Residential Building Survey
The client, a private individual purchasing a family home within a popular and sought-after location centrally to Tunbridge Wells. The property was a semi-detached house, recently renovated and extended to a high standard using very modern construction methods.
DMP were instructed to undertake a full Building Survey of the property. In particular our objectives to understand all aspects of the new and original construction methods.
With the property having gone through such a substantial renovation, the property has been expended by 1/2 its additional size. The client was understandable nervous about the loading of the property, extended parts, including the roof conversion.
A modern methods of construction has been used to re-build most of the external envelope of the building. The product, Durisol, an insulated concrete form, is an alternative to traditional masonry and block-work walls. The product, a pre-insulated interlocking block which are dry stacked together to form the walls. They are then in-filled with concrete to form a monolithic structural walling system. Unlike other ICFs there is no need to prop the walls during construction as the weight of the units holds them in place.
As part of our Building Survey DMP research the construction methods, reviewing structural designs and discussing the works with manufactures.
The DMP Solution
DMP undertook a detailed site survey spending approx 4.5 hours onsite inspecting external parts, methods of construction, finishes and materials used as part of the modern fit-out.
Specifically, we were able to spend time discussing the property with the client, understanding their concerns and ensuring that what is a large purchase was a correct purchase.
The client understandably was nervous about the property due to the substantial alterations, however following the discussion held with DMP and the comprehensive written report of some 30 pages the client felt comfortable that the property was a suitable purchase for the whole family.
In addition, DMP provided the client with a snagging list, which was also shared and discussed with the selling party and associated estate agent.