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11-03-2017, 14:53   #976
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I'd be very interested to see some pictures of the entertainment unit that people have come up with. Even if it's been shipped in from abroad.
Our media wall is not yet complete. This is how it looks right now. (And yes, we paid 160 TV license fee just to be able to stream an 8-hour video of a fireplace to our TV.)

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We're currently looking for carpenters here and abroad, who'd build something to our liking. In my opinion, the one in the show house has lots of wasted space (hollow dividers and back that stands off a little from the wall because the skirting boards weren't removed there), so we'd get something more efficient.
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11-03-2017, 15:17   #977
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I have had 2 radiators moved and I have had the wall between the living room and the kitchen removed which necessitated a change in radiators.

I was not asked to pay for the changes to the radiators. This seems to be a new thing.
I was charged to move one radiator, but afaik, the pipes were already in so had to be moved. maybe if they were not already in, it wouldnt have cost anything.
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11-03-2017, 15:46   #978
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Our media wall is not yet complete. This is how it looks right now. (And yes, we paid 160 TV license fee just to be able to stream an 8-hour video of a fireplace to our TV.)

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We're currently looking for carpenters here and abroad, who'd build something to our liking. In my opinion, the one in the show house has lots of wasted space (hollow dividers and back that stands off a little from the wall because the skirting boards weren't removed there), so we'd get something more efficient.
Well, I'm always interested to see different designs people come up with for this sort of thing. So feel free to share once you have a design/price etc.. on here or via PM if you prefer.

Nice fire

This crowd keep coming up on facebook. Might have some interesting solutions for the attic space <mod snip: no on thread recommendations as per charter please>

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For anyone interested on the progress of the construction of the recent phase launched last month, I have attached the photos we've taken today when we visited the site. First photo is house 17 and 18 on the site plan. Second photo is the foundation for Heron house.
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For anyone interested on the progress of the construction of the recent phase launched last month, I have attached the photos we've taken today when we visited the site. First photo is house 17 and 18 on the site plan. Second photo is the foundation for Heron house.
Flying up!! They want to get number 19 up ASAP as it's the show house for the last phase.
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12-03-2017, 05:00   #981
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Started investigating flooring (laminate and tile) but have a few questions:

-Most places sell flooring but don't want to install it, e.g. B&q are reluctant to install and charge 25 euro per m2 to install. That seems expensive.
Should I adjust my expectations on floor fitting costs?

-Is it normal to buy the materials (tiles and laminate) myself and have someone fit or to just get a company who comenout and measure, supply materials and sort it all out?

-What thickness do I need to avoid creaky floors?
-Do I use different thickness on ground floor vs upstairs?

-What standaed/grade /certification should laminate have to be considered durable and waterproof?

Basic questions but as I've never owned a house before, Im unsure how this usually works.

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12-03-2017, 10:01   #982
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Started investigating flooring (laminate and tile) but have a few questions:

-Most places sell flooring but don't want to install it, e.g. B&q are reluctant to install and charge 25 euro per m2 to install. That seems expensive.
Should I adjust my expectations on floor fitting costs?

-Is it normal to buy the materials (tiles and laminate) myself and have someone fit or to just get a company who comenout and measure, supply materials and sort it all out?

-What thickness do I need to avoid creaky floors?
-Do I use different thickness on ground floor vs upstairs?

-What standaed/grade /certification should laminate have to be considered durable and waterproof?

Basic questions but as I've never owned a house before, Im unsure how this usually works.
This is an expensive quote. Des Kelly quoted us around 14/m2 to install. It's normal to get floors installed by someone else. Usually, if the floor is not that easy to install you should hire a professional that you trust (via recommendation from friends).

I don't know a lot about laminate floors but there are some that are good to install in the kitchen. Do more research on the internet to see your options (This is from an American site: https://www.lowes.com/projects/build...guide/project)

Usually the underlay is the one that you change and not the thickness of the floor. On the ground floor you should use a foil-back and thicker underlay to protect from moisture and isolate as it's going on concrete. On the upstair floors you already have insulation so the cheapest will do.
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We paid 24 euro per square meter or there abouts for hardwood fitting. If you get supply and fitted you should see a discount. The guys carried out a full site survey and caught numerous issues with the floor.

Laminate won't be water proof, you get water resisted to different levels but fundamentally it's paper.

You should have no creaking in your new house from the floor boards. Creaking is the should of loose boards rubbing against one another. If you get that horrible laminate up and down movement it's due to incorrect installation. We had that in the last place.

The real problem with laminate is the click click click noise walking makes. You really need a very good sound proof underlay. We used a water proof and sound damping underlay throughout.

Regardless of what you go for do make sure that downstairs you have a moister barrier. The floors are not sealed when you move in and if you do not seal them any floor you put down will be destroyed in no time.

Lastly, you'll need to get the doors cut, we used a guy on site but he cut the doors down on the floors which left white paint marks on the floor. Be sure any quote includes this costs. Also make sure you requested skirting boards to be tacted on rather.
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The guys carried out a full site survey and caught numerous issues with the floor.
What issues? Anything you got the builders to fix in snagging?
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12-03-2017, 12:18   #985
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I go into a fair bit of detail in my first post. Essentially the ground floor concrete was full of waves, dips and humps. There was a mini hill in the back room. The builds had to sort it. In the end I wasn't 100 % happy with the back room but after two weeks of delays I had to move forward or risk not being in by Christmas.

I'd raised it in the snagging and the floor people had also got me to raise it before we even did the snagging. They had safe pass so could go onsite before it was finished.

I was told by other tradesmen that despite Bally more pretending this was a one off, the ground crew who did my property had feiced up others, and had been fired.

This would have been extremely expensive to fix if I had needed to pay for it.
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I go into a fair bit of detail in my first post. Essentially the ground floor concrete was full of waves, dips and humps. There was a mini hill in the back room. The builds had to sort it. In the end I wasn't 100 % happy with the back room but after two weeks of delays I had to move forward or risk not being in by Christmas.

I'd raised it in the snagging and the floor people had also got me to raise it before we even did the snagging. They had safe pass so could go onsite before it was finished.

I was told by other tradesmen that despite Bally more pretending this was a one off, the ground crew who did my property had feiced up others, and had been fired.

This would have been extremely expensive to fix if I had needed to pay for it.
How exactly did they conduct the check to see that the floor was ok? I had a person in to check laminate and he thought it was fine but didn't actually conduct any specific checks on the concrete, just looked at it and thought it was fine saying "I have a good eye for these things".

Would you have spotted the floor issues yourself?
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I'm pretty certain they put a laser level on the floor. I'd spotted some issues such as the waves but others you'd only notice once it was pointed out.

I got a 2 meter level and it was obvious using that. I wouldn't thrust someone's eye.
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I'm pretty certain they put a laser level on the floor. I'd spotted some issues such as the waves but others you'd only notice once it was pointed out.

I got a 2 meter level and it was obvious using that. I wouldn't thrust someone's eye.
Yes hopefully that won't come back to bite me. I was already almost 2 months snagging with them as they made numerous mistakes. Hopefully, it will work out. I know I can raise snags after the sale but hoping I won't have to.
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12-03-2017, 16:20   #989
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Maciektok, you can upload pictures to the forum, saves you sending lots of e-mails
I probably prefer to send the photos via email rather than uploading them into a public forum, hope that's ok
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Started investigating flooring (laminate and tile) but have a few questions:

-Most places sell flooring but don't want to install it, e.g. B&q are reluctant to install and charge 25 euro per m2 to install. That seems expensive.
Should I adjust my expectations on floor fitting costs?

-Is it normal to buy the materials (tiles and laminate) myself and have someone fit or to just get a company who comenout and measure, supply materials and sort it all out?

-What thickness do I need to avoid creaky floors?
-Do I use different thickness on ground floor vs upstairs?

-What standaed/grade /certification should laminate have to be considered durable and waterproof?

Basic questions but as I've never owned a house before, Im unsure how this usually works.

some brands have waterproof laminates, I think balterio and egger do. we went with egger and we are very happy, although we didnt use it in the kitchen, I laid them myself, easy enough job, however if you;re not up for it i think you'll find someone on site who can do pretty decent job slightly cheaper then the shops too. pm for info
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