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New life for Honeylands House
Just off Exeter’s Pinhoe Road is an impressive Neo-Classical house shrouded behind a long red-brick wall.

The huge Bath-stone building has been hidden from view since the 1990s, but now plans have been made to turn the House into a retirement village.

Honeyland House was once used as a pioneering TB ward for children and a children’s centre in the 1980s and 1990s.

Having belonged to a tallow chandler, a doctor, an apothecary, a serge maker and a wealthy landowner, the most recent owners have sold the plot to McCarthy and Stone.

The future seems positive for this historic piece of Exeter history.

For quality home extensions in Exeter, contact DMS conversions today.

Permitted Development Rights
Adding a home extension to your home to reflect your family’s needs is a very cost-effective way of adding more space and comfort to your home, they are also an excellent way to increase the overall value of your property. Many alterations can be carried out without the need for planning consent under the Governments Permitted Development rights.

You can extend your property, add a loft conversion, build a porch but there are still stipulations that apply as to the extent of these changes, and if your property is in an area of special interest or is a listed building a formal planning application will be required.

Permitted Development rights are great, but it is always a good idea to discuss your plans with your either your local planning authority if you are thinking of doing the work yourself or ideally with your local builder before you start the alterations. Choosing a Builder in Exeter, that specialise in converting peoples’ homes is a wise option as they will understand all the regulations and be able to advise you on what is possible without planning permission.

Garage Conversions
One of the most cost-effective ways to add value and space to your home is converting your garage space.

Renovating a garage space to make a spare bedroom, office or social space can add as much as 10% to the value of your house.

Generally, single garages are five meters long by two and a half meters wide, meaning the internal space is much longer and thinner than most rooms in a house. This allows you the option of adding a stud wall to create a second small room, a toilet or storeroom for example.

Planning permission generally isn’t needed for this type of conversion as you do not change the structure of the building. However, you will require permission if you live in a listed building, conservation area or a home built with the condition of a garage space remaining as parking.

Beginning work on your conversion is where trained builders, specialising in property conversions can come in handy. The builders at DMS Conversions are members of the Federation of Master Builders and specialise in converting peoples’ homes.

In an uncertain housing climate, see how the Exeter based builders at DMS Conversions could add value to your home.

Extensions shown to increase property value

Exeter property market is still buoyant with demand outstripping supply so if added space is the reason for your move adding an extension and/or loft conversion will not only increase the value of your home overall and is a better way to invest available funds.

A report by The Office for National Statistics, Hamptons Estate Agents, The Land Registry and a study of Energy performance certificates concluded that in areas where demand is high an extension will add value to your home. For a high quality and value Builder in Exeter call DMS Conversions.

A team of researchers led by solar scientist Dr Hasan Baig and renewable energy scientist Professor Tapas Mallick based at Exeter University have developed solar powered glass blocks that can be used as part of the structure of any building so they can generate their own electricity.

Using the latest new technology, building integrated photovoltaics (BPIV), it is envisaged that once the bricks go into production they will be used extensively either in new builds or as part of any new extension or renovation.

The blocks named ‘Solar Squared’ are visually similar to standard glass blocks, but have many advantages, including being more cost effective, due to the production of energy, provide better insulation and will be available in a range of colours and patterns. For more information on house extensions and a quote from a quality Builder in Exeter call DMS Conversions. The Mayor of London has approved the building of a new 37 storey office and retail block in the City Of London, overlooking one of the oldest markets in London, Leadenhall. There has been a market on this site since the 14th century.

1 Leadenhall is currently occupied by Amazon, but will be demolished to make way for a new 183m tall retail and office block. Although it is much taller than the building that it replaces it will still be dwarfed by many of the buildings in the vicinity, including the Shard, which at just short of 310m is currently the tallest UK building.

The high price of land is forcing architects and developers to consider how they can get the most out of the space available to them. Buildings are being designed taller and taller, this has encouraged architects and engineers to explore alternative solutions and overcome situations that would have appeared impossible previously. Traditional building methods and the problems caused by the stresses and strains of the wind and weather have meant new methods and standards have to be applied in order to be able to successfully and safely build a ‘skyscraper’.

The first 16 storey building was built in 1891 the Chicago, to accommodate the height the walls were 6ft thick at the base. 22 years later in New York City the Woolworth Building was built and at 242m it was the world’s first skyscraper.The only way they could achieve this great height was by the use of a steel skeleton. This new innovation revolutionised the building industry. Only 18years later the Empire State building at 381m was built, for 41 years it was the highest office block in worldwide. In 2000 there were still only 6 buildings that were taller around the world.

The building industry has taken full advantage of the latest innovations in technology and the latest computer modelling which has led to skyscrapers changing the landscape all over the world. WE do not build skyscrapers ourselves but if you are looking for quality Builders in Exeter , give us a call.

Why not Extend your home

It’s now easier than ever before to convert your garage, have a loft extension or extend your home. The government are changing the planning regulations to encourage more building which means in most cases it won’t be necessary to submit a planning application. Moving home generally costs around £12,000 which is a substantial sum that could go a long way towards improving your existing home and creating more living space. To extend your Garage in Exeter call us today.

Poltimore House, Exeter receives funding for Changing People’s Lives Project

A grant for £45,000 from Public Health England will enable the expansion of pilot work to help restore Poltimore House an historical and cultural house near Exeter. The project delivers tangible benefits to people in recovery from substance misuse or mental health issues. It works by giving vulnerable people the chance to gain more experience in carpentry and plastering, horticulture, catering, events management and photography. It also helps develop self-esteem, social and team building skills needed for entry into further learning or employment.

Work will also take place towards the maintenance and upkeep of the 13 acres that surrounds the house to improve access, upgrade pathways and develop income-generating opportunities for its long term sustainability. Learn more about Home renovations in Exeter.

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for public health, said: “This is a truly innovative approach to working with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our community, providing them with a route to greater opportunity, improved health and wellbeing, and a fulfilling and active recovery. “This funding will provide a vital stepping stone in our journey to creating a sustainable and transformational programme which will create social, economic and personal development opportunities for the local community and across Devon” The 18th-Century, Grade II* listed country house became rundown during the second half of the 20th Century.

The funding will make it possible to increase the current number of people benefiting from the existing pilot project from six people to 40 people.

Loft Conversions

A loft conversion could add as much as £40,000 to your property for a spend of around £20,000. This is the latest finding carried out by mortgage lender G.E. Money.

Not only is a Loft conversion in Exeter the easiest way to get an extra bedroom or bathroom it increases the value of your home.

As most of the work can be done from outside you can carry on pretty much as normal while the work is taking place.

If you are considering a loft conversion in the Exeter and South West area give us a call, 01392 364111 to discuss how we can help.

Engineers work on big hole on M2

Highways Agency engineers are investigating the sudden appearance of a 15 foot deep hole in the central reservation on the M2 motorway, it said the hole measured 15 feet across and 6 foot wide, they hope that security cameras would be able to help in the investigation.

The motorway was closed in both directions on Tuesday 11th February near Sittingbourne in Kent and will remain closed until work is completed in the next few days. The site will continue to be monitored for signs of further subsidence, whilst equipment and materials are moved in, for contractors to start work as soon as it is safe to do so.












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