Different Build Conditions Affect Ideals

You only need to drive around Paphos or Limassol in Cyprus to really appreciate how much decent planning regulations and controls can make such a difference to the design of a town.  Over there it would seem that absolutely no planning has been employed - the houses are still buit in the style of centuries ago.   On one particular roundabout I recall seeing the shell of a very much infunished...

Surprise To Find Architectural Gem Of A Kind

I don't think there can be any more obvious case of stereo typing than assuming that sweet rather mumsy little old lady on your local committee is anything than a sweet little old mum or granny.  When folk age, it's quite easy to forget they every had any useful life before the pension arrived!   This kind of surprise came upon me recently when I was asking what exactly  one particularly...

Tips On What To Consider In A Building

Ho ho, there are some building  hints that could go down well in any era . . . .  don't forget the damp proofing course;  make sure the fireplace is very safe for any kind of fire;  make sure the exterior walls are true and that every single bit of mortar is as well filled as possible.   For those hardier souls buying into an ancient or very historic property, then even more common sense is...

Greater Need for Outdoor Family Space

If the average householder was able to address a bunch of town and development planners and architects about what they saw as really helpful to most families, there would be much diverse conversation around that table.  From the female point of view, houses more space in the kitchen and bathroom areas.  The move towards ensuite facilities for bedrooms is excellent - leaving the main bathroom...

Home Extension Needs More Than Building HInts

If you have neighbours who like to DIT (do it themselves . . . .) there is a never ending stream of possible life threatening scenarios connected with their hobby.  Take the chap two doors along from us when we lived in an 1888 victorian middle terrace.   He decided to knock out the back wall of his house so he could extend their kitchen.  Unfortunately he was not experienced or skilled in the...

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...