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And so it begins September 21, 2010

Posted by Laura in Uncategorized.
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Each week I promise myself that this week I will write more and then I remember that I am not all that interested in writing at the moment.  But I should be better.  I want to make a record of the building of our home because it is a one off thing.  We are not going to do it again and I don’t want to look back and regret not recording the process so here is the news as it is at the moment.

The quotes are in and with them came a defibrillator because they were heart stopping stuff.  In my head I was hoping to come out the other side of the experience owing no more than €200,000, preferably no more than €180,000 but the quotes for the house alone are coming in at €240,000 and that is without a kitchen, without the garage, no garden, no tar on the driveway.  So, we have decided that we are going to have to go with direct labour.  It is not the route I wanted to take but I also didn’t want to spend more than €300,000 building my house and garage

So the madness has begun.  I am in the process of getting quotes for the groundworks for the house and we should have the house & garage up to ground floor level by J’s 2nd birthday, hopefully earlier than that.  What I need right now is for my engineer to call me back so I can get the specifications for the foundations from him so that I can get the drawings and specs off the to Quantity Surveyor who can get working on the Bill of Quantities.  I am surprised that I know all of this stuff but I am learning fast and picking the brains of everyone who comes across my path.

On my to do list there is:

  • Talk to engineer
  • Send plans & specs to QS
  • Contact plumbers for quotes
  • Contact heating specialists for quotes
  • Contact windows companies for quotes
  • Contact suppliers for quotes for: blocks (regular & aircrete blocks), concrete, mortar
  • Get insurance quotes
  • Get safety signs/PPE
  • Source hard hat & boots for a 5 year old who is going to want to go into the building site J

Oy, that is list is longer than I thought it was but I know that it is going to get longer, and longer, and longer!

We need to make a decision between the following:

Concrete floor vs timber floor upstairs

Under floor heating vs low temp fan assisted radiators upstairs.

We are having underfloor heating downstairs and the radiators for upstairs are proving to be as expensive as having underfloor heating upstairs BUT in order to have UFH we have to have a concrete floor upstairs (which I want) but it is ~€4000 more expensive than the timber floor (that M wants).  I want to spend the extra money for the floor so that I am not listening to foot falls upstairs for years to come but all M can see if the €4000 saving.  Oy!  Oh, having a timber floor upstairs means we wouldn’t have to use the bigger aircrete block on the internal leaf of the downstairs wall so we wouldn’t have to spend as much on the blocks either.  But I want my concrete floor!

That is the only choice we have to make for now but it is a big choice and it has to be made NOW.

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