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Mis-managing a Project

Project Management The term Project Management conjures up different meanings to different people. In its own right, it can be a multi-discipline, complex affair using a range of sophisticated computer programmes by skilled and experienced personnel. For most domestic projects that I get involved in the process is less complicated but can be no less …

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Working From Home

Working from home….everything you hoped? As a self-employed person, the natural thing to do is to work from home and it seems it is on the rise amongst both the self-employed and also those who are employed. So what are the pros and cons? Here are some pros…and cons that I experience as someone working …

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Arches in Chichester

I’m lucky to live in the Beautiful Roman town of Chichester where there are plenty of architectural features to look at. Arches have always fascinated me and here are some examples of beautiful arches found in and around Chichester. 1. Gauged arch with detail This is a gauged arch in Chichester. These arches are constructed …

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Bats

A recent project brought about an interesting turn of events. The project was for a small extension to enlarge an existing utility room. Not a difficult project on the face of it however the original house is a listed building which had undergone a large extension some thirty plus years ago. The property was also …

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So You’re an Architect?

Going out for a meal and meeting someone that  I haven’t met before and the question inevitably gets around to ‘So what do you do for a living?’ ” I’m an Architectural Technologist” ” Ah, so you are an architect!” “Well no, actually I’m a Chartered Architectural Technologist” I reply proudly and a slightly glazed look …

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Drains: A Dirty Business

Not an exciting subject I know but if you are planning to extend your property, drains running nearby could potentially have an effect on what and how you build your project. Older properties and in particular terraced properties,  will, in general, have drains that run parallel to the rear external wall. When planning to extend …

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Managing your Project

Building is stressful, full of ups and downs and can be frustrating but if it all works out then a successful project can be very rewarding. So what are the pitfalls? Well if you are a novice at carrying out building work and you don’t know the difference between a rafter and a joist then …

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Permitted Development

If you are thinking of having an extension or loft conversion carried out, then in many instances it can be built without the need to apply for formal Planning Permission. It can be built under Permitted Development. To meet Permitted Development, then certain criteria have to be fulfilled. The area, volume, height and position of …

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