How Can I Buy Land from the Council?
Asked on 27 November 2018
by Patrick Gallagher
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Town as seen from above

I have identified a patch of vacant land and I enquired to Scottish Land Registry about the owner. It is considered to be two plots, measuring 548.5m2 and 360m2, owned by Glasgow City Council. I live only yards from it and I know it has been vacant for a long time. In fact, one portion [...]

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Are Modern Prefab Houses a Good Idea?
Asked on 15 January 2019
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Are Modern Prefab Houses a Good Idea?

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Ground Source vs Air Source Heat Pump – Which is Best?
Asked on 14 January 2019
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Our current project features underfloor heating, an open plan area of approximately 120 m2. We have 120mm Celotex in roof, 140mm in walls and 100mm between concrete slab and screed, so it’ a well-insulated structure. We have the space to install a ground source heat pump (GSHP), but not quite the budget. We are considering [...]

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Do we Have to Laminate our Windows?
Asked on 14 January 2019
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We’re looking to go with tripled glazed windows in our current project. The units meet the PAS 24 and the Police accredited Secured By Design standard. But building control are now telling us that all external panes need to be laminated to meet Part Q (Security) of the Building Regulations. Our windows company, who are [...]

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Do I Pay Capital Gains Tax on Adjacent Land?
Asked on 10 January 2019
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We bought an old bungalow in 2009 on a large plot together with 2.5 acre field across the road. We bought them both at the same time (as one), so therefore paid stamp duty on both. We then developed the bungalow into a much larger house. Now we are older, we want to sell the [...]

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Can I Get Help to Buy if I Build My Own House?
Asked on 10 January 2019
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Can I get financial help under the Help to Buy scheme if I build my own house? As it’s obviously a new property. And in that case, would I get Help to Buy before I start building or after the house is finished?

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Insulating an Existing House in a Conservation Area
Asked on 7 January 2019
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We are renovating and extending our home. The house has stone quoins on all corners and pebbledash in-between. This is a conservation area and we have planning permission for external insulation boards of 40mm and 10mm render between the quoins on the walls, instead of pebbledash. However, this will not provide enough insulation. I had [...]

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Car style pull-and-slide mechanisms for interior doors
Asked on 21 December 2018
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I’m trying to find a supplier in the uk for this type of door closure. Can’t use pocket doors and barn style don’t offer sufficient privacy. I’ve been unable to find anything in the UK but that doesn’t seem right. Can anyone provide any details?

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What is the Cost of Four Inch Concrete Blockwork Walls?
Asked on 10 December 2018
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What is the cost of four inch concrete block work walls per m2? I’m interested in cost including labour and materials.

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