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Housing policy

The lack of affordable house is of concern. I was speaking to a mid range developer last week who was emphatic the problem lay with the banks, not house prices. People just cant get mortgages today, irrespective of price. Free … Continue reading

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St Ives

Most impressed by St Ives; the small scale traditional street pattern that has largely been preserved. Few towns in the UK escaped the ravages of development so successfully, helped no doubt by being hemmed in on a peninsular with beaches … Continue reading

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Can you do without good design?

What is the value of good architecture? Is it actually worth the expense? Could you do without it? I was mulling over these points with a client in our wonderful local. As happens I found the RIBA published on the … Continue reading

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What to put in my ad?

Launching a bit of an advertising campaign forced me to think about what could thumb-nail an architect’s service: ‘good design saves’, Carol suggested. That’s pretty much there, it implies long term value, saves by giving you something that avoids expensive … Continue reading

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Dance film

I thoroughly enjoyed the film Pina, an affectionate tribute to the German choreographer Pina Bausch who died recently. This is a contemporary dance film and is a tribute by the dancers to the inspirational woman Pina who started the group. … Continue reading

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How not to pay VAT on Listed Buildings

Did you know that all VAT can be reclaimed on most building works when you alter a Listed Building with approval? Sounds simple? It is, in theory but the devil lies deep in the detail. Get it wrong in part … Continue reading

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Rising damp

The amount to which so called damp and rot specialists will diagnose a rising damp problem when none exists then with a flourish issue an impressively heavy quotation is staggering. Yet people fall for it and the firms prosper. I’m … Continue reading

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