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My Bungalow Bliss



  • Registered Users Posts: 118 ✭✭ terminator74

    I actually like Hugh. I feel its about the house and design for him. Unlike Bannon, Hugh lets the house be the star of the show. Bannon and RTI format is so formulaic, always a drama and the show is more about him than the houses/owners.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,971 ✭✭✭ gooner99

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,240 ✭✭✭ Pussyhands

    Architects are notorious for not giving a damn about budget and just focusing on design.

    Underfloor heating is just not feasible in refurbs.

    That half see through partition was terrible too. Someone having a shower you'll see the outline of their privates.

    I wouldn't be putting in any big panes of glass like they put in either. Anyone who is in the self build groups will know windows can spontaneously shatter due to a multitude of reasons. A bird fly into it, a football damage it or even a burglar smashing it will mean you have to spend thousands to replace it all. The architects don't care, they'll have the picture on the wall when the house is done and it'll look great and they get paid.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,801 ✭✭✭ recipio

    Another quibble which you might have missed. The guy making the doors plunged a door rail straight on to the spindle moulder head - a good way to lose a few fingers. he should use a jig instead.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,521 ✭✭✭ leath_dub

    I know well what opaque means. You probably need to look up what "almost" means though !

    It was a ridiculous feature. Even the architect, when trying to sell the concept to the owner (using plastic sheeting) sounded embarrassed having to make the suggestion

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,769 ✭✭✭ Effects

    If it's opaque, then you can't see anything though it. Simple enough explanation, and no reason to get worried about someone seeing you in the shower.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,769 ✭✭✭ Effects

    I haven't heard of large glass panels shattering myself. I've got a 2.2m x 2m, and a 3m x 2m triple glazed window, and have had multiple bird strikes, and no glass shattering. It would be covered under insurance anyway.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,769 ✭✭✭ Effects

    I was scrubbing through episode 1, trying to find the opaque bathroom window. 🤣

    Didn't realise it was episode two that you were on about. I see what you mean about someone seeing you in the shower now. But that window also isn't actually opaque, despite them calling it opaque.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,521 ✭✭✭ leath_dub

    Apologies, I thought you were being tongue in cheek. I didn't realise that you're either an idiot or are being deliberately obtuse. You can't see through a concrete block. The whole point of using opaque glass was to let light into the corridor, so of course you can (partially) see through it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,095 ✭✭✭ funkey_monkey

    I accept you need a contingency budget but that's just taking the pi$$.

    Episode 1:

    Hugh: What's your budget?

    Bespectacled guy: €205k

    Hugh: Have you contingency?

    Bespectacled guy: €30k

    Hugh: So your budget is €235k.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,616 ✭✭✭ DeepBlue

    I wouldn't worry about the opaque window. That's relatively easily solved with a roller blind or something if it's a concern and I do think it's worth it to have the light in the hallway as those bungalow corridors can be very dark.

    It seemed to me that the architect gave them a proposal initially that was over their budget but presented it on the basis that we can do X now and Y down the road when you have more money. The programme didn't really show how they got from there to the couple deciding to go the whole hog on it.

    One thing that comes across from these two programmes is how horrendously expensive it is to retrofit old homes and I'd say it's making it totally off-putting for anyone watching who was thinking of going down that route.

    This year's season of Cheap Irish Homes had some inserts of homes that had been brought back to life on very reasonable budgets. Most likely they wouldn't have A BER ratings at the end but the owners also wouldn't have a huge financial burden overhanging them either. 🤨

  • Registered Users Posts: 784 ✭✭✭ who what when

    Firstly there was a structural Engineer on the job, foundations are their baby.

    Secondly where are you getting the notion that a radon barrier wasn't put in? Of course it was. They dug out the existing floor in order to put down a new insulated floor with UFH, costing them 70 grand in the process so off course they put down a radon barrier.

    There's so many issues one can have with this show you don't need to go off and make up more for the sake of it!

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,095 ✭✭✭ funkey_monkey

    Do you get VAT back on a new build in the south? In NI a new build you can reclaim the VAT, but AFAIK a renovation means you pay VAT.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,769 ✭✭✭ Effects

  • Registered Users Posts: 784 ✭✭✭ who what when

    No you don't. That would be far too progressive and sensible for this country.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,790 ✭✭✭ Nigel Fairservice

    I wonder how the producers pick people for these shows. These shows always start with a budget that gets blown to pieces fairly quickly. People always seem to be able to come up with the money though. I imagine the producers have an idea of how much money is available to a couple before they commit to filming their build. No point filming people who back out of things after being told how much their works will really cost them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,645 ✭✭✭✭ ednwireland

    although I suspect sort damp rewire re plumb, sort out the insulation, new kitch/bathroom for say under 100k isnt what they are looking for.

    My weather

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,521 ✭✭✭ leath_dub

    Do RTE and/or the production companies pay the homeowners anything for using their story for entertainment purposes? I'd be surprised in the Architects are providing their services to RTE for free

  • Registered Users Posts: 942 ✭✭✭ monseiur

    I stand corrected Trondheim....need to make an appointment with my optician !

    But the fact remains that a high budget, futuristic house should have a full bathroom with a jacuzzi / whirlpool / hot tub or similar not juat an apartment type shower.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,240 ✭✭✭ Pussyhands

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,240 ✭✭✭ Pussyhands

    Cheap Irish homes selected people who bought when prices were at least 30% cheaper and they nearly all had the ability to do a lot of the work themselves.

    Cost of construction labour and materials has gone through the roof the last 2 years. Construction workers have all the power now and are demanding silly money for work

  • Registered Users Posts: 58 ✭✭ Trondheim

    I think the jacuzzi's are a bit of a gimick tbh, but I agree that a shower is not sufficient for a family house. You need to have a bath at least, and not having one will impact the resale value.

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