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New website now live

Posted by Adrian
July 1st, 2016

New website now live

Follow on from my last post, the new look Property Decorating website has now been live for a week or so. It is a responsive design which means it will work on desktop PC’s, laptops, notebooks, tablets and smartphones, in fact any web enabled device.

The blog now also has the new look and we are tweaking things in the background to improve usability.

If you have any issues using the site or blog, please let us know and we will try to address them.

We hope you continue enjoying the great facilities such as the calculators, and our blog which is packed full of useful painting and decorating tips, videos and mcuh more.

Decorating

If you live in the Southend on Sea area and would like me to decorate for you, please get in touch, Call 0845 0037 508 or use our online estimate form to arrange a free onsite estimate.

Website screenshot of Property Decorating

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Property Decorating Website

Posted by Adrian
June 5th, 2016

Property Decorating Website

It has been 10 years since the Property Decorating website has been live, it has seen many additions in that time, a gallery, four calculators for working out materials, videos and the very popular blog to mention just a few.

The basic design has remained largely the same throughout this time except a few tweaks here and there. We thought it was about time for a new look, things have changed so much over the past 10 years, not only in design of websites but the speed we access the web and also how we view the web.

With more and more people using devices such as smartphones, tablets etc. to view websites. And in fact looking at our stats we are getting around 50-60% of visitors now using these devices.

So to ensure our visitors can continue to view our site and gain access to our resources we are in the process of making a new design for the website and blog. The new design ensures all devices can view and use every page with no issues, and is following the trend for these ‘smart’ devices. So if you use a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone everyone can enjoy a great experience of Property Decorating.

Sneak preview of the new website

Here is a screenshot of the new look Property Decorating, we are awaiting some new images and have some final tweaks to do but should be going live soon.

Website screenshot

The new look design will also be applied to the blog (which launched in 2008) and will come online a few weeks after the new website goes live, so for now the existing design will be visible, but all the great content will still be available.

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Listed buildings

Posted by Adrian
January 28th, 2016

Listed buildings

I thought I would write a post about listed buildings as I am about to start working on one. Owning a listed building is slightly different than owning a non listed building in as much as what you can and can not do.

If you have a building that is listed it will be on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, being listed doesn’t only apply to property but also parks, wreck sites and monuments etc.

Screenshot of Historic England website

Grades of listed buildings

There are three grades of listings I, II* and II.

  • Grade I: These are buildings of exceptional special interest. There is only a small number of listings with this status.
  • Grade II*: These are high quality buildings and on the most part are unaltered, and often with an interior of special interest.
  • Grade II: This is the biggest group consisting of around 95% of buildings.

So if you own a listed building it is more likely to be a Grade II listed.

Working on a listed building

When working on a listed building it is best to check with your local council what you can and can not do to your property, don’t just go ahead with works think it will be ok as it could be costly and you may have to redo the works in line the the local Planning Department. Listed buildings can not be modified without first obtaining listed building consent through the relevant local planning authority.

When working on any listed building any alterations or decoration should be undertaken sympathetically to its original state and or surrounding area.

You should always stick to the guidelines and to what has been agreed with the local council, if not you may be required to change what has been done at your cost.

Local authorities can if required serve a repair notice if they fell the property isn’t being preserved well enough and maintaining it well. If one of these notices are served, it will explain what is required to be done and a timeframe to complete works. If this notice isn’t complied with the local authority could submit a compulsory purchase order to the Secretary of State.

Owning a listed building

If you own a listed building you should do some research about the property, contact the local council planning department and find out as much about your property as you can, find out what you can and can not do without permission. You can find out some information about the listed building on the Historic England website.

When making alterations or simply routine upkeep of your property you may have to employ specialists, such as a thatcher for you roof. You may have to source materials that were used originally on your property, such as slate, or you may need to use lime render rather than standard render.

All of these things need to be thought about and budgeted for when buying and maintaining a listed property.

The important thing to remember is if you are unsure, seek advice. It is always better to be safer than sorry.

Some useful links

Below are some useful links you may find of interest and helpful.

17th century house

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