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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...

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We assume that any building needs a foundation. It’s so obvious that we use it widely as a metaphor — the foundation of arguments, beliefs, organisations and so on. The foundation is what makes anything safe and secure. So can you really build a house...

If your home has a basement, or if you’re thinking of adding a basement, you already have an advantage over most properties. What are you going to do with space, though?  Traditionally, basements have tended to be relegated to marginal uses such as storage or...

The Pile foundation is most commonly associated with strengthening a building’s existing foundations through underpinning, but this isn’t its only use. Piling is also sometimes the most suitable technique for new-build foundations. The crucial factor is frequently the type of soil below the structure. Soil Quality...