A really nice link and description of mathematical tiles. These tiles were popularly used on the south and south east of England as alternatives to brick work, we had always understood that his was to save on “brick tax” but the article suggests that they may predate this. We come across them occasionally when carrying out building surveys of older and listed properties – most recently at a hotel and pub in Canterbury. Read more about the tiles at the English Buildings blog here
A Q&A in the Daily Telegraph about replacing flat roof coverings and the need for building regulation approval and for the roof to be insulated to a greater standard – here. The article is not quite correct as it is only when more than 50% of a thermal element is being renewed that enhanced insulation is required, [building regulations part L1b paras 5.7 & 5.8 here]. There are some exceptions for listed and older buildings but these are carefully referred to as “may” apply. In many cases the enhanced insulation can be achieved very straightforwardly but there is of course a cost implication. Call us for more guidance and advice in London and Kent.
The RICS [Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors] launches the RICS Condition Report as a complimentary product to a mortgage valuation. Details here
And another tale of property conman getting caught and convicted here and more detail here
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