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  1. Luton man left shocked as his house is ‘stolen’ :- https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-59069662 Property fraud is where fraudsters try to “steal” a property, most commonly by stealing the homeowner’s identity and selling or mortgaging the property without their knowledge. They then disappear with the money leaving the true owner to deal with the consequences. The Property Alert service below helps people to detect fraudulent activity on their property by sending them email alerts when there is certain activity on the property being monitored, such as a mortgage being taken out against it. The recipient can then decide whether they think the activity is suspicious and act quickly if so. The alert email tells them who to contact should they be concerned. HM Land Registry Property Alert is a free property monitoring service for anyone who feels a registered property could be at risk from fraud:- You can sign up to get email alerts when certain activity occurs on your monitored properties, so you can take action if needed. The property you want to monitor must be situated in England or Wales and registered with HM Land Registry You must create a Property Alert account to use the service You will receive a HM Land Registry email (please check spam inbox) to enable you to verify your email details You must then sign in to your account to add a property Email alerts are sent when official searches and applications are received against a monitored property If you receive an alert about activity that seems suspicious you should take swift action. The alert email will signpost you to who to contact. You don't have to own a property to set up an alert The same property can be monitored by different people. Property, especially flats/apartments, can be registered with two titles. Blocks of flats are often owned by companies (Freehold), and the person owning the individual flat (Leasehold). When registering for this service please choose Leasehold title for individual flats/apartments. https://propertyalert.landregistry.gov.uk/ Advice on registering your property or properties against possible fraud was highlighted this week on the ITV Martin Lewis Money Show:- https://www.itv.com/hub/the-martin-lewis-money-show-live/2a1827a0127
  2. My brother has two areas of land outlined on his Title Deeds. One is outlined in red being the original curtilage of the property and one area approx 1/2 acre adjoining it outlined in blue which he purchased at a later date. He wants to erect a Garden Office outbuilding under Permitted Development in the later blue outlined area and he wonders if this would be allowed under PD? He does not want to check it out with the local planning dept yet as he does not want to bring it to their attention at this time. The land is not overlooked and he has the full support of his distant neighbours who will not be affected in any way. Any thoughts on what might be allowed would be appreciated.
  3. Not sure I would want to glue down floors everywhere, at least in an older house like mine where I have needed to access pipework and cables in the void below on many occasions for maintenance or improvement works.....
  4. I see they have removed their chimney breast, they consist of a lot of mass and bricks in 1930's semis and if not removed carefully can increase sound passing through a party wall. Just a thought, also is your fireplace open or bricked up?
  5. The sealing/tanking info in this thread below was also useful when I did my walk in shower a few years back (and it has never leaked!) I also used cement backer board to the wet tiling areas but as some have said it is a real pain to cut and work with so takes more time to install than pb, which might not be so much of an issue if you are diy.
  6. Green campaigner lectures GMB viewers on damage that conservatories are doing to the planet - while sitting in her conservatory.....? https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10421987/Green-campaigner-lectures-GMB-viewers-damage-conservatories-sitting-hers.html
  7. "Regulation being brought in from June to apply to conservatories in new-builds. Policy is part of measures to future-proof homes against predicted 40C summers. The new rules, which also aim to improve domestic ventilation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent, will limit window sizes according to which direction they face and whether the home is likely to overheat. Conservatories that are unheated and separated from the house with exterior walls and doors may be exempt. But others will face complex and expensive modelling to show they will not become too hot in the summer – limiting the use of trendy floor-to-ceiling glass." https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10416599/New-climate-change-rules-outlaw-new-build-conservatories-create-unwanted-solar-gain.html
  8. My recent experience of ply boards used in a building project..... Expensive sheets of graded marine ply from a dedicated Timber yard = no problems with mould, even with the scrap off-cuts left outside! Cheaper sheets of ply from a Builders merchants = mildrew and fungal mould appeared at the slightest sign of cold or damp in the air.
  9. Heat pump case study video by Grant UK that may be of interest:- "This semi-detached property that initially had three bedrooms, underwent a large extension and much of the interior was also updated, transforming the house into the four-bedroom home that the homeowners wanted. A core part of the project, included the removal of the old heating system and upgrading it to a greener, more efficient alternative. A Grant Aerona 13kW R32 air source heat pump replaced the gas boiler that was previously heating the property and all the old radiators were also removed, being replaced by a combination of underfloor heating and Afinia aluminium radiators. "
  10. £70,000 in grants for a heat pump - but it still saved us NOTHING... and it's so chilly our daughter keeps her coat on indoors. The Roche family now question their decision to have the heating system installed in their detached four-bedroom home, situated in the village of North Luffenham in Rutland:- https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-10147319/We-claimed-70-000-grants-heat-pump-saved-NOTHING.html
  11. It is important that the mortar mix is correct and not too strong or it can cause cracks. There is a golden rule in the building industry that states ‘mortar should never be stronger than the material it is joining’. Some good advice here:- https://skill-builder.uk/aircrete-blocks These Fischer Duopower wall plugs work well:- https://www.screwfix.com/p/fischer-duopower-wall-plugs-6mm-100-pack/1030P?tc=KT1&ds_kid=92700048793290424&ds_rl=1249413&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3oXXyb6R7AIV0-ntCh10cQq9EAQYASABEgIxmPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Some info in this earlier BuildHub thread below may also help:-
  12. I agree Resin Fix and stainless steel threaded studs....Screwfix have everything you need:- https://www.screwfix.com/c/screws-nails-fixings/resin-fixings/cat840022 If you break through into a hole just squirt in more resin, you should have plenty for hanging a gate, once it has set as said above you could hang an elephant of them next day.
  13. Went 'slightly' over original budget as usual but I don't remember any mention as to where the extra cash (£100k +) needed came from...? ? Episode 1 "George Clarke meets the people breathing new life into our unused and unloved buildings, transforming local landmarks into unique family homes that celebrate their past. After Richard and Sarah's local high street bank shut, they decided to buy it and transform it into a unique family home, while retaining its grand Victorian Grade II listed architectural pedigree." https://www.channel4.com/programmes/george-clarkes-remarkable-renovations/on-demand/68219-001
  14. "Plumbers and electricians will be the most sought after, followed by decorators, builders, and plasterers. On average, homeowners are planning to spend £13,958 on their makeovers – adding up to a total bill of £135 billion across the UK, with one in five budgeting over £20,000. A new kitchen is in highest demand, followed by a re-landscaped garden, bathroom renovation, and redecoration in the bedroom or living room." https://phpionline.co.uk/news/plumbers-to-be-most-in-demand-trade-with-homeowners-set-to-spend-135bn-on-makeovers/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=jul-29-2021
  15. One of the big issues with spray foam insulation is when you come to sell a property..... "Whilst contractors may push the benefits of spray foam, lenders will often insist that surveyors take a different view. Surveyors and valuers will often have to discount the value of a property or request a specialist report, because it has SPF insulation. It may even make a property unmortgageable in the eyes of a lender." https://sdlsurveying.co.uk/news/surveyors-blog-valuation-considerations-of-spray-foam-in-roofspaces/
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