Can a ground source heat pump provide hot water?
Asked on 26 February 2019
by Elizabeth Holt
2 Answers
ground source heat pump installation

I’m planning for a major renovation of my converted barn home. I intend to add a ground source heat pump but can’t find information about whether this system can supply domestic hot water. If it can be supplied by the same system, is this an efficient way of achieving a hot water supply? And would [...]

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CGT if selling garden for building
Asked on 15 July 2019
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If I get planning permission for houses on part of my garden which is my main residence, do I pay CGT on the building plot if I stay living in my house? Or if I sell the house with the building plots together? Advice appreciated. Thanks

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How can I Start a Community New Build?
Asked on 12 July 2019
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Hi I am looking for advice, really. I should say first I love you magazine – buy every copy and been to 5 of your shows and was blown away by them. I have a budget of about £200,000 at the most and my job is furniture designer and I so want a house that [...]

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Should our Insurer Cover Full Cost of Replacing Sliding Doors?
Asked on 11 July 2019
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We have lovely Nordan windows and doors in our self build. Unfortunately I smashed half of the sliding doors (accidentally reversed into it but still not broken through-they are so tough!) My question is does anyone know what home insurer will cover the cost fully? My current insurer is Royal Sun Alliance and they say [...]

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The Price of Converting Coal Storage Space
Asked on 1 July 2019
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There is a property which I am very interested which has a small coal bunker (around 1.5 m x 1.5 m x 1.5 m) built in to the house, with access from the garden. This space is now not in use, but takes up a considerable amount of space into the kitchen. Would it be [...]

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Raft vs Strip Foundations
Asked on 27 June 2019
1 Answers

Have you run an article on raft versus strip foundations for a house extension?

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Timber Purlin Dimensions Query
Asked on 27 June 2019
1 Answers

Hi, I’m looking to build a double garage 5.6m wide by 5.3m deep. I am reusing some timber roof trusses; so I will need to span a purlin with a width of 5.6m on which to rest the 4.2m long roof trusses.The trusses are 38 degrees in pitch and from the internal span beam, the [...]

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Finding Plots with Planning Potential
Asked on 24 June 2019
1 Answers

Hi. I’m sure this has been asked many times. What is a good site to look for land that has potential for planning, thus making it reasonably priced to buy? As opposed to land with planning permission. Thank you

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Planning Permission for Air Source Heat Pump?
Asked on 21 June 2019
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Hi, I’m just planning to start a self-build project and would like to use an Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP), rather than a gas boiler for heating. Do I need to obtain additional planning permission for this, or do we automatically get permission, providing it meets the criteria set out under permitted planning development, even [...]

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