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    • CommentAuthornikhoward
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2012 edited
     
    Was not sure how to start this one, so sorry for strange title.

    I have read this forum for years and finally joined a few months ago, said a few comments, but realised never said much about me or my current project.

    Getting to be middle aged, married to a lovely wife with two wonderful (mostly) youngish children, live in mid Cornwall near to south coast, part time self employed builder/electrician/dad/husband/house husband. Doing most work myself, but some friends and subbies too.

    Been wanting to build own house for years, but never quite managed it, bought an old dated bungalow in the (great) village where we live, planned to turn it into house, but long story short decided on plan B as was costing too much and my poor (variable, mental) health.

    Plan B - do a normal loft conversion and convert half the (6x7m) garage/workshop. Current bungalow footprint 8x12m, will end up with large L shaped open plan lounge, kitchen, diner, porch, garage, utility, 4 double bedrooms (one small ensuite), small bathroom, d/s shower room, may do ST preheat in future, might do UFH d/s only.

    As green as possible for a modest budget, but will minimise thermal bridges, get in as much insulation as possible, maximise air tightness, lots of reused/left over bits, pretty much fundamentals only, part EWI.

    Currently: have planning (for both plan A and B), got BCO, penetrating and rising damp sorted out, structural - crack stiching ,etc mostly done, part rewired, chimney out, re-roofed, new ridge + vent system, old boiler out, new boiler part done (mains gas combi - Worcester Bosch), new wider hall (and smaller lounge) ready for stairs to go in soon. And this week (while little people are staying with my M&D) I am about 1/4 way through putting the new joists (C24 75x200, 400cs if your interested).

    Be nice to me (please).

    Thanks to everyone for all their posts over the years for the help, advice, inspiration, wisdom, opinion and piss taking, especially Fostertom, Steamy, DSHarris, Tony, Keith, Paul in Mont..., Joiner, Nick Parsons, Damon, CWaters, Biopin, Viking.

    ps Amazing how much less time I have on here now I am actually doing more building
    • CommentAuthorJoiner
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2012
     
    "Amazing how much less time I have on here now I am actually doing more" :bigsmile:

    Let's hope that the Universal Law of Diminishing Returns doesn't kick in. :thumbup:
    • CommentAuthornikhoward
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2012
     
    Hi Joiner, I meant to say more...... BUILDING!
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      CommentAuthorDamonHD
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2012
     
    That MULTIFOILS thing in the title has given my psyche whiplash! Not kind... %-P

    Rgds

    Damon
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2012
     
    Nik
    Can come around for a laugh if you want, could bring Joiner if he comes down :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthornikhoward
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2012 edited
     
    Posted By: SteamyTeaNik
    Can come around for a laugh if you want, could bring Joiner if he comes downhttp:///forum114/extensions/Vanillacons/smilies/standard/bigsmile.gif" alt=":bigsmile:" title=":bigsmile:" >


    i would be up for that, let me know
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2012
     
    Raining here today, but first sunny day soon (though got relatives down this weekend :sad:)
    Whisper your number to me.
    • CommentAuthornikhoward
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2012
     
    Absolutely chucking it down here, hence why I am not on the lawn cutting up 200x75 joists to put into loft and loitering on here, but am going to do some "project management" - aka online shopping for materials, speak to BCO, etc

    Number to follow
    • CommentAuthornikhoward
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2012
     
    Update:

    1/4 joists in, kids back at school (so I do more work), all moss off old roof, Scandinavian windows (Vrogun) ordered (5 weeks lead), another skip full, labourer starting tomorrow (now today) (to help with joists).
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2012
     
    Why Vrogum - so expensive - or do you have a cheap source?
    • CommentAuthoran02ew
    • CommentTimeSep 7th 2012
     
    Posted By: fostertomWhy Vrogum


    Probably the 5 weeks lead time has a lot to do with it.
    • CommentAuthornikhoward
    • CommentTimeSep 9th 2012
     
    A friend works for local supplier and got his boss to give us a good price. Factory finnish in Ral colour. Nice windows, nice hardware, detail, quality, reputation, etc. 5 weeks helps as want them in before it gets cold and all I ever hear about glazing on builds is about hassle, delays and more delays.
    • CommentAuthornikhoward
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2012
     
    First visit of BCO yesterday and all is well
    • CommentAuthornikhoward
    • CommentTimeOct 21st 2012
     
    Now got most new rafters in, a couple of Velux's and one dormer built
    • CommentAuthornikhoward
    • CommentTimeNov 20th 2012
     
    dormers built, all velux's in, roof all on (well almost), windows in, heating in most of house, boiler all done, mostly rewired (even done a few tests on it to - all good), busy spending my days cutting celotex and fitting between/beneath rafters. Still need to board the floor and build some stud walls (at least that's all a piece of pis*), then board the whole lot out (not so easy - lots of tricky cuts)
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