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theoldvillage
1/7/2017 05:13 EST

Hi All,

After purchasing land with my Girlfriend, we are due to meet architects in March 17, with a view to build a 3 bedroom property 25 mins south of Sofia (Pernik District).

I was wondering if anyone has experience with the use of the preferred building materials in Bulgaria.

After speaking with locals we are getting mixed reviews. If anyone has any feedback on the following we'd be most grateful.

Wienerberger Porotherm (or similar)-
All of the Locals I have spoken to are in high praise of these clay cavity blocks , used in single skin form, as opposed to the double skin brick and block we use in the UK. My main interest is around the U Value of the blocks.

External rendering-
Any feedback on products/brands used would be great.

TIling (or felt tiling)
Many new builds within Bulgaria, particularly Sofia from my experience have felt tiles. How do these weather compared to your tradition clay tile?

Happy New Year all, thanks for your help!

David

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britsabroad
1/8/2017 05:09 EST

Hi David
We are 6 months in to a renovation of a part cob part stone/brick combo of older house and new barn extension. We listened to both locals and ex pat experiences. We are doing 90% of the work ourselves. What I will say is that what may be considered suitable in BG is not always what we understand it to mean. I would visit a similar home and check for yourself how successful the clay cavity blocks are for insulation. It is minus 15 as we speak. Will your builders be using insulation and how much? We have used EPS 10mm, breathable membrane and then rock wool under the plasterboard. We chose to recycle our existing roof tiles. We have been assured that the older clay tiles, in good condition are of a superior quality. We have yet to insulate and render the external shell of the building. We will use mesh netting, EPS polystyrene boards and specific holding screws. This will then be rendered, 2 coats. Our decisions were driven by cost effectiveness but overall never wanting to live in a cold house as we did in the UK. With the addition of double glazing we are satisfactorily heating half of an almost 280m2 house with 1 cast iron pechka (wood burner) no radiators or central heating. Insulation is king.

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theoldvillage
8/20/2017 04:31 EST

Good morning,

Thanks for the reply it's very interesting and always helpful to hear different views.

From what I see this is the norm, with the mesh and internal eps followed by plasterboard.

Do you have any pictures of the work and your house? Sounds great, wishing you all the best.

David

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britsabroad
8/21/2017 00:42 EST

Hi David
the whole process and images are in my blog at www.gradishtedream.wordpress.com

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britsabroad
8/21/2017 00:49 EST

As an aside if you do decide to use clay potblocks then you must render as they retain water. I'm presuming the build is concrete pillars with the blocks infilling? They appear to be used for structural soundness in areas of movement. There was a 3.2 richter scale earthquake 33km from Veliko Tarnovo last night. We read about it but felt nothing. Our fresh gable ends are still in situ on the original part of the house - which has just had the old roof removed and a new one under construction. This morning everything is still in place.

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britsabroad
8/30/2017 09:02 EST

I have been writing a blog since we bought , sold up in the uk and moved here. It is full of pictures of the work. www.gradishtedream.wordpress.com We moved across in May 2016 so try looking at the blogs after that

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Nudura
9/8/2017 06:48 EST

Hi,
If I may suggest to you since you have mentioned that you are building almost everything yourself, take a look at the ICF (insulated concrete forms) system. It has been widely used in the UK for a long time already.
We are a representative in Bulgaria of such a Canadian system and will be glad to give you some more info and details at eco-form.eu

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