New build deviating from plans…

New build deviating from plans…

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GT9

4,317 posts

159 months

Friday 10th February
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Is the new brickwork recessed at all?
That's the least they could do to make it look vaguely intentional.
Difficult to tell for certain, looks to be flush to me.
The question for me is, do you want that window there in terms of the layout/natural light of that room?
You could always apply for separate householder planning to have it approved, or get the developer to apply for it.
If they won't play ball, there is nothing stopping you submitting a householder application before you actually own the property, as long as the owner is served notice of the application before it is submitted.
There may however be some technical reason why you can't submit a separate householder application on a new build during its construction, in which case you would then need to wait until it is completed before submitting.
Equus might hopefully shed light (pun intended) if he is reading this thread.



nd0000

166 posts

107 months

Friday 10th February
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I actually think that helps break up the otherwise blank gable wall. The mortar lines will fade to the same colour as the rest in time.

Toaster Pilot

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14,349 posts

145 months

Friday 10th February
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worsy said:
Why does your plot not have the window OP? Is it close to it's neighbour?
As far as I can tell the intended design is without the window. The plot that DOES have the window has another window removed in the same room because of how it’s positioned relative to a neighbouring plot.

Zarco

16,312 posts

196 months

Friday 10th February
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Wouldn't surprise me if the window fitters put a window in the opening by mistake. Especially if another house of the same layout has a window there.


Toaster Pilot

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14,349 posts

145 months

Friday 10th February
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GT9 said:
Is the new brickwork recessed at all?
That's the least they could do to make it look vaguely intentional.
Very slightly, it looks better when you’re standing a couple of feet away from it.

Toaster Pilot

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14,349 posts

145 months

Friday 10th February
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Zarco said:
Wouldn't surprise me if the window fitters put a window in the opening by mistake. Especially if another house of the same layout has a window there.
I think it should’ve been built without the opening though!

worsy

5,452 posts

162 months

Friday 10th February
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Toaster Pilot said:
Zarco said:
Wouldn't surprise me if the window fitters put a window in the opening by mistake. Especially if another house of the same layout has a window there.
I think it should’ve been built without the opening though!
If it doesn't compromise the room, I'd push for reinstatement of the window then.

Zarco

16,312 posts

196 months

Friday 10th February
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Toaster Pilot said:
Zarco said:
Wouldn't surprise me if the window fitters put a window in the opening by mistake. Especially if another house of the same layout has a window there.
I think it should’ve been built without the opening though!
I know.

Wouldn't surprise me if the brickies built the opening in error either! (I work in the industry).

It would be relatively simple for them to remove the lintel and tooth in brickwork to close the opening. Makes me think the tax window detail is intentional.

PianoManYork

110 posts

2 months

Friday 10th February
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Could the builders not put in a fixed pane with obscured glazing?

TheLurker

1,152 posts

183 months

Friday 10th February
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Just wow.

boombang

507 posts

161 months

Friday 10th February
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Ah reminds me of buying our new build.

On a pre first fix visit we asked where the doorway from lounge to kitchen was, as they had built a solid brick wall.

That and on completion us asking where the rest of the garage roof was, and where were the fitted wardrobes.

And then post completion why water came through the lounge ceiling.

PianoManYork

110 posts

2 months

Friday 10th February
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boombang said:
Ah reminds me of buying our new build.

On a pre first fix visit we asked where the doorway from lounge to kitchen was, as they had built a solid brick wall.

That and on completion us asking where the rest of the garage roof was, and where were the fitted wardrobes.

And then post completion why water came through the lounge ceiling.
For my one and only time buying from a “National Housebuilder” I had the pleasure of discovering no insulation in the roof. Only discovered by my own builder when adding a velux window. Oh, and the wind across the kitchen because they had left a massive gap all around the extractor vent.

Absolute muppets.

Toaster Pilot

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14,349 posts

145 months

Friday 10th February
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WelshRich said:
They should be able to remove the brick lintel and replace with stone

They may be able to replace and feather-in a few of the blocks to break up the outline of the ex-window

The mortar should weather to match the rest of the wall in time

Not perfect, but better than what they’ve currently done to try and fix it…
In fairness they’ve come back to me today and said this is what’s going to happen - I don’t know if that’s just because I’ve indicated I’m unhappy with it as it stands or that the current fix* was just temporary.

PhilboSE

3,570 posts

213 months

Friday 10th February
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That wasn’t a temporary fix.

That was a “quick and easy let’s see if we can get away with it” fix.

blueg33

32,215 posts

211 months

Friday 10th February
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They fked that up! Idiots!

Crap site manager, crap brickies - can no one read a plan these days.

That sort of stuff is unacceptable in my business.

ewanjp

241 posts

24 months

Friday 10th February
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Just to echo everyone else, that's incredible.

Puzzles

693 posts

98 months

Friday 10th February
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I think it looks better than a plain wall.

DanL

5,555 posts

252 months

Friday 10th February
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Sounds like they’re sorting it, but blimey - if you’d wanted a house with character and history you wouldn’t have bought a new build! wink

Philvrs

362 posts

84 months

Friday 10th February
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Get an artist in to paint a window on the brick.
Bonus points if theres a shady figure looking out of the window too.

Getragdogleg

8,111 posts

170 months

Friday 10th February
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That's utterly gash, a total bodge and looks horrific.

Also, measure your rooms, I know a couple who were buying a new build and were buying carpet and furnishings based off the plans but when they moved in the whole house was just a little bit smaller all round than expected or promised so the furniture was squashed in and the carpet cuts were too big.

When they worked it out it was only around 7% smaller but all the houses on the estate of 20 or so were like it. Nice materials saving for the builder over all of them.