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  1. Hi everyone, I am an Architect, and would love to answer any questions you have on planning, design, construction etc etc. I am starting a blog called AskAnArchitect, and will feature the answers on the blog too. Kind Regards, Oli
  2. Dear Property Hub community, My name is Luis, I'm a Spanish Construction Engineer that has lived half of his life already here in the UK. I'm passionate about property investment, for now I've done mainly buy to lets and a couple flips. I'm MCIOB, so charted construction manager and I've got my own small design and build company in partnership with an architect and a Surveyor. I'm also working my way into becoming a residential valuer through RICS. almost there, but not just yet! I would be very happy to help anyone interested in investing in property so I can learn about what kind of projects other people do so please do not hesitate to contact me if you've got any worries or queries regarding current or future projects, building works on the go, issues with a fellow builder (we can be a handful sometimes but with patience and beer you might get a smile!) or any others that you think I might be able to help with. I specially love looking at projects to be, feasibility studies to explore the potential of a deal. I'm happy to give rough estimates free of charge and also my opinion as a construction professional on how easy - challenging the idea you've got in mind can be. Bests, Luis
  3. Hello, I am an interior architect with a passion for essentialist design and Tao philosophy. I am just at the beginning of this journey - becoming a property investor. Being interior architect for the past eight years with a project around the world I gained experience which I found relevant to start investing myself. Earlier this year I spotted Rob's book, and since then I am considering to start this journey. That's from me. Wish you all one incredible, exciting journey in property investing. George
  4. Hi all, Hope you're all well and not too sweaty in this heatwave. If you're too hot, come and visit us up in Scotland: it's most pleasant! I'm about to get the keys for a flat in a new build in Manchester. I live in Glasgow. I'm also currently experimenting with Airbnb. For this first time, I have the challenge of setting up a property remotely and to a high enough spec to let out via Airbnb (it is not possible or desirable for my appalling taste to be directly applied to the flat). Does anyone have any experience of setting up flats remotely? Did you outsource? Where you happy with the outcome? How much did you pay? Any lessons learned? Thanks, Martin
  5. Hi everyone, My name is Jon, I’m 31 and from Rayleigh in Essex. I’m married with two children; the youngest being just 10 weeks old so will most likely be using this forum nocturnally, at least for the time being. I work as a Chartered Building Surveyor throughout London and the South East. Following Rob’s sticky post at the top of this page I’d like to introduce myself to you all as follows; · What you've done in property so far Not much is the honest answer. I own my own home with a decent amount of equity and very affordable mortgage payments. As soon as I am able to I want to utilise some equity to purchase a second property and see where it takes me. I’m currently spending my time outside of work researching and improving my knowledge on all things property development / investment. · What areas you invest in (or want to invest in) I wish to invest locally to where I live. In and around Southend-on-Sea would be the preference given the area appears to be thriving at the moment. · What your plans are for the future My initial plans are ‘buy to sell’ or ‘flip’ a couple of properties in need of refurbishment – something I hope I can use my expertise to do very well. Long term though, I want to build myself a portfolio of properties to help secure my retirement (hopefully somewhere in the South of France!) as well as the financial future of my children. · Any skills or knowledge you've got that other members might benefit from As above, my day to day job is basically all things property; I enjoy building pathology and defect inspection, including identifying and reporting the causes of dampness, cracking etc. in residential / commercial properties. I am a registered member of the’ Pyramus and Thisbe Club’ and therefore specialise in all things ‘party wall’ related. I write detailed specifications for refurbishments / remodelling / new build projects. I am able to design residential extensions / loft conversions etc. using AutoCAD / Revit software and therefore have good knowledge and understanding of current planning law & policy. Thanks for reading and look forward to being an active and enthusiastic member of the Property Hub community.
  6. The two types of semi-detached house are either linked by garages, or living room/bedroom. What is the logic of the two designs? Why would architects/builders choose one over the other? Thanks
  7. Hi folks Just dropping-by to say "hi" and introduce myself, I've come here via the excellent podcast (after browsing Itunes for Property Development Podcasts) I trained as an architect and have been working in the industry now for 5-6 years or so... Lots of experience with planning approvals, project development, pricing, technical specifications etc... and plenty of on-site experience too, but never for myself (typical eh?) I've completed projects for friends in the past and remain on good terms with all my former clients, and have managed to realise incredible wealth and value for many clients in the past - more than a few of them have been pretty-darn good-looking too! - the buildings, not (necessarily) the clients!........, although a few of them ... My father sadly passed-away in May last year and I have realised quite a few changes in my life since then, one of which is the earnest enthusiasm and pressing desire to get my finances in order and establish a long-term durable wealth foundation for myself and my family that will allow us all to have more free time to realise creative projects and make the world a more beautiful place. (unfortunately despite the hype / media bias, architecture does not a wealthy-man-make, not as a pure career in any case, hence property developmetn and landlording too!) I have recently been looking to investing in some buy-to-let properties in Hereford, and will be going into business with my mother to buy out first property to rent to professionals / students (depending on location). My local knowledge of Hereford is excellent, but my knowledge about the ins-and-outs of real-life property investment is limited but growing every-single-day. At the moment I am just keen to lurk around the forums here and maybe pick-up a few tips and bits and bobs of advice / wisdom from the more experienced members etc... (and if anyone needs some planning / architectural advice in return, I am friendly, chatty and willing to help!) Just finished reading 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad" and the "The One Minute Manager" and "How to Win Friends and Influence People" and have been listening to the property podcast too (of course) - all fascinating and totally useful! Looking at a 5 bed house currently on the market at £350k - I have viewed the property and drafted-up some rough plans with costings to convert the place into a 4 bed main-house letting, with 2 Annexe accomodation units with dedicated living accomodation and off-street parking for all 6 tenants - the two annexe's would make great professional accomodation (or perhaps a place for my mum to live as a live-in landlord) - the rest of the main house is a 18th century villa that would act as a dedicated HMO, with very high quality accomodation for the tenants (each one would have an en-suite, and they would all share a generous ground floor kitchen, lounge and laundry room, all would have parking and a decent sized garden space with secure cellar storage). My question is: Does this sound like a sensible propositon at £350k, my instinct tells me to offer at below £300k (the place has been on the market for 18 months) and is perfectly situatued at the bottom of the college hill here in Hereford, 3 minutes walk from the bus & train station, supermarkets (morrisons) and sits opposite a light industrial trading estate and in an affluent, leafy area of town. Thoughts? Advice? I'd love to hear from some of you.... (I've attached my rough plans for some 'visual glue' for you all to pore over)
  8. Hi all, I am about to do a pretty thorough refurbishment of a 1 bed city centre apartment in Dublin. It was built about 20 years ago so is pretty dated and needs new kitchen and bathroom and I'll probably do new floors while I'm at it. I like all my properties to have some kind of a hook, something about them that sets them apart from the hundreds of other more or less identifical apartments out there, and gets them let quicker and attracts tenants who can afford a higher rent. It can be something about the position, the view, the building, the facilities, or in cases where these are not exceptional, something within the apartment itself. What are your suggestions to make a standard one bed apartment (c.45sq.m) something a little bit special? Do you have any tricks or tips to make it stick out to a potential tenant who has already seen 20 other identical apartments? Thanks for your suggestions,
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