Why flat roofs are the way forward

Flat roofs used to have something of a bad reputation. However, as construction and architecture have developed, so too has the ability to use flat roofing solutions within bold and exciting designs.

Here are just a few reasons why a flat roof is now considered the way forward.

They don’t leak

Earlier designs of flat roofs had a reputation for leaking. However, this was mainly due to ventilation gaps not being incorporated and because they were being made from three-layers of felt.

In more recent times, new and more durable materials, such as EPDM rubber and GRP fibreglass prevent leaking and in addition to reducing the risk of damp and rot in your home, this also provides a warmer deck insulation.

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Home offices are becoming the ‘new normal’.

As the UK locks down for a second time this year, people are facing the prospect of working from home once again. With the cost of renting office space, in a climate that is financially draining for some, it becomes worth considering the alternatives and a proper home office space is one of them; especially that it offers a number of both short and long term benefits.

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How home extensions could be fast tracked

Changes to planning rules could potentially have a massive impact on future construction plans. One of the biggest and most significant is home extensions. This can apply to extensions of up to two stories. However, this is not the only big change that is being presented in Parliament at the time of writing.

New rules

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COVID results in planning permissions being temporarily extended: What you need to know

The COVID-19 lockdown situation has had an effect on a number of businesses. Construction projects are no exception. With this in mind, here is what you need to know about recent temporary changes to planning permissions.

Extension

 If your planning approval has an expiry date between the start of the lockdown period and the end of 2020, then you will be granted an extension of time.

Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, confirmed this would apply to any permissions granted from 1st March 2020 up until the end of this year and that permissions would be extended up until the 1st April 2021.

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What is a Lawful Development Certificate and what are the benefits?

In certain circumstances, it can be unclear if a proposed project qualifies as a permitted development. We often have our clients call us, asking if their new project would fall within permitted development, as there is often confusion around the ambiguity about what is permitted without making a planning submission.

In some instances, project plans may need to be adjusted slightly to ensure they meet the requirements and conditions. However, for peace of mind, we always suggest that our clients apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC) prior to commencing any building work. This certification is not planning permission, but it acts as a form of proof that your building project is lawful and it’s advisable to apply for this certification even if your project is considered a permitted development.

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Five challenges when making changes to listed buildings

Each and every building project has different and unique challenges, and none more so than Grade listed and historic buildings. A listed building is a property that has been given legal protection due to special architectural or historical interest, and recognised by Historic England or a similar organisation. The rules, restrictions and challenges are different for external and internal work and any changes to a listed building should be handled by specialists proficient in dealing with the complexity of this type of project.

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