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In Topic: Upcoming gigs

19 October 2014 - 05:01 PM

This Saturday I am off to see The South, effectively, The Beautiful South minus Paul Heaton.

In Topic: Tony Smith: We’re not looking overseas

17 October 2014 - 08:26 PM

Not looking overseas for this season. What about next?

In Topic: Building your own house

17 October 2014 - 07:25 PM

I've seen a lovely plot of land, roughly an acre in which resides a detached cottage - quite dilapidated. All in, the price is relatively comfortable leaving ~50k to build new / renevate


There is apparently detailed consent for a 3 bedroom dwelling with an extension to the existing building.


So, a few questions.


1. Where / How do i begin?

2. Would i have to renevate the existing building or could i start again?

3. Ideally, i want to have a very modern shipping container building. would this require different planning permission?

4. Would the 50k be enough?


1. You will need to speak to an Architect, for design, planning and building regs, see here: http://www.architect...ct/FAAhome.aspx Sketch out some ideas as to how you want the property configured.  Also, you will need a Structural Engineer for foundation and drainage design.


2. I cannot see a reason not to demolish, unless the building is listed. Before you undertake any demolition, you will need to notify your local authority with a Section 80 notice. You will also require a F10 notice to the HSE to undertake building works.


3. When you say modern container shipping; do you mean Bauhaus inspired with split levels and a flat roof? A good starting point will be to see what, if any, details went with the planning application for the new property. It may be outline planning only. If you go to your local authority's website there should be a link to their planning portal which enables you to search, and view, planning applications.


4. £50k!! Yo can design to a budget, but on an initial appraisal, I would say that is a little tight. As a rule of thumb, I would say £80k will be nearer to the mark. Unfortunately for you, housing/construction is a rising market. The availability of bricks/blocks with the associated bricklayers is getting more difficult to source and, subsequently, more expensive.

In Topic: NHS strike

15 October 2014 - 10:10 PM

A pay rise is where you earn more money in the next year than the one before.  It can be based on performance, e.g. a promotion or it can be given out across the board, e.g. pay rises or an increase in scale solely based on time served.  If you get an incremental pay rise no matter how poor you are at your job it's the same as a pay rise.


So, when you get to the top of your grade and the increments stop, does that make it alright?

In Topic: NHS strike

14 October 2014 - 06:15 PM