Can I reclaim VAT on a cable diversion cost?
Asked on 27 March 2024
by Fiona Tompsett
1 Answers

I am about to commence a self build on the site of an existing barn, formerly part of the neighbouring farm and yard. There is a live electricity cable running under the site which used to supply the barn but now bypasses it and carries on to the yard. The groundworkers say they need this [...]

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Can I install a wet overlay UFH system on an uninsulated concrete floor?
Asked on 3 May 2024
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We recently bought a bungalow constructed in 1959 with an uninsulated 150mm thick concrete floor. The radiators are over 25 years old and we’re planning to completely renovate the house in order to make it as eco-friendly and efficient as possible. We’d like to install a wet underfloor heating (UFH) retrofit system. We’re looking at [...]

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How can I cost access my project?
Asked on 26 April 2024
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How can I get an idea of how much it would cost to build a three to four bedroom detached house on 137m² piece of land?

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Do I need planning permission to replace my windows and make them bigger?
Asked on 26 April 2024
1 Answers

I’m looking to replace the windows at the front of my house with new, taller models. This will involve enlarging the window space. My home is a semi-detached property, it’s not listed and has no particular architectural merit. Will I require planning permission to do this?

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Will my bungalow be able to support a loft extension?
Asked on 15 April 2024
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We bought a bungalow 2 years ago and we’re looking to do a loft extension with a dormer to the rear and possibly two peaked dormers at the front. The house was completely underpinned 11 years ago, as it is built on very soft ground. Will the existing underpinning be suitable to hold a loft [...]

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Do I need planning permission to build a shed?
Asked on 12 April 2024
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Can you please tell me if I need planning permission to build a shed constructed of breeze blocks in my back garden? It will be at least 10m away from the house and 4m x 3m x about 2.5m high.

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Who can help finance my project?
Asked on 3 April 2024
1 Answers

We have obtained full planning permission for a residential conversion on a timber frame barn that we originally built in 2004. The Building Regulations, design plans, SIP calculations, structural survey, and ecological surveys have all been done. The structural survey shows that as the barn is only 20 years old, and the timber frame, weatherboarding, [...]

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Can I reclaim VAT on a cable diversion cost?
Asked on 27 March 2024
1 Answers

I am about to commence a self build on the site of an existing barn, formerly part of the neighbouring farm and yard. There is a live electricity cable running under the site which used to supply the barn but now bypasses it and carries on to the yard. The groundworkers say they need this [...]

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What can I do if my planning consent is taking too long?
Asked on 19 March 2024
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I submitted for planning consent about 12 months ago and the process has been extremely slow. For the latest delay in agreeing an S106 agreement the council have taken 5 weeks and have still not instructed their own lawyers. Also, they haven’t requested an extension. I’m currently paying £1200 per month in finance costs which [...]

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