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Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Renovating or extending your home

Those people working in the construction trade will recognise the question ‘will it be done by Christmas?’  Christmas is perhaps the universal deadline for all building work to be finished, or parts of the work completed by.  In the run up to Read More

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Grand Designs Live NEC October 2014

Grand Designs live exhibition at NEC in October was very busy with a huge number of visitors.  The Hall is separated into four areas – New Technology, Interiors, Gardens/exterior and Build.  I was on the ‘Ask the Expert’ stand on Sunday 12th Read More

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Grand Designs

All ready for my stint on the Grand Designs Live exhibition 'Ask the Expert' stand tomorrow. Hopefully I can answer all the questions to the visitors bring to the table. Got my super DBD fliers to give away, big thanks to the Thrive Creative team Read More

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Changes to construction Health & Safety

Early in April I was kindly invited to a seminar in Knutsford by Darren Bedson of BPA services based in Newcastle, the topic being the proposed changes to construction health and safety.  Once there I was told that the meeting would go on for 2 ½ Read More

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Barn conversion – permitted development

Planning legislation with regard to barn conversions was relaxed with additional permitted development rights were published on 6th April.  Permitted development rights are a grant of planning permission to allow certain building works and changes Read More

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Barn conversion

Are you looking to convert an existing building such as an agricultural barn into a dwelling.  They do seem to be the flavour of the month probably because of the current relaxation of the planning law, either new conversions or renovation and Read More

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Cutting the cost of heating your home

You may have seen the rising fuel prices and you are thinking of using re-newable energy, solar panels and the like to reduce your fuel bills. Before you consider the various alternative systems for providing the heat or power, first you must Read More

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Listed Building or Conservation Area

A conservation area is generally defined by the town council as an area of particular architectural or historic merit, and are typically the older parts of a town, perhaps the town centre or the area surrounding the village green. Purchasing or Read More

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Are you planning your dream home ?

Are you planning your dream home? Perhaps you want carry out alterations or extend your existing house? Before you start digging foundations or laying the bricks there are two distinctly different but often confused and misunderstood stages that Read More