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1. Sunday 17 October 2021
For several recent posts now in my series on my future house build I have been hoping to implement a custom Home Assistant integration for the custom logic I wrote in my keenly priced industrial grade scriptable PIC32-based Devantech dS3484 ethernet relay and input board. Last post three weeks ago I said I was feeling pretty burned out from all this post-day-job work, so I was going to take a weekend off, which I did. ...

2. Monday 08 November 2021
Today I’m going to divert from my usual focus on embedded systems in my series on my future house build. Last post I said I’d been quite fatigued during the two weeks since I fell ill, and I’m sorry to say these past three weeks have not been much better. Apart from sleeping and working, I have had no energy to do much else – no WG21 papers, no open source, no embedded systems programming, no custom Home Assistant integration work, no gym nor anything outside work and sleep. ...

3. Thursday 18 November 2021
Last post in my series on my future house build I described the house we have designed and submitted for preplanning feedback using Virtual Reality via the Oculus Quest 2, and I did some rough ‘back of envelope’ energy modelling to see if it would meet Passive House energy consumption standards. I concluded by looking forward to seeing if a PHPP model of the house (PHPP is the computer modelling software for Passive Houses) would match my crude calculations. ...

4. Sunday 06 February 2022
It’s been just under three months since my last post in my series on my future house build, and during which of course Christmas occurred. Since the New Year pretty much all my free time has gone on getting the planning application ready – it was submitted last Tuesday, and so I now have the time to write up what happened since mid-November. The preplanning feedback came back the week of Christmas, so we didn’t really get much time to digest it before everything stopped for the holidays. ...

5. Sunday 17 April 2022
Two and a bit months have passed since my last post in my series on my future house build where I showed computer renderings of the ‘shrunken’ seventeen metre wide house designed to fit inside one site of the two I hope to build upon. This was the conservative design intended to not be controversial to the planners, and last post I expected a final decision by June. I am glad to report that the planners moved a bit quicker than expected, and we received notification three weeks ago that they intend to grant planning permission in early May if no appeals to the decision are lodged. ...

6. Monday 04 July 2022
There has been a most surprising update to my future house build – the two-site planning permission was granted! This grants us a slightly longer house with outhouse and both sites merged into one. This was very much not expected, the second planning application asking for permission to amalgamate the sites was expected to be refused – indeed, I had already paid for a third planning application to be created! ...

7. Tuesday 09 August 2022
Since planning permission was granted for the slightly larger edition of my future house build, progress has been frustratingly slow. 90% of the emails I send to people looking for quotes to give them money go unanswered. If you ring them up two weeks later, they usually saw the email but didn’t get round to replying due to ‘being too busy’ i.e. really they are saying that they aren’t taking on new work. ...

8. Saturday 24 September 2022
Last time I wrote a post on my future house build, I mentioned how progress had been frustratingly slow due to people not responding to email or phone calls. That hasn’t got any better (indeed, currently most builders aren’t responding to requests for quotes, and if they do, they give lead times well into 2025 ), but my wonderful sister Aoife did manage to get me some groundworks done by pulling favours: ...

9. Friday 22 October 2022
Around a year ago in my series on my future house build, I wrote about a Devantech ethernet relay board, then I went on to review the state of the market as of Q3 2021 comparing various microcontrollers and microcomputers, and I decided at the time to plump for a mixture of STM32F4 and Raspberry Pi Zero for my house automation. I made a custom Home Assistant integration for the Devantech board (it and the cove lighting continue to work perfectly, incidentally, I type to you now under said cove lighting), and all seemed well until August just gone when I mentioned that instead of all that I had bought fifty ESP32 boards, with a promise of a future post about them. ...

10. Monday 21 November 2022
There isn’t much update on my future house build during the past month as everything is blocked on my accountant finishing my 2021 company accounts before I can apply for a mortgage. I’m out of cash to spend on the house or site, I’ve spent all the savings I accumulated, so without a mortgage everything pauses. I did get this finished in the past month however: Strictly speaking, it’s actually the last four months because I bought the roof sheets in July, and it’s taken me well over two months to get the wall painted and to erect the support beams. ...


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