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Hitting the deck. Your garden as outdoor living space.

Anyone who has a garden, however small or large, knows what a difference outdoor living makes to your wellbeing when you can use it. During the winter months, the garden is simply a view through the window, but come spring, it can become an extra and ever-changing room, a part of your living space.     … Continue reading “Hitting the deck. Your garden as outdoor living space.”

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Top of the crops – becoming self-sufficient

An ideal for many people is to become self-sufficient. Living ‘the good life’, with an environmentally-friendly ‘grow-your-own’ food mentality, is now perhaps more relevant today than ever before. The idea that people can use their outdoor space to sustain their own produce is appealing, as many of us have gardens or other external areas that … Continue reading “Top of the crops – becoming self-sufficient”

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Home ownership. Living the dream

It’s been a rite of passage for many people of many generations, but in Britain in the 21st century, home ownership is becoming more difficult to make a reality. In spite of adverse conditions in the housing market, including a shortage of suitable properties, rising prices and unfavourable mortgage terms, why do young Britons still … Continue reading “Home ownership. Living the dream”

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Converted to new-build

Pros and cons of self-build v conversion It’s an age-old argument as to whether it’s better to start from scratch, or buy to renovate or extend. As to be expected, the answer depends on what you hope to get out of your home and how much money you have available for your project. Many areas … Continue reading “Converted to new-build”

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Your best laid plans for a new-build

What do Building Regulations mean you can and can’t do when you are building a house? Building Regulations in the United Kingdom are an essential part of any construction development. What is deemed permissible and what is not has a huge impact on the extent to which properties can be altered. It also covers new-build … Continue reading “Your best laid plans for a new-build”

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Starting from the ground up

When you’re choosing the location to build your ideal home, there are a variety of factors to consider.

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What makes the perfect plot for self-build?

If you have ambitions to develop land by building a property on it, when it comes to finding the perfect plot, it’s important that you bear some simple rules in mind. Sometimes the plot can already have development approval and planning permission in place. While others will simply be a plot of land, a blank slate … Continue reading “What makes the perfect plot for self-build?”

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Architecturally, how much have things changed?

Cheshire is a county known for its rolling plain, natural hedgerows and woodlands. Its picturesque towns and villages are a fundamental part of its charm. The countryside is steeped in history. Architecturally it has a vivid and distinctive atmosphere. It’s not a place you can erect blocks of concrete and glass. However, modern innovations can … Continue reading “Architecturally, how much have things changed?”

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Luxury lakeside development achieves regional industry award

We’re pleased to have won the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) award for ‘Best Small Development in the Northwest’. Our Mill Pool residential development in Rushton, Cheshire, has scooped the award. Consequently, it will now be pitted against winners from around the UK at the Grand Final in London in November. Exclusive self-build projects Based … Continue reading “Luxury lakeside development achieves regional industry award”

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VAT Exemptions for Self-Building vs. Converting

In our last blog post about financing a self-build project (click here to read if you missed it!), we touched upon exemptions from paying tax. Today, we’d like to go into that in a bit more detail! Keep reading to get clued up on VAT exemptions when self-building, compared with converting an existing building. Claiming … Continue reading “VAT Exemptions for Self-Building vs. Converting”

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