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The Benefits Of A New Build

A main benefit of a new build is that you won’t have to worry about a chain. This means once all the financial aspects have been sorted, you can complete the sale. It also means the chance of gazumping (when another party jumps in with a higher offer) has now gone, therefore taking away any stress. However, once you have decided on a new build, you need to be able to stick to the deadline, as developers may set one. This may be an issue if you have a property to sell.
 

An advantage of a new build is that they already follow the most up to date regulations (therefore are likely to also be more energy efficient than older buildings, saving money over all) so you won’t have to be concerned about repairs for some time, therefore maintenance is low. You may also find that if the property isn’t finished yet, then you could potentially influence the final look. Visually, you could decide on the colour of the tiles, small alterations and even the flooring. The new build could be your blank canvas!
 

Another thing that could be beneficial to certain eligible people is a ‘Help To Buy’ scheme from the government. This is generally an incentive for new builds only, so it is best to research what is out there that could save you money, as well as getting the right advice. Call today for a site visit and free quotation on all New Builds in Exeter.
 

Do You Want Your Dream House?
You may have an idea in your head what your dream home should look like, down to what you would put in each room. It can be difficult to know where to start, but everyone starts somewhere! You may have to start from scratch and look for fixer uppers to purchase and develop. However, if you do this, you need to make sure it is all planned out correctly, with an expert survey of the property, as you need to know if the structure is allowed to be changed.

 

If you already know which area you want to live in, then going to the estate agents is the next step. You’ll be able to look for any renovation possibilities. Quite often, these buildings aren’t advertised easily by estate agents, but there is no harm in asking. On the other hand, you could look at the property parts of a newspaper or adverts. Sometimes you may spot something just from going on a walk! You may see a good sized property that is rundown and needs a lot of work, but it could be developed into something much more with time and professional experience. For help with a dream house or a new builds in Exeter, call DMS Conversions for a free visit.

 

Beautiful Church Conversion in Exeter
In the 1930s, St Thomas of Canterbury Church was built. The founding stone is still there today, having been secured there by Father Barnaby in December 1937. The church stopped running in 2002, after which it was respectfully converted in 2008 into ‘The Tower House’. It gives a lovely space in the reception room, which integrates the originating altar and nave, as well as the rounded ceiling.

 

The building now has a modern kitchen with fitted new appliances and work tops. There is also a room on the bottom floor that could be used for either a bedroom or a study, as well as a bathroom. You can still enter the bell tower, which when you’ve reached the top, you will get an amazing view of the countryside and city.

 

The master bedroom is large with a domed ceiling and adjoining bathroom. The second bedroom is a decent sized double room. If you go outside, there is also parking off-street at the back, a driveway with gravel that is shared and a tidy garden out front with space for sitting and relaxing. For more information of all types of Property Conversions in Exeter, call Dms Conversions.

 

Renovations That Can Raise The Value Of Your Home
When investing in your home, one thing you should consider is renovation. When thinking of things to upgrade, you should make sure you ask a professional to look at the plumbing. Upgrading your plumbing set-up means you won’t have to rely on a temporary fixes when there are issues.

 

If you want a modern look, you should consider laminate or wooden floors, as these are easier to clean and can help lower the chance of allergies, as they won’t capture dust like a carpet would.

 

If you want an outside space for relaxing, then a patio is the way to go. Not only will it raise the value of your home due to potential buyers being interested, it is also beneficial health wise, both physically and mentally, as you’re more likely to spend time outside.

 

Another way to get natural light is to install sliding doors. If you have a glass door, it will double as a window. This can help to let sunlight in, and give the illusion the room inside is larger. In the summer, you can open the doors to let cool air into your home.

 

If you have ideas for a renovation and you’re not sure where to start, then you can ask a professional for advice, as they will suggest where the best place is to start.

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 367 584 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.