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« Reply #135 on: April 21, 2021, 08:23:30 AM »
have a question on claiming vat back on a new build in the north. is the cut off point for buying and claiming vat on materials the date when you get the building control certificate? or can you buy paving stones and kerbs etc after that date but as long as the claim is submitted within 3 months of receiving the completion certificate?

That was my reading of that. Once we had the completion certificate we had 3 months to submit claim.
   I may be wrong but it may also be 3 months from when your rates was issued i.e. they can say that you were living in the house from!
     

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« Reply #136 on: April 21, 2021, 11:06:31 AM »
For those of you who self built, and managed themselves - when sourcing building supplies did you price around at various suppliers or did you just go to 1 main supplier.  Our QS has done an itemised price guide for us, but various buliders, roofers etc say you need to price around.  Any advice would be helpful.

We went between 2 local builders merchants, which ever one was cheaper for the required materials.

One thing I would recommend doing is using Attic Trusses for your roof, our plans had a traditional cut roof but we changed to use Trusses and even though the Attic Trusses were a bit more expensive it means you could potentially use your attic in the future as a games/cinema room etc
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« Reply #137 on: April 21, 2021, 11:52:05 AM »
For those of you who self built, and managed themselves - when sourcing building supplies did you price around at various suppliers or did you just go to 1 main supplier.  Our QS has done an itemised price guide for us, but various buliders, roofers etc say you need to price around.  Any advice would be helpful.

We went between 2 local builders merchants, which ever one was cheaper for the required materials.

One thing I would recommend doing is using Attic Trusses for your roof, our plans had a traditional cut roof but we changed to use Trusses and even though the Attic Trusses were a bit more expensive it means you could potentially use your attic in the future as a games/cinema room etc

You can do that with a cut roof as well. Just a case of using the right timber for the future.

Also, with regard to VAT you can add any receipts in the window after getting your building control cert and submitting your VAT claim so long as you have the claim submitted within the 3 months.

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« Reply #138 on: April 21, 2021, 08:58:13 PM »
Thanks for the advice, thats what i thought.  We are presently using 1 company for the Bricks, Cement etc and trying to decide who to go to for most of the other stuff.  My brother is the Roofer/Joiner/Site Manager so not worrying about the Roofing too much.


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« Reply #139 on: April 25, 2021, 07:22:04 PM »
Anyone hit me up with what is the best wood stain (clear) for a 75meter fence? Preference is to stain it and leave it for at least 10 years  8)

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« Reply #140 on: April 28, 2021, 07:29:26 PM »
Anyone hit me up with what is the best wood stain (clear) for a 75meter fence? Preference is to stain it and leave it for at least 10 years  8)

Have a similar job ahead of me - any recommendations would be much appreciated.

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« Reply #141 on: July 31, 2021, 08:07:01 PM »
Anyone got mechanical heat recovery ventilation? Is it a spoof or is it any use? Architect seems to think its necessary to get through building control. Could do without it as it seems pretty expensive.

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« Reply #142 on: July 31, 2021, 08:55:08 PM »
Anyone got mechanical heat recovery ventilation? Is it a spoof or is it any use? Architect seems to think its necessary to get through building control. Could do without it as it seems pretty expensive.

Got one. Not sure what you mean? Itís something that operates in the background and you donít notice anything overly different. We went with very airtight house, not trickle vents etc. So MHRV essential. Meant to filter the air and help in reducing heat loss. But as mentioned, thereís never a time when Iíve went ďgod that MHRVís a great jobĒ. But the house is easy heated, dust doesnít seem to hang in the air as much etc. Seems to do what itís meant to.
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« Reply #143 on: July 31, 2021, 08:58:45 PM »
Anyone got mechanical heat recovery ventilation? Is it a spoof or is it any use? Architect seems to think its necessary to get through building control. Could do without it as it seems pretty expensive.

Got one. Not sure what you mean? Itís something that operates in the background and you donít notice anything overly different. We went with very airtight house, not trickle vents etc. So MHRV essential. Meant to filter the air and help in reducing heat loss. But as mentioned, thereís never a time when Iíve went ďgod that MHRVís a great jobĒ. But the house is easy heated, dust doesnít seem to hang in the air as much etc. Seems to do what itís meant to.

Have heard people say they don't notice any difference, bathroom window still needs to be open when in the shower etc.

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« Reply #144 on: July 31, 2021, 10:52:23 PM »
If you are going for an air tight house without trickle window vents and external wall fans in bathrooms, the least you need is a central ventilation system without heat recovery, cost  depending on the number of bathrooms and the size of the  house would be typically £2,500 - £3,000 for a 2,000 ft2 house.
Heat recovery can be added to this if required, personally I donít feel itís worth the extra cost, it is not needed for building control, ventilation is require however.

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« Reply #145 on: July 31, 2021, 11:40:33 PM »
Anyone got mechanical heat recovery ventilation? Is it a spoof or is it any use? Architect seems to think its necessary to get through building control. Could do without it as it seems pretty expensive.
Itís definitely money well spent
No point spending thousands on insulation/airtightness without it
No need for bathroom window open. Will clear shower steam in under an hour
Vent axia is a decent model
Try Homecare in Donaghmore or Atlantic Air in Dunamore/Kildress
Thereís plenty more suppliers than BEAM out there

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« Reply #146 on: July 31, 2021, 11:42:04 PM »
Anyone got mechanical heat recovery ventilation? Is it a spoof or is it any use? Architect seems to think its necessary to get through building control. Could do without it as it seems pretty expensive.

Got one. Not sure what you mean? Itís something that operates in the background and you donít notice anything overly different. We went with very airtight house, not trickle vents etc. So MHRV essential. Meant to filter the air and help in reducing heat loss. But as mentioned, thereís never a time when Iíve went ďgod that MHRVís a great jobĒ. But the house is easy heated, dust doesnít seem to hang in the air as much etc. Seems to do what itís meant to.

Have heard people say they don't notice any difference, bathroom window still needs to be open when in the shower etc.
The bathroom will steam up, but clears quickly. Think thatís the whole point, itíll take the warm air from the bathroom and use it to warm fresh air from outside. Rather than opening a window and freezing the house.  Our system at the time was roughly 4.5k. We needed a ventilation system anyway as we were going for close to passive spec, so took the gamble. Itís just one of those things, ticks away in the background and you donít notice it. How much an impact itís actually making on the HR side I donít know
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« Reply #147 on: August 01, 2021, 12:23:07 AM »
Your Architect is talkin through his hole if he's telling you building control require it. It's not a requirement.

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« Reply #148 on: August 01, 2021, 12:35:28 AM »
Your Architect is talkin through his hole if he's telling you building control require it. It's not a requirement.

He said it was that or solar panels. Contractors are offering cheaper alternatives, some sort of positive input system?
However architect still adamant that hear recovery ventilation is necessary. He's also pushing for a storm soakaway which I've been warned off by others as it will flood.
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« Reply #149 on: August 01, 2021, 09:34:25 AM »
Your Architect is talkin through his hole if he's telling you building control require it. It's not a requirement.

He said it was that or solar panels. Contractors are offering cheaper alternatives, some sort of positive input system?
However architect still adamant that hear recovery ventilation is necessary. He's also pushing for a storm soakaway which I've been warned off by others as it will flood.
The issue with the PIV we have is that it is fitted at a single point and it just blows air through the house to keep the air moving. The brother in law has the MHRV system and it's a far superior job so if you can dig out thr money I'd go for it. As for the comment re. steam in the bathroom, these aren't industrial air-handling units so they're not going generate many air changes per hour - it is a system that tips away in the background keeping your air clean and moving but without you feeling it circulating.