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UK strengthens energy performance requirements in Part L of the Building Regulations

The UK Government strengthens energy performance requirements in Part L (conservation of fuel and power) of the Building Regulations and wound down. The note sets out how government intends to proceed with each of the standards examined in the Housing standards review consultation. Part L of the Building Regulations has been amended in 2013 and includes new versions of L1A, L2A,…

Waltham Forest Council’s quick guide to home extensions

Waltham Forest Council has created a brief guide to home extensions and alterations and it can be accessed for free on its website (you will need a PDF reader). The document, its said is an “Extract from Residential Extensions and Alterations SPD” adopted in 2010. This document is a shortened version of Waltham Forest’s Residential Extensions and Alterations Supplementary Planning…

Similar house extensions with different materials

When it comes to designing and constructing a house extension the only limits are the ones we accept. But, generally speaking, the straight lines and simple architecture will almost always win if we’re looking for elegance, tradition and cost efficiency. Here is a similar design for two different houses, but built with different materials; sourced on Flickr (copyright Roger Wollstadt…

Cheaper house extensions in 2014

Building extensions to an existing property is not a walk in park. It entails a broad set of activities but, more important, is a patience testing decision. Prices go between £15.000 to £48.000 and it’s usually the type of decision one makes after considering more than the just the budget involved. Before anything, it’s a matter of confort or business…