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Bloor Homes / Re: Bloor show home purchase - bad experience
« Last Post by New Home Expert on March 21, 2019, 06:42:51 am »
It is up to you to not accept it and the incorrect justifications by Bloor Homes of the bodges proposed.
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Bloor Homes / Re: Bloor show home purchase - bad experience
« Last Post by Bri on March 20, 2019, 08:32:31 pm »
Had 4 contractors out to inspect for Bloor. All have said, the deck needs ripping out, lowered to correct level and correct distance from the house.

Bloor is now saying they will cut deck back by 15mm and fill the gap with pebbles for drainage.

They have laid artificial grass on one side that is level with the decking. It is laid on top of boards which are rotting.
I know this is not how grass should be laid. What if I fall through one of these rotted boards?

Bloor Homes, are going against the advice from the contractors to do a cheap fix.
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Welcome - Member Introductions / Re: Repton Park, Ashford
« Last Post by New Home Expert on March 20, 2019, 02:49:50 pm »
Welcome to the forum.
I hope your Taylor Wimpey experience is better than most who have posted!
Please do have your home professionally snagged and inspected BEFORE you move in.
I suggest Tim Fee at Snagging Inspections.co.uk  tel07768 900200
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Welcome - Member Introductions / Repton Park, Ashford
« Last Post by Repton buyer on March 20, 2019, 11:33:32 am »
Morning.
I am a new person to the forum who is most of the way through a new house experience with Taylor Wimpey.

I plan on sorting my notes and diary of contact etc into a decent size post detailing the full experience so once I find the time to do that, please look out for it.

Happy home building to those also going through this.
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Snagging and defects / Re: Very cold new build + other queries
« Last Post by New Home Expert on March 20, 2019, 09:01:53 am »
The first house for each house type on any site are supposed to be air tightness.
I would imagine the one next door may have been tested as it has the higher leakage rate.
Even then it can and is, fiddled!
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Snagging and defects / Re: Very cold new build + other queries
« Last Post by user2000 on March 19, 2019, 09:30:21 am »
Came across the proper EPC for my property.

It says "Air Tightness" and in the description "Air permeability 4.5 m³/h.m² (assumed)" - now remember I also had this page in the EPC for my semi detached neighour, and hers said in the description "Air permeability 6.0 m³/h.m² (assumed)"

Hmmm - so neither of these two houses were actually tested - and why does mine have a lower assumed air permeability than the exact same (but mirrored) semi detached house next door?  At the time of construction there were NO house types like these two as far as I am aware - they were designed in conjunction with the housing association and Stewart Milne.  Our two semi detached houses were certainly the first of their kind built on this estate - then six months later they constructed another two, and now they have almost finished a final two of the same type to give 6 in total.

I don't know what to think about all that?!?
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Snagging and defects / Re: Very cold new build + other queries
« Last Post by user2000 on March 19, 2019, 07:26:51 am »
I thank you once again.

I had just been thinking about the fire risk last night and this just confirms my fears.

I will report back after I've had my "lesson" from this "site manager" today.
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Snagging and defects / Re: Very cold new build + other queries
« Last Post by New Home Expert on March 19, 2019, 07:23:54 am »
You definitely have issues with cold air from outside getting in.
The pictures are quite clear and this breaches building regulations.

More of a concern is the revelation that this is a semi=detached house AND timber frame.
Any breaks in the fire barrier could have serious consequences.
http://www.brand-newhomes.co.uk/timber-frame-new-home-fire.htm
http://www.brand-newhomes.co.uk/quality-issues-with-timber-frame-new-homes.htm


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Snagging and defects / Re: Very cold new build + other queries
« Last Post by user2000 on March 18, 2019, 09:21:57 am »
Sorry that last picture should read that the next door semi is on the LEFT hand side of the stairs.  Also my house sits a foot or so above the semi next door.
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Snagging and defects / Re: Very cold new build + other queries
« Last Post by user2000 on March 18, 2019, 09:18:35 am »
OK, I'm understanding a bit better.

So, looking at my photo above - "CEILING ABOVE LARGE BEDROOM WINDOW" does this show that it has not been sealed properly at the ceiling level, or that the seal has broken - or is that to be expected?

Obviously they have not sealed properly around the windows given what you say, as there is a constant cold air coming in around all window frames.  They appear to have created a cold/thermal bridge from the reading I've already done.  I've noticed cold spots around the plug sockets as well, so no doubt that's another bodge job.

I have a couple of other photos showing the same thing in different rooms upstairs...  is it supposed to be like this?  Am I expecting too much from the walls?  I cannot accept the windows and/or frames are correct - I've been in a lot of houses over the years and I've never seen anything like this.

And anyone on this building site always refers to "timber kit frame" or suchlike.

Is there anywhere (on your site or elsewhere) where I can get a quick readup?

If he is coming to fob me off as I expect I'm just wondering what I should really be expecting to be done to remedy this - the cold air from the windows especially as it is just intolerable.

Thanks again for any ammunition you can give me against these charlatans!
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