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JonoMarshall

Member since May 2008 • Last active Jul 2020

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    A 12kwh battery (equiv. to 280L) was ~£3k. We used one in a new build and didn't incur boiler costs either so it was actually cheaper overall. The ongoing saving is ~3.5KwH in standing losses a day.

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    Have you looked into a solar PV battery instead? No cylinder needed, top it up overnight on an economy tarrif in Winter. Instant hot water with no standing losses:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3_VgxsO­xoE

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    We used MBC in Ireland to achieve better than .6 airtightness for our timber frame. They were half the price of the nearest equivalent (£45k for over 100sqm) and they were open to using Oak in a few key areas to avoid the 'panel' look... you should check them out.

    Lovely guys, on site at the crack of dawn, very considerate and hard workers, had the frame up (actually two houses totalling over 200sqm for £90k) in ~4 days.

    Good luck with planning, ours was approved on appeal (despite being in an AONB) due to debating the natural edge of the town. We then re-applied to increase the scale of the build marginally: from 2 bed to 3 bed with an extra 300mm on the roofline to enable a converted loft. Oh and we added two sheds. We had a few conditions applied, but nothing that wasn't fair.

    Being on the smaller side (building something that is in high demand) seemed to get us over the line.

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    Have you considered the Alkin Model 1 or 2? Less money for an equivalent watch imo.

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    With lots of lost people looking for the gates as you have to turn back on yourself... fun times.

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    Exeter Airport half an hour away.

    Exeter FlyBe to Paris used to be the dream, alas, Exeter airport's future now looks a little bleak... hopefully another airline sees an opportunity.

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    You'd still need to drive to Tiverton Parkway (into Paddington) or Honiton station (into Waterloo), it's a busy train early in the morning and takes 2.5 to 3.5 hours. Train station parking: ~£1.5k a year, season train ticket: ~£9k... it would be an insane commuter life.

    It's ~£7 for day parking and ~£50 per return if heading to London infrequently.

    Gittisham (or equiv.) would be a nicer location than Awliscombe. Although the average age is very high for both. There are great walks on the edge of most towns/villages, so you don't need to live next to a moor/beach to benefit from Devon life (we're 20mins from Exeter, 20mins from the beach and 40mins from Dartmoor).

    Cycling up past Awliscombe Village Hall to get on top of Egland is a real treat..!

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    Check your stool knee clearance by the tableware/glassware. You need more clearance and more of an overlap for the stools to be usable. If it was me I'd make the tableware/glassware cupboards half as deep, or remove them entirely.

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    I've not seen anything that 'upgrades' bolts to work like a latch. Keyless entry is an option perhaps? Pin codes, fobs, etc. You could go down the smart lock route, or with an electromagnetic system? Spenny.

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    We'll need to slowly build it up again for Maurice: 30 seconds outside of the door each day, trip to the corner shop each day, 30mins, 1hr, 2hrs, 4hrs.

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