How Can I Buy Land from the Council?
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 [...]
Ground Source vs Air Source Heat Pump – Which is Best?
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 [...]
Do we Have to Laminate our Windows?
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 [...]
Do I Pay Capital Gains Tax on Adjacent Land?
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 [...]
Insulating an Existing House in a Conservation Area
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 [...]