Category “Buildings”

A Building Survey of Stone Built Cottage

Tuesday, 10 October, 2017

A building survey that we undertook this week was a stone built cottage which probably dates back to about 1850 with a rear tenement type extension which was probably completed around 1900 along with further additions in the 1960s. The main original roof appeared in reasonable overall condition with no slates notably slipped or missing. […]

‘Unique Selling Point’ (USL) and Building Survey in 2010

Friday, 29 September, 2017

We started undertaking “look see” drain scans on properties in 2010 initially as a ‘unique selling point’ (USL) but have long since realised the benefits of these scans to find very significant defects even when there are no blockages evident. This was certainly the case on a recent property where we undertook a Building Survey […]

Descriptions of Building Materials Services and fittings for Properties

Friday, 29 September, 2017

It is important for surveyors to be accurate in their descriptions of building materials along with services and fittings within properties. To this end, it was noted recently that some composite slates look extremely similar to natural slates as can be seen on the Photograph. The first thing to notice is that all of the […]

How can you protect your home from Japanese Knotweed?

Monday, 25 September, 2017

Japanese knotweed, a huge perennial plant of the buckwheat family Polygonaceae is native to China, Japan and Korea. The herbaceous plant comprises of big heart-shaped leaves exhibited in a criss-cross way with hollow stems.¬† The plant grows in dense clusters and bears cream coloured flowers which attract various birds and bees alike. It has varying […]

Building Survey on a mid-terrace house in Truro

Wednesday, 24 May, 2017

We recently undertook a Building Survey on a mid-terrace house in Truro. The property was probably built around¬†1900 and was of brick and stone construction with double pitched man-made slate covered roofs. The property had a typical two storey rear tenement which had a brick side elevation with a brick and stone gable end and […]

Survey in Newquay

Friday, 20 January, 2017

Colin Cockram recently undertook a survey on a detached former farm house tucked away in a rural location between Newquay and Chiverton Cross. When inspecting the rear left bedroom it was noted that there was very significant penetrating dampness evident between the junction of the ceilings and walls part of which is formed in a […]

Survey on an 1890 property

Wednesday, 11 January, 2017

Cockrams Surveying Ltd recently undertook a survey in Falmouth. The property is likely to have been constructed around 1890 which most likely included a single storey solid brick and stone scullery to the rear. This was extended to the side in the 1950s or 1960s and most likely under government grant assistance that was available […]

Survey on a semi-detached bungalow

Wednesday, 11 January, 2017

Cockrams Surveying Ltd recently undertook a survey on a semi-detached bungalow within Truro city. This was a probate sale and our instructions were to undertake an RICS Homebuyers Survey and Valuation. This property had a double pitched and hipped roof all covered with interlocking double Roman style concrete tiles over a cut timber rafter and […]

The use of cob and stone in traditional properties and external insulation

Friday, 14 October, 2016

Typically in Cornwall, very old properties are constructed of stone on the ground floor with cob on the first floor. This was probably due to the weight of lifting stone to the upper elevations but may also have been due to materials being readily available and costs of transportation. These materials have stood the test […]

Inspection of an exposed coastal property

Thursday, 6 October, 2016

A very exposed coastal property was inspected by Colin Cockram last week that had a series of mono-pitched roofs. The roof slopes were measured and were found to have a pitch of around 16 degrees. The tiles were also checked and it is estimated that there was a 100mm headlap. The type of tile was […]