Monday, 28 December 2009

Home Improvment 2010

The new year is rolling in and most home owners are thinking about resolutions. Some peoples resolutions revolve around themselves whether it’s personal like giving up smoking or going on a diet, some people will be thinking about their working environment and what changes they want to see in the year. Many other people look to their homes and start planning to improve the appearance by decorating certain rooms or even extend and renovate for more living space. More and more people are working from home so are now looking at turning their garage into an office with a Garage Conversion. Maybe you want to so a full property refurbishment or a Loft Conversion.

Whatever your refurbishment needs are, we will be very happy to speak to you and give you a very reasonable price. So contact us today. Here at Building Solutions (Midlands) Ltd.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Building Regulations Part E - 10 Things You Need to Know

If you're involved in building, or refurbishing a property, then you will need to be aware of Part E of the Building Regulations, which were introduced in July 2003. This section covers sound insulation, and sets out to raise the standard of sound insulation, and so reduce the amount of complaints about noise transmission. Noise pollution is covered by Health and Safety, and so is taken very seriously.

Here are 10 things you need to know:

1. Part e of the UK Building Regulations covers new buildings, refurbishments and extensions.

2. Part E contains section E1-4 which cover different issues.

E1 is protection against sound from sound from other parts of the building, and adjoining buildings.

E2 is protection against sound within a dwelling

E3 is reverberation in common internal parts of the building, such as flats or rooms for residential purposes.

E4 is the acoustic conditions in schools.

3. Pre Completion Testing is carried out before the build is complete to ensure that the building project meets or exceeds the UK Building Regulations Part E. One out of every 10 construction types is tested, and all tests are at the discretion of the Building Inspector. If the building fails the test, then the sound insulation will need to be improved, and then tested again.

4. Robust Detail is an alternative to Pre Completion Testing. If the acoustic flooring, and other sound reduction products used meet the Robust Detail standard, they have already exceeded the standards set by Pre Completion Testing, and so the building does not have to be tested. Robust Detail only applies to new builds.

5. New schools are also subjected to the UK Building Regulations Part E, to ensure that the amount of noise that transfers between classrooms is minimised.

6. Acoustic insulation, and noise reduction needs to be considered at the design stage, and not as an afterthought once the building project has started. Failure to implement proper sound insulation is likely to mean that the building will fail the Pre Completion Test.

7. Flanking noise is where the sound takes the easiest route. If there is sufficient acoustic insulation and the sound can't go through the wall, then it will go up and over, or around the side. There are various ways to reduce flanking transmission.

8. Airborne sound is the sound created by voices, or music, or traffic.

9. Impact sound is sound created by something touching something else. Footsteps, a door banging, a vibrating washing machine, somebody playing a drum kit, are all examples of impact sound.

10. If you're not sure how these Building Regulations will affect you, then why not seek professional help?

Now you know more about the Building Regulations, if you're involved in building or refurbishing property, you've got no excuse for poor sound insulation

Find out more about the UK Building Regulation, and Acoustic Flooring and Sound Reduction at Hush.uk.com, and find out exactly which products you need to soundproof your building project, to make sure you meet or exceed the Building Regulations.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=M_James

Monday, 7 December 2009

Conversions to create that extra living space

There are many different types of conversions that can be carried at your home. You might have a garage which is currently just a dumping ground, or you might have a loft which is a waste of unused space except for storing the Christmas tree and decorations. Well why not consider a garage conversion or a loft conversion by getting the right help and advice.

If you want to convert your loft into extra living room like a shower room, a bedroom, a play area or an office why not contact us today. We can take the whole project of your hands or work closely with you, your choice. With most extensions, renovations and conversions there are some building regulations and permissions which need to be met so getting a company on board with experience is the only way to go. We shall contact your local councils regarding permissions and keep you informed at all times. We offer a full turnkey service from conception to completion.

Why not make 2010 the year to make that perfect extra living space with the help of a professional building company such as us Building Solutions (Midlands) Ltd.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Property Development & and land acquisition in the midlands, could it be time to mature.

How do you find the perfect development opportunity in the midlands or any area? There are of course several ways to find a suitable property development site, just have a look in the property auctions or contact your local land agent. The question you have to ask yourself when looking to source building plots and residential or commercial property developments sites is why is this site on the open market.
If a building plot or potential development site has been on the open market for some time the likely hood is that every developer, builder, architect, quantity surveyor or planning consultant in the area probably knows about it. So you find a site get your property development finance in place and you are ready to build your site. Well you are if your site has either outline or full plans submission but, and this is a big but, is then perhaps the time to consider that what your site has planning for, might not be a property product that the local purchasers are wanting to buy?
Perhaps the area is already saturated with new build apartments or three story town houses, so what would the “clever money” do? Well many developers are looking at an ageing population and looking at either some type of residential home for the elderly or a 50plus gated development. The reason for this, well simply there is a growing number of older people within the population and they have both the funds and the desire for a low maintenance property that is tailored to their lifestyle.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Hardwood Conservatories Midlands

If your missing the light this winter. Why not invest in a conservatory? A conservatory offers natural light all year round. Conservatories have evolved, you can now get affordable underfloor heating, air condition, fans which allow you to control the temperature all year round.

SAD sufferers could also benefit as having a brighter room to sit in throught the winter months could help with the symptoms.

Hardwood Conservatories Midlands

Sunday, 22 November 2009

We're not saddle sore!

We've never chased injuns, worn stetsons, roped cattle, or even rode a horse! It's official, we are definitely not cowboys!

Seriously, we take great pride in our work, job satisfaction is almost as important to us as customer satisfaction. Our company is well established, we have competitive prices and no job is too big or too small. All our work is guaranteed to satisfy. Whether it is interior renovations or external work, you will end up with a professional job done. Pick up the phone and give us a call - forget about Wells Fargo!

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Sheffield Property Development

Sheffield is an up and coming city of more than half a million people. It lies at the southern end of England's Pennine hills, within the county of Yorkshire on its border with the forests of Nottinghamshire and the Derbyshire Dales.

The town has undergone a remarkable regeneration in the past 5 years. By 2010 Sheffield city centre will have some prestigious luxury apartments which will become the tallest building in Sheffield. Many other developments have seriously brought up to the standards expected of a modern European city.

Sheffield and its surrounding areas is a great place to live as it has some of the lowest living costs in the country. House prices are competitive and it has plenty of development opportunities.

If you have ambitious development plans and need a competent building company who specialise in Property Renovations or need an Electrician in Sheffield contact Building Solutions Midlands Ltd today.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Website right move says house prices are now higher than 12months ago.

Data released from the Nationwide also point to an annual gain, with property prices staging an almost unbelievable come back from their lows in February of 17.6% on the same survey.

One of the largest and often most under estimated drivers of the UK house price is consumer confidence, the reason that this mystical force is often under estimated is that bankers and economists find it difficult to gauge.

So will the UK public be responsible for the ever popular comeback of house price inflation? The simple economics of supply and demand will always affect the UK house price, and there are figures to suggest that the number of homes coming back on the market is increasing. The underlying fact that simply not enough new homes are being built to keep up with demand, will also play a significant part in the continuing story of the average UK house price.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Beat the Housing Market with an Orangery or Conservatory

If you have outgrown your home the first thing you would do it put your house on the market and start looking for a more suitable home. A couple of years ago that wouldn’t have been a problem and it would have been the most obvious thing to do. However since the current state of the housing market is still not looking good you might have to think of other ways of created the much needed space that your family needs.

You could look at having a loft converted but this is still quite costly possibly up to £30,000. But there are other options which you might not had thought about. What about a conservatory? Conservatories come in many different shapes and designs or you could go for a full bespoke model.

You can get a traditional Victorian or Edwardian style conservatory or you could go for more less conventional shapes such as a P or T shaped conservatory.
The P shape conservatory is great for creating two living areas such as a dining room as well as a living room . This shape conservatory is possible by blending two styles into one, the Victorian and the Tradional conservatory. It is an ideal for creating maxium living space while maintaining a sense of proportion with your house.
The T shape conservatory is great if you like things looking symmetrical. The T shaped conservatory is a relatively large design so it is best suited on larger properties. Properties with large gardens can benefit from having a T shaped conservatory because the bottom section of the T which extends away from the house will take up a quite a lot of the existing garden area.

With all these types of conservatories you can always choose to have a dwarf wall at the base or a complete full height glass model. The choice is yours. Like all other types of conservatory you can choose between UPVC or Timber and you can have either Glass or polycarbonate. Fans, heating and ventilation are all optional extras available. But wait there is more. Have you thought about an Orangery?

Many people think conservatories are a thing of the past. Because even if you spend top money on a top of the range conservatory you will still be getting a non-integral part to your property which is why many people are opting for an Orangery.

So what’s the difference between an Orangery and a conventional conservatory? Well an Orangery is a more formal type of conservatory. The main difference between an Orangery and a conservatory is its structure. Generally a conservatory is regarded as a temporary non-integral part of the building whereas an Orangery is a strong structure built with columns and pilasters which has a permanent presence. There is also much less glass used in an Orangery making it more in keeping with your home. Orangeries have classical details and create a striking visual impact which is much more architecturally pleasing than a conservatory. Obviously they are a little bit more expensive than conservatories but the money is well worth it and you will also add a lot more value to your home than you would with having a conservatory. An Orangery allows you to expand the useable living space available in your home whilst giving it a contemporary and luxurious feel.

Orangeries create wonderful family rooms, kitchen or dining rooms. Infact an Orangery can be turned into any room creating a really plush extension which will add much needed space and improve the overall appeal of your home as well as significantly adding value.

So if you have outgrown your home but can’t afford to move. Why not consider a conservatory or orangiey and add value to your home as well as much need space.


For all Conservatories Styles and Orangeries contact Cristal Clear Ltd

Monday, 7 September 2009

Property Refurbishment

Could a building refurbishment be the answer to negative equity?Negative equity is a phrase that until recent times most of us have been pleased to forget. If you are unfortunate and you have suffered negative equity to your property, a refurbishment could help lift the value of your property. Even with a modest budget we could help you alter some of the areas of your home or business premises that could be affecting the buildings value.


Could a good quality building refurbishment add value to your business?
How many times when out shopping or when looking to give a business your valuable custom have you said “I am not going in there it looks pretty tatty”, or “If that is what their business premises looks like, I bet the service is terrible”. If you are busy running a business have you taken the time to stand back and look objectively at the exterior and interior of your business premises and asked yourself “What does this building say about my business?”


Could altering the layout of your house or business premises help it work more efficiently?
Are you tired of walking miles to the kitchen? Could removing a wall and knocking through help your home or business premises work more efficiently? These can often be relatively simple problems to resolve and can make a huge difference to the way your family or staff use the space within your building. We could help you come up with cost effective ways to improve the way you use your valuable building space. Building space is valuable and costly, so why not contact us and we could help with a solution that is tailored to your buildings unique needs.


Could you save costs if you could cut the number of buildings you use or if you used the buildings space more efficiently?
Just because your home or business premises has always had the same building layout this does not mean it is the best. We have helped home owners and business owners extend or convert their buildings to get the best use of the buildings space. Could you sub divide your property and add a much welcomed income for renting out part of the building?

Are there grants available for your home or business premises?
There are many different grants available from many different sources some up to 80% for the building work; could you be missing out on some free financial assistance for your building refurbishment?



Check out Building Solutions Midlands for all your Property Refurbishment needs.

Property Development

With many years of experience working as and with developers though out the midlands, Building Solutions Midlands specialise in small mixed use conversions and the conversions of period properties. We are always interested in your projects and the end results you need to active. We can help you plan your project by supplying all the professionals you will need to complete the most important planning stage of your Property Development project.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Property Renovation – a step in the right direction

Property renovation has grown more and more popular in recent years with people buying property cheap, ‘doing it up’ and selling it off, making a nice profit in the process.

Whatever your reason for property renovation there has never been a better time to invest in it and watching a derelict building turn into your dream home is an incredible experience. Whether you want to modernise, overhaul, refit, reform, renew, repair or restore your property; renovation will transform the appearance of your property making it more pleasing to live in and in the long run making you a profit.

For your first experience at renovating a property you could try installing a new kitchen or bathroom or having central heating fitted. Any change that you make to your home, even if it is as simple as merely re-painting your home is classed as property renovation but before you start pulling out all the fixtures that you can get your hands on you should make sure that you plan what you want from your renovation as planning is key to ensure that you get what you want. Although things can’t be guaranteed to run smoothly when it comes to property renovation you should still have a time frame set out so that you have goals to work towards, meaning that the jobs that are being undertaken will be done a lot quicker.

Knowing what you want from your renovation and having a time frame set out are just the beginning when it comes to property renovation; you also need a budget in mind. Even though there is a high chance that you will run over this budget, by having one in mind you will be able to select the best quotes from the ones you gather from various contractors such as electricians, roofers and builders. Selecting a cheaper quote is good for your budget but make sure it is good for your renovation. Getting the best work from your contactors is more important than choosing work that costs that little bit less as you could end up spending more in the long run.


It is also important that you are prepared to live in a building site for a length of time whilst your renovation is being undertaken. There is a lot of work that needs to be carried out if you are renovating the entire of your property such as, gutting the property before any work can be undertaken, electrical re-wiring of the entire property, installation of heating, storage and air conditioning systems, cavity walls and window installation as well as flooring, roofing, fixtures and fitting and all of the painting and decorating that will need to be undertaken.

Before starting work on your property you need to visit tradesmen so you know what you are letting yourself in for and if the property that you are renovating is old you need to be prepared for anything.

Property renovation is an extremely hard process but highly rewarding when all of the work is completed. The results that you will see from it will be unbelievable and you will be left with your dream property, whether this is your new home or your new business.

Monday, 3 August 2009

House prices will take five years to regain 2007 levels, says NHF

By Joey Gardiner

National Housing Federation research forecasts 12.2% fall this year and 4.6% the next, with recovery starting in 2011

House prices will not return to their pre-slump levels until 2014, according to new research from the National Housing Federation (NHF).

The research predicts that, despite most mortgage lenders reporting price stabilisation, overall house prices will fall 12.2% this year and a further 4.6% next.

The research finds that house prices in England in 2013 will be 3% below their pre-credit crunch peak of 2007, but by 2014 they will be 3% higher. It says that recovery will start in 2011 with 1.1% rise, followed by rises of 7.5%, 8.4% and 6.8% in the three subsequent years.

This means that homeowners who bought in 2007 may have to wait until 2014 until they emerge from negative equity. According to the NHF, the downturn has increased housing need.

NHF chief executive David Orr said: “While house prices are falling in the short term, they will inevitably increase in the long term because of a fundamental undersupply of housing. We welcome the government's recent promise of a national affordable house building drive, but if we are to avoid run-away house prices in the future when the economy picks up, ministers must ensure we build the right numbers of homes for social rent now, so that housing supply meets demand.”



Read more: http://www.building.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=284&storycode=3146249&c=1#ixzz0N82Tt0HN

House prices will take five years to regain 2007 levels, says NHF

By Joey Gardiner

National Housing Federation research forecasts 12.2% fall this year and 4.6% the next, with recovery starting in 2011

House prices will not return to their pre-slump levels until 2014, according to new research from the National Housing Federation (NHF).

The research predicts that, despite most mortgage lenders reporting price stabilisation, overall house prices will fall 12.2% this year and a further 4.6% next.

The research finds that house prices in England in 2013 will be 3% below their pre-credit crunch peak of 2007, but by 2014 they will be 3% higher. It says that recovery will start in 2011 with 1.1% rise, followed by rises of 7.5%, 8.4% and 6.8% in the three subsequent years.

This means that homeowners who bought in 2007 may have to wait until 2014 until they emerge from negative equity. According to the NHF, the downturn has increased housing need.

NHF chief executive David Orr said: “While house prices are falling in the short term, they will inevitably increase in the long term because of a fundamental undersupply of housing. We welcome the government's recent promise of a national affordable house building drive, but if we are to avoid run-away house prices in the future when the economy picks up, ministers must ensure we build the right numbers of homes for social rent now, so that housing supply meets demand.”



Read more: http://www.building.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=284&storycode=3146249&c=1#ixzz0N82Tt0HN

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Orangeries - The Latest Fashion Accessory For Your Home

Ok so you've got the latest fifty inch flat screen television, black granite kitchen work tops and an Italian leather corner sofa. So you think your home is at the cutting edge of fashion when it comes to having all the latest trends. Or is it? The latest trend is to have an orangery attached to the back of your property. Similar to conservatories, an orangery is fast becoming the must have accessory for uber trendy homes. However orangeries are not a new thing at all.

Orangeries were actually very popular amongst the upper classes they were found in the grounds of fashionable residences during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. As the name suggests they were used as a place to grow citrus trees as they could not survive outside during the winter in the UK climate. With the increase in travel around the globe orangeries became more popular as explorers brought seeds and plants back from around the world which in order to survive needed to be housed inside yet needed the maximum daylight possible. The orangery soon became a symbol of status no longer were they just used for practical purposes. They became an important feature of the garden as owners would take their guests on tours of their orangeries to admire the exotic fruits and plants. Very soon orangeries themselves started to become more lavish and were admired as part of the tour. The orangery became an area to entertain in inclement weather.

This was the beginning of what we now know as an orangery today which is often referred to as the next generation of conservatory. There are however subtle differences between a conservatory and a orangery. An orangery is actually a cross between what we think of as a traditional extension and a conservatory. They benefit from glass roofs which make them feel very light and airy yet the stone or brick columns used to support the roof of the orangery help to create a substantial structure which is cosy and useable throughout the year.

An orangery creates a really unique space and offers a great alternative to a conventional brick extension or conservatory. For this reason they are becoming more and more popular. Orangeries can really help to add space to your house and can be used for many different purposes. They are a great place to relax in with your family but equally can be brilliant for entertaining friends and neighbours. By adding French doors to your orangery it can help to bridge the gap between your house and garden and can be great for summer BBQs when it gets a little chilly outside but you don't really want to go inside.

Orangeries come in a whole host of shapes and sizes and can be built out of a variety of different materials so you are bound to find a style which is in keeping with the rest of your home. You can choose to have a standard orangery installed or alternatively you can choose to have a custom made bespoke orangery built to fit in with your own personal specifications.

For more information on Orangeries Wales and Conservatories Wales please visit our website or call into your local show room.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Scott_A_Wells

Live in the Midlands? Check out Orangeries Shropshire.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Builders in Derbyshire

If you live in Derbyshire and are looking for builders - look no further. Building Solutions (Midlands) are just what you are looking for. They have built their company up on recommendations and haven't been struggling through the recession as they are busier than ever. Why? Because they are good at what they do! If your good at something and work hard you should never be out of work, even if you are a building company in the middle of a recession!

So to check out the busiest builders in Derbyshire follow the links below.

Builders Derbyshire - Builders Nottingham - Builders Long Eaton - Builders Ashbourne - Builders Burton Upon Trent - Builders Uttoxeter

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Home Extensions Derby, Nottingham

Are you looking for company that can offer quality building extensions? Need to make some more space in your home? Building Solutions (Midlands) are here to make it as painless as possible. We have a great reputation for a quality service all round. Don´t worry about building regulations or planning permission, leave it all to us!

Our guarantee to you is:

•We will deal with your enquiry within 24 hours.
•There will be NO hidden charges. All costs are in writing and we will guarantee that you will only be charged for the work you sign for. If we charge you for an item you have not signed for we will refund you DOUBLE THE MONEY!
•You won´t be sorry!
Read our testimonials page for what some of our customers have had to say.

•Loft Extension Derby
•Fitted Conservatory
•Bedroom Extension
•Derby Bathroom Extension
•Kitchen Extension Derby
•Utility Extension
•Derby Garage Extension
•Living Room Extensions
•Dining Room Extension

Covering Derby, Nottingham, Ashbourne, Burton upon Trent, Long Eaton and all surrounding areas.

Home Extensions Notthingham.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Property Development and Investment Derbyshire

Residential development infill sites

This term is used to describe potential building plots usually within urbane areas of village boundaries. They tend to be either small commercial or industrial units surrounded by residential property or they are a section of a large plot, people often sell off areas of their side or rear garden.
We are always interested in these sites and can offer assistance on the architectural, planning, development and building stage. Our network of contacts within the property sector can assist with the associated professional advice.

Land Options, Special purpose vehicles, mezzanine funding, and planning gains

There are various types of land options and development structures they are often tailored to suit the various parties involved in a particular development. Land options are used when a freeholder wishes to retain the freehold but sells the “Option” or right to develop the site to a third party. Special purpose vehicles are often limited companies set up to manage and finance an individual development, they offer the advantage of “ring fencing” the finance, liabilities and some taxation issues. Mezzanine funding is a phrase used to describe additional investment in a financed property development, it describes the additional funding that is added to the main bank finance, put in simple terms it is the “bit on top” hence the “mezzanine”. Planning gains are the financial gain that is immediately made once a planning permission is granted for a site and the value of that site increases as a direct result of the new planning permission.

Building Conversions

The vast majority of building conversions in recent years have been from commercial uses to residential, these are often converted into apartments and flats. If these residential developments are developed in a sensible manor they benefit the local community by adding valuable residential units and also find a practical use for a redundant often attractive building.

Change of use conversions

Change of use conversions are simply conversions from one use class order to another, these can be where the upper parts of a commercial property is converted for residential use. The term is broad and can describe a wide variety of different change of uses.

Subdivision

Subdivision of properties is normally into smaller residential units but all type of property is subdivided residential, commercial, and industrial.

Buy to let

Buy to let, we have a lot of experience in the buy to let sector, before the buy to let boom to build a successful residential investment property portfolio you would have needed a bank facility. The buy to let boom has undoubtedly produced many property millionaires, but in recent times with the decline in value of many residential properties many amateur buy to let landlords are deciding the reality of running a property portfolio is not the rags to riches path they had dreamed of.

Investment Property Portfolios

Investment property portfolios can vary in size from two or three small terrace houses to multi million pound fee hold property holdings by large commercial landlords.


We offer a wide range of services from architectural including feasibility of projects through to providing main contractors and can help you find the right professional to assist your development or property portfolio.


For further information please e-mail: info@propertydevelopmentderbyshire.co.uk


Property Development and Investment Derbyshire

Property Development and Investment Derbyshire

Residential development infill sites

This term is used to describe potential building plots usually within urbane areas of village boundaries. They tend to be either small commercial or industrial units surrounded by residential property or they are a section of a large plot, people often sell off areas of their side or rear garden.
We are always interested in these sites and can offer assistance on the architectural, planning, development and building stage. Our network of contacts within the property sector can assist with the associated professional advice.

Land Options, Special purpose vehicles, mezzanine funding, and planning gains

There are various types of land options and development structures they are often tailored to suit the various parties involved in a particular development. Land options are used when a freeholder wishes to retain the freehold but sells the “Option” or right to develop the site to a third party. Special purpose vehicles are often limited companies set up to manage and finance an individual development, they offer the advantage of “ring fencing” the finance, liabilities and some taxation issues. Mezzanine funding is a phrase used to describe additional investment in a financed property development, it describes the additional funding that is added to the main bank finance, put in simple terms it is the “bit on top” hence the “mezzanine”. Planning gains are the financial gain that is immediately made once a planning permission is granted for a site and the value of that site increases as a direct result of the new planning permission.

Building Conversions

The vast majority of building conversions in recent years have been from commercial uses to residential, these are often converted into apartments and flats. If these residential developments are developed in a sensible manor they benefit the local community by adding valuable residential units and also find a practical use for a redundant often attractive building.

Change of use conversions

Change of use conversions are simply conversions from one use class order to another, these can be where the upper parts of a commercial property is converted for residential use. The term is broad and can describe a wide variety of different change of uses.

Subdivision

Subdivision of properties is normally into smaller residential units but all type of property is subdivided residential, commercial, and industrial.

Buy to let

Buy to let, we have a lot of experience in the buy to let sector, before the buy to let boom to build a successful residential investment property portfolio you would have needed a bank facility. The buy to let boom has undoubtedly produced many property millionaires, but in recent times with the decline in value of many residential properties many amateur buy to let landlords are deciding the reality of running a property portfolio is not the rags to riches path they had dreamed of.

Investment Property Portfolios

Investment property portfolios can vary in size from two or three small terrace houses to multi million pound fee hold property holdings by large commercial landlords.


We offer a wide range of services from architectural including feasibility of projects through to providing main contractors and can help you find the right professional to assist your development or property portfolio.


For further information please e-mail: info@propertydevelopmentderbyshire.co.uk


Property Development and Investment Derbyshire

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Loft conversions - adding value to your home

Many homeowners are opting to utilise existing attic space to accommodate expanding families or maximising value potential in their property.

However, extensions and additions can be expensive and time consuming to construct and can compromise the visual aesthetic of the house making the option of expanding Â’upwardsÂ’ a more attractive option. Loft conversions allows you to utilize potential space. Instead of building an increased footprint for the house which will inevitably consume outside living space, loft conversions can be a very profitable and worthwhile home addition creating useable living spaces.

Consider thisÂ…..
Ask yourself what do you want to create? A new master bedroom with en suite bathroom? People are increasingly working from home, a new dedicated home office? An A/V entertainment area maybe?

And what compromises will a loft conversion necessitate? It is quite likely that head height needed in the loft conversion will dictate the useable space and it may not always be easy to increase head height as invariably this will require the alteration of the roof line externally and thus the obtaining of planning permission.

There may be vital structural members within the new useable space and these may compromise the integrity and function of that space though may in some instances add character and interest.

The floor too, originally only intended to retain the ceiling underneath will probably require strengthening too. These areas weren't originally meant to be living spaces, so consider what work needs to be done in order to facilitate your plans.

Planning permission
Whenever you add extra living space to your home, you will probably require planning permission. For this you will need to submit a planning application. Details of how to do this can be obtained from your local area planning offices. Perhaps your builder will be used to working on projects requiring planning permissions and so may be able to advise you on the process. Architects will be used to submitting planning applications for loft conversions as well as other home extensions and additions.

Once everything is in progress however, loft conversions are a very cost effective way to add liveable area and value to your home.

Bear in mind all issues you need to consider in constructing your loft conversion before you engage a builder or home contractor. Seek good advice and obtain the necessary permissions and you will create a worthwhile addition to your home. If your loft conversion project is done by an unqualified builder and without a written contract then you may experience problems. If your builder does not hold current public and employers liability insurances then you may well find yourself uninsured, out of pocket and liable for damage to adjacent properties.

Using a reputable tradesmen source like www.homepromatch.com will ensure that you connect with qualified builders and tradesmen, rated and recommended by other local homeowners.


About The Author
An experienced trade professional, Nigel Beswick writes home improvement and maintenance articles for www.homepromatch.com, an online resource connecting homeowners with vetted and customer recommended home improvement tradesmen and builders throughout the UK.

Find home improvement articles to save you time and money, get helpful tips and advice and design inspiration at http://www.homepromatch.com/Articles/List.aspx

Home Extensions

There is always a need for the maintenance of our homes but often we are not gifted with the things that are required to follow to ensure a proper maintenance. It's always a good idea to handover the job to specialists who can effectively make our thoughts into reality. How many times we have encountered the situation where we need to add an extra room or to convert the unused garages to one of the rooms of our utility? We never seem to derive to the conclusion how this can be achieved. The most difficult of them all is perhaps building a new home where we tend to confuse ourselves with ideas from others professional expertise is mandatory or to be precise comes to the rescue in all the above mentioned cases.

There are so many advantages that we get from the professionals who are into these home development projects. They can derive ways which can help us to get the maximum out of the limited resources and the end result is true value for our hard earned money. After all that's what we all want. Personally many people are hardly aware of the quality materials that are required for the modifications this is best done by the professionals. Again our thoughts are limited to certain extent compared to the professionals so we can never come out with a plan of designing the home in a way which makes the neighbours compulsive to admire it.

Imagine that attic which was hardly of any use being converted to multiple rooms with all the facilities a room needs, they have the skills to do the same. Occasions are always an indispensable event in the lives of social people. So be it a social occasion or a personal one like marriages we need to give that special look to our homes and also look to have it done reasonably. Then there can be some of the intermittent works like bathroom or kitchen renovation, repainting the rooms etc. all these tasks can be made easy with able professional support.

Home Extensions

Are You Thinking of a Home Extension?

Extending your existing home is an option that is becoming more popular with many home owners in this modern day. A home extension can provide you with the added space that you need as well as possibly adding more value to your home.

If you are interested in a home extension is it important that you think about whether a home extension is the best option for you; starting with deciding why you want your extension in the first place. Have you got a growing family and need to create more living and sleeping space? Do you have an older relative who is coming to live with you? You have to think carefully about the reasons behind your planned extension as they can have an effect on your planning permission. If you are planning on moving out in a few years time you will most likely not be granted planning permission.

Planning permission is a daunting area for home owners who are hoping to extend their property. The reason it was put in place was to protect the public interest with regards to the local environment and strict control of your planned development must be maintained to ensure that the character and amenity of your area is not negatively affected. You will need planning permission if any of the following apply:

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Sunday, 5 April 2009

Property renovation

The best way to get out of negitive equity is to renovate your home or add an extension. Buy increasing the value of your home by renovating you will not suffer from falling house prices.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

How to Stay Safe on the Construction Site

If you work in the construction industry you will be very aware of the hazards involved in carrying out your day to day work on the construction site. No matter what trade you are involved in there is always a risk involved when you work on a construction site. So what should you do to ensure that you minimize the risk of getting injured, or even worse, killed when working on a construction site?

The best ally that any tradesman can have when working on a construction site is his common sense. Being aware of your surroundings and the potential threats and hazards will keep you alert to what is going on around you. More accidents happen on site when people have dropped their defensive guard than at any other time.

Although there is an inherent risk when using any hand or power tools, which tradesmen do all day, you can make sure that any potential hazard is kept to a minimum by wearing the correct protective clothing and workwear. It is becoming more and more common to see tradesmen wearing gloves and protective eye wear when operating power tools but it is always advisable to wear these protective items when also using hand tools.

Wearing suitable workwear whilst on site is a must. Gone are the days when it is acceptable to simply wear a pair of jeans, baggy t shirt (or even no top at all) and a pair of shoes or trainers. Accidents can occur in so many different ways whilst on site and you should always wear workwear that offers you a level of protection better than standard day to day clothing. The workwear that you choose should be both lightweight enough for you to be comfortable to wear all day as well as being made of a material that will withstand cuts and tears from sharp items.

Finally you should make sure that your head and your feet are always protected to minimize injury from falling objects or from standing on sharp objects. Although having something fall on your foot may not kill you it may lead to a severe injury that will either keep you off work for a time or worse still lead to you having to quit your job totally.

Construction sites are very risky environments to work in so the more precautions you take to ensure your safety the more likely you are to come out in one piece.

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The Economic Situation of the Construction Industry

The construction industry is very important to the UK's - and indeed to the world's - economy. In the UK, it accounts for more than 10% of the country's gross domestic product and employs an estimated 2.5 million people. In the last three years, an extra £33 billion has been made available to this sector to increase public services. Included in this figure are major investments in transport, health and housing. As the industry is investment-driven, it is subject to the strictures of economic upturns and downturns; during the recessions of the mid 1980's and the early 1990's, there were significant downturns. However, in the late 1990's, there was a marked swing in the opposite direction.

Our construction industry, by very nature of its geographical location, is not subject to the full influences of cross-border competition that are in evidence in mainland Europe. However, construction industries worldwide have been affected by the current economic climate and the increasing rise in fuel prices. For the earlier part of 2008, the German construction industry showed a marked upturn, but this slowed and tailed off later in the year, due to the increase in oil prices and the slowing economic pace of many industrialized countries. In addition to economic factors, there is a turn in the tide of ecological factors. In America, the number of people citing Global Warming as the most important environmental issue rose from 11% in 2003 to 35% in 2006. The construction industry faces new challenges in replacing and renovating buildings with minimal environmental impact. At the same time, the cost of these precautions has to be measured against potential profits.

However, despite the factors that seem to be conspiring against it, the construction industry moves at a very fast pace and is an ever-changing entity. Whilst legislation is forever altering, new techniques, technology and methods are developing to keep up. With the development of new practices, new jobs in construction are perpetually being created. In the UK, the Home Office has released figures stating that the three construction jobs that are most lacking in applicants are those for transportation and highways engineering, ground engineering and contaminated land specialists. With major infrastructures and building developments taking place in the South East of the UK, such as the 2012 Olympics and the Thames Gateway regeneration, construction recruitment in this area is set to soar. Britain's Olympic Games will have 30 venues and a budget of £2.3 billion. It also has a non-negotiable, absolute completion date. As that date draws nearer, the construction industry will find itself heavily in demand as pressure and expectation rise. 2012 promises to be an important year for this industry and many are looking upon it as a chance to showcase its talents.

Of course, construction takes place across the globe and this gives workers a chance to travel as well as work. Construction jobs require large teams of people all working to a common goal and, while the lifestyle can be quite temporary, many get used to it and find it a liberating existence. Some projects are short-term, whilst others can last for years - such as the construction of an oil refinery.

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Monday, 23 March 2009

The Credit Crunch Sets in - Builders Are All Chasing the Same Jobs

The housing market has always had its ups and downs, but of late, as well as recent fluctuations in house prices, many homeowners have not only had house price depreciation to worry about, but additionally the progressive collapse of the UK economy.

Too bold a statement?

Well let's look into this a little further! If we look at trends over previous years, the economy has had many a shaky moment causing great concern for UK citizens, and one only has to cast their mind back to the recession of the 1980's, where house prices plummeted and repossessions were occurring every other day.

Sadly with the UK'S current state of affairs, many analysts are now predicting that our economy is heading for even greater devastation than our last recession and believe things have never been this catastrophic since the big collapse of the world's economy in the 1920's.

Banks have gone bust with Lehman Brothers sending the markets into turmoil and here in the UK, we have already lost Northern Rock, Bradford & Bingley are scraping the surface and Alliance and Leicester have been sold to Santander. This is just how bad the economy is right now and massive borrowing from the banks has not helped in the slightest.

Gordon Brown has vowed that he will never allow a British Bank to collapse but at the rate it is only anyone's guess as to what may happen next.

So What Does This Have To Do With The Title of This Post?

Well as builders, a great proportion of our work is dictated by the housing market, sales and prices etc. If the market is booming then there is greater demand for new houses and therefore greater demand for builders or tradesmen to build them.

Large builders are now feeling the crunch of this economical roller coaster and for the most part, have stopped building newer developments and subsequently let go much of its workforce. This has now caused many 'site workers' to look for work in other areas and many of these site workers are now engaging in the private sector.

A couple of years back, homeowners may have had about 2 or 3 tradesmen quoting on jobs they needed doing, but as of late, there may be 5 or 6 tradesmen all chasing the same jobs and making the market highly competitive. On a recent survey we conducted, 4 out of 5 consumers said that in light of the current economical turmoil we are facing, with job losses and cash reserves being tighter, when it comes to giving a job to a builder, it would be price that dictated any assignment and a case of 'whoever gives the cheapest quote'.

While this may seem beneficial for the customer, it is absolutely dire for many builders as they are now dragged into this price war of perhaps having to work for a ridiculously lower price just to try and land the job. For larger companies with bigger overheads etc, they will simply be in no position to compete and will have no option but to decline any prospect of the job.

The Cheapest Quote May Also Be The Most Expensive!

Just to land the job, a more inexperienced builder may not be prepared to stick to his guns and quote for the price the job is worth, but instead, go in at a much lower price in the hope they will be able save on costs on the job and still remain profitable. This is a foolish gamble to take!

If a builder has priced the job correctly he will know exactly what price margins he has to work to and will have accounted for much of the build cost precisely. To then go and try to take shavings off this price in order to just 'get the job' is IMHO, absolute madness.

This is not only bad for the builder himself but also the customer, for they may be catching a falling dagger!! There may be builders who will realise they have priced the job completely wrong and will then try to cut corners to get back on track. This may mean shoddy workmanship and more than likely the use of lesser materials in order to recoup costs. If they are lucky they may even get to finish the job! So in the long term, it may end up costing the customer more than what they bargained for.

I write this post halfway through December 2008 and hope for many builders and consumers alike, that 2009 will bring greater prosperity in light of the current credit crunch. My gut feeling and honest opinion however, is that at this point, I fear the UK markets and economy have further to depreciate and the worst is still yet to come. At least in the short term that is.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Foundations for a Conservatory

Strip Foundation for a Conservatory

Some conservatories will sit quite happily on a simple concrete slab base which serves both as a foundation and floor structure. However if the ground is covered by a deep layer of topsoil it is much better practice to dig trench foundation down into the natural subsoil.







Excavation of Foundation Trench

Normally the foundation trenches are excavated to 450mm wide by 650/1000mm deep dependent ground conditions.

Where an existing drain punctures a foundation the foundation must be below the (bottom of drain) and a precast lintel must be placed above the drain to ensuring that no weight is put onto the drain.

Casting of Foundations

A mass fill is normally used as this tends to be quicker and therefore cheaper. The concrete is normally finished 150mm below ground level.

It is always generally wise to knock 350mm x 10mm steel pins into the side of the trench at 600mm centers which should be levelled with a spirit level so you will know when the concrete in the trench is at the correct height.


Substructure

The damp proof course needs to be a minimum of 150mm above outside ground level to meet UK planning regulations. Ideally, it should be at the same level as the existing building.

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Raft Foundation




Raft foundations can be a suitable alternative if traditional strip/trench fill foundations cannot be used. They are not suitable in all cases so specialist advice should be sought.


Rafts are most often used these days when the ground is unstable or a normal strip foundation would cover more than 50% of the ground area beneath the building. In areas where mining has occurred there may be areas of movement in the ground which would require a raft foundation.

A raft foundation spreads the weight of the building over the whole ground floor area of that building. The raft is laid on a 150mm of hardcore, or scalping bed. Rafts are most suitable when the ground is of good load bearing capacity and little work is required to get a solid foundation.

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Beat the Recession and Build your Dream Home

Just because there is a recession and 2009 is proving to not be a great one for the housing market it is not all doom and gloom. Like most things you can always find the good or positive in bad or unfortunate situations and today is no different. Did you realise that this is the best time in years to build your own home from scratch. With cheap land and cheap labour and finance for self build available, now is the time to plan and build that dream home you once thought was unattainable.

Grand Designs is proving to be one of the most successful shows on channel four with over 4 millions viewers each week. This means there are millions of us who either just love the show or watch with envy and wish they were building their dream house. Well now is the time to put your dreams into action.

In the past one of the difficulties self builders had was finding land. Any land available would be hard to obtain as the developers in the boom days would be competing for it left right and centre and prices would rocket. But now there is an increasing amount of plots available and even developers are selling off some of their land, some with planning permission in place. According to Liam Bailey who is head of residential research at Knight Frank estate agency land prices are down by 50%. This is why now is a great time to buy land and plan your self build.

While regular mortgages are not so easy to obtain these days, lenders are still keen to finance self builders. Why? Because generally you will end up with up to 35% equity which means up to a 60% mortgage once the build is complete.

Labour is becoming cheaper as most builders are feeling the pinch and have had to reduce prices. The most important part of hiring builders is finding competent companies that have access to all the right trades’ people. Finding a building contractor that will take you through the whole build makes the whole project run more smoothly. Plus you want builders and trades people to take pride in their work, the last thing you need is to hire cowboys. So how do you tell a cowboy from a decent builder? Well for one they will be proud of their work and will happily point you in the direction of some of their previous projects. If you’re looking through websites, make sure the site shows their name address and phone number, this means they have nothing to hide. It is very important to see examples of their previous work so check for any testimonials pages which should show pictures of past projects.

So if you want to be the next star on Grand Designs, or maybe just want to design and build your not so grand home, then there is nothing to stop, now is definitely the time to do it. Why not build your dream home and be one of the few who actually make some money in these gloomy times of recession.

If building your home is just a bit too much, why not extend your home, add a conservatory, do some renovation, have your garage converted. All of this will add value to your home.

Builders can be hard to find, but if you live in the Midlands you should check out Building & Electrical Solutions who are Builders in Derby, they can offer all aspects of building and construction including Electrical Servcies, Heritage Building Restoration, Gareage Conversions Derby, Roofing Services Derby, Barn Conversions Derby and Home Extensions