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Nov 16

New houses still needed

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd can see how the continued shortage of housing in the UK put upward pressure on residential property prices.  Recently the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) have reported that demand from buyers is starting to improve again following the EU vote in June, but there simply are not enough properties for sale.

“The dire shortage of available housing across the UK is continuing to push prices upwards, regardless of the uncertainty linked to the ongoing discussions surrounding Brexit,” said RICS chief economist, Simon Rubinsohn. The government has already launched a new fund to help build 225,000 extra houses, and many believe they will announce further measures in a White Paper later this month, that might coincide with the Autumn Statement on 23 November.

“We therefore cannot afford to overlook the ongoing housing shortage in the UK, which continues to eat away at the hopes of many would-be homeowners” said Richard Sexton (below), director of e.surv, “As the Autumn Statement approaches, many will hope that the chancellor can address these deep-rooted issues in our housing market. Above all else, we need to close the gap between supply and demand and bring home ownership back into reach for the hard-working working Britons.”  Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd are ready to help you with any new build project you may be planning to help alleviate this huge problem.

Oct 23

SME Building work remains buoyant

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

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd know that consumer demand for building work has remained strong in the months following Brexit, and the new figures from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) confirm that they are.

Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said that he was pleased to see activity levels remain “remarkably resilient” despite the uncertainty around the EU vote. He was talking about the findings revealed by the FMB’s Q3 2016 State of Trade Survey, which is the only UK-wide assessment of the SME construction sector.  It showed that ongoing workloads for construction SMEs remained solid despite the outcome of the referendum, suggesting that consumer demand – which accounts for the bulk of SME work – has held up well.

He commented: “Some of the other key indicators of SME activity, such as employment levels, anticipated workloads and new work enquiries, are all positive, albeit showing slowed growth compared to the previous quarter. If we all agree that construction is a “weather vane” industry, and demand for home improvement and new build homes an important gauge of consumer confidence, then our results chime with the cautious positivity demonstrated across construction and the wider housing market.”

But Berry continued “Some 12% of construction workers working in the UK are of non-UK origin, forming a vital part of a labour force that is already stretched, “Given that the skills gap is only expected to grow over the next decade, it’s vital that talented trades people continue to come to the UK. For this reason, we welcome the government’s u-turn on requiring companies to publish data on the percentage of foreign workers they employ.”

Oct 23

Extending to include an office?

Posted by CarlHood in Commercial builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Cambridge home builders , Cambridge construction companies , Cambridge commercial builders , Cambridge Buy to let , Buy-to-let Landlords

More and more people that commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd provide renovations or extensions for have a home office space as dedicated room, built-for-purpose or giving wasted space a much more practical make over. The home office really has become an essential room in most houses.

If you are engaged in a renovation or an extension or even a new build you would be wise to include plans for a home office. If it is for you or a member of your family it is good to start by thinking about the purpose of your space. As with many of these things you start with more questions than answers. So as part of the planning process, ask yourself a series of questions to establish what is needed in your work area. Think about what storage you need. Do you need a desktop computer and therefore a desk? What are your printing requirements? How much of your time is spent on the phone and, while on the phone, do you use other equipment? Do you need access to a library of books, or samples? Is it important for you to have peace and quiet; to be insulated from noise and disruption within the home?
If you’ll be working in your home office on a daily basis you may really want to create a different ‘feel’ from the rest the home to help you focus. Building a separate room in the garden is another option but comes with the challenges of adding light, heat and power. CDHood Ltd can help you plan for your home office space as part of an extension, renovation or new build.

Oct 10

Making over the kitchen

Posted by CarlHood in kitchen make over Cambridge , kitchen fitters Cambridge , CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Building land Cambridge

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders find that whether you are building a new house, renovating or extending and older house the kitchen is always key to living space. Linking living areas together is really important to the experience of living in a house.

If you have a home that is open plan or you are extending or reconfiguring it to be more open plan think about the kitchen in conjunctions with living and dining spaces. You might also want to hive off some space to stop the clutter of a kitchen invading, maybe you could steal some space to create a larder or a utility or boot room.  If you go open plan for much of the house it can still be good to think about creating a snug, so there is some space to escape to.

When you are working on your kitchen don’t forget to consider the connection with the garden. The kitchen is often the place to create a good indoor to outdoor link and during the summer months it is a great way to make a space feel even more spacious. If you use lots of glazing along the walls to create visual connections between your kitchen and garden it can feel pretty spacious through the winter too.

Once you have a good idea of what space the kitchen will occupy in the home think again about how the space works in conjunction with the rest of the house. It can be a good idea to  use a foundation colour across the home and have a consistent palette throughout.


Oct 03

Adding value to a Victorian terrace

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

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd know how much the UK home owner likes a Victorian terraced house. But originally many of them were cramped, dark spaces. Historically, Victorian terraced houses were built to be utilitarian in nature. A hallway led to a front living room and back reception room, then a small kitchen with an adjoining bathroom.

But there is much you can do to make them light-filled, airy spaces for all the family to enjoy; from adding extra bathrooms to creating open-plan living. If you are considering structural changes, reworking the existing floor plan will increase both the value of the property and how the space works to suit your needs.

One of the most popular ways to make the space open plan, with kitchen, living and dining in a unified area or a combination of some of these rooms going open plan.  To achieve this means the removal of internal walls between the front and rear reception rooms, and or the small back kitchen. As some walls may be load-bearing, additional steel supports will probably be required CD Hood Ltd always work with a structural engineer before undertaking this type of rearrangement,.

Another way to transform both the upstairs and downstairs space or a small terrace can involve, altering the direction and location of the stairs.  It can be time-consuming but might make a huge difference. CD Hood Ltd are happy to help you think through any structural renovations or extensions you might be looking to make to your Cambridgeshire Victorian terrace.


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