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I am so sorry you've got dry rot

15 September 2017By Tony RoseBlog
Whether you are purchasing a property, carrying out alteration work or happily living in your house, the discovery of dry rot can have a major impact on the building and your finances.  Dry rot is not as common as most people believe but it still exists.  Dry rot is a fungus which often causes extensive damage.  It is a brown rot...

Listed Buildings to buy or not to buy?

18 August 2017By Tony RoseBlog
If you are thinking of purchasing a listed building you will need to consider the advantages and disadvantages when it comes to alterations or improvements. Buildings which are likely to be listed have a special architectural and historic interest and the older the building the more likely it is to be listed. Listed buildings are Grade 1,  ...

The Floor Beneath our Feet

14 July 2017Blog
We are often instructed to investigate a defect or problem which has been highlighted in a mortgage valuation report. Common issues are cracks, suspicious construction work, damp, etc. Another defect that is identified is uneven or sloping ground floor slabs and as with any issue raised within a mortgage valuation report it can delay or even...

Another sporting success story!

04 January 2017By Rob PanterBlog
Building Surveyor, Henry Woodley has been selected as part of the British Triathlon 2017 Penticton ITU Aqua Bike World Championships! Henry is a very keen Triathlete, having competed in many local and national events. We are all very proud of Henry – this is a tremendous achievement and we will all be supporting Henry as he prepares for...

Going up in the World

14 December 2016By Tony RoseBlogUnder: Construction
From time to time, we all wish we had more space at home and generally you have two options: to extend or move. The more common option is to extend as this is generally cheaper than moving to a larger property. When extending, we tend to think about adding onto your property. One option, is to extend up and what better than to convert the large...

Invasive Species

13 September 2016By Tony RoseBlogUnder: Domestic
As Surveyors and Engineers, we often get asked to comment on trees and their effect on buildings. However, what is less often discussed is the presence of invasive plants when looking at potential development sites or properties. An invasive or non-native species can include fungus, plants or animals that is not natural to a specific location...

Science Fiction or Reality - Innovation in Housing

14 June 2016By Tony RoseBlogUnder: Design
We are all aware of the need to make buildings more energy efficient, resilient to climate change, low carbon footprint and sustainable. Innovation is key to achieving this and is nothing new with buildings evolving throughout time, often brought about because of the need to adapt and change in a developing world. Therefore, innovation plays an...

Appreciation of the Structural Engineer

17 March 2016By Tony RoseBlogUnder: Domestic
Most homeowners feel the need to alter or extend their property, either through necessity such as an expanding family or sudden health requirements or they simply want to enhance and improve their house. Very often, this requires the expertise and involvement of a structural engineer. However, when advised by their architect or builder that...

Snow - is your house prepared?

22 January 2016By Tony RoseBlogUnder: Domestic
It is that time of year when it gets a bit colder, when rain turns to ice and snow and temperatures drop below freezing. Today we design buildings to support various loads; for example the self-weight of building materials and its use. However, buildings are subject to other loads such as wind, rain and snow. Recently we have seen high levels of...

Home improvements - Beware

21 December 2015By Tony RoseBlogUnder: Domestic
As a Chartered Building Surveyor, I am often called in by homeowners in regards to a problem that has occurred to their property.  These problems may include dampness, rot to timber, condensation and structural issues that have developed.  Many of these can be caused by a lack of maintenance, breakdown of materials over a period of...

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