Building The Dream.
Posted 25 November 2015 - 04:15 PM
Series 4, episode 1.
Posted 25 November 2015 - 07:27 PM
How many viewers would tune in for "It all went smoothly" ?
Posted 25 November 2015 - 10:25 PM
That seemed to go alright. No drama or disasters.
Posted 26 November 2015 - 01:33 PM
Posted 26 November 2015 - 02:44 PM
Although the series 3 info doesn't give you any technical details, if you're really interested you could email one or more of the links?
Posted 26 November 2015 - 06:51 PM
If they focused more on the technical side most people would get bored and switch over.
I think building the dream does get more info across than grand designs as most of the self builders are normal people that don't have a 3 million quid budget.
Posted 26 November 2015 - 07:19 PM
If things were a bit more educational as well ass exciting, maybe a few sparks of the DC wires on a solar panel, or better still showing an inverter responding to sunlight and what it can do.
Just needs the right presenter that can make the mundane to us, interesting to the general public.
Just think how interesting Damon's Dad made things. And Will Self is doing a fantastic job about James Clark Maxwell's Equations on Radio 4 this week.
It could be done.
I don't have a telly and only watch things that get recommended on here.
Edited by SteamyTea, 26 November 2015 - 07:29 PM.
Posted 02 December 2015 - 12:57 PM
Actually saw this architect/designer at a self build show earlier in the year and he came round to our house before we'd moved in to look at our job. Quoted us a price starting from £100k for our 50 sq m extension so we said at the time, we're out.
As for his house? Can't say I was a fan, sorry.
Posted 04 December 2015 - 03:47 PM
I thought they achieved a lovely look inside for little expense.
As ever they didn't explain much about the construction, but it looked like a site built timber frame with earth wool type insulation in the frame and roof. I'd expect it to be very leaky and looking at the thickness of the studs it would have pretty poor U-values. Coupled with double glazed sash windows, I couldn't help but think that it might have been cheap to build but it won't be cheap to run.
On a side note, often when I have seen the show, Charlie has made quite sensible suggestions to alter floor plans making better use of the space. This time he suggested making two bedrooms exactly the same size and removing their en suites. It seems he preferred this for its Georgian proportions and fairness to the kids. I would guess the kids would have appreciated their own en suites as they get older and making the rooms exactly the same size is an odd thing to target. In fairness they maybe only agreed to this to save money.
The suggestions he made re the downstairs layout and windows made a lot of sense.
Edited by AliG, 04 December 2015 - 03:47 PM.
Posted 17 December 2015 - 08:14 AM
The only thing that struck me was when the house was almost finished, only then did they think to apply for an electricity supply, only to be told we will give you a quote within 45 days. In the end they were living in the house for 11 weeks before the electricity was connected, with just an extension lead from next door to keep them going.
That and the bright red roof tiles that would never be allowed up here.
Posted 17 December 2015 - 08:44 AM
One three houses away took two years and the boundary wall still isn't finished as there's a dispute with the neighbour I think. Opposite that is another self build that has just got the windows in after two years. Two houses up from that the slates are half way done after about 18 months. Six houses away in a different direction they've just got the windows in after four years. And at the top of the lane behind us the windows still aren't in after four years, but it is a large house.
Posted 17 December 2015 - 08:54 AM
Posted 17 December 2015 - 09:24 AM
They forecast that average prices will rise from £280,000 to £419,000 by 2025.
London house prices are forecast to nearly double to £931,000.
So hopefully any overspend would be recouped over time!
Edited by Triassic, 17 December 2015 - 09:25 AM.
Posted 17 December 2015 - 09:32 AM
Looks like a kid was given a felt tip and asked to fill it in.