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  • Premier Icon piedi di formaggio
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    The Arch 😯

    Premier Icon piedi di formaggio
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    Pregnant wife – tick

    FFS is it a condition of being on he show?

    CountZero
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    I think the pregnancy thing is the partner’s incentive to get the damn thing finished, or else!

    Premier Icon xherbivorex
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    living in a caravan while work stops over winter; good grief, this one is going to tick every single box going…

    Premier Icon piedi di formaggio
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    Budget blown early on – tick

    Premier Icon boxelder
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    It’s gorgeous though – and I don’t mean the baby.
    Still wouldn’t live in Kent however.

    Smee
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    Wonder what the porn content of the recycled paper is – classic. 😀

    Premier Icon xherbivorex
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    i do think that this is going to be a very nice house, yes.

    Premier Icon piedi di formaggio
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    That ach looks awesome inside

    acjim
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    fab house – love the staircase, although the nipper will definitely fall off it. Quite visionary use of materials and design.

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    please stop it

    nukeproof
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    although the nipper will definitely fall off it.

    Yeah I thought that.

    Liked the junk and resin floor. Arch looked great

    MrNutt
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    parabollocks more like

    MrNutt
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    curtains? blinds?

    MrNutt
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    oh! I could live with a house that pays me £1800.00 a year rather than gives me elccy bills!

    boblo
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    who gets the prize for the silliest haircut????

    Premier Icon xherbivorex
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    Premier Icon xherbivorex
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    and yeah, i could live in that.
    if it was in wales. or manchester. or the lakes.

    Premier Icon xherbivorex
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    “it are heroic”

    kevin seemingly does his best to ruin the programme every single time though…

    boblo
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    Open plan loo? Not for me. Be nice to share the whiff of your guests deposits on a Sunday morning….

    Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    is it just me or did the guy look like Gary Sinise?

    mudshark
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    I could live with a house that pays me £1800.00 a year rather than gives me elccy bills!

    Yeah but how much extra did they have to pay for the build in order to achieve that? From a financial perspective I suspect the rate of return is too low. Actually, they spent so much on the place – mainly the arch and windows – that I’d like to know if the house is worth as much on the market as it cost to build; it seems to me that usually self-builds include a profit once finished.

    Good house, amazing vision and nice mum!!!!

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    Nice house, mad/fun/different/liked the architecture – but silly mahoney to build, impractical to live in a lot of that space.

    I am not sure it will meet Passiv Haus stuff on-going – and £1800 a year, errrr, no it won’t. There is a reason most Passiv Haus look like boxes, and few have as much glazing as they did, few have cavity walls like they did, and very few have big arches and high areas, few have bathrooms and sinks and kitchens at different ends of the house etc….

    Nice and airtight though 🙂 we need more of that.

    I_Ache
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    I have a theory about the preganancys.

    All of the kids all of them are uncle Kevs have you noticed none of them are up the duff when the programme starts. Just one smile from Kev and they melt. He must have dozens of the little blighter’s all over the country!

    steve_b77
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    1800 quid a year return only works out at 247 years to make your money back, assuming that there are no other bills in the mean time!!

    To be honest I liked how it looked, but still not overly sure of how stable it’ll be.

    What happens if the air/poo smell recycling unit packs up when they’re asleep, as the house is “air tight” wouldn’t the CO levels go up rather rapidly or is the space too big for it to matter?

    I’d love it if he had this mego eco-friendly giving back house and a Range Rover Vogue with a V8 petrol engine parked out back 😆

    Budget £300,000

    Arch needs 250,000 hand made locally-sourced tiles and building, by hand, tile by tile. Which will cost about how much of that budget?

    But of course – he’s an architect so doesn’t have to concern himself with budgets…

    Gary_M
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    I liked that resin floor though. We’re doing our kitchen and can’t decide on flooring, wonder how much it costs?

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    Why spend a packet building a self supporting arch if you’re going to have 2 flanking walls that could just as easily support it? It’d be trivial to keep the same finishes inside & out but have a lot less faff with the construction. The only reason for doing it would be so that you can dismantle the sub-structure and leave the arch in situ, but he was never going to do that. And IMO the interaction between the curves and the rectilinear form of the rooms was quite jarring, especially inside – too many ideas, too little critque.

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    I want to know what is ‘eco’ about that resin floor…its amazing what BS people buy into…

    thepurist – Member

    Why spend a packet building a self supporting arch if you’re going to have 2 flanking walls that could just as easily support it

    As Boris would say, Architect having a w*nk off?

    aP
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    [cough] Architect spending his own money in getting to build and live in what he wants rather than pandering to IT network engineer’s lowest common denominator [/cough]

    🙂

    oldgit
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    This new series ain’t doing it for me.
    Architect + money = dull.
    It’s up there with ‘Stars in their eyes’ now.

    See I’m going to watch a programe about a geezer from Basildon building a rocket to go to the moon. But not one about NASA doing the same, if you know what I mean?

    coffeeking
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    I’d like to think I could do better. I probably couldn’t.

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    I’m not the only one with the “Uncle Kev” baby threory then…

    MikeT-23
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    I’m gonna tell my GF about this ‘Uncle Kev’ theory. It’s been a mystery for her so far, but this should explain all.
    Nice one.

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    Wasn’t keen on it at first but they created something really special for them I think as well as some decent materials. The “carbon neutral” tag is bullshit though. Won’t use any carbon when lived in but those tiles have a fair chunk of carbon embodied in them.

    And yes, I am an Architect.

    As for the cost involed with the eco measures. It may be generating £1800 now but that figure will surely rise. Energy isn’t going to get cheaper for quite some time now is it.

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    I have no problem when it’s “experts” behind the bill. I watch it out of interest in the building more than the ‘drama’ so want to see new building ideas more than I want to see innocents struggling.

    Premier Icon theginjaninja
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    I guess it’s also hard to find any real empathy or engage with some people on there who are obviously so filthy rich that it really doesn’t matter to them.

    The people who struggle by and make it something truly special are the good ones.

    mudshark
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    I’ve seen a few developments where some of the rooms are boxes within a larger space. I suppose I’m too function oriented but I’d like to be able to use the space over the rooms for storage or whatever. Guess they get dusty on top too….

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