Home Refurbishment: Project management

Major refurbishment work often involves coordinating several jobs, such as external or internal wall insulation, re-roofing, painting, decoration, kitchen or bathroom installation, window replacement etc.

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The potential for undertaking the project yourself will depend on two main things – the complexity of the property and how accomplished and skilled a DIYer you are. In some cases it can be worth appointing or hiring the service of an architect, building surveyor or builder who can:

  • Draw up a programme of works designed to minimise disturbance to occupants.
  • Produce a budget and breakdown of costings.
  • Organise planning applicationa and liaise with Building Control.
  • Prepare drawings and specifications for builders to price from, and for the Building Regs application.
  • Invite quotes or tender the work to an agreed list of contractors.
  • Project manage and administer the contract, including site visit.

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Why insulate your home?

If only you could see clouds of £20 notes floating out of your walls, windows, doors and roofs, you would waste no time in plugging the gaps through which they’re escaping.  As energy bills have rocketed in recent years coupled with climate change awareness which has been attributed to extreme flood, amazon fire and heat wave, there are compelling reasons why investing time and money insulating your home is worthwhile for everyone.

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For one thing, properties are increasingly rated and valued on the basis of their energy performance. There’s also the comforting though that with your carbon footprint reduced to the size of a pea, you’re doing your bit to beat climate change.

The benefits of insulating

  • A warmer home in the colder seasons.
  • Reduced fuel bills (over 60% of domestic energy consumed is for space heating).
  • Reduced condensation, damp and mould.
  • Greater comfort with fewer draughts.
  • A cooler home in hotter summer months.
  • Improved EPC rating to qualify for grants and add value.
  • A more eco-friendly building
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Home Improvement: Do I need a planning permission?

Do you want to create more space in your home, make it more energy efficient or perhaps you are looking to self-build? Whether your project is large or small, certain rules will apply in the form of permitted development rights and planning permission. Permitted development rights allow you to make minor changes to your property without having to apply for planning permission.

To find out whether your home improvement or large scale commercial project needs planning permission or building regulations approval, the UK government Planning Portal is the best place to start from. The planning portal website has a common projects and interactive guides to find out about permitted development limits or explore in-depth guidance to understand about what you need to consider at each stage of your project. To make sure everything is alright, contact your local authority, especially if you’re living in a conservative area, an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, a World Heritage site, a National Park, or Norfolk or Suffolk Broads, where stricter planning restrictions will apply.

 

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How to bleed radiators and optimise your Home plumbing

Bleeding or removal of air from your heating system can be undertaken safely by an average DIYer. However working on gas is not something to attempt as a DIY activity, this should be left to skilled, accredited and registered individuals.

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Wet central heating systems (radiators and other heat emitters) can accumulate what’s generally referred to as air – more accurately oxygen drawn into the system during normal operation or hydrogen formation as a by-product of electrolytic corrosion. This reduces the effectiveness of your heating system and generates excess noise.

If your radiators feel hot at the base but cool nearer the top, this is a sign that there is air in the system. To tackle this you first need to turn off your central heating boiler. Then take a rag and a radiator bleed key, which can be bought from most DIY outlets, and make your way to the highest point on your heating circuit – an upstairs radiator. Insert the bleed key into the bleed valve located at the top of the radiator at either the end of the radiator or behind the radiator. The bleed screw is identifiable by its square head and small size.

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Place your clean rag underneath the bleed screw to absorb the small amount of water that will be released when you turn it, then insert your bleed key into the bleed screw and turn it anti-clockwise to loosen the screw. Never undo the screw completely as it can fall out of the radiator allowing water to escape uncontrollably. If water trickles out immediately turn the bleed key clockwise to close the valve, this radiator is free from air. If air or hydrogen is present a hissing sound will be heard. Leave the bleed screw undone until the hissing is replaced by trickling water. At this point, turn off the bleed valve by turning the screw clockwise. Don’t over tighten the screw as it can be easily damaged.

Hydrogen gas is flammable so ensure that no naked flames are in the room whilst you are undertaking this task. Once you have done all the upstairs and downstairs radiators, the system should be largely free from air.

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