Month: October 2011

Feed-in Tariffs subsidy to be cut by more than half

Looks like the out-break of PV panels scaling up the roofs of my neighbours houses may be facing a hurdle to further progress. As reported late last week in the Guardian 'the [subsidy] rate will be reduced from 43.3p per kilowatt hour of solar electricity to just 21p'. This information was contained in a PDF file on the Energy Saving Trust website that seems to have been leaked published prematurely and was removed shortly after publication. The current subsidy rates will last until at least the 8th of December - so if you're thinking of getting panels installed, the time…
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Before #5… Second Bedroom, phase 2

I've posted before and after pictures for the second bedroom previously, but I'm considering the boxing-in of the water tank and building of a cabin bed as a second phase of development in its own right. From Barn Conversion 2011 From Barn Conversion 2011 I'm afraid that it's pretty messy in there as it's still being used as a dumping ground. The cabin bed will run along the length of wall shown in the second photograph with wardrobe doors on the left to allow access to the tank then the entrance to the bed to the right of that, about…
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The National Planning Policy Framework – consultation period now closed

With the consultation period for the draft proposal now closed, I had the following email from The National Trust a day or two ago. On Monday, the last day of the Government’s consultation on proposed reforms to our planning system, we went to Downing Street to give the Government our recommendations, backed by an astonishing 210,000 signatures on our petition. Thanks to people like you, we’ve drawn attention to an important issue that threatens our countryside. When the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was launched in July, there was a big chance that it would go unnoticed. Between us,…
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The myth(?) of rising damp…

...and Rigsby is not in sight... I was watching an episode of QI the other night when the 'myth' of rising damp - or rather, the lack of evidence for the existence of rising damp as a 'real' issue, was mentioned. This wasn't something I'd ever heard of and some further web-based research makes for some interesting reading... There's plenty of information on the subject across the web which Google will find for you, I'll provide a link to one article that demonstrates the venom of the argument between 'believers' and 'non-believers'. The Architects Journal carries a post, which you…
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After #4… Second Bedroom

After my post about lots of befores made up of pictures of locations before I started work on them here's another after... This photograph is a bit of a cheat... I'm really pleased with the second bedroom now that it's been painted and had an oak floor and a radiator cover fitted, BUT it's virtually impossible to take a photograph that does it justice. The shape of the room doesn't help, the light in the room doesn't help and the straight lines of the flue, window, radiator cover and curtain rail throw an odd angle or strange perspective into every…
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Building Progress ~ September 2011

With a week in Cornwall and no major pieces of work spurring me on, progress in September has been pretty lack-lustre... The Juliet balcony is completed, I even finished off the heads of the bolts with small black covers for a neat and tidy job. I fixed, finished and sealed the skirting boards in the second bedroom, now they just need a coat of paint. I'm building some short, 12 inch wide 'platforms' that I'll use to box-in the pipework in the bathroom. They are basically wooden frames, with painted wood sides and a slate and mosaic tiled top. I've…
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The national planning policy framework

I've spoken about the National Planning Policy Framework in a couple of posts of late. I've given my opinion and provided links to others who support my view - but that's not very even-handed of me, so I thought I should present some information about the Framework, what it means, says and its current status. To begin at the end - with the current status of the framework, it is currently a draft proposal for consultation, consultation will close on 17 October 2011. So what's the Framework all about? You can find full details of the Framework on the communities.gov.uk…
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Cornwall 2011

We spent a week down in Cornwall at the start of September and there was me snapping photo's of old bits of stone as usual. More inspiration for my raised beds - although I don't really have as much regularly shaped stone as these require: From Barn Conversion 2011 At a beach front cafe, I quite liked the rounded concrete keeping these edging stones in place. Reminds me of the kind of thing I would do - 'washing' the wet mortar down gives a nice 'organic', blended finish to the joints. From Barn Conversion 2011 Red hot pokers & a…
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Sloes…

It's been a great summer for sloes for some reason (lack of sun would be my guess), they rippen at the barn just as summer is turning to autumn. I can't help taking photo's of them - these are on the way to my sloe vodka demi-john - first established in 2003 and still going strong... From Barn Conversion 2011
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