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Soil Types in Construction

From the chalky grounds of Surrey to the clay based soils of central London, it is widely known that the construction process is never the same in two places at once. Soil structure is a widely used term throughout our industry as the definitive guideline for designing the structure of a building. Whilst you may believe that this only matters for projects below ground, such as basement extension, it is important to understand that no matter what the size of your project, from a modest kitchen extension to a new build development, the type of soil your land rests upon will play a crucial role in its design and construction.

Building on Green Belt Land – The Scene is Changing

The concept of the green belt was first introduced back in 1935 as a special land designation wrapping around the major cities (and some larger towns) in the UK in order to protect the sense of openness in the natural context. Without strict guidance, it was predicted that high levels of urban sprawl would dominate the natural context; with new developments consuming all available land as the population rapidly grows. The green belt acts as a protective barrier to this - reducing people's ability to build on the surrounding rural areas, thereby ensuring the continued protection of biodiversity and forest lands.

What Is A Conservation Area?

Conservation areas exist to manage and protect the special architectural heritage and characteristics of an area that make the place special. In particular, they examine frequent architectural characteristics, the historical context of an area or protected land, including areas of archaeological importance or ecological conservation.

Pros And Cons Of Having A Mansard Roof

A mansard roof is a type of roofing that has two slopes on every side, with the lower of the two slopes being far steeper than the higher. This popular style was first used in the 16th century but was not given its official name until the 17th century, when it was named after Frenchman Francois Mansart. A mansard roof is a great way to combine historical architecture with your home and create a beautiful silhouette. Sadly, this style of roofing is not primarily used in modern builds. However, it is certainly still something to consider when designing your own home! This article guides you through the pros and cons of having a mansard roof.
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