Three Types of Loft Conversion
Apr24

Three Types of Loft Conversion

Outlining and describing the three main types of loft conversion; dormer, hip to gable and mansard. If planning permission and Building Regulations Approval is required. Choosing how to create extra room by efficient use of unused space A loft conversion is an ideal and very popular way to create more space in a property. Its main appeal is the idea of using previously unused – or at the least under-utilised – space to...

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Brick built or timber frame garage – which is better, which is cheaper?
Dec07

Brick built or timber frame garage – which is better, which is cheaper?

If you’ve decided to add a garage to your property, you’ll be wondering which type of garage construction you should go for. A solid brick built structure or a softer, more natural looking timber frame construction? Both methods are widely used for domestic garage construction in the UK, and opinions are divided as to which one is best. Many people don’t like masonry because they feel the lack of air circulation can result in mould. A...

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The mysterious world of surveyors: What services do they provide?
Sep20

The mysterious world of surveyors: What services do they provide?

For most of us, the world of surveyors is a murky and mysterious one. We’re not really sure what they do and why they do it. ‘Of course we do,’ I hear you grumble. ‘A surveyor inspects a property for sale,’ mutter, mutter, ‘then goes away and prepares a report on its condition. What could be simpler than that? Hmm?’ Ah, but it’s not that simple, not by a long chalk. The work of surveyors is rather more complicated and...

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Seven surprising facts about listed buildings
Aug15

Seven surprising facts about listed buildings

Listed buildings are decided by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport with new entries being added all the time. You might know of a listed building near you, whether it’s a church, a monument or a country home – but did you know these seven surprising facts? Fact 1: Your property can be listed without your consent You might not know that any building can be listed and that there is no requirement to consult with or seek the...

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Can Scaffolding Go On Your Neighbour’s Land?
May20

Can Scaffolding Go On Your Neighbour’s Land?

Understanding when you can and cannot rest scaffolding on neighbouring property. The different circumstances concerning repairs, renovations and improvements. Householders encroaching on neighbour’s land has caused much raised blood pressure and disputes over the years. In the case of building, such as when the construction requires access to the neighbour’s land to erect scaffolding, these disputes are often fuelled by a lack of...

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Replacing an Asphalt Driveway
Apr28

Replacing an Asphalt Driveway

Why You Might Consider Natural Stone If your asphalt driveway needs replacing it’s worth considering the alternatives before resurfacing with asphalt. Along with alternatives such as gravel and concrete, block paving and natural stone is becoming a more popular choice due to looks, durability and longer term cost effectiveness. Limitations Of Asphalt Asphalt has always been a popular surface for driveways; the main attraction is often...

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