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JonoMarshall

Member since May 2008 • Last active Dec 2022

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    I've got a 49cm Vernon Barker that I need to sell. Any good?

    (Biggest tyre size would be 28mm rear and 32mm front.)

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    First step is to check your roof overhang as some older properties aren't generous enough.

    In theory you can have ANY exterior finish, I'd avoid trying to match what exists already.

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    Sounds frustrating, but getting your own surveyor is smart/typical. Did you serve a Party Wall Notice? It's still needed under permitted development and usually requires one month's notice, maybe that's where that complaint came from?

    Typically you'd have the informal chat (well before drawing anything), then you'd follow up with drawings and the official notice, then they have 14 days to respond (assent/dissent).

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    Non-party dividing walls are typically timber in older buildings which helps with the cold bridging between rooms a little. I did model some return insulation into the room too, but decided against it.

    Assuming your neighbours heat their homes to the same temperature, the main benefit of improving an old terraced property is the proportion of volume to exterior surface area... we're around 350 cubic meters to 60 square meters of exterior wall.

    By contrast, a 9m x 9m detached bungalow (200 cubic meters) with 80 square meters of exterior wall is going to lead to reduced gains for increased cost.

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    I'm still waiting on a decent government backed scheme before we remove the gas line.

    We could use an air source heat pump as the background heating demands will be much lower, but I'm also not against using PV for hot water and/or heating with overnight electricity top-up (if that ever comes back).

    We'll have a sealed 'eco' wood burner in the lounge (drawing air from under the suspended floor) for some interim heat and a 'single warmer room' option if we decide to keep the background heating low.

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    Unfortunately not as we're in a conservation area, external would've been higher performing and easier.

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    Here's the lounge process, but we've had to do 4 external walls so far.

    Bought a Zehnder ComfoAir 350 for £500 (deal). We have a radial ducting plan which involves lowering a (tall) corridor ceiling by 20cm to move against the joist direction... fingers crossed.

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    Yep, continuous background ventilation with 98% heat retained. No need to punch holes in the external walls (100mm PIR).

    We'll be well beyond the performance of an average new build at around £1k materials and many days of faffing! Should pay for itself in ~2 years.

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    Currently fitting an MVHR as part of an ongoing victorian renovation, so whatever we want it to be (between 50 and 65 would be fine, 40 feels too dry, etc).

    Trying to airtight seal the envelope of an older house is proving interesting.

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    Thanks for sharing, seems pricey!

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