Grand Designs 14Th October 2015 - Marriage Guidance
Posted 19 October 2015 - 08:55 AM
Posted 19 October 2015 - 10:38 AM
Very good advice!
We'd just had the drive laid when the kitchen delivery turned up, in a truck too big for the drive, with the driver getting lost (the company, like many, had ignored my stipulation that it had to be a small truck and ignored my directions given to them to get to the site). I ended up driving out to help the truck decouple his trailer and leave it a lay by a mile or so away, then gave him directions to the house and told him we'd need to unload at the roadside, as the drive was newly laid and wouldn't take his big truck.
The driver (like many others) ignored my instructions and drove ahead of me, driving straigt into the drive, over the new kerb, smashing a lot of it up. He then flung the doors open wide and dinged the dry verge on the house roof, dropped one of the kitchen units on the drive, smashed the rear light of the electricians van with another bit of the kitchen he dropped and was generally bloody useless. The chap that laid our drive was there, doing some other work, and looked fit to explode. He couldn't understand why I wasn't yelling at the driver.
I took the view that yelling at the driver was pointless, I was better off just trying to minimise any further damage, take a load of photos and get the bloke off site as quickly as possible. The kitchen company paid for all the damage (probably cost them a fair bit more than their profit on the kitchen), our drive chap got paid to re-lay part of the drive and kerb, the electrician got a new light fitted to his van and our roofers got half a day's extra work repairing the roof damage. We also had some replacement units and parts for the kitchen.
All told some of the people who's work I valued got paid more and we got an undamaged kitchen, so yelling at the driver would just have raised my blood pressure for no good reason.
The kitchen truck driver wasn't the worst we had, either. For sheer stupidity and recklessness the award goes to the concrete truck drivers....................
Edited by jsharris, 19 October 2015 - 10:40 AM.
Posted 19 October 2015 - 10:49 AM
Haven't been able to identify the manufactured of roof covering made from 'recycled bottle tops' mind you ...
Think they are IKOSlate looking at them - not cheap....
Posted 19 October 2015 - 10:53 AM
It's also a lot lighter, and the way it is secured makes it a more resistant to high winds, so overall I'm impressed with it.
Posted 19 October 2015 - 02:02 PM
Yup. Just returned from the local Taylor Wimpey site following complaints of blocked drives, broken kerbs and churned-up pavement tarmac because instead of driving onto site and turning on the hard-standing provided by TW for lorries to turn on so that they can reverse further onto the site, the ready-mix guys are choosing to turn on the neighbouring estate road and reverse through the site entrance, regardless of the risk. They're also speeding past the 20mph signs that TW put on the approaches to the primary school entrance.
Posted 19 October 2015 - 02:11 PM
Then instead of driving to the end of the road and turning in the hammerhead, he drove onto next doors gravel drive and did a 33 point turn to turn around there. Me and 2 of the builders then spent half an hour raking his drive flat again so the neighbour would never know how dumb the driver was.
All the driver said was "the bin lorry must be shorter than I am".
Posted 19 October 2015 - 04:43 PM
- Jan and I do most of the work as a partnership. She's not as physically strong as me and hasn't got an engineering background, but has other strengths which complement mine so we make a good partnership. As I said to her the other day, I think that we're the only couple who both post and participate on this forum.
- We're retired but still physically very fit so we can be on site and work as required. Whilst we've never built a house before we pretty much gutted and rebuilt our current one so we have a lot of useful skills and experience.
- Our house is immediately next to the plot and we've no pressure to complete or move out of our farmhouse. We've come to realise that trying to force timescales is just not worth the additional stress and hassle.
Edited by TerryE, 19 October 2015 - 04:43 PM.
Posted 19 October 2015 - 09:12 PM
I've taken responsibility in the more technical areas, like the ASHP, water cylinder, MVHR, lighting, home automation and so on.
We both contributed to the original design of the house and are sharing decorating input.
We've basically shared the load throughout. It's been the most stressful thing either of us has ever done (by a LONG way), but I think it's made our relationship stronger.
Posted 20 October 2015 - 12:24 PM
Posted 20 October 2015 - 12:28 PM
I've said before that the forum has evolved into one that gives the impression that it is all about self-build from the ground up, and moreover one that is wholly concerned with "green" building.
Despite the name, it never used to be that way and actually remains one concerned with ALL types of construction and all types of buildings, whether new build, conservation/restoration, or extension - or just upgrade in terms of energy performance.
When I came back to this forum, after leaving a certain other forum because of the way it had treated Jeremy (and my comments concerning that whole episode getting me publicly threatened with expulsion), I was eventually asked to join the existing moderating team on here and after my (otherwise rewarding) experience of the other place I suggested to Admin that he might consider adding a whole new section to make this place more amenable to a few others in that other place who were as mightily pissed off as I was about the way Jeremy had been treated. David agreed and hence the 'Environmental, Alternative and Green Building Methods' section was born.
Jeremy also returned to this place and Steamy Tea and Damon started dipping in and largely as a result of their invaluable contributions the new section started to develop.
So, if you want to knock out the chimney breast in your money pit of an energy-wasting single-brick-walled Victorian workman's cottage without killing either yourself or a neighbour, you're still as welcome as you ever were.
As a noob, I don't know the full history but is often alluded to and thanks, I'll keep posting stupid questions long after I've out-stayed my welcome.