What will this do for me?
Buy, and develop with confidence!
This great short book reveals the most common mistakes people make when buying and renovating listed property, and some hot tips of how to avoid them. The Listed Building Legislation in the UK is designed to protect our heritage, but if approached correctly your project can be viable.
How can I tell if there are likely to be hidden structural issues?
What does, and doesn't need listed building consent?
What processes do I need to have in place to make it a success?
To discover the thought process that is needed to avoid the pitfalls of poor purchasing, poorly conceived design, or simply to understand a little more, this guide is invaluable in making your path to listed building ownership, or listed property projects a smooth one.
The number one cause of cost and time over-runs on any Listed building project is poor planning, and failure to address the key questions in a timely way. There are also other factors to consider, but proper planning tends to bring these into check.
Learn about the building
Learn about the different grades of listed building and why these are important. Learn what help you need in the first instance to check the property over thoroughly. Find out how to check for some of the more common building defects yourself.
Spot some common issues
Recognise damp, structural issues, and precursors for rot and woodworm. Learn about ventilation and some of the things that can be simple to solve.
Understand how the project mechanics should work. Learn when to involve the Local Authority Conservation Officer, and how to approach a meeting with them. Which Consultants to use and when to bring them on board.
Love your home
Listed buildings are a joy, and the whole process of owning and refurbishing one can be too if you are aware of what to do, and how to do it. We love unraveling a property's history and can help you to appreciate it too.
The SA System, and what people say about it.
Reading this guide is just a first step along a defined path to success with Listed Property projects. We developed our unique system a few years ago after identifying the trend toward These unique and interesting projects going over time and over budget. We've had some great feedback about the benefits it has had for some of our customers. We'd love to share with you!
AFTER DOWNLOADING - A PLAN
Wed love it if you would contact us for a free project review see how, and some other FAQ's below:
No, not normally. We will of course visit later on in the process, but our initial consultation takes place by telephone, videoconference or office visit. The reason for this is simple, until we've decided that the project is a good fit, and we are the right company to take it on for you, this would be of little benefit to either of us. You can make a free 30 minute appointment by calling 01603 713528, or by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do not quote without all the information in place. The process is now a lot more complicated than design plans alone, so we need to fully assess the potential, and work involved in making applications, and design detailing before we quote. Typically the first stage will involve a paid detailed study of the site and your options before we start designing. This has the benefit of keeping costs down before the potential of the site is properly explored. In medical terms we do not rush into surgery before making a proper diagnosis!
Yes we can, but we only select a few projects each year. Typically we build or refurbish 3-5 properties a year, and these must fit with our aspirations in terms of quality and integrity of finish. If you are interested in a Design and build solution, contact us for an initial consultation on 01603 713528 and we'll let you know when we may have capacity if your project is of interest.