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Landscaping and Gardening / Need advice on brick for wall surrounding garden.
« Last Post by Ricco on March 12, 2019, 09:08:22 am »
Hi, we are looking at adding some wall to our garden and want to match it with the current wall at the side. Someone suggested it was called firestone but I can't find it anywhere. Bellway have used it for the Earls Green estate walls -

I was wondering if anyone knew what it was called and where we could get it?

Snagging and defects / Re: Builders can't fix floor issue?
« Last Post by Admin on March 08, 2019, 07:27:05 am »
You need to WRITE a letter to both the housebuilder and NHBC.
A phone call is forgotten and deniable the moment it ends.
General discussion / Re: 1st time buying a new build property help needed.
« Last Post by Admin on March 08, 2019, 07:25:32 am »
You are right to be concerned about affordable housing on your rear boundary.
Think about re sale values, who would buy your house instead of a similar one away from affordable housing.
Then  as if the price you paid reflected this.

You are also near to the sub station which may buzz at night.
One parking space is fine if you have one car, but again think about re sale.

I would also add that the more neighbours you have the greater the chance that one of them is inconsiderate and has garden parties every Saturday night or bangs concrete and angle grinds at every sunny day!

Snagging and defects / Re: Builders can't fix floor issue?
« Last Post by Craig on March 06, 2019, 10:50:59 am »

Thanks for the reply. I emailed the house builder aftercare manager but got no reply as usual. I phoned NHBC but got told they would phone me back in 24 hours but that was on Friday and still no reply

General discussion / Re: 1st time buying a new build property help needed.
« Last Post by Matron on March 05, 2019, 10:17:01 am »
You are correct when you say Ashberry Homes is Bellway.

Now I’m not an expert but we bought our first new build after 42 years married when previously we have bought 2nd or 3rd hand but I’ll tell you want I think about the plot you are considering.

Where we now live it is classed as Phase 1 of Bellway and Phase 2 is almost complete however Bellway built about 10 affordable homes on Phase 2 before Phase 1 even had a house on it. They consist of terraced and 1 semi detached houses. Everyone who bought the private homes keep their gardens in good order and are considerate when parking but not in the Affordable homes. They stand out like a sore thumb, they look unkempt and I know residents around them have had a few problems so in view of this it would put me off.

Regarding the one parking space. My borough council will not accept plans where builders only plan 1 space. They must have at least 2 spaces not including the garage. This they say is to keep the area tidier although you’ll still get people who won’t use the drive. Hope I’ve given you some food for thought.
General discussion / 1st time buying a new build property help needed.
« Last Post by Ajleeds on March 04, 2019, 04:01:19 pm »
This website was a godsend to find when looking at the help for buying a new property.

I turn to the forum to gain clarity on what I have read. (first time on a Forum)

As the Subject reads this will be our second house to buy but our first new build so treading new ground here.

Viewed Mongolia Gardens development by Ashberry homes (bellway??).

The detached house I have seen is 4 bed with garage only 1 parking space but backs on to affordable housing and the position of the property means its surrounded by multiple gardens.
plot 310 is one we are considering but should I have the right to be concerned about the number of gardens this shares boundaries with and the position in the development?

There are other Poppies available but only the two which are semi-detached on the same road as this section has yet to be released.

The other poppies have been reserved as part of phase 1.

Any comments or guidance would be welcomed.

I'd thank you for your time in advance.

Snagging and defects / Re: Brickwork on a new home
« Last Post by Larwood32 on March 01, 2019, 07:53:07 am »
No worries I won't  show them this, what do you think to that leaflet.
The thing is I don't get, why didn't they say this could happen with this brick at the start, but they say nothing.
I let you know how I get on thanks again
Snagging and defects / Re: Builders can't fix floor issue?
« Last Post by New Home Expert on March 01, 2019, 05:46:56 am »
What should happen is the NHBC take over the problem and appoint their own contractors to carryout the necessary works. This make take a while, as the NHBC prefer the housebuilder to fulfil their obligations under the warranty.

When the NHBC used to give detailed figures in their Annual report (they don't anymore) nearly 30% of the total cost of claims paid out each year was to fix defects in the first 2 years when the housebuilder should have done.

I would expect Dawn Homes will have their NHBC builder registration cancelled.
Snagging and defects / Re: Brickwork on a new home
« Last Post by New Home Expert on March 01, 2019, 05:40:59 am »
When I go to see the site foreman on Monday I am going to show him all those comments on twitter and on here if you don't mind and see what he says.

I wouldn't be pointing them to this thread at all.  I am advising you, the last thing you need is them to know what your intentions are.

By all means let them see the Twitter thread as it is, quite rightly, a huge embarrassment for them.
Snagging and defects / Re: Brickwork on a new home
« Last Post by Larwood32 on February 28, 2019, 06:10:15 pm »
Busy day this is what NHBC said after replying:

The NHBC do not have the authority to tell the builder to make changes unless there is a structural issue with the brickwork. I have passed the information, and the photographs to our inspection team already and await their response.

As detailed in our previous email, as you have not completed the sale and you do not legally own the property your NHBC warranty is not yet active so we can only review this from a building control perspective.

I will advise accordingly once we receive a response from the relevant department."

Then I got a reply from my solicitor via a reply from them to her they also sent a pdf file which I have sent a link


As discussed please find attached technical guidance which Richard has obtained from Martin Smith who works for Ibstock (brick manufacturer).

I’ve seen this on a number of plots on Gedling built in the Ibstock Arden Weather Red brick but it disappears when the brick has dried out. It’s just down to the porosity of the brick.

I’ve spoken to Richard and we should be brick cleaning the plot hopefully this week which will improve the overall appearance, but this will not alter the fact that the brickwork will still have to dry out!

If the customer is still not satisfied then I’m sure Martin will be more than happy to meet with him and Richard on site to provide him with some reassurance and if necessary take moisture readings to confirm.

and I can say I have requested to meet them on site date to be confirmed. See what comes of it still not convinced and will let you know how I got on  Thanks again
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