Often associated with black magic and darkness, bats have certainly played havoc with many renovations and conversions. Here, i-build presents how to not let bats get in the way of your project.
23 Dec 2014
Most self-builders will come up against at least one unexpected building guideline that they might not have considered prior to planning. Here, i-build outlines the Code of Practice for the sustainable use of soils on construction sites.
Skylights are a light-enhancing feature that are rapidly gaining popularity for home-builders and enhancers, however regulations can sometimes limit grand plans. Here, i-build identifies key permission considerations for installing skylights.
A recent survey has revealed that unlucky Brits have squandered more than £185m at the hands of rogue traders in the past 12 months. Trade verification expert Checkatrade offers advice for spotting cowboy traders before its too late.
With roughly two out of three self-builders needing a mortgage to see their project through, i-build takes a look at how self-build mortgages work and the finance products available in today’s marketplace.
15 Apr 2014
There has been an influx of good news for the home-building industry as the Government continues to help aspiring self-builders.
Just because you’ve found an ideal plot in the perfect location, this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right place to build your dream home. Conduct careful research to ensure that your land doesn’t create any unexpected costs. Mike McMillan, Quantity Surveyor at Charlie Laing building advice specialists, provides a plot…
04 Feb 2014
Buying a plot without residential planning permission is a risk, but buying a plot that has been previously refused planning permission no less than six times, including one at appeal, may be considered utter madness...