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  1. I know this is probably done to death, but a lot of the posts I came across were older. I’m planning the drains for our new build (4 bed), did a percolation test at the weekend and took 7 hrs to drain away, so looking at treatment plants. Kind of narrowed it down to Bio-Pure, WPL, Conder but I do keep coming back to Biorock for several reasons. Any up to date opinions on the above? I do like the fact the Bio rock is electric free, I’m more than capable and happy to install and if I can commission, service it myself down the line even better. Also how are people finding the desludging intervals? On our own farmland so no issues with siting, probably going to be approx 35m from the house.
  2. We have one of those maddening, tightrope-like conundrums where there is no easy answer, so this thread I guess would ideally be a poll of sorts. basically we have PP to demolish 2 outbuildings and build a large home office in their place. We also have full PD rights. our planning strategy (over time) HAD been as follows: Home Gym > Change of Use to Granny Annexe (under PD, with Cert of Lawfulness) > Change of Use to Separate Dwelling (PP app) however, we are now staring down the barrel of the c. £25k VAT bill on assembling the "home office" structure, which of course could be avoided if this were constructed as a full separate dwelling from the outset As I see it we have 3 options: stick to the "softly softly or lily pad" planning strategy and simply suck up the £25k VAT bill in the spirit of strengthening our planning position over time blow our cover with the council and steam ahead with a full "separate dwelling" app, putting all building works on hold (of course this app may be approved, rejected, approved at appeal or rejected at appeal) persuade our builders to post-date the invoices, start both building and the separate dwelling planning app simultaneously, and then (hopefully) the timing works out whereby we're granted approval and the structure is well on its way to being finished If anybody else has other ideas for a way round this I would love to hear them. And also would love to hear which option you would take. Clearly the problem here is that this isn't £5k, or even £10k....it's £25k. And also we will lose our slot with some very good builders if we delay.
  3. Hi there everyone. This forum has been so useful to us already and we have only been members for a short while. Thought it would be worth posting now that we are nearing the commencement of our project. We have bought a 1960's bungalow in Cornwall that requires total renovation (it literally has not been touched since it was built). Following discussions with our structural engineer and after sitting down and doing the sums, we have decided the best option is to start again and build from scratch. This will be our first new build and we are both excited and slightly nervous at the prospect! Looking forward to discussing various aspects of the project on here as we progress. Best wishes, Jenny
  4. Hi people, I'm new to the site and it seems to be very helpful in most situations so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm a roofer by trade so haven't done much carpentry/joinery and I've been asked by a client to put a roof starting from the joists. It's a new build (family room in the back of the garden) that's roughly 5.8m x 5.6m and the client is thinking about putting an RSJ in to stop the roof from sagging. Could this be avoided by tripling up 8" x 2" C24 timbers in the centre and going out from that at 400 centres? With an overhang the joist lengths will be roughly 6m long. The actual roof will be a warm deck Fleeceback Ruberbond EPDM and it may have a small (1m x1m) velux dome installed as well. Any help or ideas will be appreciated as I havent don't much carpentry before. I'd like to tackle it myself (with a friend) as I'm always wanting to learn more and it seems like a good straight forward one to do once I get a good idea of it.
  5. Hi all, We are early in our self build journey having just been granted planning in principle for our plot. We have an architect and have had first discussions with a broker, so the money side of things looks ok too. Cost and efficiency are big motivators as we currently live in an old house which haemorrhages both heat and money, Will also be our home for the next 30 odd years so running costs important. Have only now just started the bulk of our research as it took three years to sort the plot and didn't want to get ahead of ourselves. Will probably have questions on absolutely everything.Thanks!
  6. As the title suggests I am lost! I am a mother of 2 soon to be 3 kids homeschooling and a husband who dropped this idea on me roughly a month ago! We are looking to build a 2-2500 sq ft 4 bedroom 1.5 story family home with double garage on a green site in Northern Ireland. We have full planning permission For a 3000sq ft 5 bedroom modern home (plans from seller of site) but we want to build something to suit out taste and budget so will need to redo plans. But here is where the problem lies. We had a brief meeting with an architect and my husband is too easily swayed by modern looks but it’s not to our taste. i would love to be able to view houses with plans before going to an architect so we can show him what we like not the other way around but I’m really struggling. Pinterest isn’t great as when you click into view most are gone or not available to view in any detail. We are complete novices to this and a lot of it is being left to me as my husband says I’m the artistic one! There’s one thing being creative and a whole other thing designing a family from scratch with literally no experience. We have started to watch channels 4 building the dream for inspo. Has anyone got advise or tips on what they have learned from experience. My list is short and sweet: * 4 bedrooms all with walk in closet (nothing too big or fancy needed) * master bedroom downstairs with walk in shower en-suite (open to pros & cons of this being down stairs) * open plan kitchen dining living area (walk in pantry) * family bathroom * W/C downstairs * Utility * plenty of light and storage space Any advise would be greatly appreciated as I am pregnant and home schooling a 6 & 4 year old so really want to get started on this so we can get things moving. Thank you
  7. Due to a second property in London being badly down valued prior to re-mortgaging and in the light of Brexit (I dread to think what they'd value it right now, mid corona), I am going to be short about £60k to construct an 147m2, 4 bed in place of 2 existing, crumbling outbuildings (albeit said outbuildings have electricity and water already). With this squeeze on budget, I am going to need to cut every corner going (within reason) to get this over the line. Throw in the fact that this is my first build of any description, and it's going to be "interesting" times! From other threads, it appears that Closed Panel Timber Frame as opposed to SIPS may offer the best shot at delivering a combo of quality and real value. Appreciate that this is a bit of a how-long's-a-piece-of-string Q, but by getting properly creative, what's the least you'd back yourself to bring this 147m2 structure in for, and how?
  8. Hi everyone, I'd like your help pls. We're self building a new home and are installing an MVHR system. It's on a hill and therefore an upside down house; so bedrooms on the ground floor with bathrooms/plant room while the living room/office/kitchen are upstairs on the first floor. We have web joists and I was wondering about putting the outlet vents to the living room and office coming out of the floor of these rooms since this is much simpler. The duct to these would therefore be on the same level/branching as the ceiling ones that feed the bedrooms on the ground floor. So they would all run through the space between the two floors rather than having to run the ducts up the first floor walls and across their ceilings as well. Hope that makes sense? I've tried searching the forum and can only find a few references to a German floor vent brand. Is it better to do this? or are there any major downsides pls? Many thanks Iain
  9. Grateful for advice on the following. I'm doing a self build in the Stirling area. Its a five bed property (180m2 in total) with ufh downstairs (120m2) including three bedrooms downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs with rads. One bathroom and three en-suites in total. I was hoping for some advice on boiler and UVC sizing? We will be required to install PVs so I'm also wondering what issues to consider in terms of integrating it with the heating system/hot water? Looking for the most cost effective option. I did consider ASHP but have decided to opt for LPG and PVs. Any pointers much appreciated.
  10. Evening all, My builder insists it's industry standard to use the gross floor area when discussing costs per square meter but I thought it was the norm to use gross internal area. I can see why he'd want to use GFA as he has to build the external walls, but that could mean I'm not comparing apple to apples.
  11. Hi all I need to choose between having plasterboards throughout or "wet" plaster, I understand mass builders use boards but I was wondering about self builders? Clearly its more expensive but should give a better finish and last longer. Thanks
  12. Hi All, Just got planning permission granted for two outbuildings in the garden and starting to figure things out. Been reading this forum for a few months now and it has already been very helpful in answering my many questions. I know I will have many more questions so this certainly wont be my last post! The plan is to build both at the same time. Here is a brief rundown of the plan so far… 1 x Hobbies room @ 10x5M approx. 1 x Office/Studio @ 11x8M approx. Rainwater collection (eventually house will connect to it when it gets refurbished after this project) New Septic tank (eventually house will connect to it when it gets refurbished after this project) Grounds/Floor: Unknown as I need a ground investigation due to soil and trees but I suspect some sort of pile. Walls: Hopefully ICF and currently looking at Isotex or Durisol. Office first floor: Looking at Thermohouse floor. Roof: Looking at Thermohouse roof. Finished with slate. Finish: Larch, or similar, vertical cladding. Budget: no doubt not enough but I plan to do most of the work myself…apart from the GW. Plan to start in Autumn 2020 or Spring 2021. I also have two planning conditions, tree roots and archaeological watch just to add to the excitement. Closest trees (Sycamore) are to the north of the hobbies room in the neighbours garden which are about 3M away from proposed wall of hobbies room. Like most things, all subject to change! Currently getting quotes from many people and trying to find my way through it all ☺ Pictures attached that will give more of an idea.
  13. I know its fairly standard. "All building works including demolition, construction and machinery or plant operation should only be carried out between the hours of 0800 and 1800 hrs Monday to Friday and 0800 and 1300 hrs Saturday and at no time on Sundays or recognised public holidays." I was hoping to do a bit my myself at the weekends... What would you do? Keep quiet and hope no one notices?
  14. Hi, I know its not easy to say but it would be great to get at least some idea, I have a quote to the watertight stage of the build which is 65% of the total build costs and equates to £1,375 per sqft. The build will be to a standard spec nothing expensive and no great challenges in the build,
  15. Hi 18 months ago we found a large (2.85acres) sloping site with outline consent on a small part of it. A fortnight ago planning permission was granted for our contemporary build (full application as our plans were bigger than the red line of the outline consent). The planning officer liked our plans (we had paid for pre-planning twice) and recommended approval. We were almost caught out - the Town Council objected because our plot is designated as green corridor in the emerging neighbourhood plan and Highways were quibbling about visibility splays. So more expert reports including landscaping plan for the whole site were hurriedly done. We own the private road with six houses on it. We worked hard to get our neighbours on our side and three submitted support for our application (three had objected to the original outline application). We need not have worried, the planning committee loved it approval and gave unanimous. So here we go. OnS638_310-05_PROP-ELEV 1.pdf 1039-SCD 01B Landscape Masterplan.pdf
  16. Hello there, Finally embarking on building our family home. We have recently received our outline planning permission and are now in the middle of detailing our plans for the house and site. Thankfully we have only been given a few restrictions to work around but doesn't really affect our home. We intend to carry out some civil work ourselves (clear and elevate site, foundations, stw, fw and some shoring & eventually landscaping w/fencing). Depending on the quotes, we were thinking of building a specification and letting out a contract to a local builder. I find there will be many pros/cons over complete self build vs managing a contractor on limited works (time vs cost vs quality paradigm). There are still a few options we are still at odds to decide on and I was hoping for some guidance on; Heating /hot water options - we are keen to move away from oil and gas heating and more towards renewables/energy efficient options. Reading through a few topics on this forum, it seems something like an ASHP would be best suited for a new build for a, best outlay of cost and returns b, it can be installed with the best materials for best efficiency of the system i.e. UFH heating with concrete floors, insulation, air tightness. I have by no means even a mediocre understanding of heating systems but would ASHP supplying UFH and solar panels aiding the hot water supply be the most energy efficient & low cost option for a new build? I am prepared to have a bigger outlay installing something that will have a lower maintenance/running cost over 20-30 years. In each of the living rooms, we will have a wood burner. Being from NI, are there any grants available for self/new builds. I believe there had been one for solar panels but it no longer exists. NI's version of the RHI is under somewhat intense scrutiny but I don't think there are options there. I cant seem to see any other incentives out there but if anyone can provide directions to any, it would be much appreciated. With the world currently on a climate change push to being more carbon neutral and forever sustainable, should there be anything to consider pre-emptively i.e. electric car charging port in garage (I have set out to buy an electric car in approx. 5 years time as it will inevitably be the way to go). This may be a complete folly but what would it cost for a rural home to be powered off grid, for example - a bank of solar panels charging a battery pack (10kw/20kw?) which then supplies the house. Its possible but probably expensive. I have seen some solutions but haven't scaled it to suit a 2 storey (approx. 250m2) house with double garage and shed. Some information on my little corner of the world. Its a half acre site (approx.50m x 35m tapering to one side) with the east side facing a road. Lined with mature trees (a restriction has ordered one to be felled but I would like to fight this and move the access lane slightly to avoid). We also have the half acre field to the north too. I intend to split the site in to thirds, south 1/3 for the garden, middle for the house, and north section for the garage (intend to have a double housed garage and an additional one open bay) The house is currently approx. 250m2 but plans are yet to be finalised, I've added my sketch below for info. Still mulling over the sizes of the rooms. (I couldn't rotate to be in line with the plot image). Any advice would be much appreciated
  17. Hi Buildhubbers, I'm having second thoughts on this, I was planning on having a small double height foyer on my build, now I am wondering if it would be better to use the space as an ensuite. One bedroom already has an en suite, and the other two bedrooms share a family bathroom. I don't want the build to be too "plain", I like the idea of the open entrance hall and I think it adds interest. Would like to hear your thoughts, this is a rough floorplan.
  18. Hi all, My planning consultant has suggested the strategy of using multiple planning applications to achieve something loosely resembling what I was after from the beginning, which really isnt that radical and I think has a decent chance of being approved anyway. I was expecting to we would submit two applications as previously agreed, but now he is recommending three. It all seems a bit crazy to me.. Anyone else taken this approach?
  19. Hi it seems that if you have a passiv-esque house you will not need UFH upstairs and maybe no heating at all. My build is is more traditional, it won’t be insulated to that level or airtightness, for this reason I think I need to consider the upstairs heating as a must. Im reluctant to opt for radiators, one because it will waste space and two because I think they need to be run at a higher temperature. So with that in mind, I was considering UFH not only on the ground floor, but the 1st and 2nd floor too. Although I’m concerned about this set up too as there will be little room for insulation and I think the efficiency will be poor. Especially if I have wood flooring. Stone flooring upstairs doesn’t seem right some how. Another option is skirting board heating, but it looks *relatively* untested and also runs at a higher temperature. It is however neater and you don’t lose any space. Any thoughts would be welcome
  20. Hi all, Would appreciate your thoughts. I am looking to keep the wall thickness to a minimum (withing reason), while meeting BR, which I think is 0.18 W/m2.K? Traditional brick and block construction, hoping at worst to have a 100mm cavity which would mean 302.5mm. I've asked for a price of Spacetherm which is a silica gel product and I'm considering Kingspan's OPTIM-R, lastly injected polyurethane foam would really suit the build but I think the performance isnt great? Many thanks
  21. Hi all, I was hoping to spec a semi concealed gas meter box but after talking to BG they no longer offer this option. They say the alternatives are internal or recessed, any thoughts on these? Will be good to hear what others have opted for.
  22. We are installing a downstairs toilet in our extension but it will be 12 meters from the drain and the drop is only 1meter deep! Will this be enough to flush and not cause problems in the future or do i need a pump installed? Help!!!!
  23. We are building our new home on the South West coast. We have demolished the existing bungalow and is going for a beach house style and have joined this forum for ideas and help! We are now out of the ground (basement) and it’s all starting to take shape. Still a long way to go though.
  24. Not sure if this is the best place or if it is better in the design section? One of my planning conditions is Prior to the commencement of development, detailed proposals for the disposal of foul and surface water shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The submitted details must include a diagram of the surface water system, including details of the hydrobrake system used. I am allowed to use a the foul sewer (darker green lines) for excess surface water (blue lines), but have to use a hydrobrake to limit it to the agreed amount. I've been trying to come up with the plans needed to satisfy the condition, I'm a little concerned there is a 3 foul sewer pipes (lighter green lines) under the house especially considering it will have a slab foundation. It all looks rather messy, the land slopes to the front of the house. Any help would be greatly appreciated
  25. Hi all, One of my conditions is “No works shall commence on the dwellinghouse hereby approved until full joinery details, at a scale of 1:5, including section/profile details where necessary and all types of finishes, have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Before I call up the planning office, has anyone else had this condition? If so, would you mind sharing what you submitted? I'm assuming its details on the bargeboards, windows and doors? If that is right, not sure on the level of detail they are expecting.