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Jul 20
2017

Update an old conservatory?

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

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd specialise in renovation and updating your property can take many forms.  One thing lots of people are doing currently it to update or renovate a conservatory with a solid roof.  It’s a popular way to make a conservatory habitable throughout the whole year.

Updating an existing conservatory with a solid roof is defined as material alteration work, which means that it is covered by Building Regulations. This means that the project should be the subject of an application for control and a certificate on completion.
Then there are a set of options from replacing with stronger I-shaped profiles as the existing roof of polycarbonate or glass structure is usually only supported by the windows from thin glazing beads. These are unlikely to be suitable to act as rafters supporting the new solid roof. So replacing the beads with stronger I-shaped profiles that have a wide top flange capable of supporting the new roof is the first element of the project.

You could always install something more substantial, such as timber rafters alongside the existing beads. Timber is strong, but it is prone to twist and warp as it dries out and so it needs bracing and fixing in place.

By itself, this would not be enough to create a habitable extension that can be made open plan to the home. If you want more than a sun room CD Hood Ltd could help you to revamp the entire structure or replace it entirely.

https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/how-update-old-conservatory/

 

Jul 20
2017

Jesus College refurbishments underway

Posted by CarlHood in Jesus college , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Cambridge construction companies , Cambridge commercial builders , Builders London

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd like a challenge and have recently taken on three new houses to completely refurbishment this summer.   Jesus college Cambridge needs them to be ready in just 6 weeks before their students return in the Autumn. Each house needs new electrics, plumbing, new kitchens and bathrooms so we will be working hard to get the job done.



When looking to improve your property quickly, refurbishment really can be the best option, as rebuilding and extending is often time-consuming and can be stressful.  Lots of houses and or flats, can benefit loads from larger jobs like new kitchens and bathrooms to just minor adjustments like deep cleaning, adding new furniture, re-plastering, and installing basic safety features can all add value.

The main advantage with refurbishment is that the property will be available to sell or let in a short amount of time, whereas extending or rebuilding a property will take much longer. By improving the building quickly, you will see a faster turnaround within a shorter time. There are also fewer limitations than on new builds. New buildings are often restricted by limited floor space, parking facilities and heights. However, restrictions on existing properties are much less stringent, allowing you to refurbish and improve your property easily.
A huge positive when it comes to refurbishing an existing building is that planning permission may not be needed. It is not even needed if you are converting an office block into residential apartments, as you would be able to take advantage of the extension to permitted development rights.

Jul 03
2017

Party Wall notices?

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


A party wall notice is the start of many of Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd’s extension or development projects. If your extension or renovation involves a wall that is shared by a neighbour it is important to have served a party wall notice. Before serving notice though it makes sense to chat to your neighbours and make them aware of your plans so they understand what it is you are planning to do.



In more of an urban environment, your project might affect several adjoining neighbours, and you will have to serve party wall notice on each of them. If a property is leasehold you will need to serve notice on both the tenant and the building’s owner. After you have talked the idea through with your neighbours you will need to serve notice by writing to them and including your contact details and full details of the works to be carried out, access requirements and the proposed date of commencement.

Your neighbour then has 14 days to respond and give their consent, or require a party wall settlement. If they agree to the works in writing, you will not require a party wall agreement and this can save on the fees.  That is why it really can pay to contact your neighbours first to discuss your proposals and overcome any issues in advance, or at the very least ensure they receive the notice and respond within 14 days. If they fail to respond, they are deemed to be in dispute and you will need to instruct a surveyor, whether they consent to the works or not. CD Hood Ltd like to make sure all permissions are in place before any building work commences.

 

 

Jun 08
2017

Living with parents if UK property prices continue to rise

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

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd have seen for themselves that more and more adults are living with their parents.  According to recent analysis form Aviva Insurance the number of young people aged 25 to 34 living with their parents in the UK could be set to grow if property prices keep rising.



The findings are supported by a separate study carried out by Aviva, examining the attitudes of 500 people aged 16 to 34 who live with their parents which found that respondents expected to be 28 years of age on average before they moved out. It also found that although one in 12, or 8%, said didn’t ever expect to leave their current home.

Some 47% of those living with parents said they were ‘very happy’; while just 16% said they were unhappy with their circumstances. However the number of discontented increases with age. For adults aged 30 to 34 still living with parents, the number of ‘very happy’ falls to 31%, while ‘unhappy’ rises to 28%. ‘If house prices continue to rise at their current rate, we can expect the proportion of adult children living with parents to grow even further,’ said Lindsey Rix, managing director for personal lines at Aviva UK General Insurance.
If you need to find ways of expanding the capacity or your Cambridgeshire home experienced builders CD Hood Ltd might be able to help you come up with some solutions.

http://www.propertywire.com/news/uk/adults-will-end-staying-parents-uk-property-prices-continue-rise/

May 09
2017

Garage conversion essentials

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

In the majority of cases Where CD Hood Ltd commercial Cambridgeshire builders have been involved in converting a garage into a more useful bit of you home it has been classed as permitted development. If however you live in a Conservation Area, a location where development can be restricted to protect the appearance of the surroundings, or on a new estate with strict guidelines, you should then check out what’s allowed.

The key conversion essentials will then be to: replacing the garage door – it will have to be replaced with a new wall and/or window. This may mean new foundations, then the garage roof will almost certainly need to be upgraded to ensure it is water-tight and possibly raised pitch to have space for roof lights. New windows won’t usually need planning permission but will need to be energy-efficient and double-glazed to be approved by building control. They may also need to be able to be opened right up, too, to comply with fire safety regulations. Match the style to the house’s existing windows to help the conversion fit in.

Shower rooms and kitchens of course will need to meet building regulation requirements with extractor fans, but you might also like to include an extractor if you’re planning on using the room as a home gym. Building regulations also require walls, windows, the floor and roof to be insulated to a certain level. This might mean dry-lining the walls, using polystyrene floor insulation and fitting sealed double-glazed windows.

External garage walls will usually be single course brickwork, which won’t meet building regulations for moisture and insulation. This can be solved by adding an interior, insulated stud wall built off a damp-proof course on a couple of courses of bricks. For the electrics and plumbing: This work must be signed off by the building control department of your local council.

https://www.realhomesmagazine.co.uk/advice/garage-conversions-understanding-the-basics/

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