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Snagging and defects / Re: Cavity Wall Insulation Below DPC
« Last Post by Bri on September 29, 2020, 11:42:28 pm »
I`ve mentioned this to the developer several times without any reply to my question. Slugs, woodlice and beetles all come in from this area. As in my other post, there is a DPC fitted high up on the house that breaks the expansion joints even though the expansion joints are all wrong.  I would guess my cavity wall is full of debris too.
When they remove the blocks to take out this DPC i`ll shine a torch down and look.
The MD will not come out to see me even though I`ve escalated these faults many times.
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House Prices and the housing market / Re: Defects devaluing house.
« Last Post by Bri on September 29, 2020, 09:45:35 pm »
This is the 4th time scaffold has been up. In total it`s nearly 15 months.
All the render is being removed from the house.
Helibars need fitting
A DPC that has been fitted 3/4 up the house needs removing.
Expansion joints are not correct and need fixing.
Expansion joint is 20mm plus wide.
The vertical mortar joints are 40mm in lots of places.
The mortar is crumbling. I can rub it away with my finger.
It is a Yellow colour like sand.
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Snagging and defects / Re: Garage too small
« Last Post by SGP on September 28, 2020, 02:15:48 am »
I cant edit, but 2.1m just seems much too small.

Even wikipedia says:
Typically, a small British single garage is 8 by 16 feet (2.4 m × 4.9 m), a medium single garage is 9 by 18 feet (2.7 m × 5.5 m), and a large single garage is 10 by 20 feet (3.0 m × 6.1 m)

It's smaller than whats considered small!
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Snagging and defects / Garage too small
« Last Post by SGP on September 28, 2020, 02:13:37 am »
We were never told what size the garage would be, but were simply told it would be enough for 2 cars. (front-to-back)

The house was finished back in April, but the garage was finished a couple of weeks ago, after our last site visit.

We moved in on Friday and the garage opening is 2100mm, which doesn't fit our 2125mm car.

It's our only parking and we feel conned.

What can we do?
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Snagging and defects / Re: Cracked Redrow home-all Warwick's?
« Last Post by mike306 on September 27, 2020, 10:00:19 pm »
I have just been called by one of the other owners on the estate with a cracked Warwick. She has Redrow coming out tomorrow to look at their crack as they are within their first 2 years.  She wanted to know what to say as Redrow are already trying to tell her that the is just a bit of settlement and that they will fill it with something.

I didn't know quite what to tell her but advised her to push them for a written cause and proper investigation. She is also going to show the pics of my house and ask why it is happening to all the Warwick's.

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Snagging and defects / Re: Cracked Redrow home-all Warwick's?
« Last Post by mike306 on September 27, 2020, 08:12:54 pm »
I'm still baffled why the NHBC are being so obstructive and dismissive.

No two houses will have the exact same defect or state of defect so each will need a separate report.
Even though the cause will probably be the same, as it is the same house type on the same development presumably with the same contractors and same incorrect building drawings.

The NHBC report will, in all likelihood, be proved incorrect so they will pay for your report and investigation.

Actually I think it goes further than that... The same house type on multiple Redrow developments!
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Snagging and defects / Re: "Safety" glass
« Last Post by steelseries85 on September 26, 2020, 04:40:21 pm »
Thank you very much for your advice. Using your reference to building regs and knowledge of the NHBC inspection process - I was able to determine that they installed the safety glass just to get it to pass inspection.

However after much pushing - they've agreed and completed work to change the front windows of the house to top opening windows that have safety glass in the bottom panes.

Cheers again.  8)
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Snagging and defects / Re: What is deemed "acceptable" in terms of damage?
« Last Post by steelseries85 on September 26, 2020, 04:37:40 pm »
So in fairness, I sent an email and they seem to have resolved the majority of the issues. The damage to the canopy was repaired, if you look closely you can see the repair but nothing outside that.

The doorbell though I'm gonna have to wait to see what they did, because it just looks like they've put more roughcast render in the hole. Completion is in 14 days - will keep you updated.
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Landscaping and Gardening / Re: Building a pond
« Last Post by New Home Expert on September 26, 2020, 09:32:45 am »
What you are describing I think is a plunge pool.
Try googling it.  Looks like a lot of expense and maintenance, (especially with UK weather) to me.
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Snagging and defects / Re: Cracked Redrow home-all Warwick's?
« Last Post by New Home Expert on September 26, 2020, 09:30:36 am »
I'm still baffled why the NHBC are being so obstructive and dismissive.

No two houses will have the exact same defect or state of defect so each will need a separate report.
Even though the cause will probably be the same, as it is the same house type on the same development presumably with the same contractors and same incorrect building drawings.

The NHBC report will, in all likelihood, be proved incorrect so they will pay for your report and investigation.
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