will be open. Even Grand Designs Gin Palaces can have ideas that can be used in ordinary homes, and London has many innovatiev ideas because bnuilding is so difficult. My most enjoyable OH day was spent touring 4 different types of Council House built by Camden in the 1970s. 2 - Go and visit lots of houses with estate agents. Be a Nosey Parker. 3 - Look into ideas of not-quite-famous architects. For example I like Peter Aldington, who is known to many but not to me until recently, who designed modern houses from the 1960s that were also pleasant / practical to live in. For me that is the most important feature. 4- Keep a Notebook of Ideas, which could be a notebook or something like an annotated photo gallery on your phone. Ferdinand
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