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Altering Houses and Small Scale Residential Developments - Ann Bridger

Altering Houses and Small Scale Residential Developments

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Published: 28th July 1998
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'Altering Houses and Small-scale Residential Development' is a practical guide for home owners and those undertaking residential building projects. It is also useful for students and emerging professionals concerned with the built environment, especially small-scale development procedures.
Undertaking house alterations can be daunting, not least because considerations of cost, design and method can simultaneously demand urgent and careful attention. In addition, there are regulations and the law to be satisfied, contracts to be entered into and a host of potential problems concerned with the form and condition of the building itself. It is a rare building which is not defective in some way, but putting things right can be very satisfying.
The Bridgers' book assumes that many home owners now wish to understand more clearly what goes on when they commission contractors and consultants to convert and adapt their homes. Or course, there are also people who intend to manage a project themselves, while others may undertake work on a DIY basis, and the secret then is getting the right kind of help. This book will be invaluable in either situation because it explains how to perform certain functions yourself, yet clarifies the roles and responsibilities of the professionals who may be needed to help with the processes of buying, altering and selling a house.
The economic factors in development are not overlooked since, for people who wish to develop in order to sell or let property, market conditions will be paramount, as will the forecasting and control of costs. This book provides practical guidance on these matters; it avoids theory, but does suggest further reading. It is also highly illustrated with over 100 illustrations clarifying parts of the text.
The main theme of this book is altering houses but, in practice, the differences between some alterations schemes and building a new house can be relatively small. As a result, much of the material will be useful for those who wish to acquire a plot of land and undertake a modest residential development.
Altering or building houses and selling them can be a complex business, covering a wide range of interrelated factors. This book will make these processes easier.
*Practical guide for developers, home-owners and professionals.
*Combines design, technical and financial considerations.

Prefacep. ix
Appraisal and designp. 1
Establishing a purpose for developmentp. 1
Selecting a propertyp. 5
Sources of informationp. 9
Site appraisal and investigationp. 13
Aspects of designp. 20
The surveyp. 31
Measured building surveysp. 32
Condition surveysp. 37
Structural appraisalp. 41
A matrix of common faults and remediesp. 43
Servicesp. 52
Rising dampp. 66
Foundations and ground conditionsp. 73
Timber decayp. 82
Listed buildingsp. 89
Valuation and costsp. 93
Valuationp. 93
Predicting costsp. 97
Factors influencing the cost of buildingp. 103
Professional assistancep. 110
Who does what?p. 110
Obtaining professional assistancep. 128
Conditions of engagement and related mattersp. 129
The legal frameworkp. 137
Legal constraintsp. 138
Avoiding disputesp. 141
Planning and development controlp. 142
Building Regulationsp. 151
CDM Regulationsp. 160
Updating housesp. 165
Victorian terracesp. 165
The original Victorian housep. 166
The poorly 'modernized' housep. 169
Changing trendsp. 171
Kitchensp. 173
Bathroomsp. 178
Thermal insulationp. 184
Space and water heatingp. 186
The disabled userp. 189
Extensionsp. 195
Extensions within the existing shellp. 195
Extensions beyond the shell within the parameters of permitted developmentp. 204
Notes on permitted development - possibilities for all house typesp. 206
Extensions that do require planning permissionp. 210
Other house typesp. 210
The sustainable extensionp. 213
Buying, selling and financep. 221
Buying and selling housesp. 221
Financep. 233
Tax considerationsp. 244
Organizing the jobp. 249
Deciding on a completion datep. 250
Planning the projectp. 252
Tendering and estimatingp. 258
Selecting a contractorp. 272
Forms of contractp. 276
DIY activitiesp. 287
Digging holes and trenchesp. 288
Forming openings in or taking down a wallp. 291
Removing and restoring a fireplacep. 294
Plastering and plasterboardp. 295
Building a partitionp. 298
Wall tilingp. 301
Electric wiringp. 302
Plumbing installationsp. 303
Hanging doorsp. 305
Shelvingp. 307
Painting and decoratingp. 308
Clearing up and hiring skipsp. 311
Case studiesp. 312
Case study 1 - Aldborough Roadp. 312
Case study 2 - Hook Streetp. 324
RIBA Plan of Workp. 332
The RICS/ISVA Homebuyer Survey and Valuationp. 335
Association of Corporate Approved Inspectors: list of membersp. 338
Forms of house purchase from OYEZp. 341
Specimen contractp. 343
The Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1998p. 345
Indexp. 349
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ISBN: 9780750641005
ISBN-10: 0750641002
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 28th July 1998
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1