THE HAVEN - BLAGDON - House For Sale

Blagdon Village, Chew Valley, North Somerset

Stunning, Uninterrupted Views Overlooking Blagdon Lake and Chew Valley

Home  •  Lounge  •  Kitchen  •  Dining/Office  •  Hall/Porch  •  Bathroom  •  Bedrooms  •  Utility  •  Extra Rooms  •  Balcony  •  Roof/Attic  •  Exterior  •  Garage  •  Cardeck  •  Windows  •  Garden/Greenhouses  •  Workshop/Shed  •  Insulation  •  Patio/Decking  •  Oak Trimmings  •  Incoming/Outgoing Services  •  Points of Interest
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The Shed With Inquisitive Chickens
Incoming and Outgoing Services
Mains Drainage: All of Blagdon is now on mains drainage (up from septic tanks and soakaways). This is because Blagdon lake is now required for fresh water top-up for Chew Valley Lake. All the underground drainage work is much younger than the properties in the village.

Gas: The house enjoys gas central heating, a gas lounge fire (the pretend coal kind), and a gas Rangemaster 110, double oven cooker. The gas supply pipes to the lane were all installed new in the late 90's.

Electricity: The house has been rewired during the late 90's when we moved in. This meant I could design my own electrical system, and everything was replaced, brand new with a superior standard installation.

Main RCD box covers all the main parts of the house. Kitchen RCD box covers just the kitchen and the utility.
The Main Power Distribution Board    The Kitchen Power Distribution Board
The main distribution board is down in the basement. It has 9 RCD's and a seperate shower RCD. The 22mm pipe tails are so that I could add the basement to the central heating in due course. The board on the right is solely for the kitchen and utility. This means that it is seperate from the rest of the house, comprising its own light circuits, ring main circuits, cooker, washer etc. If something goes wrong in the rest of the house, this still works, if this goes wrong, the rest of the house is fine.

Shed fuse box (RCD protected) covers the shed lighting and sockets, the garage lighting and sockets, and even the greenhouse has a waterproof power supply.

The shower was installed with 10mm cable (at the time reg's said 6mm was ok). The kitchen ringmain is on 4mm cable (to cope with kettles, dishwashers, toasters etc all at the same time), when this is normally 2.5mm cable.

House sockets
I always envisaged that we'd be here until well into our old age, and so the sockets were fitted higher up the wall that normal (which is now standard practice), to make plugging and unplugging easier for the user. This was done to make the installation 'future-proof' as far as possible, and of course, to the highest standard possible at the time.

Lighting circuits
The whole house is covered by 3 individual lighting circuits, colour coded for 1, 2 and 3. Each circuit is seperately wired and fused, being independent of the other 2 circuits, and with more than one circuit in every room.

So, for example, the side lights may be on line 1, and the main room light on line 2, or 3. The reason?

You know when a bulb blows it often trips the RCD and you end up climbing a ladder in the dark, or with a torch, to change the bulb and reset the breaker? Well, I designed this house so that when this happens, you still have a working circuit for the same area/room which continues to light the room while you effect the repair.

Not only that, no adjacent room is on the same circuit. So if one light goes out on circuit 1, another one in the same room, circuit 2, will remain workng, but also the main light in the next room is on the third circuit. Unless there is a power cut, the house is never plunged into total darkness.

Emergency lighting throughout
For those rare times when the rest of the village has a power outage, the whole main living area parts of the house are covered by emergency lighting. So if you ever come home to a power cut, or have one during the winter evening, you'll never be in the dark. No scrambling around looking for candles and matches, or torches.

They are only designed to be 4hr lights, but invariably they last between 6 to 10 hours before the batteries go flat, by which time the power is back on and they charge up again.
Halstead Best 60 Boiler
Of course, I didn't fit them in the bedrooms. This was so that we wouldn't be disturbed if there was a power cut in the night, but the hallway outside the bedrooms and the bathroom is covered, in case you need to walk there.

Having said all that, a power cut around here is pretty rare nowadays. Our local substation was upgraded several years ago and is now so much more reliable that it used to be.

Central Heating
The central heating system is now 22mm big bore copper pipe throughout the house, stepped down to 15mm to go to the radiators. I chose the Halstead Best boiler because they are very simple in design and construction, with very little to go wrong.

I don't do unnecessarily complicated, because there is always something that goes kaput and the bills go through the roof if you don't understand what's wrong. Your average repairman can rob you blind, and have no conscience about it whatsoever.

All the pipework is heavily insulated and so all the heat reaches the radiators where you need it most. The boiler is 60,000 BTU's, which is double what is needed for this size of property. What does that mean? It means, when you turn on the heating, it is literally minutes before the rads are hot and the house is warm. I can't stress this enough. A 30,000 BTU boiler would have been ample for this house, but I bought the bigger boiler because I figure that if it's not flogging itself to death it will last longer. This has proved to be the case.

In addition, the radiator valves are the Drayton 4's, which are among the best available.
Because life's not about what comes in and out of your house, but about what you do while you're there, I offer you these pictures of my garden roses.
Roses From the Front of the House    Yellow Rose on the Archway
The pink rose that adorns the front of the house is Amelia. It needs cutting back every year, or it goes mad. The yellow one is Arthur Bell and grows up over the archway above the garden gate. Roses seem to do well in our garden because of the drainage. They enjoy a good bag of horse manure every few years or so, which ensures they keep their form and colour, well worth doing.

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For more information, or answers to questions, or to arrange a viewing, please call Phil or Jill on 01761 462722.