Good news for homeowners wishing to extend
Since 2013, 110,000 people have taken advantage of temporary rules which allow them to build larger extensions without planning permission. These rules are being made permanent allowing extensions to semi-detached and terraced homes to extend up to 6m. Detached houses can extend with even larger structures which can be up to 8m long.


Families do not now have to fight their way through lots of red tape, but neighbours can still be consulted and raise objections. If you would like more information on how to do a House Extension in Guildford, call us today for a free consultation.


Things to consider when planning the practicalities of converting your attic space.

  • Is there enough space in your loft?
  • Will you be able to create a suitable access to the attic conversion?
  • Are there any modifications needed to be made to the roof?
  • How will you be supporting the floor in the loft?
  • How do you go about meeting building regulations?

Get in contact with A B C Building in Cranleigh on 01403 823258, where they will be happy to answer all your queries.


Permitted Development Cranleigh
Under the current permitted developments guidelines it is possible to extend and alter your property without applying for planning permission subject to certain criteria. Although the rules seem straightforward they can be ambiguous so it is recommended that you discuss your plans with your preferred Builder in Cranleighwho will have a good relationship with the Local Planning Department and will have a complete understanding of the legislation and what is and isn’t allowed.


Although Permitted Development is designed to give homeowners more freedom to improve their home without planning permission there may be local planning restrictions that apply. If you live in a listed building or a green belt the rules may not apply and you will have to submit an application to the planning department for any work.


It’s always a good idea to work with a local builder like ABC Building, Builders in Guildford who understand the area and can offer a whole range of building services


Tips to start your own Property Renovation
Property renovation has become big business in the UK so if you too are undertaking your own renovation, here are some tips for the first few stages.


1. Buying the right property
Ensuring the property you buy is the right one for you is the number one factor to a successful property renovation. Choose a property you have viewed, assessed and is in a viable location for you to undertake the work before committing to the purchase.


2. Insure your renovation
Once the project contract is yours, you become responsible for the site and require insurance. If you have a mortgage to fund the project, proof of insurance may be necessary before funds are released to you.


3. Designing a schedule as well as a home
To ensure your design is carried out smoothly, building a renovation schedule to order the work undertaken on site is as vital as the design itself. The order of your schedule can help fix crucial building errors early before they become a bigger issue later in the project.


4. Restore existing features
Charming original features are often uncovered when a property is stripped back. Repairing and restoring these can add extra value to a home as well as add a beautiful and often unique design feature.


If you are considering undertaking your own property renovation in Cranleigh, talk to the experts at ABC Building.


Getting your house in order
Wintertime is often the season that shows up all those little flaws in your property that you’ve been trying hard to ignore. You don’t always have to invest huge amounts of money to make significant improvements to your home. It’s easy to get distracted by superficial problems but turning your attention to real issues such as improving the plumbing or repairing and updating the electrics will be more beneficial in the long term, could add value to your house and potentially make it more saleable if that is one of your aims. Finding a local experienced builder that specialises in House Extensions in Crawley is a good first step.


Making the most of your space
A survey carried out in America by the government census bureau found that around 20% of Americans live in multi generational households. Two of the reasons given for this are the cost of accommodation and the cost of healthcare.


It’s not unusual to have several generations of one family living in the same property, Grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren.


The same housing and cost issues face families in the UK and multi generation households are becoming more commonplace. The high cost of accommodation, particularly in London, mean that both parents often need to work full time, the cost of childcare is very expensive resulting in families living together to save cost. The shortage of good healthcare for elderly parents is another reason why families may need more accommodation or adaptations.


Making the most of the available space has never been more important and one way people are doing this is by extending their home, either by building an extension or with a loft conversion. Talking to an experienced professional about your plans and ideas is the first step towards a loft conversion or extension in Guildford. ABC Building are experienced and established builders specialising in extensions and loft conversions.


New Housing funding Announced 
The UK is still failing to build enough new homes to meet the needs of the people and now, following the referendum and with a new Chancellor in place the Government looks set to try and encourage more building by setting up a £3 billion housing fund to offer cheap loans to small and medium sized developers.


In the Queen’s Speech in May 2016 the government set out their intention to build 1,000,000 new homes by 2020. It must hope that by introducing this new loan scheme the construction industry will be able to achieve that target.


Interest rates appear are still low and look likely to continue that way for some time yet, so perhaps now there will be some movement in the housing market with new houses becoming available. This should encourage existing home owners to perhaps improve their current home to attract a buyer or just extend and enlarge their


With interest rates still at an all time low, with not much sign of them increasing it may be a good time to dust off your plans for the new kitchen or office extension or renovation you’ve been dreaming about. If you require property advice from Builders in Guildford call ABC Building.


New plaster Introduced
Knauf has developed a new ready mixed spray plaster, which is easier to apply, can be used for most situations, is cleaner and safer to use and has good environmental credentials.


The new product has been designed to provide a premium finish on most surfaces. It is quick to apply and large areas can be skimmed to the required standard, up to 1000 m2 per week can be achieved by a team of 2 or 3 skilled workers with less scaffolding and fewer trades required.


Manufactured from crushed and milled marble with polymer and organic binders the plaster is flexible and resistant to cracking, flaking or chipping. The plaster holds less water than traditional plasters so has a faster drying time. This means projects can be completed more quickly as other trades can get started on their part of the job. It can also be sprayed on most surfaces from plaster board to concrete, generally without the need for any bonding or priming agent.


One significant benefit from the product is improved working conditions. As the product is sprayed onto the surface, it needs less physical effort so has less impact on the health of the plasterer, with fewer work related injuries likely. It is cleaner to use than traditional plasters, producing less silica dust which can be dangerous to workers.


If you are involved in tendering for work, the product has a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ as it uses less water and produces less waste. Speak to us today to use the latest products on your new development or property renovations in Guildford.


Further measures to increase house building 
Only 141,000 new homes were built last year, showing an actual fall of 5.8% in new homes built, even though it is widely acknowledged that a minimum of 250,000 homes are needed just to fill the current demand.


The Government has announced a further relaxation in the planning regulations to try to speed up the process. Part of the proposed changes are automatic planning permission to build on disused industrial sites, fast tracking for major housing projects and planning rules on extensions could be relaxed in London. Call today for a free quotation on any Building work in Cranleigh.


Loft Conversions
One of the unexpected benefits from installing a loft conversion is the extra natural light that will be available. Natural daylight has a profound effect on our wellbeing and some people are more susceptible to this than others and for some the prospect of spending long periods in a room with no windows and only artificial light strikes terror in their heart.


When you are planning your loft conversion, make sure you add enough roof windows into your plans. Obviously the light will benefit the room that is being added but it will filter down through the rest of your home and improve all your living spaces.


Imagine waking up in a room filled with natural light, this natural boost will set you up for the day and give you a good start to enjoy the day ahead. In an office environment, natural light can reduce eyestrain, give you a sense of space and just make you feel more connected to the outdoors. Studies have shown it increases productivity and creativity and helps to keep and clear and focussed mind. If you would like a free site visit and quotation to extend your present home with a
Loft Conversion in Guildford or Cranleigh Please call us to arrange a convenient time.


New Home builds near the 2011 High
Latest figures by the National House Building Council have shown that during October 2014 the number of new homes being registered around the UK has soared to 2011 highs.


The NHBC stats say the public sector contributed nearly 2800 and the private sector made up for over 11000. The continued re-development of Battersea power station in London, accounted for 540 additional units on its’ own. A rise of 20% in private sector building has been recorded over the previous quarter.


Most of the UK has reported a positive growth in nearly all areas with the exception of the North West, during the quarter from August to October. Scotland recorded the greatest rise in new home builds, reaching over 1,000.


Chief Executive at NHBC, Mike Quinton made the following comments:


“Reports from October confirm that the home-building industry in the UK is progressing well from 2013 figures. This is a positive indicator for 2014 being a successful year, with increases seen over the majority of the UK. It is still early days since the industry has recovered from a low slump but this is still very encouraging for the future of the British construction industry”


A big challenge ahead for Galliford Try 
Galliford Try, one of the UKs largest Construction firms, has highlighted managing the supply chain risks and inflation over the next 4 years will be by far the biggest challenge they face according to their Chief Executive, he also expects their construction margins to remain below 2 per cent until 2018.


Surveyors across the country are reporting house prices lifting to an 10 year high, mainly due to the Government’s new Help to Buy scheme. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), which released the findings for October, said urgent action must be taken to tackle the problem of demand outstripping the supply of homes for sale, which is “nowhere near” the levels needed to cope. Sales are running at their highest levels in more than five and a half years as more people flood back into the market.


Rics said that nearly three-fifths (57%) of surveyors reported price rises during the month, the highest percentage since June 2002, reflecting the imbalance between supply and demand.,over the three months to October, surveyors sold just over 20 homes typically, the highest average since February 2008. Looking ahead, surveyors said they expect house prices and sales volumes to edge higher in the next three months. While Rics said that while the new phase of Help to Buy, to give borrowers with deposits as low as 5% a helping hand to buy a new-build or existing home – is “widening the net” of people who can get mortgage access, surveyors across the UK are reporting a “problematic” lack of new instructions from sellers. It said that as “soaring demand” pushes prices higher, almost every region is reporting an increase in sales, demonstrating that recovery is “spreading beyond the traditional economic powerhouses of London and the South East”.


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