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  1. C

    Never ending renovation, any recourse?

    I did a full home renovation before moving into my new family home. Cost me around £85k out of pocket at the moment (ie life savings) It would have been the best decision of my life, had I picked the correct builder. Instead, I'm spiralling into depression due to the project never ending and...
  2. L

    Builder does not understand waterproofing the basement

    Hi all, I'm back for a bit of advice please. We got a builder in to waterproof our basement and have got a real mess on our hands. A bit of a long story.. We have a narrow Victorian basement that is pretty damp that we wanted converting into a dry utility room. We got some surveys and quotes...
  3. U

    cut out part of chimneybreast, is it safe?

    Hi, We've had our chimney breast opening widened (probably a brick wider than the builders opening) and the lintel replaced with a stronger one and moved higher up at the front. Some of the brickwork needed to be cut out. Is our chimney flue and the second/third row of bricks supported by the...
  4. Konchog

    Wet Room Installation

    We live in North London and, while we do quite a bit of 'safe' DIY, we have decided that converting our shower room to a full wet room, including replacing the entry architrave and door, is beyond us. We are finding it difficult to find a company to do the work, or even quote for it. Googling...
  5. cwhaley

    Floor Poured before BCO Inspection

    We've got the shell of an extension at the back of our house, completed by a builder. Roof, walls, concrete floor, etc. -- just no windows or doors. Throughout the build communication was absolutely rubbish with me constantly having to chase things up, and taking time off work for no-shows...
  6. J

    Excessive quote?

    After a bit of advice. We've had 4 builders round to quote on the following work and only one has got back to us with a price of 3k. I was expecting 1.5 to 2k based on my estimates of materials and time: - use electrician to move internal double socket 400mm to side (£150?) - divert single...
  7. M

    Wet Room Renovation (Walls Boarding & Concrete Bench Placement)

    Hi, Guys would like your advice and opinions please concerning my wetroom renovations. I have stripped the walls back to bare brick and removed the previous concrete screed. Sadly, the previous screen was done by someone who didn't slope it correctly allowing water to flow out of the wetroom...
  8. M

    Cowboy Builders - Roof Height Issue

    Hi all, I hope all is good with everyone. Looking for some advice, as the extension we build to give our child his own room has sadly been hit with some cowboy builders. (We got references, recommendations, saw their previous work and they were not cheap) In a nut shell they have built the...
  9. M

    Neighbours Dormer question and my roof on Victorian Semi

    Hello My neighbour has almost finished their L Shaped Dormer and the Builders/Roofers have damaged my roof etc and have now after a lot of chasing they are working to make repairs (they were standing on my roof to complete the Dormer - i consented to this under the understanding that they repair...
  10. B

    How much would these jobs cost to do from a home buyer report ?

    We are looking to buy a home and have had a buyers report done which has thrown up some work to be done , we can't decide if it's still worth to go ahead with the purchase so any rough estimate for the jobs at end will be very helpful thank you . Damp around rear door and back wall due to...
  11. D

    General Builder or Plumber?

    Would appreciate advice from tradesfolk... Should I employ a general builder or a plumber? I want to refurbish a small bathroom. This will involve: Old WC removed and replaced with new Old wash basin removed and replaced with new Not sure about the old cast iron bath - maybe send away for...
  12. G

    Extension Brick/Block Work and Foundations

    Hi all, Embarking on a small extension on the back of the house. No knocking through required, just using existing window and door openings. I've spoken to BC for some of the technical info, and am intending on doing a chunk of the work myself as much as possible. My questions are as follows...
  13. Sappy73

    Sliders Bi fold door issues

    Hi all Please can you help me with some issues we have with some Sliders Evo Ultimate aluminium bi fold doors. Two external sets were fitted by our builder on a single storey extension and when it rains they leak a lot! The company who supplied them to our builder has been out and just...
  14. T

    Musty smell behind dishwasher

    hello we have a musty smell behind dish washer when its raining. its a 70s semi (ex council ) stone walls no insulation . new kitchen put in by past owner a few years ago what is the best course of action? we did bring a damp guy a we had a wet wall in the hallway and he diagnosed condensation...
  15. Jem33

    Can anyone name this brick?

    Can anyone name this type of brick? The house was built in the 90s and it has a pink tinge to it. We're hoping to use the same type of brick for the new porch we hope to build.
  16. E

    Acoustic Underlay

    Hi, I've got a lot of sound travelling from upstairs to downstairs in my house even though we've got carpet insulation so we've had a sound report done. They have recommended we install acoustic underlay Regupol...
  17. J

    Plaster on external wall blistering (damp?)

    Hi all, Got some really valuable advice last time I posted, hopefully I'll be as lucky this time! I've just moved a table away from a wall in my kitchen and discovered what looks like blistering in the plaster on an external wall - see attached. This is just my diagnosis based on a quick...
  18. SolarPlantsLily

    Self builder interested in solar

    Hi everyone, I work for a company called Solar Plants, a Solar PV installer based in Port Talbot, South Wales. We are looking to get into contact with somebody who is in the process of building their own house, with planning permission and building plans, but that has not yet started the...
  19. bluevanman71

    What do I do with a bad builder?

    I have had a builder in now for 4 months. I say the word 'in' very loosely - as I don't think he has been there very much at all. I have had a string of excuses and every illness under the sun for the last 2 months and the house is a complete tip. Looks like they have been mixing plaster on...
  20. L

    Architect's drawing of plans is wrong but not admitting liability

    I am currently having a 2 storey side extension built and have encountered a huge issue. The rear wall of the extension meets the upstairs window in the middle. The architect has drawn the window in the wrong position. The builders discovered this at first floor level. We are therefore having to...
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