Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show17 May 2016
If you are looking for advice, ideas and inspiration for building or renovating your home then look no further than the SECC, Glasgow on 19th & 20th May. For £5 per ticket (Under 16s go free!) you can get access to 100s of companies offering a range of products and advice for building projects. Advice is offered on the planning process, sourcing the best materials, project management, cost control and new technologies amongst others. With trade stands, free one-to-one consultations & various specialist masterclasses it really offers a great value day out with a wealth of useful information all under one roof.
For further information see The Scottish Homebuilding and Renovating Show website
Care and Repair Scotland17 Jun 2014
Many older people are living in accommodation which is in a poor state of repair and which can have a detrimental effect on them and their health. Care and Repair Scotland offer independent advice and assistance for homeowners who would like to repair or improve their homes and thus improve their living conditions.
Owners and private tenants aged over 60 or those with a disability are eligible for assistance from Care and Repair Scotland. Services offered include personal, financial and technical support for those who require assistance in making decisions and organising repairs or improvements to their property.
Care and Repair staff will visit clients in their homes to discuss their situation and will provide advice as well as help with applying for funding and co-ordination of building work and repairs. Staff are experienced in liaising with health, housing and social work staff to ensure that any decisions made are in the best interests of the client.
There are various methods of funding the works available including grants, benefits, equity release, home loans, and charitable funds.
Double your House for Half the Money21 Aug 2013
This is a really interesting Channel 4 programme with Sarah Beeny, who assists people with ambitious plans to extend their houses. As always, Sarah Beeny has a wealth of great ideas (which are not always listened to by the householders!) about all aspects of the building project.
The idea behind the show is to prove that people can have their dream home, even though they cannot afford to buy their dream house. Through imaginative planning and careful budgeting it is possible to have that dream home simply by extending the house you already have. In each case the value added to the house far exceeded the amount spent on the extension, which is great news for householders who increase the value of their house and get that dream home to enjoy.
Would you like to double your house for half the money? Have a look at the website for some great ideas
Apprenticeship opportunities9 Jun 2013
With our country still officially being in recession, the number of apprentices being taken on in the construction industry has fallen by 30% in the previous two years. At present there are very few opportunities in the UK for young people to train as bricklayers. There are signs that the construction industry will grow slightly in 2013, which hopefully may lead to a few more apprentices being taken on in the following year.
With a number of young people struggling to find work in our country, those who are keen and interested in following a career in the construction industry are being offered a fantastic opportunity to train, live and work in Germany. There is a huge recruitment drive in Germany, due to the fact that they have a shortage of young people in the country. Young people from the UK are being offered excellent wages, travel expenses and German language lessons, in return for accepting a 3 year apprenticeship in the country. For further details on this visit the International Business Academy website.
Planning permission – do you need it?28 Feb 2013
Need more space? Thinking of adding an extension to your house? Do you need permission? The planning process can seem daunting and confusing and may discourage some people from going ahead with alterations to their property. However, a newly launched website attempts to make the whole process simpler and has a wealth of information about planning in Scotland, as well as interactive checklists which help you to establish whether or not planning permission is required for your project. Launched in 2012, this website is a useful place to help answer any questions you may have about the planning process in Scotland.
A recent project3 Jan 2013
We have just recently finished building a fantastic garage, which was designed to complement the existing sandstone and whinstone house. The project was a pleasure to work on – the clients were fantastic, the setting of the house simply stunning and the stone was great to work with. Through traditional building and the use of stonework, we have created a garage that will look great for many years to come. The clients are delighted with the finished result and we are really pleased with how the finished project looks too.
Bad news and good?25 Oct 2012
At the beginning of this week the FMB published results of its latest State of Trade Survey, which make alarming reading for the construction industry. Workloads across all sectors in the SME market are reported to have declined, with 39% in the private new build market reporting that their workload had declined in the 3rd quarter of the year and another 40% indicating that they expected a further decline in the last quarter of the year.
With almost 70% of SMEs reporting that they expect material costs expected to rise over 6 months it paints a gloomy picture for contractors if the situation with workloads remain the same.
However, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel as today it has been announced that the UK is officially out of the double dip recession, as the economy returned to growth at its fastest rate for 5 years. Although during this period the construction industry actually shrunk by 2.5%, it is surely good news for the future for the industry.
The government have put in place plans for a business bank to help make funding more readily available for SMEs, which should help many businesses in the construction industry survive and grow in the current period. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB states “the Government must ensure that funding is available for customers as well as the businesses themselves.”
So, if both the business owner and the customer are able to access funding more easily, will it help the construction industry contribute to the future growth of our economy. We can only hope so.
First Rung of the Housing Ladder?14 Sep 2012
The Scottish Government yesterday launched a scheme designed to help more people get on the housing ladder, by offering a mortgage indemnity scheme. The scheme, MI New Home, hopes to help up to 6000 households, by making it easier for them to buy new homes. Nationwide and Royal Bank of Scotland have already signed up to the scheme, with Halifax/Bank of Scotland hoping to offer mortgages through the scheme in the next year.
The scheme is backed by a government guarantee, which allows lenders to offer mortgages to credit-worthy buyers, without the need for large deposits that are required in the present lending climate.
The Council of Mortgage Lenders report that there was a fall of 60% in mortgages offered in Scotland from 2006 to 2011. The Scottish Government are hopeful that MI New Home will go some way to reverse this trend and get more people onto and moving up the housing ladder.
Projected figures from Homes for Scotland are suggesting that the sales of up to £1bn over three years could be generated and that the scheme has the potential to create or safeguard nearly 23,000 new construction jobs and over 650 apprenticeships.
More information on this scheme can be found on MI New Home website.
Renewable Energy Open Day1 Sep 2012
The Green Homes Network, in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust and the Scottish Government, are offering people the opportunity to visit a “green home” on Saturday 29th September. Various householders throughout Scotland are opening their homes to interested members of the public to allow them to see first hand how various renewable technologies work in real homes. There will be an opportunity to speak with the householder and to find out the real savings and benefits that can be gained from installing renewable systems. Further information can be found on the Green Homes Network.
Energy Efficiency23 Aug 2012
Historic Scotland are running a one day seminar in Edinburgh on the subject of Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings. The seminar will give details on methods of improving energy efficiency in older buildings and will give practical advice about how to reduce energy use. Historic Scotland have also produced a guide “Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings” and this will be launched at the event on 11th September. Further details on how to book your place can be found on the Historic Scotland website.