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  1. kenny

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    The walls upstairs being brick means they probably support the ceiling joists over. So you won't be able to remove them without some structural works . (i'm guessing its a 1930's build). It will involve installing a steel/timber beam at ceiling level which will be fairly minor works. The airing cupboard can be removed without issue unless it strangely follows to ground floor in masonry. To check your stairs work you can use the following tool - https://www.stairbox.com/ You may find that your existing stairs are not building regs compliant, so I would match the goings a
  2. Its a nice idea. However, the roads and drains will not have been built to adoptable standards so won't be taken on even if there is a landmark case. All those block paved turning areas at the end or off the sides of the main roads are usually unadoptable. It is the planners in consultation with highways that decide how much of a scheme will be adopted but im not sure what criteria they use to decide where it starts/stops. This would be a good way to go and would be worth a discussion with the management company. My in-laws own a flat that is managed by the residents
  3. You are correct. Much of the money paid goes to form a contingency should major works be required to the roads or drains. Estates are usually managed by management agents (which charge fees or profits) but they can also be self managed by committee of the house owners. This is rare as developers can't be arsed to set this up and the owners equally don't want the responsibility. A lack of transparency for the money is an issue and the owners should know how the finances work. The biggest con going is leasehold housing whereby you pay ground rent o
  4. kenny

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    No surprise actually. They will need to justify that the extension won't have an effect on the roots and the water uptake of the tree. You will be disappointed by your 4 page report with a load of photocopied appendices I suspect! Just have to hope that the tree guy doesn't scupper your extension or ask for a no-dig solution for it.
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    That's the problem with trees and clay soils not the inspector! Always worth getting advice from an engineer and maybe some soils testing done when trees are present.
  6. kenny

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    Asking your builder is the best advice. Not all private inspectors are good ( mine was crap). Council ones are cheaper and will be my choice on future projects. They have a bad rep on the basis of previous performance, but now they compete with private inspectors they are typically much better.
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    I crawled round the void on my back and did it from the underside as the void was around 300mm.Unpleasant job.
  8. kenny

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    Have they priced on providing a piled foundation? If not then they may have priced on regular 1m deep foundations then sting you later once the Building Inspector shows up. If the tree is this close and you have clay soils, then I would get a Structural Engineer to look at the design before you get builder prices. If you are still waiting on planning, then you may also find that the conditions relate to this tree which can be a load of hassle as they get precious about the trees roots.
  9. All you can do is speak to previous customers or speak to your Architect. They will know the good ones in the area. The only other advice is that you can expect to wait your turn and the cheapest is rarely the best. If a builder is available quickly in the current market, it means they are either no good, or you are very very fortunate and another project has fallen through.
  10. As you have an agreement with your neighbour, you can build on the party wall line. In effect you are extending the original party wall between the houses. The reason it is rarely done like this is due to ownership issues, you often see each neighbour building their own cavity wall within their own boundary which is wasteful. If your father ever sold his property, then the purchaser could extend and 'use the wall' as their own as they would effectively own the leaf on their side of the red line boundary. Its a sensible way to go as you are in a position to d
  11. I try to stay out of this thread for obvious reasons, but the Hinckley tier has been set as they use the hospitals in Leicester and Nuneaton which are in tier 3. The issue as everything with the government is that there is logic applied but they do not explain themselves.
  12. We visited an indoor food market in Copenhagen. Rather than just a place to buy food to take home its full of artisan eateries and drinks. So you effectively shop, eat and drink in one indoor space, all purchased from small retailers. It would work in any town in the world I think. Likewise, the container markets/bars in Christchurch are amazing. They were built as a temporary fix after the earthquake, but I can't see them ever getting rid because of the unique atmosphere you describe. These enterprises are the key to the future of city centres, they need to be about th
  13. Also clear from that that the North and South stands are being extended to line through with the corners of the west stand. They may just be extending the concourses, but I doubt it somehow and some of the new seats will be accommodated here.
  14. kenny

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    We are designing a load of garden rooms at the moment that act as annexes or garden offices. I would avoid anything that doesn't comply with the building regs (even though at that size you probably wouldn't need BR) then you will get your 20 years lifespan. Expect to pay in the order of £12k+ for this. I don't know the company, but this website gives some kit prices: https://www.futuresips.co.uk/metro-full-kit/ I would be very happy with a timber frame or SIPs solution as they will be cheaper and warmer that brick/block. We do work with these guys so you cou
  15. I loved every minute I spent there. It's a cracking island
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