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The Digger Arrives And Other Reports From A Northern Irish Build


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#41 Alphonsox

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Posted 17 February 2015 - 01:47 PM

View Postwarby, on 17 February 2015 - 04:08 AM, said:

Could I please ask when did you sign the contract with your foundations and timberframe supplier Setanta?
I have asked others before but haven't had a response. I am interested if you did this after you got planning permission but before you had Building Regulations passed. If you did this, at what point did you feel you could sign 'safely'?

I would welcome anybodys view on these matters

Martin

The plot came with full planning when we bought it. This was granted several years ago and was due to expire in May this year.
We put plans through building control in October last year and got possitive feedback although still with clarifications required and issues to be resolved.
The contract with Setanta was signed at the end of last year and work started on the foundation at the end of January.

The chances are you will need build details to finalise the building control application, so it does end up being a liitle chicken and egg. In our case we are building a "standard" house with no challenging design points, we are using a proven build system and are working with a very helpful building control officer. I was very happy to sign the contract before all the details were finalised with building control.

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 11:49 PM

View PostAlphonsox, on 17 February 2015 - 01:08 PM, said:

We are going for the Rationel - they are "reassuringly expensive" but feel like they will last for ever.
What's the hold up on the French doors ? Did you decide to go with the Unicorn Horn handles ?

Sorry, missed this reply. Nothing as exciting as bits of unicorn, I'm waiting for the release of a midrail section so we can have part glazed and part solid panel on the doors. Was supposed to be start of February but has been put back to April now:-(

#43 Alphonsox

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 09:11 PM

The frame arrived on site today along with the roof trusses and joists - this is starting to look serious.

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 09:22 PM

Exciting times! Next update should be a big one:-) Just check everything off against the parts list in the instructions; you don't want to be nearly finished and find a screw or two was missing!

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 06:05 PM

After yesterdays monsoon the scaffolding arrived on site today...

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 06:38 PM

That looks like Kwikstage. I was told that was out of fashion in England.

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 06:58 PM

I was unaware that scaffolding was a fashion item. What's the difference/issue compared to the in vogue scaffolding du jour ?

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 07:06 PM

I thought down south it was all just poles and clamps.

The argument i was told that was Kwikstage is really just a scaffold tower system and too easy to alter it's configuration so not allowed.

But it's still very popular, indeed the most common form of scaffold used up here.

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 07:54 PM

I think kwikstage is a far better system. Was never a fan of the clamps with regards loading it up with bricks and blocks.
The fact that its easy to move lifts up and down is a major advantage on site but I can see how the h&s people wouldn't be fond of it.

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 08:03 PM

As long as its Passive Scaffold its fine :rolleyes:
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Posted 18 March 2015 - 07:36 PM

Another big day - A crane arrived on site this morning and now we have half a house erected. An Incredible build speed, should be able to move in by Easter.

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 07:06 PM

Six weeks since the last update.
The block work is now complete, the windows have arrived and have been fitted.Internally the airtight membrane has been fitted and taped and the ceiling batons put in place. We have got to a solution for the MVHR ducting which has caused some minor amendments and have a spectacular attic storage area ready for boarding out once the insulation is fitted.

Today was airtighness test day. Initial results are an exceptionally good 0.55 m3/m2/hr (approx 0.5 ach if my calculations are correct). A great credit to the Setanta crew who have spent the last few days festooning the interior with Gerband hermetic tape.
Things are definitely coming together at some pace.

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 07:45 PM

Looking fantastic and great news on the airtightness result!

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 07:51 AM

The speed of the build along with the airtightness results are very impressive Alphonsox.

We have our price in from Setanta and very impresssed with it to.

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 12:03 PM

Glad to hear Setanta are working out for you.

We have been stalled for the last few weeks waiting for the weather to clear for long enough for the rendering to start. Fortunately this allowed us time to visit Michael's build and see the finish he is using. We have decided to go with the same sponge finished Kilsaran render in ultra white. The picture below shows the current state of the build.

In other news the digger I purchased last month has finally arrived, just in time to start trenching for the electrical supply

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Posted 29 August 2015 - 02:38 PM

Another month has passed. The render has been completed along with some tidying up internally. The scaffolding has been removed and we can finally see the (almost) finished result.

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Posted 29 August 2015 - 02:42 PM

That looks the business :)
Nice stage to be at.
Regards, Nick.

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Posted 29 August 2015 - 02:49 PM

Def looks the part with the pride and joy parked at the side.

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Posted 29 August 2015 - 02:52 PM

Unfortunately the pride and joy is refusing to engage first gear according to latest reports, all the trenching for the electrics has been done in reverse. Off to the digger doctors in the next week or so.

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Posted 24 September 2015 - 06:31 PM

We've spent the last few days installing the MVHR for the main part of the house.
We have managed to mount the manifolds in the ceiling of the plant room and still maintain 2m of headroom.
Very please with the results so far

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