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Moving to Essex, survey? Worried about high subsidence risk flagged up by mortgage valuation? Wondering if you need a full building survey Essex?

Building Survey Essex Moving to Essex? Worried about high subsidence risk flagged up by mortgage valuation? Building survey Essex : Often, we receive calls from house buyers who have just had a mortgage valuation carried out by others asking “my

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Building Survey Extension Plans Canvey common question flood risk assessment

Building Survey Extension Plans Canvey Common Question flood risk assessment Building Survey Extension Plans Canvey : We carry out quite a few pre house purchase home full building surveys in Canvey Island. Our customers often ask :  would they need to produce

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Home Extension in Canvey Island Castlepoint Essex

Home Extension Canvey Island Castlepoint Essex Due to the changes into categories of the GPDO or permitted development rules, it is amazing what can be done under PD and this extension originally was designed with PD compliance in mind. However

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Recent interesting pub building survey

Recent Interesting Pub Building Survey : Pub in Essex (Near London) We recently carried out a pre purchase pub building survey for a pub in Chigwell Essex. This was interesting in that it was timber framed to the original areas

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What is CIOB?

MB Design & Surveyors Limited is CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) Regulated. So what is CIOB? The Chartered Institute of Building is a worldwide professional body that represents construction and property professionals who work within the building environment. Chartered members

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Is it possible to add additional storey’s or loft convert existing commercial property?

We are asked often whether it is possible to for example add an additional storey to a flat roofed commercial building or to loft convert an existing commercial property. The answer is normally yes, depending on planning considerations with the

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How do I know if a loft conversion is practically possible, where do I start?

Many people ask themselves the question, do I move and pay out stamp duty and moving expenses or do I stay put and extend or convert the loft of my existing property in order to add the extra space needed?

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HMO Development

The Term HMO stands for Houses in Multiple Occupation , this essentially means residential accommodation with shared facilities such as kitchens , drying facilities etc. They are important, as they provide an affordable option for student accommodation, or short term

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Mikes New Architectural ART DECO style

We’ve enclosed a link of an architectural style we are developing here at MBrebner Architectural Design and Building Surveyors just really to show our 3D presentation capability which could be of interest to people requiring planning drawings and those who

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Permitted Development Rights

From May 2013, the Permitted Development Rights will change, householders will be able to build larger single storey extensions. The size limits will increase from 4 metres to 8 metres for detached properties and 3 metres to 6 metres for any other

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