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  1. I’m renovating a small mission hall on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Due to it’s already small internal size (7.500 x 4.500), I was thinking of looking at external insulation rather than internal? Its a solid wall construction (approx 500mm+) currently with an external pebbledash finisish. Any thoughts or recomendations?
  2. I am working with a structural engineer specialising in Traditional Timber frames to design a new build Wealden Hall House. Could anyone point me towards a person / company with a good degree of experience in efficient building design for traditional timber frames? Pursuing a truly historically-accurate frame design results in some specific cold-bridging issues (use of continuous timber posts / plates / joists through cross sections), that we are seeking mitigation strategies for. Thank you.
  3. Good morning, I am formulating plans for the renovation of a small steading near Inverness. It has been abandoned for many decades. The walls are made of typical irregular stone blocks and chunks. Really charming. Even though it just has a weathered corrugated roof there is little damp. Our ancestors knew how to build! I want to keep the walls exposed internally. It is just one storey. I plan to repoint using lime mortar, other than that my wish is to keep the walls visible. I have not submitted a planning application yet. I know these days planners are concerned with insulation. I am fully prepared to over-insulate the roof et cetera to mitigate the bare walls. I just wondered if any members had approached Scottish planners with a similar design requirement. If so I would hugely appreciate knowing any tips and hints. Thank you.
  4. Hi I've recently purchased a 1bed "colony" house in Edinburgh. For those unfamiliar with colony houses, these were homes built throughout Victorian Edinburgh and were designed as homes for the skilled working class, more details about them here if you are interested. Mine is a 1 bed ground floor, 45sqm altogether, with a small front and back garden. It's currently fitted with electric storage heating that I am hoping to remove and replace with a small air source heat pump and install underfloor heating throughout. I found this forum through my ASHP researching and have found it really useful so far. I also want to change the internal layout, so the largest rooms are for the kitchen and living room. I wish to move the bathroom to the opposite side of the house and turn the current kitchen (small, narrow) to a very small double bedroom! This requires a couple of walls knocking down and rebuilt. I won't have the keys to the property until late November so works can't start yet but I'm trying to do as much research before then. Thanks all, looking forward to asking lots of questions as I have them...!
  5. Hi! I’m new - thanks for having me! We are about to start the process of planning and converting a tiny barn in cornwall the walls are granite and rubble filled. Due to the size, I have been pondering ways of creating space and I was wondering about the feasibility of creating an alcove in the wall on the inside to turn it into a coat cupboard? It wouldn’t need to be that deep if it was just peg hooks and place for a few shoes. Is this the sort sort of thing you would tell me not to even think about? I wouldn’t do it myself. I’m unsure about the stability and whether it’s possible to stabilise it. Im sure I will have lots of other questions but I thought I would start here! thanks for your thoughts i know it looks a state in the pic but it’s had a good structural report
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