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    Getting a FAIR 'fixed price' quote for a ~£100k extension

    Thanks for people's answers. I think some people have mis-interpreted my question, but.. Someone asked 'how do I know the extension will cost ~£100k. Well, two different builders told me last year that - without costing it up properly - they expected it to cost in the region of £95k (for one of...
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    Getting a FAIR 'fixed price' quote for a ~£100k extension

    I'm about to request some fixed price quotes from several local builders for a ~£100k two-storey house extension. But I've heard (over the last year or so) that some material costs have been increasing greatly. How can I FAIRLY protect both the builder (main contractor) and myself from future...
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    Two hipped roofs (4m each) with gutter OR Lower-angled Single Pitch (8m)?

    Can anyone advise on relative overall costs and pros/benefits of each solution? Basically, are the two hipped roofs (with an access hatch?) a much harder job, and is it generally worth it? Our architect has said either option is fine. The 2 hipped roof solution appears to be more work and uses...
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    Low-pitch roofing options

    For a patio-area single storey extension, my architect has suggested a choice of either: - Marley Mendip low-pitch interlocking concrete roof tiles OR - slates with the Permavent 'Easy-Slate' side strips. We also expect to use low-pitch 'Fakro' roof lights. Please can anyone advise of the...
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    Replacement Sealed Double Glazing Unit for uPVC Front Door

    Yep, I've kept the original plastic packers thanks.
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    Replacement Sealed Double Glazing Unit for uPVC Front Door

    Thanks to both of you. Johnny - I've taken the entire glazing unit out, and was intending to replace the whole thing, not just a single pane! But thanks for suggesting the alternative of replacing it with an appropriately sized plastic panel.
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    Replacement Sealed Double Glazing Unit for uPVC Front Door

    Hi, Can someone please help advise whether the replacement glazing unit I intend to buy will correctly fit in my existing uPVC door. I am primarily concerned that the thickness of my existing unit is about 27mm, whereas the replacement one I've found online is 24mm thick. Here's the full...
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    A basic level of future-proof media wiring?

    Yes, thanks Lucid. I very much wanted to go with your suggestion, but was trying to get a little more information: specifically how many cables should be put in/between each room. ['Run the cabling to all the key points' was a little too vague for me]. I'm really sorry, but I still don't get...
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    A basic level of future-proof media wiring?

    >>Why go to the expense of doing work that you aren't going to benefit from? i) Because it might well add some value to the house ii) Because my grandkids might have 'evolving' requirements iii) I'll get some satisfaction from knowing it's a decent, modern house
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    A basic level of future-proof media wiring?

    Hi, I'm re-wiring the house (3-bed, 2 living rooms) and although I use only a single TV in the living room, and WiFi throughout the house (from a single broadband supply in living room), I want to ensure the house has at least a minimum level of media wiring for when the house is sold in the...
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    Wet UFH Decisions

    Hi, I'm intending to install (or have my builder install) a wet UFH system in a 40m2 GF extension area. The key questions I have are: 1. Am I right in thinking that the 'controls' for such a system can become quite expensive, and that it would be quite sensible to have 'simple' controls...
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    Full Wiring Diagram with a House Re-Wire?

    Thanks, I was asking if that's a common/good thing to do. Apparently not. Thanks.
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    Plain roof tiles on an 11 degree pitched roof?

    Again, thank you for the really helpful advice. :-)
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    Full Wiring Diagram with a House Re-Wire?

    I'm intending to have my old 3-bed house almost fully re-wired (together with some media cabling) by a professional. Is it normal to have detailed wiring diagrams (showing the routings of the cables etc.) drawn up as part of the job? Would they be done before the job starts (and modified if...
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    Plain roof tiles on an 11 degree pitched roof?

    Thanks to everyone for their advice. I'm now reading up on the web specifically about 'low pitch roof tiles' and there's some good 'old' threads on here on the topic. Thanks again.
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    Metal shed recommendation

    I recently bought and erected 2 cheap Chinese-import ones (copies of Yardmasters I think). I'm normally very speedy at unboxing, laying out to identify components, and assembling/erecting things but it took me absolutely ages(prob. 8++ hours) to do. Removing/ripping off the protective plastic...
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    Plain roof tiles on an 11 degree pitched roof?

    Hi, My architect has drawn me up plans for a single-storey extension with a roof pitch of ~11 degrees, and plain roof tiles to match the main house. But, whilst browsing online at plain roof tiles (that seem to be a match for my own) I noticed that they are spec'd up to a 'minimum pitch' of 35...
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    Removing this chimney stack!

    Thanks Bobasd. If the whole chimney stack is removed, will it disturb the internal walls within the house, especially in the bathroom area? I.e. is the whole 18”x18” section of brickwork removed, or is it just the part of the stack that projects out from the house that’s removed? BTW, the...
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    Removing this chimney stack!

    Note, I’ll obviously have the old ‘black’ down pipe beside the chimney stack removed too.
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    Removing this chimney stack!

    Photos now included! I’m asking how easy / sensible is it to remove the whole height of the chimney stack in order to create flexibility when building/knocking through to a new, single floor extension to be built on the rear of the house. As you can see from the full height photo, the stack...
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