â€˜Planningâ€™ is a term that covers a wide range of subjects. It is a set of rules and guidelines used by Local Authorities and Government to determine how our towns, cities and countryside are developed. It includes how land and buildings can be used, how buildings look, landscaping, roads and highways access and the effects of any development within the Lewisham, Croydon and South East London areas.Read more
TheÂ Party Wall etc Act 1996Â provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings.Read more
The Building Regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to buildings in the UK. Any project you undertake must adhere to them.Read more
If youâ€™ve never had experience in the building trade and never developed a home. Even worse, youâ€™ve watched too many programmes about cowboy builders or building disasters! â€¦â€¦Thenâ€¦â€¦.where should you start when choosing a builder?Read more
Extensions can be a tricky subject. It can be difficult to get a clear understanding of all the rules, regulations and costs. Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s a good idea to get a proper handle on extension costs before you dive in. Itâ€™ even worth using an extension cost calculator to give yourself a general price overview.Read more
A chimney breast is the brickwork which encases the chimney as it rises through a property. Usually the chimney breast is inside the property and takes up space within rooms. With semi-detached and terrace properties, chimney breasts are often built â€˜back to backâ€™ between individual properties â€“ where this is so, 4 fireplaces in property will appear as 2 rows of 4 chimney pots on the chimney stack which will be shared by adjoining properties.Read more
With a slow housing market that doesnâ€™t show any signs of picking up soon, many people are opting to stay put and extend their existing home, rather than up sticks and move.
This may seem like a great idea and a good way to save both money and time, but before you jump in and start buying breeze blocks to get started on thatÂ house extension, there are a few things you need to consider.