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We have a floor (Now with walls and nearly a roof too)
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tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44269
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 2:38 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Blimey, it's looking like a house

How long do you reckon before you can move in? And has it all gone to schedule/budget?

bernie-woman



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 7824
Location: shropshire
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

pretty house very jealous

How much of the land is yours?

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 22789
Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wow, that looks great. Are you doing any of the work yourself, or is it all subcontracted?

Jonnyboy



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
Posts: 23924
Location: under some rain.
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

its on time but slightly over budget. 400 quid for additional work on the founds and 250 quid for an extra velux window in the roofspace, but i offset that by reducing the electric spec.

bernie. we have just over an acre of land with it.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44269
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's great JB, fancy project managing mine when I start?

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
Posts: 14971
Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wow - it's looking fab - how on earth did you get planning to build there? It'll be great when its done - when are you expecting to move in (ish?) On time and practcially on budget is pretty imppressive too.

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Posts: 19023
Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wow! Must admit I'm a little envious. Did it go smoothly?

Jonnyboy



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
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Location: under some rain.
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Planning was Ok, we bought the land with OPP. Traditionally it has been fairlyeasy to get OPP in Northern Ireland, which is one of the reasons we moved over here. The plot cost us £42k and the total build cost will be around 75k.

Saying that, the house is fairly small for country properties over here (1600 sq ft) and we have probably spent in the region of£10k on the planning process and site clearance.

I negotiated all my costs before work started, the only PC sums are kitchen, sanitary ware, plumbing and electrics and I had an agreement with the builder that they would not exceed a certain amount, that said we have come in under on all of them so far.

bernie-woman



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 7824
Location: shropshire
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think it is great - well done to you all, and I am sure you will be very happy there

We are still looking for a suitable place to re-locate to which would not cost the earth. Originally thought Devon but way too expensive

Possibly thinking about New Zealand long term - would definitely be mortgage free but a long long way from family, but have to go where the work is

hils



Joined: 08 Mar 2005
Posts: 568
Location: Nottingham
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wow thats fab. I hope my little project goes as smooth as yours has!

After you have projet managed Tahir's home can you project manage this please...

Jonnyboy



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
Posts: 23924
Location: under some rain.
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

One thing that strikes me is how difficult it has been to do anything downsizerish over the last couple of years. the site is cleared but still pretty wild, I seem to be cultivating champion docks and nothing else.

Jonnyboy



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
Posts: 23924
Location: under some rain.
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wow hils, you can sure see the potential in that place, looks lovely

hils



Joined: 08 Mar 2005
Posts: 568
Location: Nottingham
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

a lovely liability! valuers said so!
Big red building behind is a water mill with all its workings still in tact. Sadly not enough water in river to power the wheel at the moment - watch this space though

Aled



Joined: 08 Dec 2004
Posts: 123
Location: Anglesey
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's coming on great Jonnyboy - keep the pics coming. You've got me very jealous now. The planning officers are coming to look at my plot tomorrow morning. After 3 "No's" in the past 7 months we're not getting too excited, though!

We'll get there in the end, and when we do I hope you might have some words of wisdom for the bound to be painful road we'll be travelling.

moogie



Joined: 02 Feb 2005
Posts: 525
Location: Near Bridgend
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 05 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thats looking fantastic. And it has gone up so quickly. Love seeing the pics.

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