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Cornish Unit Type 1

Monday, 19 February, 2018

After World War Two there was a need for more housing to be supplied quickly which led to the development of many types of ‘temporary’ non traditional housing throughout the United Kingdom. The Cornish Unit is one of the most recognisable types and there are many located throughout Cornwall and beyond.   There are two … Read More »

Dangerous Building

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018

The vertical timber to the right side of the photograph actually supports a substantial ‘A’ frame truss which is partly visible through the laths in the top centre right of the photo. This is where the end of the ‘A’ frame has rotted away and no longer bears over the wall and the post/prop fitted … Read More »

Concrete Finlock Gutters

Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Concrete Finlock gutters were briefly popular in the 1960s and 1970s and comprise of small sections of concrete that locked together and cap off the top of cavity walls forming the wall plate and as such supports the roof structure/rafter ends etc. The majority of these installations have been found to leak on the joints … Read More »

Renovating your home to maximize the value? Here are some smart tips!

Thursday, 30 November, 2017

Reports say the people spend millions of pounds each year to renovate their properties. Interestingly, a large chunk of it belongs to homeowners who sell the renovated property within one year of renovation. It means people believe that renovation helps in enhancing the value of their property. Whether it is a massive rebuild or just … Read More »

The Party Wall

Friday, 27 October, 2017

The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 makes provision in respect of party walls and adjacent excavation and construction in proximity to certain buildings or structures. It is important to follow the procedures set out in the Act when undertaking works to your property as failure to do so can leave a project at risk of … Read More »