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Piling foundations - 10 documents you need to submit

There are many things that are important to remember when building with piling foundations including getting the design and installation of the pile f…

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Top tips to consider when buying land for your home

Are you an aspiring self-builder looking to build your dream home, but struggling to find land? Before you buy there are some factors may want to cons…

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Getting stairs and staircases right in single homes

One of the key areas to the internal superstructure of any home of more than one floor is the staircase. In this article we are going to look at stair…

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Generating power at home – what you need for structural warranty approval

In this blog you will learn more about what our warranty requirements are for the installation of microgeneration power systems for your home.

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Where should you position electrical sockets and switches?

Approved Document P of the Building Regulations (England and Wales) ensures that domestic electrical installations are installed in a safe manner and…

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Considerations when insulating pitched roofs at rafter level

Where more than 50% of the surface of an existing roof is re-covered, a Building Regulations application must be made - and the Regs require the roof…

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Oh! We do like to build beside the seaside

Developments in coastal regions, particularly in the South West, West and North Western areas of the UK, are at a much greater risk of exposure to agg…

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Understanding the requirements for hot water supply

Have you ever stepped in the bath and jumped back out because it was too hot? Hot water safety is a serious issue. Don’t believe us? Check out the sta…

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Supporting your non-load bearing internal walls

Internal walls can be constructed of timber, metal frame or masonry. Whether these ‘partitions’ are load-bearing or non-load bearing, they need to be…

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Spot the defect – bay windows

Bay windows are popular features in new homes and add considerable aesthetic appeal both inside and out. Yet constructing bay windows is a task that s…

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Lateral restraint straps - A reminder of the regulations

Our surveyors are seeing more and more instances where lateral restraint straps to the head of gable walls are being applied at spacing greater than t…

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How to use lateral restraints during construction

Masonry walls should benefit from some form of lateral restraint to restrict movement of the separating or gable walls.

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