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Re: Estbury basements, London basement company

You will probably find the prices for constructing a basement shell priced relatively tightly. If you go with a regular building team who then subcontract, then they will take a 10-20% margin on top. If you go for one of the branded basement specialists, then they have to cover the overheads of webs...
Replies: 13
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:51 am

Re: Help - re planning / budgeting a major house refurb

It's really difficult to get precise numbers on budgets before starting a project. No matter how carefully you scope it out, you'll almost certainly find your estimates are too low. The old joke about building work generally costing double your first estimate has some truth. Things get discovered on...
Replies: 9
Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:27 am

Re: Husband won't help my sister with school fees

Wow. That last comment above was spectacularly offensive and sexist.
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Replies: 52
Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:50 pm

Re: Husband won't help my sister with school fees

Private education for two kids at a decent day school all the way up to 18 can cost £500-600,000, or nearly £1m before tax. Even for the sorts of people who live round nappy valley that's an enormous commitment. If it were for some life saving medical treatment then I'd understand where you were com...
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Replies: 52
Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:23 am

Re: Basement ceiling height

Interesting, thanks The house is pretty wide - 7 metres - so hopefully that would avoid the corridor effect, as I agree it can look a bit odd The ground floor is about 3.25m ceiling height and the first floor is 2.85m. The first floor rooms feel spacious which is why we originally thought 2.8m, thou...
Replies: 7
Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:00 pm

Re: Basement ceiling height

Thanks very much. The room at the back is going to be quite large so it sounds like 3.0m makes sense
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Wed Sep 21, 2016 4:18 pm

Basement ceiling height

We're close to pressing the button on a basement extension. Has anyone whose done one got any thoughts on what ceiling height we should go for. The plans are currently for 2.8m, but I'm nervous even this might not be enough to avoid it feeling enclosed. Obviously deeper is more expensive though! Any...
Replies: 7
Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:02 pm

Re: Buying a house that is a MAJOR renovation project - Advice please!

For people who've used a design and build firm for a complex project, how did you go about keeping the tender process competitive when presumably at the stage of appointment you only have an outline plan of the work involved.
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Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:59 am

Re: Waxed Floors Battersea Rise

Their floors are high quality and undoubtedly beautiful, but I had such a bad experience in the store with a snooty receptionist we decided to rule them out, as in my experience if a supplier is unengaged before you even sign a contract, any problems further down the line are going to be painful to ...
Replies: 17
Thu Feb 04, 2016 11:34 am

Re: Architect or design and build for a large project?

Thanks for everyone's your replies. Really helpful stuff. I've got pretty clear ideas on floor plan, layout etc, so it definitely sounds like architects fees will be a waste of money. What I'm still struggling to get my head around is how the tendering process works if you go down the design and bui...
Replies: 14
Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:57 am

Re: Architect or design and build for a large project?

Thanks everyone for all the thoughtful posts - really appreciated, and a lot of things to think about. Taking on a project like this is unsurprisingly quite a steep learning curve! As LP73 says, it was quite a shock to realise a lot of architects and project managers just charge on a percentage of p...
Replies: 14
Tue Jan 26, 2016 8:54 am

Architect or design and build for a large project?

We are thinking of doing a pretty big building project with a loft, side return, basement and a full refurb, and are just doing the initial research on the building firms that do a lot of this sort of work. There seems to be a split of opinion amongst friends between getting an architect to tender t...
Replies: 14
Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:49 pm

Noise reduction and windows

Has anyone had any success with reducing noise from the road outside their house? We on a road that gets a fair few cars cutting through, and while the double-glazing on the sash windows does a reasonable job reducing the noise, it's not perfect. I'm happy to spend a bit of money if there's a soluti...
Replies: 13
Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:09 am

Re: Brick cleaning - costs and is it a good idea

Thanks for the feedback both of you. Very helpful. Will report back when I've had a few more quotes in!
Replies: 6
Mon Oct 19, 2015 1:16 pm

Brick cleaning - costs and is it a good idea

We've just moved to a new house in the area with red brick walls that look a bit grimy. I've been looking into getting the bricks cleaned, but hear mixed reports about the damage acid can cause. Has anyone got experience of getting bricks cleaned? Does it cause a lot of damage to the front garden/wi...
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Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:11 am