No Cheating On Planning Permission

I heard tell the other day that report on the local news recently about someone who had bought a fair sized detached farmhouse in the middle of nowhere and put in for planning permission to expand.   The permission was denied and the planning authority thought no more about it.  Several months later it came to their attention that the owner of the building had strated work on his intended...

Cul de Sac Becomes Construction Concourse

I have recently returned from a few weeks travelling in Europe.  Before I left there was peace and harmony in my little cul d sac and everything was right with the world.  I've been back four days and it's like a universal building site.  One of my immediate neighbours is having a large single storey extension built across the back of their house.  A chap at the far end of our cul de sac has...

Traditional To Modular & Differences Between

There have been various building methods in this country literally since the beginning of time.  Being a very old and established land, we've benefitted from the experience of many different generaitons from the earliest cavemen up to today's expert and high tech esigners.  The more modern methods are so up to date that each new safety law on statute is incorporated.  But there was a previous...

Crisis Surrounding Labour & Materials Shortage

There has been a steady decline in the rate of house building being commenced and being finalised since Christmas.  This is entirely down to the global pandemic that has literally stunned the world and caused mayhem and havoc throughout the supply lines of building materials and labour.  I know of a young couple who had exchanged contracts on their starter home new build back in early January...

How Much Will Building an Extension Cost?

Depending on where you are in the UK, for a straightforward extension you should allow around £1,000–£2,000/m2. But, the cost of your extension will all come down to a number of factors, including size, specification, and location. Building a single-storey extension will cost the following per/m2: Basic quality: £1,000 to £1,680 Good quality: £1,680 to £1,920 Excellent...

Choosing a Builder: Our Tips

There are two routes to finding a good builder. The first involves doing thorough research. Get recommendations from friends and professionals, but bear in mind the old saying 'one man's meat is another's poison'. Endorsements are subjective, and you must check them out, judging not only the finished work, but also how the builder handled the whole process, from running the budget, logistics,...