Autumn Budget 2017, Policy Paper, Published 22nd November 2017

        Section 6 of the Autumn Budget 2017 Policy Paper covers Housing.  The information could affect home owners, first time buyers, builders and developers amongst others.  The section is split up into a number of subheadings… Housing Housing Supply and Productivity Planning for more homes Ensuring planning permissions are built out faster Developer Contributions Housing Investment Homeownership Homelessness Support for Renters Here’s a snippet from the www.gov.uk website 6.1 Housing. The government is determined to fix the broken housing market, and restore the dream of home ownership for a new generation. In England, average house prices are now almost 8 times the average workers salary; in parts of the West Midlands, they are over 9 times; in London, they are nearly 12 times.65 Despite the governments support for home ownership – such as helping over 320,000 people through the Help to Buy schemes – home ownership rates have declined.66 This is especially true for young people, for whom home ownership has fallen by 20% since 2003-04.67 The cost of housing near the most productive centres of employment has become a barrier to productivity growth. High house prices can prevent people from living near the best job opportunities for them, limiting the productivity of companies that might have employed them. The only sustainable way of making housing more affordable in the long term is to build more homes in the right places. The government has made strong progress: housing supply has increased by over 1.1 million since 2010, including more than 300,000 affordable homes.68 The latest figures show that housing supply increased by 217,000 last year, up...

20 Questions to ask a client / What a client need to consider before meeting with an architect / builder.

Ask yourself these 20 questions before you get started on your project! The more detailed information you give, the easier it will be for the architect to address your needs. Describe your current home. What do you like about it? What’s missing? What don’t you like? Do you want to change the space you have? Do you want to build a new home? Why do you want to build a house or add to or renovate your current home? …. To read more, please click on this link HERE to the RIAI Website. Please do browse the Fairoak Contractors Ltd website for more information about us and the services we offer as a construction company. We look forward to hearing from you, to support your home / business construction needs or to build a relationship with more architects in the South and South...

Horley Carnival 2017

Fairoak Contractors Ltd set up a stand within the Horley Chamber Tent at this year’s Horley Carnival.  We were pleased to be able to support all the member businesses of the Horley Chamber handing out bags and chatting to Carnival Visitors.   They day was buzzing with joyous faces everywhere.  The carnival Floats were absolutely amazing; so beautiful and colourful, well done to all involved. We collected some contact details on the day with the opportunity of someone winning a bottle of sparkling wine. CONGRATULATIONS to Fleur Chalder.  We will be in touch shortly to arrange a time for you to pop in and collect your gift. Thank you to all those that visited our stand, and if you have need of any building construction services, whether for a refurbishment, extension or new build, then please do get in touch with us here at Fairoak Contractors Ltd.  The initial site visit is free of charge to ascertain your...

Complete Guide to Renovating a House

We guide your through each step of renovating with handy downloadable guides to print off and keep By Natasha Brinsmead on 27th Sept 2016 – Housebuilding and Renovating. Taking on an old property can be exciting for those looking to create their dream home, but knowing how to go about doing it up can be challenging. This series guides you through every stage of the renovation process, from buying the building to adding the finishing touches. See the PDF links below for a go-to guide on renovation Part 1 Finding & Assessing a Project Almost all properties have some potential for renovation — the key is assessing design and financial potential before committing. This guide shows you how to assess that potential. Part 2 Completing the Deal Run-down properties are in high demand, with everyone wanting a project they can put their own stamp on. We look at the process of buying including buying a property at auction, sealed bids, and how to finance the purchase with a specialist renovation mortgage. Part 3 The Design Process Natasha Brinsmead explains where to start when it comes to designing your home. Her guide includes tips on scheduling the renovation project; finding a designer; how much to pay for design work; the renovation design mistakes to avoid; considering energy efficiency; and what you need to know about planning permission. Part 4 Repairing and Restoring Existing Features One attraction of renovation projects is the charming original features they possess. But what do you do when they are in poor condition or missing altogether? This guide will help you understand when to repair period features and when to replace them. It includes guideline...