Yearly archive - 2012

When the parties over,, advice for dealing with party wall disputes.

When the parties over,, advice for dealing with party wall disputes.

When thinking about a loft conversion, a major factor that may play a part in wether the project can go ahead  are concerns over adjoining properties.

If you own a property that shares a wall with a neighbour, for example a roof beam may sit on a shared wall or adjoining foundations. These situations are governed by the party wall act which lays out how these disputes should be resolved.

You must notify your neighbour of any planned building procedure and gain their consent. They are well within their rights to refuse consent so if you have any issues with your neighbours you would be well advised to try and resolve any diferences and find a common ground before you move forward.

Here at Modern Attics we will take care of notifying your neighbours for you and handle the consent. Again we would always advise someone wishing to have building work done on there home to consider how it may affect your neighbours and how that may effect your relationship with them.

If you have extreme problems with your neighbour then here are 5 tips that may help to resolve the situation.

1. If your neighbours seem to have a dislike for you then it may be something they think you may have done or something you have done that you didn’t realise had affected them. Sometimes people don’t realize what they are doing wrong and a honest conversation could help.

2. Get other homeowners in the neighborhood or any mutual friends to talk to the person. This might help them to see things from an objective view point and coming from a person outside of the dispute can often help.

3. If a dispute and refusal to give consent means that the project could still go ahead but with higher costs involved. Think about paying a percentage of the extra cost to your neighbour for there consent.

4. Try to find some common ground. Is there something that interests or is important to your neighbour? Try to bridge the gap in your relationship with a conversation that will interest them and you may find you have something in common that you never realised.

5. Don’t be too proud to apologise for something you may have done. Even apologise for something you believe you were in the right about. Pride might stand in the way too extra value on your property and enjoying your new conversion.

 


Electrical fittings for loft conversions

Electrical fittings for loft conversions

There are many safety precautions that must always be taken hen going up into an attic or loft space, pre or post conversion. The loft can often be a central hub for electrical and plumbing, making it full with all kinds of hazards. Modern Attics addresses the electrical hazards this week to be followed shortly by a blog on plumbing. Read more


It’s getting easier to go green with loft conversions

It’s getting easier to go green with loft conversions

Where once we worried about keeping up with the Joneses with home renovations, we are now preoccupied with costs and environmental issues. Times have changed and the financial situation for everyone has grown considerably leaner in recent years. But one of the biggest issues we’re facing at the moment – and for the foreseeable future unless we change the way we live – is how to be more eco-friendly in our lives and homes.
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Shelling out for a shell loft conversion

Shelling out for a shell loft conversion

You may have heard of a shell loft conversion before, you may not. Essentially it is what it sounds like; a builder/contractor will complete a shell conversion of your loft before handing over the reigns of control to the householder. It basic terms it’s a part loft conversion. Read more


Insulating your loft conversion Part 2

Insulating your loft conversion Part 2

In the last blog Modern Attics took you through the process of insulating your loft conversion and what it entails. We started with the basics and what question to ask before commencing the work or bringing in contractors. Read more


Insulating your loft conversion Part 1

Insulating your loft conversion Part 1

Insulating a loft is not technically a difficult element of the loft conversions process to pull off! It’s more to do with the working conditions that often make it a challenge. Lofts can be unsafe places for DIY activity to be carried out, especially if you’re not experienced.
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Adding value to your home through a loft conversion Part 2

Adding value to your home through a loft conversion Part 2

In the previous blog we introduced you to the idea of giving a tremendous boost to your property value through loft conversions. We thought we’d explore the matter a little more in-depth…
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Adding Value to your House through a Loft Conversion Part 1

Adding Value to your House through a Loft Conversion Part 1

Sadly, in the wake of the credit crunch and the global recession it triggered, many home-owners have found their property worth much less than they bought it for just a short number of years ago. Read more


Ray of hope; solar energy in more detail with Modern Attics

Ray of hope; solar energy in more detail with Modern Attics

You may already be aware of how environmentally conscious we are here at Modern Attics, and that we recommend the inclusion of solar panels with most of our attic conversions. We thought it was about time we provided explanations of exactly what these are and how they can benefit your home.
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Terraced loft conversions

Terraced loft conversions

Terraced house homeowners will all agree that this biggest downside to a terraced property is limited space. It’s not so easy to sell up these days either, turning most people on to the prospect of conversion and renovation in order to get the most out of their property. Terraced loft conversions are the solution to this dilemma providing an innovative solution to problems with space. It can be a more viable and cheaper option than actually moving somewhere else.
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