Year: 2013

Green Deal slow beginnings?

Oh dear! The green deal hasn't got off to a very auspicious start... As reported in the Telegraph today since it was launched nearly a year ago just 12 homes have taken advantage of the Green Deal with a few hundred more in the pipeline. 71,210 households had been assessed for Green Deal measures such as solar panels and insulation at the end of August ... But only 677 households have gone to the next stage and said they would like to proceed with the scheme. Of these, 12 houses have had measures installed, while 293 properties had quotes accepted…
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Autumn 2013

Right that's the summer over with, now I can get on with some real work without the distractions of other things (like holidays and playing with children, all that enjoyable stuff that gets in the way of progress)... With few major jobs (painting, boxing in - nasty stuff!) left inside, mainly fiddly things that need finishing off, my thoughts are turning to outside. I've not done much outside since I laid the flag-stone patio in 2011, so plenty of attention is needed. The hedge and further away the woodland that separates the barn from the field need attention in the…
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The property roller coaster – planning reform to be rethought

Worrying times in the world of property with a seemingly constant flow of bad new, good news, contradiction and spin. I thought I might try to track it with my property roller-coaster. First we're on a downward loop as we learn that the proposed planning reform, to allow homeowners to extend by as much as 26ft is now to be rethought. Eric Pickles had to compromise in the vaguest terms to prevent a defeat and ensure that the house disagreed with a Lords amendment giving power to local authorities to opt out of the reforms. Now it's back to the…
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Interesting earthship greenhouse project on Kickstarter

I really like this Kickstarter project >> The Farm of the Future: Earthship-Inspired Greenhouse This project is "Prototyping the First 100% Off-The-Grid, Affordable, Low-Maintenance Greenhouse using Earthship Principles and Aquaponics". If any of those words meaning anything to you you'll be interested in the project if not, pass it by... It's already funded so I guess that's a positive step in seeing some output from the project, the how-to guide at the $25 funding level looks interesting.
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VAT Reclaim sent

I sent in my reclaim of the VAT on the conversion of the barn a week ago today. Putting together the forms and all the supporting evidence required has taken quite some time and partly explains my lack of activity on this website. Anyway it's in now... As a point of note the first invoice I'm claiming against dates right back to the 11th May 2007 and relates to lime putty I bought from Ty Mawr Lime - it's been a long journey...
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VAT Reclaim Spring 2013 Part 1

With my completion certificate delivered in November the clock is ticking on my VAT reclaim for the conversion of the barn... You have You can only send in one claim and that claim must be submitted no later than three months after the conversion has been completed. VAT refunds for DIY housebuilders - Claim form and notes for conversions Page 10. The form 'to claim a VAT refund as a DIY housebuilder who has converted an existing building into a dwelling' is downloadable from the HMRC website. I've been here before five years ago (gulp! time flies!), but the forms…
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