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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

What happens when house extensions and renovations cease to be an option? There must come a time in the future when the existing residential market ...
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Contemporary Build?… Only when it is Appropriate

Serious thought needs to be given to the type of design being introduced for a project.  ...
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How Build Costs Can Escalate!

It all started with a simple conservatory! “£10K thats all it will cost” The thought process was no more complicated then creating a little more ...
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Domestic Clients and Builders, Any idea what CDM stands for? Get used to it… It is here to stay

Are you compliant with the new Health & Safety regulations that safeguard your project ...
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Masonry Construction vs Timber Frame

A battle of materials, thermal balance and quick construction against the conventional solid cavity bricks and mortar ...
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Going up or Going Out… Loft Conversion vs Extension

When considering extending your home, there may be more to consider than the amount of space required or how much value it might add to ...
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Safety, Safety and a Little More Safety… That’s What I Detect!

Do I dare breach the boring subject of detectors? I can see the eyes rolling already… However, until you actually have had the necessity to ...
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A Good Year Had by All… and it’s Getting Better!

Most building designers and Architects will tell you the same, last year was a phenomenal year for both work and prosperity within the industry but ...
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Practice what you preach!… Going green with four wheels

Having weighed up the pro's and con's against the purchase of an electric or hybrid style vehicle, this one seemed to be a no brainer! ...
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Building a House to Passivhaus Standards

What is Passivhaus? Passivhaus or ‘Passive House’ is the fastest growing energy performance standard in the world with 30,000 buildings realised to date with the ...
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Let There be Light…

There seems to be a multitude of names now given to these products, such as: Solar Tunnels, Sun Tunnels, Sun Tubes, Sun Pipes, Solar Light ...
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Standards… What Standards?

With the Government forever trying to merge products and materials to meet with European Standards, will things ever really be equal within Europe, do they ...
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Air source heat pumps

Heat your home with energy absorbed from the air around you. Air source heat pumps absorb heat from the outside air. This heat can then ...
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What’s the difference between an architect and a building designer?

You could easily be forgiven for not knowing the difference between an architect and a building designer. They ’re both employed to design buildings – ...
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Why Try and Squeeze Everything In

There is always a way around creating additional space in your home. You don't have to go all out and do a Kevin McCloud ‘Grand ...
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What is Sustainable Construction?

Planet – People – Prosperity: a new and more global approach for the construction sector While standard building practices are guided by short term economic ...
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Choosing a build Route

There is more than one way to build a house or extension. This means that, if you're looking to undertake a project of this sort, ...
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Apprenticeship vs College Degree

How to Determine the Right Career Training Path for You There once was a time when a college degree was considered a necessity in order ...
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How good is your Planning & Construction Knowledge – Answers

Answers to quiz Damp Proof Course Roof Floor Pointing in face brick work Eight weeks Permitted Development Horse hair Brick archway Rolled Steel Joist 1:1250 ...
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How good is your Planning & Construction Knowledge?

A light hearted quiz to test the grey matter! Here are some questions to get those cogs turning. The answers can be found in the ...
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Farmer and the Project Manager

A local farmer was herding his flock in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand new Mercedes 4X4 advanced out of a cloud of dust ...
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Liquid Floor Screed – Ready to play marbles on!

Benefits of a Liquid Floor Screed It is ideal for under-floor heating as the screed is pumped in as a liquid formed product and finds ...
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One idea begets another idea and so on…

It all started with a simple conservatory! “£10K thats all it will cost” The thought process was no more complicated then creating a little more ...
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Changes to the Planning Regulations – Permitted Development

Changes to the Planning Regulations – Permitted Development Homeowners planning to add space to their property will have less red tape to negotiate now that ...
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What is the difference between a Septic tank and a Cesspit?

A septic tank is generally in the capacity regions of 6-9000ltrs, it collects all water and solid wastes direct from the house / building. It ...
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Curves, curves, curves! Create that curved ceiling.

Want to create the perfect curved ceiling for that authentic period cottage look? Well, there is the easy way or there are two hard ways… ...
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Underfloor heating – wet or electric?

Underfloor heating wet or electric? If you ’re choosing an underfloor heating system, you ’ll need to decide between wet and electric systems – and ...
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Sustainable development

What is Sustainable Development, and how does it differ from Green Development? Sustainable development (SD) is a pattern of resource use, that aims to meet ...
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Stop Asking For Bi Fold Doors!

The amount of times we hear the words ‘we want an opening as wide as we can get it, doors opening out onto our garden ...
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Getting The Green Light

Anyone considering a new build or extension in UK now has to comply with some of the most extreme regulations on energy efficiency in the ...
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Outstanding U-value results

Recent industry testing has returned some great results for the glazing companies. There has never been a better choice for diversity in relation to glass ...
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You Do Have A Say!

HGVs on the right track after major plan gets the go-ahead. Local communities are set to benefit after the approval of a plan to minimise ...
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Current working project…

In our ‘Case Studies’ sections, we currently have a ‘work in progress’ project for Poppies Daycare Nursery Limited. The brief is to provide a full ...
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You have hit the nail on the head!

Health & safety has to be at it's most volatile when it comes to construction. So why do we treat this subject with so much ...
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House Building Terminology Chart

When it comes to talking technical, building design and construction can seem like another language. As architectural building designers and construction project managers we talk ...
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Who is looking after your building project?

‘It's ok dear, I've explained to the builder EXACTLY where the door should go’ Whether it is down to a communication breakdown or a completely ...
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Building Regulation Approved Documents

Building regulations are based on guidelines set out in approved documents. The Building Regulations generally lay down performance requirements in relation to various aspects of ...
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Don’t Move… Improve!

Yes… your house could look as good as this one if you go about things the wrong way! Whether you like your local school or ...
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It is Sink or Swim I’m Afraid!

Just when you thought it was safe to leave your property maintenance for another year! Water damage has to be accountable for 80% of all ...
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A little planning helps!

Most people approach builders first to dip their toe in the water with a view to acquire an initial build cost… This rarely works out ...
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Building on Solid Foundations

A little bit of construction knowledge is dangerous! So are YOU one of those who would tackle the job yourself rather than pay a professional? ...
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