Space Saving Storey For Growing Families

I was sitting outside my dentist's the other day and in the car next to me a couple of pensioners were also whiling away the time.  They were musing about three brand new houses opposite.   They were a pair of semi detached, 3 storey with gabled windows in the roof - just like the old Victorian terraces .  The lady realised that although the house was the same height as its neighbour, a link...

From Industrial Clagheap To Inspiraitonal Homesteads

Watching all the building activity in the area near me is interesting in that after a short while the new properties and estates begin to melt into the environs and it's hard to imagine what was ever there before.  I'm thinking of two previously really ugly and unloved industrial sites.  There was quite a bit of opposition to one of them being sold for 'yet more' homes.  But honestly now that...

Planning Ahead for Project Perfection

Whenever you get to know someone who has had anything built, an extra downstairs cloakroom, or a massive double elevation extension . . . .  you will find in conversation later that the project is perfect.  Well almost. .  there are it turns out, lots of things they now wish were slightly different.     I do wonder sometimes if they really did have a full and frank exchange of ideas with...

New Rules & Challenges Coming About

There will be many changes in our laws coming eventually.  With brexit having been finally negotiated and finalised, from an everyday main point of view, the small stuff is what actually affects our every day lives.  Most of oour laws will be tweaked where necessary but others will have to be completely rethought.  Planning for developments will remain for the time being and as situations...

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...