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Jan 04

Planning an Extension in 2017?

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Cambridge home builders , Cambridge construction companies , Cambridge commercial builders

If you have been wanting an extension built is 2017 the year to make it happen? Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd can help you put your plan into action. One of the first things to be sure about is whether or not planning consent is required. Currently Under the Permitted Development Rights system many home extensions can be built without applying for planning permission.

There are some limitations to the Permitted Development rights but plenty of opportunities too. You can extend a detached dwelling by 8m to the rear if it’s single storey or 3m if it’s double. A single storey extension cannot be higher than 4m in height to the ridge and the eaves, and ridge heights of any extension not being higher than the existing property. Two storey extensions must not be closer than 7m to the rear boundary. Your extension must be built in the same or similar material to the existing dwelling. Extensions must not go forward of the building line of the original dwelling. And side extensions must be single storey, maximum height of 4m and a width no more than half of the original building. An extension must not result in more than half the garden being covered.

In some Designated Areas side extensions require planning permission and all rear extensions must be single storey. If your home is in a Conservation Area the kind of work that can be done under Permitted Development is usually reduced. Your local authority also has the power to remove Permitted Development Rights if it thinks that the character of the area will be threatened by any new building work. If in any doubt, you should check with your local authority planning department and CD Hood Ltd can help you move your plans forward.

Dec 15

Getting a bargain at auction

Posted by CarlHood in under the hammer , house auction , CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Cambridge new battery , Cambridge home builders , Buy-to-let Landlords

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd know that it is still possible to find a ‘bargain’ in a housing auction; ‘below market value’ properties are still available. Renovations, extensions and conversions can also add value to the revitalising of a property.  Buying property at auction is so much more straight-forward it means there is no property chain as buyers and sellers enter into an immediate and legally binding contract as soon as the gavel falls.

But it is always worth going to auction well prepared always read through the auction catalogue, and have conducted all necessary due diligence on the property, as well as getting your finances in order well before the day of the auction. Usually you will need to have a 10% deposit with you on auction day, and come up with the remaining 90% within 21 to 28 days.  If you do need a mortgage, it is highly advisable that you discuss all of the financial implications with a bank or building society, and have an agreement in principle from your lender before buying a home at auction.

It is also very important not to get carried away,  if you overbid for the property on the day of auction, you could be left with a gap between any  lender’s valuation of the property and the price you pay on the day, any shortfall would have to be made up from your own pocket.  No matter how much you want the property, always stick to your budget and CD Hood Ltd can help you get any property back into shape.

Dec 15

What are tell-tale signs of roofline problems?

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , Cambridge home builders , Cambridge construction companies , Cambridge commercial builders

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd are experts in the roofs over our heads they have delivered a wide range of new builds, extensions, loft conversions and refurbishments over the years.  Winter is not the best time of year to have a problem with the roof so it is worth taking a look at your rooflines and making sure you keep any problems at bay.

If there is any paint peeling on either the fascia boards (which is mounted at the point where the roof meets the outer walls of the house), or soffits (tucked away under the fascia) or barge boards (used on the gable end of a house) of your home it is likely that boards have started to rot and could be letting water in. Many properties have timber fascias, soffits and bargeboards need constant repainting to keep them in good condition. If any of your gutters are dripping, even when the weather is dry, this could simply mean that they have become clogged up with leaves and debris from the roof. Washed-up dirt can lead to this clogging, which means the gutter cannot drain water harmlessly away from the roof.
The main thing is not to leave any roof repairs till it’s too late. When roof problems reach a certain stage you are likely to need to call in the experts because the roofline is so high up and it is very difficult for the average householder to do work or actually check what work has been done and it has been completed correctly.  CD Hood Ltd in Cambridgeshire can help you make sure you have the roof you want over your head this Christmas.

Nov 29

Aspiring home owners

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Builders Cambridge , Building land Cambridge , Builders London , Bathroom builders Cambridge

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd know that new homes are vital to help alleviate the housing crisis in the UK. It is good to see that the Chancellors autumn statement promises the  sum of £7.2bn to support the construction of new homes, including spending by housing associations. And that a new £2.3bn Housing Infrastructure Fund will be established for up to 100,000 new homes in high-demand areas alongside the Help to Buy "equity loan" scheme and the Help to Buy Isa remaining in force.


But another idea is also taking hold is to look to buy an existing property on a patch of land that can be knocked down and developed with a building twice the original size to add value and space to a new build. Searchfield Homes conducted some research recently and came up with these top five tips for this kind of project:

1. Find a plot with an older house that isn't restricted by listed buildings and conservation areas - 1930s houses are ideal because of their large gardens and comparatively lower prices per square foot

2. Hire a surveyor to value the price per square foot of your proposed house

3. Calculate the minimum size required for the house to be worth more than the build cost

4. Discuss your proposals with the local planning authority and a planning consultant before purchasing a plot

5. Put in a planning application for the biggest house that you can afford and that the local authority will permit
Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd can help you look at any new build, extension or renovation project to see how to maximise your returns as well as adding to the housing stock available.

Nov 22

Look after the roof over your head

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Builders Cambridge , Cambridge home builders , Cambridge construction companies , Cambridge commercial builders

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd have been responsible for building new roofs and have extended and repaired many more.  The roofline, the point where your roof meets your house can be the most vulnerable part of your home. Roofline elements; fascia’s, soffits, bargeboards and guttering are vital, but often forgotten about. Not dealing with roofline problems can all too often leads to underlying damp and structural issues so they are worth keeping on top of.


Key element of roofline maintenance include guttering with watertight seals and good gutter joints leading to complete downpipes are essential to protect your foundations by channelling rainwater safely to the drains, and away from your property.  The Facia boards protect the end of the roof timbers from the British Weather and the essential Soffit protects the gap between the siding and roof edge.  The fact is, checking your roof for damage is not regarded as a priority for many homeowners.

Despite literally being the roof over your head it is often considered out of sight out of mind. “The problem with the roofline is that we don’t look up at it very often, and so don’t realise there is an issue until the damage has been done,” says Richard, “Generally, anything to do with the roof can be expensive, because it is difficult work. ”He recommends that you should make time to regularly check all the elements of your roofline system, not just the guttering every year. If you are looking to repair or extend your roofline commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd might be able to help.


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