The design of the houses is good in itself, the execution is not so good IMHO. I would say that the builders need to completely review the way that the buildings are designed and built and executed, otherwise they will no longer be builders much longer. For example they use a cunning modern method of underfloor insulation but this is not actually executed properly, resulting in bad thermal bridges [at the door openings for example]. What’s more this insulation (which supports the Slab concrete) is also broken by a number of vertical walls to support the roof – another Thermal Bridging area.
No facilities were included on the site, being a small site. Unless you include drives and garages for each house. The latter are a minor problem because the garage is not used for the car and therefore most people park on the street, as available.
It became obvious to me that (for my house anyway) Quality Control was not present. So I did expect that the on-site inspection before final handover would spot these things but this was not so, apart from minor matters. I paid for a professional Snagger, who provided an excellent report; he said that the NHBC inspector had missed so many snags which in normal circumstances would have disallowed the Certificate. The management did their very best to ignore this snagging report (as with all the rest of it) but many months later did come round to some of it.
Readers may be interested to know that when I completes the purchase I was handed an EPC certificate, of course. Later inspection showed me that it was not for my house (the area was too small). So I was in course provided with the correct EPC but I wonder about this certificate, quite a lot.
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Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:
This are of Sheffield is very well served by public transport, besides which the centre is easily walkable for most people. There are parks and mini parks all over the place, which is excellent. All necessary facilities are therefore available. Now that we are back to normal after Covid19 traffic is also back to normal: this is not paricularly heavy but it is noisy – dependant on wind direction.
Many people park on the street, which is a problem for eveyone. However soon enough people will catch on to the fact that petrol will become more expensive and private cars will become less acceptable (I hope).
Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:
High volume builders will spend a lot of time and effort in persuading you that you don’t know what you are talking about, everything’s fine and your house is exactly as it should be! This may not be true.
How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:
Starting with the Brexit thing where all the extraneous builders left the country, followed by the Covid19 disaster, all responses to problems have been severely delayed. However I did get the overwhelming impression that Management are not very aware of what goes on at the Cliff Face. More disturbingly they appear to live in a different place where buyers are very misinformed or ignorant and most importantly very wrong. Luckily for myself things appear to have improved a bit just lately and a new manager has been appointed to get things done [at last]. Some workers/contractors have been excellent – as many are – but in my experience a large number are not professional and are not to be trusted. On a site where Quality Control is assumed to be present when it is not, the question I often consider is “Should I forget the problems rather than risk having them Bodge it again?”