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It’s hardly surprising that so many of us are trying to find ways of increasing the living space in our homes. Not only are British homes smaller on average than in most developed countries, we also have one of the lowest uses of basements in...

Whether you’re adding an extension, doing renovations or building a new home, it’s an expensive process, and you don’t want to waste money on the construction or underpinning cost, especially as lenders tend not to offer as good a deal on a loan or mortgage...

Fire and flooding are perhaps the most common types of damage for a home or business premises. Obviously, the immediate priorities are to make sure everyone’s safe and the short-term threat is neutralised, but then the clean-up starts. Whether it’s your home or your established place...

However fine your house is, it won’t last long if the foundations are substandard. Even if they were good when the building was put up, many things can compromise them. Building Underpinning could be your answer! What Makes Foundations Fail? Your foundations could be failing simply because...

There are various ways of creating or underpinning foundations, each of which works in the right situation. Perhaps the most broadly effective, though, especially for underpinning, is piling. This has the advantage of creating secure foundations in unstable conditions. Piling comes in a number of...

Many people will tell you, usually on the basis of inexpert knowledge, not to buy a house if there’s any sign of building subsidence, even past subsidence that’s been fully repaired. While subsidence is a serious matter, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should give up...

Cracks in buildings are most often the result of movement, whether that’s caused by subsidence, failed materials or disturbance, and failure to deal with the problem may lead to the building’s collapse. Fortunately, though, building maintenance helps to know how to repair the damage. There...

Compared with many other countries, very few UK homes have basements. This is beginning to change, though, as homeowners looking for extension options are realising that extending your home down has both practical and financial advantages. A basement can be used for anything from an entertainment...

Structural damage to your property can seem like a major disaster, but sometimes it’s easier to fix than you might expect. If substantial work is needed, it may be covered by your insurance, and the building foundation will be left strong and sound. Building Foundation Subsidence The most...