Home building.. with a difference?
Hmmm. But not choosing one thing has led to a seemingly endless cycle of flitting from one idea to the next, with little to show for it.
I wanted to race Mountain bikes so I did.
I wanted to race cyclo-cross so I did.
I wanted to fell race so I did.
I wanted to road race so I did.
I did all these things as well as I possibly could by concentrating on them and getting on with being as good as I could. This didn’t exclude me from doing other things.
Procrastination is the thief of time.Posted 5 years ago
Yep, but they are all quite similar you must admit.
But I don’t want to get into this, the thread was just something I was wondering about. I like to wonder, develop ideas, think and learn. It’s an activity in itself, and it makes me happy. Even if they never get done.Posted 5 years agomidlifecrashesSubscriber
Well you can buy a brand new traditionally built house for £103,000 round here, so how much cheaper do you want it to be? That’s a straight commercial development so there might be a bit of profit in there too.
If you can come up with a design without building regs being a massive headache, you are already a builder, architect or architectural technician.
Depending on the location/site conditions, I’d be looking at Structural Insulated Panels and external cladding, but for a more retro/diy approach try The Irish Bungalow BookPosted 5 years ago
Well you can buy a brand new traditionally built house for £103,000 round here
Where’s round there? And do I want to live there?
Thinking of things to do isn’t the same as doing things that you have thought of to do.
Quite clearly. However it’s a lot easier, and much easier to do whilst relaxing in a hotel room.
I’m pleased for you that you are so proactive, you must be very proud. Pat yourself on the back.Posted 5 years agoT1000Member
if you’ve got a site with planning permission
then it’s possible.
some friends knocked down a shonky concrete bungalow and built a steel framed / straw bailed house on the footprint
they used reclaimed steels from a barn on site, another friend did all the structural calcs and an arch technician helped as well
build was less than 100k 2 years ago and they had an expensive biomass boiler
another option worth considering is roundwood constructionPosted 5 years ago
I’m pleased for you that you are so proactive, you must be very proud. Pat yourself on the back.
Being patronising isn’t the same as actually doing things either.
I’m not ‘so proactive’; I just choose things and do them instead of thinking about doing them. It’s not difficult, it’s what normal people do.Posted 5 years ago
You’d no doubt need a 3 page thread on ‘I’m thinking of being normal, how should I do this?’. Followed by earnest proclamations regarding your inability to be normal because you are somehow special, and does anyone have a special normalisation method that might work for you.
Followed swiftly by a thread about being a zookeeper…
😀Posted 5 years ago
So we know it takes what, £150k to build a house traditionally, right?
Is there an alternative house one could build for significantly less? I know there are timber kits available, what else? A yurt might not go down too well with Mrs Grips even though I like them 🙂
It it possible to come up with your own design for house construction without building regs being a massive headache?Posted 5 years agosomafunkSubscriber
I have one mate who’s pretty much lives all year round in his sprawling multi level treehouse sort of thing he does – north glen glass, he started building it 15 yrs ago and i doubt he has planning permission but it is on his parents private estate.
His father is renowned glass blower Ed Iglehart Info here, well worth a visit if your riding the 7stanes at Dalbeattie as it’s only 10 miles away – really interesting guy and he makes the most amazing little glass psilocybin shrooms along with massive wtf? chandeliers etc.Posted 5 years agospooky_b329Member
Don’t forget the humble shipping container as well.
Very versatile, you can make feature out of them by just repainting and putting floor to ceiling glass in the sides, or completely disguise them behind cladding/roof decks etc.
You can arrange them around an internal courtyard, stack them up into hotels, bury them into the ground, knock several into one open plan space, I’ve even seen (on the internet) a waterfront tower where you rent a ‘hole’ in the tower, and then ‘ship’ your container flat from its previous waterfront location and just crane it into the new place. Its a flat you take with you as you move around the coast 🙂
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=shipping+container+homes&hl=en&rlz=1C1AVSA_enGB431GB431&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=525GUIOQPJSxhAeWkAE&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1288&bih=707#hl=en&rlz=1C1AVSA_enGB431GB431&tbm=isch&q=shipping+container+house&revid=1521399961&sa=X&ei=625GULHnC8TI0QXJ1oHwAw&ved=0CEUQgxY&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=c4a997a0bf568463&biw=1288&bih=707Posted 5 years ago
Oooh.. I designed a multi level tree house, it was absolutely fab. The top pod was the sitting room and it was above the treetops so you could see across hundreds of square miles of Swedish forest towards the mountains.
In my head though, crikey 🙂
Spooky – genius.Posted 5 years agoTooTallMember
Off grid can, of course, be done. However, it would require a lot of money or a lot of change to your way of living (making wild assumptions that you live a fairly ‘regular’ life at the moment). Getting woodland with planning permission or even the chance of planning permission (and everything you need to live off grid) for a reasonable sum would be a miracle.Posted 5 years agomk1fanMember
I would strong urge people considering building their own house to use SIPs panels and heat recvoery ventilation. Pasivhaus standards are stringent and very desirable [if that’s your thing] and SIPs gets you 80% of the way there very easily – and 80% better than the low minimum standards of the building regs.
When built in from the start the additional cost of HR is quite small and payback very quick.
Can’t remember who it was the other day but their family home was costing £200 a year to heat.Posted 5 years ago
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