Architects, structural engineers and building surveyors – who does what?

When you decide to get some building work done, whether it’s a renovation to your existing house, or building a brand new home, there are various professionals that you might need to call on for help. You’ve probably heard of architects, structural engineers and building surveyors, but who does what exactly? And do you need [...]

10 Steps Towards Building a New Home

Can’t quite find the perfect house? Building a brand new property from scratch can be a brilliant way to achieve the home of your dreams. If you’re considering embarking on a new build project, planning is vital to avoid months of delays, heartache and potentially even financial ruin. Here are a few steps to help [...]

An introduction to Building Regulations

What are Building Regulations? Building Regulations set the minimum standards for design, construction and alterations for virtually all buildings. They’re developed by the Government to set a national standard which all building work should follow to ensure safety and energy efficiency. There are 14 sections to the Building Regulations which cover areas from structure and [...]

Barn Conversions: What you need to think about

Why are barn conversions so popular? With a bit of imagination, a barn conversion can be a great way to achieve a very beautiful, unique home. Barn conversions can give you access to idyllic rural settings where you’d never get planning permission for a new build. That means they don’t come up for grabs too [...]

A quick guide to planning permission

What is planning permission? Planning permission is the formal permission from your local authority for you to carry out building or renovation work on your land or property. Planning permissions will be granted, subject to certain conditions, or refused. When do I need planning permission? You’ll probably need planning permission if you want to: Build [...]