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Part One-Wind And Watertight For Under £6K

Posted by tennentslager , 27 August 2015 · 1,306 views

I'm new to blogging and probably have nothing much in terms of knowledge to impart but some of you might be interested in building on a low budget so here goes.
After many years on the waiting list we got offered a plot on the famous West Highland Way about 3 miles north of the starting point in Milngavie, just north of Glasgow.
For £4k we get a 20 year ground lease around 100ft square, ground rent is £90 per month and of course membership of the community group that collectively owns the whole estate.
See more about Carbeth Hutters here
we needed planning permission and Carbeth is itself a conservation area so we kept to the hutters spirit of ingenuity and self-everything and splashed out on some graph paper from the local stationers.
We made several models from foam board (thanks JS Harris) and finally paid the fee and waited...

I'll add the plans when I find them but permission was granted and we stated work digging the footings by hand.

Oh I should say at this point so far we have not paid for one trades person nor used any machines other than a Makita saw and drill and a Hitachi gas nail gun.
Many thanks to Dominic Stevens and this website for teaching me all I needed to know about the mysteries of marking out
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In May we braved the rain and pressed on building 14 (dodgy bricklaying) piers one big one using cobble stones the rest using concrete blocks from a reclaimed mono bloc driveway.
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Our near £2500 load of timber arrived and it was time to see if the 'water in a tube' method of levelling the piers was accurate or not...first big confidence builder-it was bang on level across a 4m span
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I really wish I had bought OSB flooring as the chipboard got soaked a dozen times...its fine now but we have a few swollen joints that will need attention before final floor goes down.
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Lots of wet days and rain dripping of noses but a nail gun is a great stress buster for us Social Work types and the wall panels and trusses were complete...time for a big hut raising weekend!
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The June weather was kind and we got a lot of work done but the tarps had to go back on as the floor was still getting soaked...
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Magic, frame complete
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Roof is almost there and again we had 8 volunteers over the weekend...including schoolboy nephews who kept wandering off with tools!
Then end of June saw the EPDM roof being stuck on with the stickiest of glues but close to water proof at last.
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On the odd evening we managed to get the windows in...
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Got some nice doors from Gumtree for £40 so in they go and by the end of June we are almost there
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Insulation and building paper on
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Oh and Gumtree found us some kitchen bargains so shipped then up as its nice and dry inside now *smiley face*
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Well done, it looks superb. Out of interest, have Building Control had anything to say about the project?
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28 Aug 2015 01:08 PM
Cheers Crofter,
Ahhh...the BC question. It seems to be 'when is a dwelling not a dwelling...when its a hut!' If BC took an interest in Carbeth the whole conserved area would be subject to BC Notices (and probably decisions to demolish with massive public protest) and at great cost to the LA. Its a grey area (some say) and the local attitude seems to be BC are not in the slightest bit interested. No one I know has a completion certificate and huts change hands without any need?
Scottish Planning Policy now defines a hut as-
A hut: A simple building used intermittently as recreational accommodation (ie. not a principal residence); having an internal floor area of no more than 30m2; constructed from low impact materials; generally not connected to mains water, electricity or sewerage; and built in such a way that it is removable with little or no trace at the end of its life. Huts may be built singly or in groups.
There's more stuff on the Thousand huts campaign website here...
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I agree with Crofter, it does look superb! great reading that irish vernacular link too, turns out its exactly how I built me shelter and I wish I had stumbled across his excellent blog before I started.
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