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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 21 October 2013
We are about to embark on our own side extension and, because of our previous experience in trusting "the experts", have decided to act as our own build managers on this job.
(Our previous experience was a barn conversion, and were ripped off royally as we were foolish enough to appoint a build manager who simply employed just one subcontractor (a friend of his) to do all the work, so no chance to compare quotes and get the best deals).
We then had to spend a lot of time and effort rectifying problems caused by incompetent building work (flooding in the lounge for example because of the wrong dpm being used for cheapness). The build manager also pocketed the fees we paid him to pay for an NHBC guarantee, so we had all that to sort out as well.
This book is a mine of information, from the planning to the final completion, and covers all the stages in between - which is useful to get a feel of how a build actually progresses.
You also get the benefit of knowing what you are talking about as he provides a lot of detailed information on each of the components that should be used to get the job done properly. He points out, for example, that some builders will try and omit the cavity tray on an extension because it is a fiddly and time consuming job for them (but, of course is essential for you if you want a dry room at the end of a rainstorm).
It is a very useful source of reference, and I just wish that I had bought a book like this before, so that at least I could have argued over certain issues, rather than just being presented with a huge bill and an ocean of problems to rectify.
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on 17 June 2012
This book is a useful collation of information spanning the totality of the work from initial concepts to final sign off. It has a wide range of useful tips at each stage, and should enable a novice to approach the project with confidence. I guess I found the cover picture a bit confusing as it suggests the book includes details of construction techniques: it does not - if you want this level of detail you will need a more rigourous almanac or such-like.
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on 28 June 2012
This book was helpful as we had a leak in the roof and couldn't afford to pay a roofer. We managed to work out what we needed to purchase and how to fix it with the help in the book which is easy to read and understand. Will probably be using it a lot more too!
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on 31 January 2013
Bought to increase knowledge of house builds and extensions for a current project. Neat little book. Really easy to understand. Useful ideas and tips. Written by knowledgeable person. Recommend it.
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on 5 May 2013
This is a very good introduction to the subject. It is clear and has many useful diagrams. The one way I feel it could be better is if the publisher had made use of a copy editor, but that is a small criticism.
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on 18 September 2013
Anyone who's building an extension will really benefit from the very well presented information and sound advice in this book. Excellent!!
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on 23 February 2014
Thinking of an extension of which a lot would have to be self project managed. This book gave me a good insight into what is involved and what is achievable. A must for those wanting an extension.
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on 23 November 2013
A good book also got house builders bible which was also good very pleased with both,just have get on and build now!
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on 22 October 2014
Excellent book . Essential reading for anyone thinking about such a project.
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on 28 September 2014
as advertised
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