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Isla Cherry

Very good advice here. Having done various renovations across three houses I would stress that the relationship you have with your builder (UK) is the most important thing. If you have tension between you and a lack of respect it will show up as soon as problems occur. Find someone you can laugh with and will also do a great job. Thoroughly inspect their previous work and if necessary wait for the right person. Good builders are busy and don't have to look for work. I have compromised just to get it done before and regretted it.

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IMBY3 Architecture & Design

A great article with sound advice. I would emphasise the importance of clear drawings - it is so important to make sure everyone fully understands the concept and that the contractor is clear on how to construct and finish the build. If the drawings aren't showing all the information required there will be a lot of room for interpretation...

   
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Martha546

Always be present on the day a gas appliance is installed. The crew that installed my gas oven were all heavy smokers and did not smell gas leaking from the back of the oven. I made them pull it out and spray the connection with cleaning spray and sure enough, it bubbled away - indicating of course, a gas leak. Our house could have blown up if I was not on site.

   

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