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  1. Hecateh

    Hi

    Hello I decided it was time to retire and downsize to fund my retirement. Took retirement and couldn't find anything I liked at a price I was willing to pay. The main reasons being I have fabulous views over open countryside from my current house and anything modern, which I wanted for ease of maintenance was a tiny little box. So I decided to explore the possibilities of building in my 100' by 40' garden. That was late last year - I am now just a few weeks off the building starting. Planning permission is in place and plans currently with building control. I haven't the first idea what I am doing and am excited and scared in equal measure. Having just read a few posts on here I can see me being a regular visitor and asking lots of questions. I just hope I can understand the answers.
  2. Hi. We have bought a small farm house in Lincolnshire, about an acre with a tiny 1910 farmhouse. We have plans to extend the original building, demolishing a portacabin like single storey and create a new two storey extension. At a preliminary meeting with the planner, they were happy with the plans in principle but asked why we didn’t want to knock down and rebuild. We hadn’t considered this and loads of advice says rebuild, better energy options, claim vat back etc. But we’re not too sure? Do people really get back their vat (or as much as they expect?) is it worth knocking down a small but serviceable 3 bed house to start again? We’ve got a sensible fund for the extension, but demolish and rebuild sounds a lot more expensive? Is it worth it in the long run ? Current property 160sqm. Extension would add 140sqm.
  3. Sjk

    New build Basement

    Hello Building hasnt started yet, the idea of a basement is becoming more appealing by the moment. It would not extend beyond the walls of the house, but would give some extra space, and I assume this is the best time to do it. Anyone have any advice? I am worried about leakage but a subcontactor I have spoken to is very confident. I know, how long is a piece of string, how much extra is it likely to add on to the build? Thank you in advance
  4. Mr B

    New build France

    Hello to everybody. My girlfriend is having built her own home she designed. 230m2 of living space plus large double garage etc. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, wc, kitchen, living room, office, utility room, cinema/activity room. The house is in France and is on a plot of 1300m2. The house is going to be complete in September. She is using individual trades and she manages the project. There have been no problems and it will be on or just under budget. She is using a brick construction ( lots of holes in it but don't know the name in English) with wood fibre insulation. Under Floor heating by town gas. All German materials for kitchen, bathrooms, boiler, windows etc Estimated energy (hard and electricty) costs per annum €500 Land cost €45,000 including fees. Build cost: €300,000 I joined the forum to ask a few questions and read up on theories and practise. Feel free to chat. Mark
  5. My girlfriend is having her new home built for her - individual trades. See photo. House is in France. All is going well. Over size is 230m2 plus a large garage. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, wc, utility room, upstairs and downstairs living room, kitchen and large play room/cinema. On a plot of 1300m2 Joined the forum to ask a couple of questions.
  6. Hi, Haven’t begun building the house yet, but I am thinking of ufh, I like the warm floors, reduced clutter and radiators take up room. Okay, so the problem is the house will be in a flood risk area, personally I think the chances are low as it’s never flooded before. However, I still want to be cautious, is it only the insulation which could cause a problem if it were to flood? if so does anyone know if there are any flood resistant insulation I could use? thank you in advance
  7. Good Morning All, I am glad I found this forum ! ..and a big hello to you all I hope to get some learned guidance and in turn (perhaps) help others ! Me and my wife are about to submit a full Planning application for our small plot of land to build our house (it will be a Potton Design) We have had a favorable Pre-Application advice ...BUT of course with this application has come a slew of OTHER things we need to consider and submit ...Tree and Ecological Survey (Done) Soil Phase 1 Desktop Survery (Still looking for a low cost one, as the land has ALWAYS been pastureland ..it seems un-necessary ...but it has been asked for) Also on the advice letter it mentioned ...site levels and spot levels Now this site is SMALL ...and the bit we are building on is VERY flat ..the footprint of the house is 39x39 feet. As money is tight (isn't it always) ...I was reading up on doing my OWN site levels ..I am certainly NOT from the building trade ...but I could borrow a dumpy level/ staff..and have been reading about "temporary datums" etc ..would this suffice ? I mean we are not in the middle of nowhere and there are houses all around? If anyone has experience on this, I would be grateful for advice ...i think the words used in the letter were "site levels before and after" ..well I can of course get the necessary information on foundations ....as its a timber frame / SIPS construct and submit this with a grid of the land with readings from my borrowed dumpy ....but would this be enough?..from what I can see there cannot be more than several inches from the low to the high points ..If necessary i could take a shovel and make it as flat as a pancake for them LOL your advice is appreciated
  8. Channel 4 property series 'Building The Dream' is looking for new residential self build projects to feature for the next series. We'd love to hear from you if you are embarking on this exciting journey and would like architectural designer Charlie Luxton to look over your plans. If you're interested in finding out more information please contact us on: Email: buildingthedream@truenorth.tv Tel: 0113 394 5474. Further information about the series can be found online:http://www.channel4.com/programmes/building-the-dream