Increasingly homeowners are choosing to stay and improve rather than move – taking on the task of project managing home modifications to save money. Yet project management is an art in itself – and failing to successfully organise a build can result in more significant expenditure in the long run as lead times run over and mistakes are made.
Planning an extension or large modification for your home can be stressful and daunting. When you choose to take on project management independently there are so many elements to arrange – and trades need to be briefed appropriately to ensure optimal results and accurate timescales. In this blog we share a few simple ways you can communicate with the professionals taking care of your installation or build for optimum success and satisfaction all round. read more
During the initial conceptualisation and resulting architectural design of any building, the materials to be used are carefully considered. Where this was once a task which involved few options – wood, stone and metal, now architects and builders are faced with myriad choices including polymers, alloys, carbon structures, bricks and toughened glass. When combined with traditional materials these ‘new kids on the block’ have the potential to revolutionise the design and functionality of a building – thus breaking new precedents and revitalising the look and feel of our towns and cities. read more
Laws were passed in late 2004 which dictated that all businesses must now accommodate for those with disabilities. For those in existing older buildings concessions are made depending on the limitations of unavoidable features of the property’s architecture – but on the whole, new buildings must always be designed with accessibility in mind – and those occupying properties which can be modified or altered should do so in order to make them disabled-friendly. Although the law came into force over a decade ago, many smaller businesses find themselves without the means or professional support to alter their premises to ensure that they are accessible. Even more may have not considered their responsibility in law – and the financial consequences of excluding around 20% of the population from their business. read more