Re: This Old house
albert herbert hawkins wrote:space wrote:
If you are the moaning type, perhaps a grade II listed building wasn't the best buy for you.
Grade 2 is a very wide band. This is not a building of specific architectuaral interest and nobody famous lived there, it's just Georgian. The thing is as always with local authorities is the interpretation that they apply. Generally if there is an opportunity to be a cunt they are going to take a firm grip with both hands. The thing is we are not unreasonable at all. The UPVC conservatory for instance is being sorted with timber, the fabric of the building will be restored and protected. We just like a little confort and lower heating bills in the winter months. The way to achieve this is upgrading the loft insulation, not planning required. Thermal cladding to the internal walls, grey are this one as it is covered in plaster so who would know the difference. and the double glazed panels. Such panels have been used in sash windows with a much harder listing than ours, the vagary of the system though in the UK is that you are at the mercy of people who often hate you because you have more money than them.
In a 290k house? Don't flatter yourself.
Its actually a 600K house we got cheap as it needs a load of work, we've 80K set aside but I think it will top 100k. The district surveyor came in yesterday and said no to sealed glazed units in the sashes, this just seems the current trend as I know buildings with far more stringent listings than ours have been done. We'll get the sashes done and see how we go, we may choose to put the double glazed panels in later. The bonkers thing is the daft cow suggested secondary glazing as an alternative! She suggest some shit solution instead of tanking the basement which our surveyors is kicking the shit out of her over and winning. she's against internal wall insulation just because she is! We'll be revisiting that. She's happy for us to do something with the white UPVC conservatory - quell surprise! We'll propose straift timber replacement and dare her to object. Roof works are fine. Access steps to the front basement probably but she wants us to go the difficult way round. She's also happy for us to remove the skylight over the stairs which is very nice of her as we never asked for this in the first place.
Shame about Oracle man being no more.