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wirral building and construction

Building and construction services, Wirral

This blog will provide you with information about construction services and what to expect from a professional and what to look out for when employing tradesmen

FMB Builder Wirral

wirral building construction Posted on Sun, April 08, 2012 19:15:00

G C Foster is registerd as a Member of the Federation of Master Builders and TrustMark.



Wirral loft conversions

wirral building construction Posted on Sun, March 18, 2012 20:34:22

Thinking of moving? Simply out grown your home? No luck selling?

Many homes can be extended or converted to suit you and your growing family, the cost of moving to a larger home can be expensive, converting your loft for example can add value to home be a lot cheaper than moving and make your home more sellable in the future.

There’s a lot to consider when converting your loft, we have an architect that can go through your ideas and plans for you to get the best of your available space.

We like to work local; we’re able to provide a better service to our clients.

Wirral and surrounding areas, Local people, Local knowledge, Lower costs!



Welcome

wirral building construction Posted on Sun, February 26, 2012 18:11:37

With 20 years of experience in property maintenance, building and construction on the Wirral and beyond, GC Foster is a prime example of what you should look for in a trades person.

We have worked with many local companies on the Wirral, some of them good and some bad and therefore we have a good knowledge of who you should be using and who you shouldn’t for your building projects.

If you have a building, construction or property maintenance requirement, how do you know you are getting a good deal?

Five key things to consider are:

1. Identify at least 3 quotes for the work, so that you can make a comparable.

2. Assess whether you are making the decision or whether you are being pushed into spending more?

3. Where possible try to gain a quote where the price is fixed, then any over runs or material costs are the contractors problem not yours.

4. Seek out customers who have had previous work done (this can be difficult as no one is really going to direct you to poor workmanship) and at least if nothing else you can see the workmanship and establish whether it is to your standard.

5. GC foster will work with you to establish your requirements and project manage if required. We encourage the customer to make there own decisions and even purchase the materials themselves, with us only charging for time served.

If you have a property maintenance, building or construction requirement on the Wirral (Wallasey, Moreton, Meols, West Kirby, Heswall, Pensby, Barnston, Bebington, bromborough etc…) then contact us today for an informal discussion, without obligation, contact Gary on:

T: +44(0)151 637 0097
M: 07815 172 999

E: info@gcfoster.co.uk



Planning

wirral building construction Posted on Sun, February 26, 2012 17:21:48

Full plans method

  • Detailed plans of the project, location and site are required. The specification of the materials that will be used is also needed.
  • In certain circumstances, e.g. when using steel beams to support floors, structural calculations will be required.
  • The plans will be checked to ensure the proposal complies with the Building Regulations. If it does not then you will be contacted about amending the plans.
  • When the application complies with the Building Regulations you will be sent an Approval Notice.
  • You can start work after you have given 48 hours notice, but remember until your plans are approved there is a risk that you may have to redo some of the work.
  • The work on site will be inspected at various stages. But the builder will know that if he follows the approved plans the work will comply with the Building Regulations.

Building notice method

A location/site plan is required but more details can be requested if needed. You must provide them by the date given.

  • Structural calculations can be required.
  • A detailed check of the proposals is not carried out.
  • You will be sent a letter stating your Building Notice has been accepted.
  • As with full plans, work can start after 48 hours notice has been given.
  • The work will be inspected as with the full plans method. But your builder has no approved plan to work to. If any work does not comply with the Building Regulations it will be necessary to change it or even take it down.
  • Building Notices are well suited to simple jobs such as installing a new bathroom or central heating system. They should be used with care for more complex projects.

Is a fee payable?

The total fees are the same for each method. With full plans, part of the fee is paid when the plans are deposited. For the remainder the applicant is invoiced after the first inspection. With a building notice, the whole fee is paid when the building notice is given.



Who gives the notification

wirral building construction Posted on Sun, February 26, 2012 17:20:45

You may submit the application yourself or you may engage someone to do it for you. If an agent is employed all correspondence will be directed to him or her.

How is notification given?

There are two ways of giving notice of the proposed work:-

  • Submitting full plans, or
  • Giving a building notice

The following notes explain the main differences in the two methods.



When is notification required

wirral building construction Posted on Sun, February 26, 2012 17:18:12
  • Notification needs to be given when you intend to:
  • Erect a building e.g. new dwelling
  • Extend an existing building e.g. kitchen extension
  • Make structural alterations to a building e.g. remove a load bearing wall
  • Convert a loft e.g. make a new bedroom in the roof space
  • Install services and fittings e.g. install central heating
  • Change of use of a building e.g. convert a house to flats
  • Erect a large conservatory e.g. floor area greater than 30m²
  • Recovering a roof

Notification is required before any relevant work commences on site.



What are building regulations

wirral building construction Posted on Sun, February 26, 2012 17:17:19

Building Regulations set performance standards in the design and construction of buildings ensuring the health and safety of people in and around those buildings. They also incorporate measures to conserve fuel and power, and ensure the provision of facilities for disabled people.



Building regulations

wirral building construction Posted on Sun, February 26, 2012 17:15:48

Fees are charged for Building Regulation approval, but expert advice is available free. We positively encourage enquiries before building regulation applications are made so we can help you to receive approval quickly. We aim to deal with all applications within the statutory time of five weeks, or eight weeks by agreement.



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