House Planning Help Podcast

Ben Adam-Smith runs through the main options of where to live while your new home is under construction. While there's potential to save a lot of money it should not impact significantly on your comfort, state of mind or key relationships.

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Direct download: HPH180.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:33pm UTC

Cath Hassell from ech2o consultants explains why connecting to mains drainage is generally the best option for a new build home. She also runs through some alternatives if this is not possible.

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Direct download: HPH179.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:58pm UTC

Clare Whitney from Clayworks explains how clay plasters are made, their applications and why we might choose them over other wall finishes.

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Direct download: HPH178.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:50pm UTC

Architect Ruth Butler shares the story of building a contemporary Passivhaus on an overlooked, brownfield site.

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Direct download: HPH177.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:04pm UTC

Dennis and Nicola Merrigan talk about the highs and lows of their Passivhaus self-build project, sharing lessons learned.

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Direct download: HPH176.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:13pm UTC

Ben reviews the journey from briefing to planning stage for his own self-build project, with their architect Chris Parsons from Parsons + Whittley.

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Direct download: HPH175.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:59pm UTC

Ben and Kay Adam-Smith visit their architects Parsons + Whittley to discuss how to move their project forward. There are decisions to be made over which designs to pursue, what materials to embrace and how to address the various constraints (including bringing down the height of the building).

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Direct download: HPH174.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52am UTC

Dr Michaela Benson from Goldsmiths explains how our housing needs change through life and why the concept of a forever home is often not realistic.

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Direct download: HPH173.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:27pm UTC

John Palmer from Enhabit explains what happens if you choose not to go all the way to Passivhaus standard, including how this impacts on cost, energy efficiency and comfort. He also outlines a best practice approach if you are going to build with Passivhaus principles.

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Direct download: HPH172.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:56pm UTC

Elina Grigoriou from Grigoriou Interiors talks about design, wellbeing and sustainability, and the role of interior designers.

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Direct download: HPH171.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12pm UTC