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In an ideal world, all buildings would be situated on level, stable ground, but of course, that isn't always possible. One of the problems of building on a slope is that the soil can move — and this might mean you need a retaining wall. What...

If you've considered having your home underpinned, you may have looked around to find out what the options are. You've probably come across the references to minipile and micropile as effective ways of doing this — but what do these terms mean? What exactly is...

Has someone mentioned underpinning a house before or that your house in particular needs underpinning? The suggestion strikes fear in many people. Part of that is because it can be an expensive process, but there are also many misunderstandings about underpinning and what it means...

If you hear about piles in the context of construction, you may think about major structures, such as bridges. While piling is certainly crucial in such projects, it can also be used for your home. What Is Piling? Piling is a way of securing the foundations of...

Buildings aren't invulnerable, and a wide variety of factors can lead to structural damage. Whether your home has suffered from subsidence, has experienced traumatic damage or (if it's an older building) is simply feeling its age, these concerns mean that you may need structural repairs...

Whenever you've bought a house, the chances are you'll have had a survey done to ensure you're not buying a property that will give you problems further down the line. This is the most common reason for having a construction survey done, but not the...

What Are the Different Types of Brick Around? Although modern buildings can be constructed from a wide variety of materials, bricks are the traditional material of choice in most parts of the UK. There’s something reassuring about a brick-build home, with its bond left clearly visible. But...

Terms like underpinning are thrown about in the construction industry, but it’s not always easy to be clear what they really mean. So what exactly is underpinning, what are underpinning foundation methods and what implications does it have if you need to have your home...

The building and construction industry is one of the foundations on which the modern world is built, so it’s not surprising this has always been so. The history of construction is not only as old as human civilisation, but even older. Ancient Construction The earliest forms of...