What happens if you build without planning permission?
When you build without planning permission, you may not break any laws. Nevertheless, if there is a planning violation, you may be required to file a retrospective application or even appeal against a compliance notice. If an appeal fails, in some cases you may need to return your property to its original condition.
What size extension can I build without building permission?
Acceptable building codes have recently been relaxed so that an extension of up to six meters (or eight meters if the house is detached) can generally be built without building permission. There are other rules such as distance from your boundary and how high the extension is. We can guide you through planning permission.
Do you have any sample projects to choose from?
In addition to the photos that we have available on this website, we have a sample portfolio of our previous work at our headquarters.
During the consultation, we take your idea and present examples of similar work that we have already done to narrow down what you want to build.
If you’ve seen a photo of building work that you think is what you want, we’ll be happy to see it so we can quote you on the work.
When we visit you at home, we can also bring samples of different materials/colour cards so that we have a starting point for your building project.
What information do you need for design work?
Usually, a good place to start is a full set of architectural drawings (plans, views and sections).
Certain information may be required, such as drainage reports, tree reports, soil reports, historical records such as original drawings, and so on. But each project is unique so the requirements may differ.
What is Design and Build?
Design and Build is a project execution method in which one entity – a team of designers – works on the basis of one contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services. Thus, the entire construction project is handled by one firm from start to finish.
Is Design and Build more expensive?
In many situations, Design and Build is more cost-effective than conventional project execution.
In addition to saving time, we’ve found that customers save between 6% and 10% on projects using the Design and Build process.
Again, less conflict between different players means less wasted resources.
Which is a better, traditional procurement or design and build?
With the design and build method, the contractor gets full control over the project and is legally responsible for every aspect of the project. The design and build approach offers a high-quality finish with efficient delivery.
We predict that more and more clients will choose this route for planning and construction or renovation of their properties due to the constantly growing competition for space.
Can we have design input?
Yes, you can. It is necessary for the client to convey his wishes regarding the project.
I have an interior designer that I want to use. Will this be a problem?
Not at all. We will work with your interior designer. And if you don’t have it yet, our interior designer is at your disposal.
How long does it take to build a new home in the UK?
Building a new house in the UK usually takes three to four months, but sometimes it can take up to six months, depending on the weather, delays in the delivery of materials and changes in the customer’s design.
How long do new buildings last?
The question of how long a property will last is often debated in construction circles. In 1992, it was proposed that new homes have a lifespan of at least 60 years.
However, the local government (LGA) announced that after 25 years, new buildings should have a lifespan of at least 2000 years
What are buildings being built from today?
Today’s buildings are built from long-lasting synthetic materials such as concrete, metals, bricks, and plastics. Before now, houses were built with stone, clay, and timber
How long does it take to build a home extension?
Time can vary significantly depending on the size and nature of the project. A small extension can take only 3 months to finish, while a larger extension can take up to 6 months. A newly built large house can easily take 12-18 months on a complex site.
Can you build a foundation in winter?
Yes, we can easily pour a concrete foundation in winter. Indeed. There are safe and effective ways to build a concrete foundation. It all starts with shielding the ground under the foundation from snow, frost, and ice. The underground heat will cure the concrete before it freezes.
How fast can you build a house?
We can build a custom house between three to four months. However, sometimes it can take up to six months depending on several factors such as weather, changes to requirements, unavoidable delays, and so on.
Does Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction provide all the machines necessary to fulfil the order, or should it be treated separately?
Yes, we provide all the necessary equipment. Clients who have received a quote from Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction can be sure that it covers everything that is required to build a house in accordance with approved plans in terms of working hours and building and construction materials.
In addition, Clifton Hill and Montpelier Builders & Construction is fully insured for all third-party equipment rentals that may be required to complete the project.
What is the hardest building material?
Steel is the best available building material (unless you’re counting on expensive materials such as titanium). Steel is stronger than wood. In fact, they cannot be compared.
Can you build on an existing foundation?
It is generally considered a good idea to always build a new home using a freshly laid foundation. However, it is possible to use an existing foundation if you want to save on the costs of building a new house.
How long after pouring the foundation can you build?
We wait for seven days to allow the concrete to cure before we start building on it. Longer waiting significantly reduces the risk of concrete cracks. Concrete keeps hardening for up to 28 days after pouring and then reaches maximum strength.
What are the advantages of using steel in construction?
Steel is tensile. The strength-to-weight ratio is high, which means that the unit weight is high. Regardless of the size of the entire structure, steel structures are compact and lightweight and distinct from other building materials.
What is bespoke joinery?
Bespoke joinery produces custom wood components that meet individual requirements. Many bespoke joinery pieces are designed to optimise space in the building. This includes built-in wardrobes, cabinets, racks and a number of creative storage solutions.
What do groundworks include?
The term ‘groundworks’ refers to works aimed at preparing subsurfaces for the commencement of construction. In addition to demolition or construction works that may need to be done, groundworks are usually the first phase of a construction project and may include: ground testing and clearing of the site.
How deep must my foundation be?
Strip foundations are usually 450mm wide and at least 200mm deep for a one-storey building, and 600mm wide and 200mm deep for two floors.
How long do foundations take to set?
Although full strength is not achieved for 28 to 60 days, based on the prevailing conditions, the construction process can be started when the foundations have been cured about 50 per cent. Curing is a chemical process which concrete passes within a few days after pouring.
How long does a foundation last?
Concrete foundations and slab foundations should have a service life of 80 to 100 years or more, as long as they are of high quality.
Which soil type is best for the foundation?
Loam is the best solution when it comes to suitable soil for foundations. Loam is a mixture of clay, sand, and silt.
Can a house be built on sand?
You don’t build houses on sand. The sand cannot be compacted and as such will never be a permanent piece of soil on which to lay the foundation. Houses built on the beaches are usually built on concrete pillars.
How to keep water away from the foundations of the house?
The best way of keeping water from the foundation of your building is by proper drainage. Build a French drainage system around your building’s foundation – ensure the foundation has a trench dug around it, insert gravel and insert a drain with punctures to drain the water. Cover the drainage with gravel and soil.
What are the benefits of rendering a house?
Rendering walls can make a building more energy effective. This is in addition to shielding the wall against wind and rain.
Does rendering improve insulation?
Rendering a property produces a slight insulation effect, but if you are rendering your walls, you may as well consider full external insulation.
How long does it take to plaster a house?
A small ceiling should take from 6 to 12 hours, a medium ceiling from 8 to 12 hours, and a large ceiling from 2-3 days. This should give an idea of the plaster time for a standard house.
How long does it take to build a house after pouring the foundation?
Laying the foundation usually takes 2-4 weeks. Then the internal walls, roof structure and base frame can be completed. This, however, depends on the size and design of the house. As your contractor, we usually give the estimated time for each phase.
What is the most durable building material?
Here are four durable building materials that every homeowner should consider:
- Brick – The fact that brick is one of the world’s most robust and long-lasting building materials should not be shocking.
- Stone – another solid building material tested and proven to be reliable over time for hundreds of years.
- Steel – has a dual role; it ensures the strength of the basic structure can support the weight of high structures. The best part is that it is also a budget-friendly option.
- Concrete – concrete is not only the best building material for durable buildings but also a popular material. The foundation’s main support system consists of the thin steel bars and reinforced concrete throughout the construction. This makes the foundation stable and durable.
How long does building regs approval take?
As soon as construction work begins and the construction inspector has carried out the initial inspection, approval is granted for an indefinite period. A completion certificate must be obtained if the rules are complied with, within 8 weeks of completion of the construction work.
What is exempt from building regulations?
Some types of construction work are exempted from building regulations. These include small, detached, one-storey buildings, such as garages, sheds and greenhouses that do not contain sleeping places and are not larger than 30m².
Who is responsible for building regulations?
The owner is ultimately responsible for complying with the applicable design and construction laws for all construction projects.
What is the difference between planning permission and building regulations?
The difference between Planning Permission and Building Regulations is Planning Permission has to do with how the building looks and the impact it will have on surrounding properties and the environment, while building regulations set the standards building constructions must meet to ensure the health and safety of people around the building.