What is the best heating system for an ICF home?
Hi, I’m currently planning to build a 150m2 bungalow. I was considering block and a 6″ timber frame with high insulation as a construction method. However I looked into Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF), and I’m wondering whether it is as good as it looks. If I build with ICF, would I need to install mechanical [...] Read more
Can the Right to Build help me get through planning?
I have a run-down stable block on part of my land – approximately 200m away from my house and in its own paddock. I would like to knock-down the stable block, and build a new house in its place. The structure has water, electric connection and sewage in place. It’s not overlooking any neighbours, and [...] Read more
Who is liable for poor workmanship on my home extension?
The house extension was completed three and a half years ago, but the flat roof is now leaking. I had a private building control company checking my building works at the time. They signed off and gave me a certificate for “Single storey Side/Rear extension and new roof”. Now the structure leaks, there is some [...] Read more
What’s the best alternative to a septic tank?
What solutions are there available for waste/sewage removal when no permission for septic tank is granted? Are holding tanks my only option? My property is next to a water treatment plant, so it seems that contamination is an issue with soak away and over spill. I’m thinking there may be a treatment system that eliminates [...] Read more
How do we create a wheelchair friendly accommodation?
We would like to make our three-bedroom and two-bedroom barn conversions into wheelchair friendly holiday accommodation. We are struggling to find any guidance re specifications/costs and wondered if you could point us in the right direction please? Read more
Should I pay to correct faulty works?
Hello fellow constructors and property owners. I have a question for contractors and electricians in the trade. Would extra costs be payable to contractors and electricians if problems with earthing were noticed, corrected and later proved to cause a fault? Prior to my electrician issuing an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), he confirmed I did [...] Read more
Is our glass shower door safe?
I want to know how to evaluate whether a shower’s glass door bracket is compliant with health and safety regulations in the UK. We have just had an accident where a floor tile was damaged when my wife slipped in the bath with our 1-year-old son. She held onto the glass door for support and [...] Read more
Should I self build or sell my garden plot?
I have planning permission to build a house in our bottom garden. I am trying to gather information to decide whether to undertake a self build or just sell the plot on. My architect told me the plot should be worth 33% of the sale price but one builder who has visited the site indicated [...] Read more