Yearly Archives: 2012

May 2nd, 2012

Solar panel tariff appeal loss for government

The government has failed to get permission to appeal to the Supreme Court over its plan to cut subsidies for solar panels on homes. Read the full story at – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17490096 What will this mean: Anybody who had a domestic solar scheme finished before 12 December 2011 gets the old rate of 43.3p per kilowatt…

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April 25th, 2012

Seek advice regarding planning permission and permitted development rights before building a loft conversion or you could end up in situation like this…..

A gentleman in Berkhamsted installed dormer windows as part of his £30,000 loft conversion without the relevant planning permission and  has now been ordered to remove them by council officials. In order to meet the councils requirements, he will have to spend £10,000.The council have subsequently warned others to apply for planning permission before changing their…

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April 19th, 2012

Councils are set to ease over-crowding in homes by building loft conversions

Sandwell Council have launched a pilot scheme to ease overcrowding in council homes by converting lofts into bedrooms. Simon Hackett, Sandwell Council’s member for housing said: “Overcrowding and under occupancy are serious problems in Sandwell which we are determined to tackle to give people a decent home to live in. This pilot scheme shows the…

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April 4th, 2012

Thank you for visiting our stand at the Home Building & Renovating Show held at the NEC last week!

Thank you for visiting our stand at the Home Building & Renovating Show held at the NEC last week! We had a great response and took many enquiries for quotations and surveys. If you left your details with us but are yet to hear from our surveyor then please rest assured that he will contact…

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March 27th, 2012

Just 2 days to go untill The Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2012 at the NEC, Birmingham

We have a few pointers for you if you are planning on visiting the Home Building & Renovating Show at the NEC, Birmingham in search of ideas for a loft conversion: 1. Firstly we would advise that you visit our stand JI55 where we can provide advice, ideas and costing where necessary and we can answer…

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March 27th, 2012

Mr & Mrs Griffiths, Harborne

We would like to express our sincere thanks to everyone at Charles Grosvenor for the excellent job on our loft conversion, we are absolutely delighted with the result. The expertise and perfectionism of the whole building team was second to none and the communication and personal service from everyone in the office gave us reassurance all the…

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March 27th, 2012

Can I see completed examples of your work?

Once we have completed the feasibility survey we can offer you a number of viewing addresses for loft conversions similar to your proposed works within your area.  In Addition to this we have a loft conversion show room at our head office, please see our website for more details on this.

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March 22nd, 2012

Rated People.com – Is it all it claims to be?

Various forums and website discussion boards are coming up with mixed opinions on the popular website www.ratedpeople.com which helps homeowners find local quality tradesmen, some builders are even going as far as claiming the website is a ‘scam’. Charles Grosvenor Ltd are registered with the company and received various successful leads so we are happy…….however…

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March 14th, 2012

Is building your own home the way forward? According to The Daily Express today it is!

Following on from yesterday’s blog, i found an article printed in The Daily Express regarding building your own home. It makes very interesting reading and you can see the full article by following the link below: http://www.express.co.uk/money/view/307944/-Perfect-property-is-all-our-own-work– Happy Building!

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March 13th, 2012

Should people build their own homes…..or even build their own loft conversion?

With the number of home improvement programmes such as ‘Grand Designs’ being shown more frequently on our televisions, its asked the question as to whether we should really be encouraging the population to take up DIY housebuilding? The government are hoping to double the number of people building their own homes but planners (who are supportive…

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