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    help us by a power station !!

    The building was converted to flats in 1989 from an office and warehouse building built in 1907. I understand that at the time Northern Counties Housing Association acquired it for £1. They clearly did the conversion on the cheap - which would have been the result of poor funding from Margaret...
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    Detached garage modernisation/conversion advice

    So after discussions with 'im indoors the preferred option is to keep this for now and make it useable - insulation, etc. if possible and seal the roof. I guess if I do insulate and board out I can always re-use the material in a year or two on a new build and as you say I could extend it a...
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    Yeah I'm probably going to knock it down and build a new one. But for now I need to use it while the house is renovated. I'll sort the electrics out and put a new floor in. But before that I've got to get the flamethrower out and hunt down all the tarantulas living in the thatched roof! 😂
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    help us by a power station !!

    And while we're all being pushed towards electric vehicles how are we going to afford to power them when electricity prices overtake diesel? 😂
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    help us by a power station !!

    Not long ago we were going to build a new one, well we were going to let the Chinese build one for us and run it. I don't think we've had such a brain drain that we're reliant on outside talent. A few nuclear power stations to keep us going in the medium term should be built, but built by us and...
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    help us by a power station !!

    Exactly. We could get some Australian miners over here! 😄
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    Detached garage modernisation/conversion advice

    Sorry, I don't know how I missed this. Thanks for the reply. If I keep the garage temporarily I will get some of this. 😊
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    help us by a power station !!

    We have lived in a flat in the city centre for almost 25 years. It's a warehouse conversion managed by a housing association - it was the only way we could live in the city back then - but it has appalling heat retention. It doesn't have a cavity wall or insulation. A few years ago they fitted...
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    I'm triple jabbed too but it knocked me for six. I dread to think how ill I would have been without the vaccine. Thanks for the advice. I will do as you suggest. Hopefully I'll get a couple of years out of the garage before I have to rebuild it. 😊
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    Detached garage modernisation/conversion advice

    Hi Lons, Thank you for replying. I apologise for the delay in responding - I contacted Covid and became quite unwell (thanks Mum!). I really appreciate your response. I have an angle grinder so I will cut away some of the concrete path that runs alongside the garage and place some DPM along the...
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    Hi Richard, that's a good idea. It makes the new build much simpler too. I think the wall of the neighbour's garage is at the edge of the boundary and they used it as part of the boundary fence. So I guess I could attach guttering to their garage as technically it drops onto my garden. 😊
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    Hi Wilbur, The documents from the solicitor state that each house is responsible for the party wall on the left. Therefore, I think the neighbour has used their garage as part of their responsibility for the party wall. (We seem to have drawn the short straw and have the responsibility to...
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    Detached garage modernisation/conversion advice

    Hi Colin, Thanks for the information. Your garage extension looks impressive! I would love something that large but I don't have room for it because the driveway was built when cars were the size of modern pushchairs. But if I could build a dual skin structure like yours I wouldn't consider...
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    Hi Lons, thank you for your professional assessment, I appreciate it. I did wonder if a channel needed to be created between the raised path and the garage sides. I had planned to keep the path but perhaps in the (probably distant) future I'll remove it and lay flags on the other side of the...
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    Hi Allen, thanks for pointing that out. It's really important and I hadn't considered it. I might spray the roof with water as I'm removing the bramble. And wear PPE! I really can't wait to complete the purchase (I've no idea what makes it take so long) and begin to set up the machinery I've...
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    Detached garage modernisation/conversion advice

    Hi Richard, Good point about the Ikea cupboard backs. I remember assisting my parents to assemble an Ikea kitchen about 20 years ago (it's still going strong) and thinking how useful it was to have that extra storage space. However, as you say, pipes can be a challenge. I think if you're...
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    Hi Rodney, Good point. I was planning to use MDF for its sound insulation properties but as you say, if it gets wet it disintegrates. I would hope that any structure I build to replace this would be waterproof but I'll bear in mind what would happen if water does get through. I can't find the...
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    Detached garage modernisation/conversion advice

    You know I did wonder if underfloor heating was something to add as I plan to fit a kit to the house and could do an extension to the garage. 😊
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    Detached garage modernisation/conversion advice

    Thanks Gordon. Yes, I guess most people's idea of a workshop is something industrial so wise words indeed. 😊
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    Detached garage modernisation/conversion advice

    Thanks Mike. I will have to put up with this garage for a while so will take your advice and try to seal it from the elements. I won't be able to get the sealant between the garages but hopefully if I put some guttering between both roof lines it'll stop the worst of the water ingress. Good...
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