Category Archives for Building Regulations/Planning Permission

Building a Home Extension

Building a Home Extension An extension can often seem like the perfect solution for a cramped house, hut one very important thing to consider when planning an extension is exactly what you arc going to use the extra space for. … Continue reading

22. May 2011 by admin
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Building Work on Basements and Cellars

Basements and cellars Many older houses have either a basement or a cellar. Basements were generally intended for use as kitchens and sculleries, or for similar purposes, by live-in staff. Cellars, on the other hand, were generally built under only … Continue reading

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Appointing Builders for Your Home Improvement Projects

Builders Builders are well positioned to manage a project, because it is their project too. No matter who else is involved, from architect to structural engineer, the builder is still the principal player in any building programme. He is the … Continue reading

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Builders and Other Contractors

Builders and Other Contractors Although there are many different professions and trades working within the building industry, in practice, for small domestic jobs, the only person you are likely to be dealing with is the builder himself. Even on larger … Continue reading

06. May 2011 by admin
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Professional Planning for Home Structural Alterations

Professional planning General builders can tackle many jobs. However, for all but the simplest home improvement schemes, most people will appreciate the inside knowledge that experts can bring, especially when it comes to solving design problems, making the best use … Continue reading

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Building Insurance Backed Guarantees (IBGs)

Insurance Backed Guarantees (IBGs) Even the best builders can occasionally ‘go bust’ through no fault of their own, or be unable to complete the job owing to ill health or accidents. This can be difficult for everyone involved, particularly when … Continue reading

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Contract Suppliers

Contract suppliers ‘There was this instant mutual trust’, ‘I liked his face’, and ‘He seemed honest’ are all reasons people have given for employing a builder, and all are harmless enough criteria in their own right — as long as … Continue reading

04. May 2011 by admin
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Building Contracts

Building Contracts

Building Contracts Letters of Agreement For small-scale improvements you may need only a simple letter of agreement, signed by both parties. This should cover the following points: • a brief description of the job to be done • the agreed … Continue reading

24. April 2011 by admin
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Buildings Services and Utilities

Buildings Services and Utilities

Wiring regulations In the UK, domestic wiring is covered by the Wiring Regulations, but these currently do not have the force of law, except in Scotland where they form part of the Scottish Building Regulations. This means that in England … Continue reading

24. April 2011 by admin
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Listed Buildings and What You Need to Know Today

Listed buildings and what you should know today

Listed buildings   Listed buildings are divided into three grades: Grade I, Grade II* and Grade II. English Heritage* is the body that advises the government on listing, but the Department of Media, Culture and Sport makes the final decision. … Continue reading

24. April 2011 by admin
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