Originally Posted by Villain
Well my self build is underway, well the entrance has been opened after the solictor dotted the I's and crossed the T's. Trying to get it fenced off and order some 2" stone for start of driveway at the moment.
I got my quote for my block work, remember my house is 2500 sqft, the cost of Labour for all external walls and internal walls on the ground floor is €5400!!! I'm still surprised at how low that is, and before anyone asks this guy is a very good with over 20 years experience. He also quoted €1,900 for the garage which 1000 sqft with 4" solid cavity.
My window and door quotes are around 13-17 for timber double glazed including my large 5m*2.5m window and all doors.
That was my post here on the 14-11-2007 and yesterday I ordered my windows!
I put things on hold as the economy crashed and now I am moving ahead to finish it. The roof is complete and the external plaster also complete, I have been painting the outside before the scaffolding comes down!
We made changes as we slowly crawled ahead including some changes to the back roof and vaulted ceiling which I think have been a major improvment. We also have learned a lot from other builds we saw over the years. The biggest eye opener was living in a very old house for the past few years without any central heating, the temp of our new home will be set at about 15c, once you get used to it it's plenty and I now find most homes I vist far too warm at about 20c or even higher.
When I installed my first weather station I tracked the internal temp along with the heating schedule, having a standard combi oil burner with rads throughout the house come on for 1 hour during the night only increased the temp by 1c!! So we are going to insulate as much as possible and thankfully the house was designed with a large kitchen/living/dining where we will be 90% of the time and that area will have a stove.
We went with the latest Munster Joinery (future proof as they call it) windows with a U Value of 1.1, I had hoped for some aluclad or timber but sadly the budget is now really really tight. I'll get some photos up soon.