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Feb 17

How is the land for development market post Brexit?

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Cambridge construction companies , Cambridge commercial builders , Cambridge Buy to let

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd like to play their part in building new houses for the UK.  So it is good to see that the development land market in the UK has returned to more normal conditions at the end of 2016 appearing to have recovered from the caution exercised immediately after the Brexit vote in June according to new research from Savills.

There may be more activity but, land buyers are reportedly being more selective resulting in land sales taking longer to complete.  The repost also suggests that urban land values have increased more strongly than greenfield land over the last quarter.  And on a UK wide basis urban development land values have increased by 1.2% in the last quarter of 2016 bringing annual growth to 3.6% while greenfield development land values increased by 0.5% with annual growth of 1.7%.

The strongest demand suggested in the report  is for “oven-ready sites in established residential areas or close to good infrastructure” ‘We expect continued high demand for low risk sites close to established markets or good transport links with little or no remediation required. Urban and suburban sites in regional cities will continue to see interest from those looking to expand or move their activities to areas with greater chance of growth,’ the report says. If you are looking to explore developing some land or rebuilding a home as a new build CD Hood Ltd would be happy to help you with your plans.

Feb 03

UK housing is still holding up

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Cambridge roofers , Cambridge home builders

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd have seen that for many over the last few years there has been no safer place to keep your money than in property.  Indeed even with all the potential uncertainty in the UK home sales increased in December compared with the previous month, according to the latest official figures. Seasonally adjusted sales rose by 0.2% between November and December 2016 this was 8.5% lower than the corresponding month in 2015, according to HMRC data but still holding up.

But despite the annual fall in property transactions, Jeremy Leaf still described the pickup in the volume of homes changing hands in the last month of last year as “encouraging” because it shows that the housing market was “much more resilient than many gave it credit for” amid political and economic uncertainty, which “augurs well for the forthcoming first quarter”.

Stephen Wasserman, managing director of West One Loans, also agrees that the “sustained uptick in property transactions”, as shown by the latest figures, is “further reassurance” for those invested in the property sector. “The economic road of the past few months has been bumpy and, while this looks set to continue, it’s encouraging to see that the UK’s property market is demonstrating such resilience.” He said, so if you want to make sure you remain invested in your home commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd can help you with any plans you may have to renovate it or develop it.

Jan 23

Smaller builders need to be helped to tackle housing crisis

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Cambridge construction companies , Cambridge commercial builders , Building land Cambridge , Builders London

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd know that the housing crisis simply needs more properties built to help ease the pressure. But many barriers, including finance, planning and red tape are still preventing smaller building firms from playing a bigger part in helping alleviate the UK housing crisis.

According to a recent report from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) the number of SME builders has reduced but I fit could just get back to the number of smaller companies that were operating in 2007 the industry could produce an additional 25,000 homes a year. But even as banks have increased lending to SMEs overall, the report reveals that the situation has improved little since the recovery from the 2008 financial crash. ‘Whilst housing output has increased significantly in recent years, the vast majority of the increases have come from larger companies. The number of smaller builders has collapsed over recent decades with few new entrants to the market able to grow to any size,’ said Stewart Baseley, HBF executive chairman.

Their report suggests the Government could help more by the creation of a new Help to Build scheme to help extend sustainable lending to smaller companies and lifting barriers for builders to access tax incentives and other support enjoyed by SMEs on other industries. It could also address specific planning problems that disproportionately affect the business environment for SMEs. If you are looking to develop a site for a new build CD Hood Ltd are here to help.

Jan 09

Making the right spaces in your home

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Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd have helped many home owners with extensions or renovations to their homes and several more with new builds.  Trends for the style and shape of the living spaces come and go. One of the most popular trends recently has been for open plan living spaces but they are not without their problems particularly in larger properties.  “As people have now lived with the open plan living areas incorporating kitchen, living, dining and even study areas, they have found problems with acoustics and cooking smells through the space,” says one designer Macer.

In 2017 a trend for more defined living spaces might be seen to return to modern homes as consumers seek more private home layouts.  There might even be more request for escapism, spaces within the home to escape to smaller spaces to retreat to will become more popular as humans react to our increasingly technological lives say some interior designers. “With an ever-increasing amount of time spent in front of a computer or smartphone screen during the day…there will be a greater desire to create spaces in our lives devoid of digital distraction,” says the team at Nathan + Jac. “This may not mean listing the 65 inch flat screen on Gumtree, but we will seek to create havens of calm and tranquillity, whether it’s a bedroom or a nook we can escape to, even if it is to lazily scroll our Instagram feeds in peace.”

Commercial buildres CDHood Ltd can help you with planning and building just the right living spaces to suit your needs in Cambridgeshire.

Jan 09

Why move when you can Extend Your Home?

Posted by CarlHood in Untagged 

If you need more space and are thinking of moving in 2017 you might want to think again. In many cases unless you need to move area there are huge advantages to using a commercial building company like CD Hood Ltd to help you extend.  The real issue is the cost of moving just take a moment to work out the costs.  By the time you have calculated the agents fees for selling your house and the stamp duty on the one you are thinking of buying, you might well find you could build yourself quite a decent extension for the same price.

If you want to make sure that any extension you add to your home is going to act as an investment or at least only cost as much as a move it is a good idea to put a fair bit of thought into even the smallest extension. If all you are thinking of doing it a kitchen extension at the rear of your home you might want to consider carefully if it should it be single storey or two?  If it is two storeys how will you use the space above?

A few other aspects you might not have thought to consider before you get down to drawing up your plans could be things like: soil conditions on the site; accessibility of any services; any surrounding trees; any history of flooding.  It can be good to ask around and see if you can find someone local who has done a similar extension. Experienced Cambridgeshire builder CD Hood Ltd can also help talk you through your options before you finalise your plans.


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