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Old 17-01-2008, 07:59   #161
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I could never have lived in the place without worrying about the walls getting damp.
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Old 17-01-2008, 09:14   #162
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Was surprised how quiet that air hammer was (not the louder one used to get the more stubborn piles down ).
Quiet yes but vibrating another house to bits, they just couldn't win could they? Wonder how they get on with their neighbours now? Missed opportunity for Kevin there I think. I'm assuming that the Grand Designs: Trade Secrets is not returning...

I'm with Ono, I couldn't live in that place without thinking of the walls dripping away.
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Yep real missed opportunity to get the opinions of the neighbours after the thnig had gone up. Cant see it lasting more than a couple of years and remaining damp free. You could see how poorly set the concrete was when they opened up the wall.

The pair of them were clearly barking and the kitchen saleman sure saw her coming. How exactly would one hob and fan centrally placed not be as equally symetrical...?
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Old 17-01-2008, 10:33   #164
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Ah, Trade Secrets was on last night on More4, surprised that they didn't trail it or announce it during Grand Designs.
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Me and the OH were surprised they got planning permission for it in the first place net alone the "addition" part of the build.

Regarding the concrete - call me Mr Thicky but why didn't they build up the walls to above ground level before putting any concrete in, rather than putting it in in stages ??
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Old 17-01-2008, 11:47   #166
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There was another large building/house/garage a couple of gardens away so plannign permission wasn't that hard to get I don't think. Quite surprised with 90 neighbour objections though. I think there is a limit to the amount of concrete you can pour at once.
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Old 17-01-2008, 12:30   #167
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i would have thought they could continuously-pour the concrete - must be a reason why they didn't, though.

i thought the house itself was ok. like kevin suggested, i would have put another glass roof down the other end of the basement. they complained it cost £8500 but i would have just put one hob, oven & extractor and used the money saved from that.

not keen on their interior design choice, either - it was all a bit ikea. "posh" ikea, but ikea all the same.
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Old 17-01-2008, 12:54   #168
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I think the reason they couldn't pour all the concrete at once is that when you get to a certain point the weigh of the concrete will break the polystyrene bricks at the bottom.

When the wife said she wouldn't move into the house if they didn't get permission for the separate childrens room I was ready to bury her under the house.
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Old 17-01-2008, 12:59   #169
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top marks for hosting a glorified jumble sale of her old clothes ,to raise money for her £6k's worth of cooker hoods though
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the bloke aged about 10 years during the build. At one stage he looked like he was close to having a stroke.

Was an interesting build but her decorating taste was rubbish.

Trade secrets is even worse now, that horsey cow is presenting it these days.
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When the wife said she wouldn't move into the house if they didn't get permission for the separate childrens room I was ready to bury her under the house.
The odd thing, as they said last night, was that the childrens room wouldn't make the, already approved, hole any bigger.

at the original builder wanting an extra £80k on a fixed price contract.
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My dad runs a building company who use a similar method of blocks (ICF) and they can only pour so much at a time due to the weight of the concrete.

Don't think he'd be silly enough to put it sub ground level - I would have loved to be watching it with him
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Trade secrets is even worse now, that horsey cow is presenting it these days.
What, no Kevin?
Perhaps he realised that it wasn't great and decided to give it a wide birth.

Who does all the bitching then???
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What, no Kevin?
Perhaps he realised that it wasn't great and decided to give it a wide birth.

Who does all the bitching then???
it's more a property magazine show presented by the designer woman from the last series. The other woman architect and Kevin just appear as talking heads now. It's not the same type of show.
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That house really wasn't that impressive, there old house was far better!
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the thing i didn't get (i didn't see the start where the plans were presented) but don't you have to go outside to get into the childrens play area??
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Old 18-01-2008, 12:40   #177
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I think the reason they couldn't pour all the concrete at once is that when you get to a certain point the weigh of the concrete will break the polystyrene bricks at the bottom.
correct. there was an earlier show where an old woman was building a house in her garden too but this one simply *had* to be round. they chose the polystyrene cos it was more manageable but then they knackered it by pouring too much concrete in at once (even though they were putting it in in layers to avoid bursting the walls). one of the walls inevitably burst and the build just went downhill from there. she ended up ridiculously over budget to the tune of £300k or something. she didn't even seem to care that her builder was screwing her!

Big A - yeah, you had to go outside to get to the kids room. they should be seen and not heard!
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the thing i didn't get (i didn't see the start where the plans were presented) but don't you have to go outside to get into the childrens play area??
It looked like there was a corridor alongside the outside part, and a door into the play area near the stairs down from the ground level
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Bonkers but absolutely beautiful building on this evenings show plus that Henry bloke seems like a really nice guy.

First one I have been impressed with for a long while.
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Old 23-01-2008, 22:06   #180
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Another basement which leaked!

Very nice house yeah, but the garden is overlooked by the flats next to it and I doubt I would have paid £1.3m for it.
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