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Snagging and defects / Re: Paint on the timber frame around my door peeling / flaking
« Last Post by Louise on September 27, 2018, 11:31:50 am »
Hi thanks for replying!

I understand the maintenance is down to me but surely this is no different to sunken flags, the mortar issue etc?

I am not the most confident and would be nervous ‘fighting’ them on this but if the paint work is flaking completely off already then was it not done right?
It shouldn't be peeling in a little over a year.

But if a bit of peeling paint to an external door frame is all you have probably better if you just buy some Dulux Weathershield gloss and rub it down and apply 2 coats yourself. At least then it should last 5-10 years!

Buying a new home doesn't mean buying a maintenance free home!
Snagging and defects / Paint on the timber frame around my door peeling / flaking
« Last Post by Louise on September 26, 2018, 02:37:55 pm »

I moved in June 2017 and had a few snags done around the house, I almost felt guilty asking but I knew I should!!

I’ve been noticing that the paint work on the timber frame around my front door has completely peeled / flaked off and I don’t know what I shouldn’t do.

Is it too late, is it covered? I just don’t think it’s acceptable that it should be like that already

Thanks for any help
General discussion / Re: Replacing exterior brickwork
« Last Post by New Home Expert on September 25, 2018, 09:15:03 am »
Not the way it works here. They have already contacted the company and found them to be obstructive.
Naming and shaming is the only way to embarrass big housebuilding to improve.

After 25 years, still no improvement in quality or even compliance with building regulations and warranty standards  - if anything standards are much worse.
General discussion / Re: Replacing exterior brickwork
« Last Post by Donovan on September 24, 2018, 11:23:43 am »
Wouldn't it be better to contact the company first before publicly shaming them?
Snagging and defects / Re: NHBC standards for chipboard floors on I-joists?
« Last Post by New Home Expert on September 24, 2018, 08:53:54 am »
First of all, name the housebuilder!

Your issues do sound like they are due to excessive deflection caused by too large a spacing centres of the joists a design mistake perhaps.

It has also been shown by research, that cracking noises are indeed caused by drylining on dabs to walls in contact with these TJI type joists.
Snagging and defects / Re: NHBC standards for chipboard floors on I-joists?
« Last Post by Hector on September 22, 2018, 09:19:07 am »
Just had my NHBC report back. The report states that the builder is to relay all the floors with new ones.
This is to be done by cutting out to approx 150mm of the room perimeter in All the bedrooms on the first floor and the landing too.

So my floors creak and the ceiling in the rooms below make a cracking noise as previously mentioned.
Below Bed 1 is the Lounge, Beds 2&3 is the kitchen/diner. Bed 4 is above the guest toilet and part of hallway and the landing is just over the hallway.

I have some concerns and want to seek opinion and advice. Basically there are 4 bedrooms in my house. The problems are in bed 1, 2 and 3 and subsequently the rooms below it. I actually don't have a problem with the landing or bedroom 4. But the NHBC have ordered for works to be done in those areas too.

I am in doubt if the landing and Bed 4 should be touched at all as I fear more problems maybe created! The old term "if it ain't broke don't fix" it springs to mind!

My dilemma is that if I ask for the work not to be done in these two areas and what they do in my other rooms doesn't fix the problems, I am worried that the NHBC will not address it further since I did not agree with what they suggested. However, as these two areas do not have any problems I don't see why it actually needs to be done there too.
Also as mentioned I didn't really get a say on what was going to happen, I was just basically told what is going to happen, in affect the report states as agreed works to be carried out etc etc.. Also bare in mind the builder is awkward and given that they have been instructed to do this they could very well refuse what I want since they like to make life difficult.

Would appreciate any advice or suggestions on what I should do about this and any potential problems or concerns I should take into consideration will be most welcome.
I hope its ok to resurrect an old thread but this is pertinent to a case I an working on.  By NHBC requesting that a 150mm strip is cut out from the perimeter are they suggesting that the noise is a sound transference problem - ie travelling down the walls?

Was the remedial work successful?
In my case I came to a similar conclusion and thought maybe the problem was where the joist hangers were in contact with the Plasterboard "dabs" on the walls bellow.  On further investigation and testing I am certain that the sound is coming from the centre of the room where there is most deflection. The flex is visible when an average size man walks above.

My floors are Steico I beam engineered design with varying centres, 22mm T&G particle board. 12.5mm plasterboard with no resilient bar.
I have had limited success by dampening the sound with acoustic rockwall batts laid between the joists but this is disguising the problem rather than resolving it.
I have emailed Travis Perkins EWP design people to invite them to a joint inspection.  I will let you know what they think.
Welcome - Member Introductions / My Intro
« Last Post by Hector on September 22, 2018, 08:48:33 am »
I found this forum searching for help on flooring issues I am working on.
I am a Building Surveyor specialising in build defects during DLP (defects liability period) and also "Latent" defects.  I am involved in claims with builders ranging from £100s - £100,000s.

I work with single homeowners, residents groups, housing associations and private landlords. 
I have been in the Construction industry over 30 years and am a member of the Chartered industry of Building and the Institute of Clerk of Works and Construction Inspectorate of Great Britain.

I am hoping I can give (and receive) some advice on construction defects, get an insight as to what goes wrong and hopefully learn how to resolve some issues.  I also attend design meetings to advise on what designs and materials do and don't work so this forum should help me with that. 
General discussion / Re: Should it be there?
« Last Post by New Home Expert on September 21, 2018, 11:10:10 am »
You could write to the council as it is different from the approved plans. They in turn could require you as property owner to carry out any works so it meets the approved plans or make a retrospective rider planning application.

As for the builder, it depends on whether you actually viewed the completed house before you agreed to buy it or if you actually bought it (exchange contracts) based on plans and artists impressions.
If it was the later you may have a case for mis-selling, if you viewed the completed house then you bought as seen.
General discussion / Should it be there?
« Last Post by G_ClassMerc on September 20, 2018, 09:32:48 pm »
Hi all,

Looking for some advice please. We have recently moved into a new build property.
It is an individual property built on a bit of land.
We had nothing to do with the development and bought the property through an estate agent after there was a number of failed sales.

I have recently been looking at the plans on the local authorities planning portal and whilst on the whole there house matches mostly with plans there are some work that hasn’t been carried out.

The one we are unhappy about  is a Canopy over the front door it is on the plan but not been added to the property. We have spoken to the developer and they claim it was just to make the house look aesthetically pleasing on the plans and will not been getting it put on, for they will at the cost of £1,000 to us. We have also spoken to the council and they have said if it's on the plan then that is what they have signed off on and should be included.

Anybody out there have any ideas where we stand?
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