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Category: building regulations

Can I add extra parking at my new home ?

Investing in a new build house offers a blank canvas for creating your dream living space. Beyond interior design, you might also consider making changes to the exterior, such as modifying the street scene and adding extra parking. While these ideas can greatly improve functionality and aesthetics, it’s important to […]

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Do New Build Homes have to have insulation between internal walls ?

Do new build homes have to have insulation between internal walls ? There is no universal answer to this question, as building  regulations can vary depending on the location. In some places, it may be required by law to have insulation between internal walls in new build homes, while in […]

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Brick /block or Timber frame : which is best ?

What is the best form of construction: brick /blocks or timber frame construction The best form of construction between brick/block and timber frame largely depends on various factors such as budget, climate, location, personal preference, and intended use of the building. Brick/block construction offers durability, fire resistance, and excellent sound […]

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What are emergency egress windows ?

Means of escape from dwellings : From the 1 July 2000, the requirement for means of escape from dwellings has been amended to improve means of escape from all new dwellings and extensions. Means of escape requirements areAll dwellings and extensions shall have first floor windows suitable for means of […]

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Should I have a lock on my door from house-to internal garage ?

The answer to this question is it depends if you have an NHBC warranty then there is a requirement to have a 5 lever locking mechanism or similar install installed in the door between the house and the garage If however for example you had a for example you had […]

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New build Warranties : and how they relate to Snagging !

What do new build warranties cover? There are 13 warranty companies all producing slightly different warranty products ( some with exclusions such as damp issues ) You should check with your solicitor what cover you will be receiving prior to legal exchange …if you have a lower level policy : […]

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Isolate cold water outside tap in winter

This is a common problem …one I get questions from new home buyers a lot According to regulations, all outdoor taps should have an isolation valve, which enables you to turn off the water to the tap, without needing to turn off your whole water supply. www.newbuildinspections.com

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New builds and ev charging : all change …..

The new grants from the Government’s Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles (OZEV) replace the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), which was available for owners of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, as well as bungalows. The EVHS’s eligibility rules changed at the end of March 2022 to exclude most dwellings. The new payments are aimed at […]

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Building regulations changes 2022

I’ve been made aware that 60 days after the enactment of the Building Safety Act 2022, 26th April 2022 – the enforcement by the local authority of the Building Regulations will become possible for illegal works carried out within the last ten years. So that means wherever unauthorised or non-compliant […]

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