Want two extra storeys to your home? You no longer need full planning permission.

If you need more space for your family or would like elderly relatives to have their own self-contained flat in your home, read on! The new rights to build two extra storeys on an existing property will come into force on 31st August 2020 in England only. The government has said the new rules are…

How to choose a quality-assured building firm for your project

How do I check the credentials of a building firm? How will I know if they’re up to no good? Can I trust their references? How do I choose between them all? These are just a few of the questions homeowners face when deciding who will be given their precious project. It’s important. It’s no…

Home owner! Buy cheap buy twice: did you get the estimate you paid for?

There are so many sayings relating to money – probably because it makes the world go round! ‘Cheap and cheerful’ is another one. Let’s face it – things are usually cheap for a reason. And that’s OK when it doesn’t have to last too long. But you wouldn’t scrimp on your self-build project would you?…

Domestic Client Duties under CDM 2015

Who is a domestic client? A domestic client is someone who has construction work carried out on their own home, or the home of a family member and which is not carried out in connection with a business. Local authorities, housing associations, charities, landlords and other businesses may own domestic properties but they are not…

What to consider when costing a roof

The cost of tiling or slating a roof is dependent on the complexity of the roof to be covered and the final choice of tile. If you watch roofers at work, you’ll notice that the tiling to the main roof plains are laid very quickly, often in just a few days, and that the edge…

What to consider when costing a walling system

Adrian Wild looks at what you can expect to pay for this part of your project. As with all external features, the choice of wall construction of a property has much to do with aesthetics. I’ve chosen a house design with a nett wall area of 117m2 to provide a cost comparison between different common…