There are some things you can plan for, like choosing finishes in advance, but others are unpredictable. Such as having to fork out £15,000 to get an electricity connection in a built-up area for a new build in Co Armagh.
In this article, Lisa and Nathan Langtry discuss their new build project in Co Armagh, including:
- Design process and planning application with an architectural designer
- Working with a quantity surveyor and the tender process
- Delays due to stonework
- Challenges due to stonework including concrete lintels
- Internal insulation strategy
- Decision against wood burner
- Oil boiler set up with underfloor heating
- Details of the three sided gas fire in the open plan area
- Reason for the need to pay for a new electricity pole
- Electrics including LEDs
House: ground floor 180 sqm, first floor 50 sqm
Garage: 90sqm on two floors
Plot: ½ acre
Total cost: £330,000
Floors: 100mm sand/cement screed on 150mm PIR insulation, U-value 0.11 W/sqmK.
Walls: stone walls (barn) 225mm natural stone cladding,100mm blockwork, 150mm cavity (with 100mm PIR), 100mm blockwork, U-value 0.19 W/sqmK. Blockwork walls (modern part) painted sand/cement render, 100mm blockwork, 150mm cavity (with 100mm PIR), 100mm blockwork, U-value 0.19 W/sqmK.
Roof: warm roof construction, natural slate, 80mm PIR over rafters, 120mm PIR between rafters, U-value 0.18 W/sqmK.
Flat roof: proprietary membrane, 125mm PIR on plywood deck, U-value 0.13 W/sqmK.
Windows: Double glazed uPVC