Meeting the demand for quality new houses in the UK

new housingThe Local Government Association (LGA) recently published a report on the quality of house building, prompting a response from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) on how the number of new homes being built can be increased to meet demand. The FMB believes that the only way to do this is to implement measures in the Government’s Housing White Paper which proposes to get rid of the obstacles placed in the way of small house builders. (more…)

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Don’t be Tempted by Cowboy Prices

cheap doesn't mean goodBuilding materials costs have been soaring recently and as a result price increases are beginning to be passed on to homeowners. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is worried that this is going to lead to more people hiring so-called ‘cowboy’ builders in an effort to save themselves money on building work. (more…)

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Different Types of Loft Conversion

Dormer loft conversionLoft conversions are a popular way to add extra room to your home and you may not even need planning permission. If you’ve decided to go this route then there are a few different types of loft conversions to choose from, so here is a quick summary to help you decide which is most suitable for you. (more…)

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TrustMark & Chartered Trading Standards Institute to Join Forces

TrustMark LogoTwo of the best-known organisations in the worlds of consumer protection and professional standards, TrustMark and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), have announced an intention to work more closely together. The joining of forces is aimed at improving levels of consumer protection and confidence across trades involved in delivering services in and around the home, and represents a merger of two already influential organisations. (more…)

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Top Tips for Building an Energy Efficient Loft Conversion

energy efficient windows as part of a loft conversionA loft conversion is one of the most complex and comprehensive home improvement projects that any homeowner can undertake. Issues such as building regulations, planning permission, design of the newly available space and exactly how that space can be maximised, all take plenty of thinking about. It is for that reason, therefore, that some people who are undertaking loft conversions fail to devote enough time and attention to the subject of energy efficiency. (more…)

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