Hi, new to the forum & I am looking for information regarding a steel framed bungalow in Tutshill in forest-of-dean.
My wife and I are looking to downsize & are rather taken with this property because it ticks all of the boxes for us but as we don't really know that much about steel framed bungalows.
We were hoping that someone could shed some light on them for us. The property was built in 1963 it is semi detached & appears to be in great shape although in need of updating, we have been to the property for a viewing & have looked in the loft space which seems all ok. I have been intouch with the forest-of-dean council but they were unable to offer any information about the property,
I would be interested if anyone could offer any information or point me in the right direction.
Thanks for your reply & the information it is most helpful, it would appear that my timing was a bit off regarding the revamping of the site, as to the bungalow in question it is in a road called wyebank avenue, NP16 7EJ & by the look of it & your description I think you are on the money as it is a steel frame bungalow faced with brickwork, on initially seeing the property you would think that it is of a standard construction because there is no real indication of its metal framework unless you go into the loft space, I have been into the loft space & from what I can see there appears to be no issues with the steel & still has a good coating of what seems to be a red oxide paint but there is no way to check the stanchions at the base other than an invasive inspection from my point at least & also because of the brick face it would appear that there are less giveaway signs that there could be an issue with the lower stanchions, if we get to the point of commissioning a survey I will see if it is possible for an invasive inspection.
When my wife and I sell our house in Frenchy Bristol we would be cash buyers so a mortgage wouldn't be necessary, I think my next step will be contacting the Two rivers housing association to see if i can glean anymore information about the property from them, I have spoken with a couple of the neighbours who have confirmed they were built in 1963 & one said he would email me some information but I haven't received anything yet.
Once again thank you for your reply & the information provided it has certainly pointed me in the right direction & given me something to work with.
Hi to all
Since my last post there have been some developments in the property that I first made some enquiries about on this site, my wife and I have decided to take the plunge and we had made an offer on the 2 bed steel framed bungalow and it was accepted, we have a buyer for our property so it would appear that it's full steam ahead, we commissioned a survey but the guy turned out to be a rogue and did nothing more than take our money and give us more to worry about, anyhow long story short we contacted the estate agent and explained our plight and they put us in touch with an excellent surveyor who kept us updated and provided us with a very comprehensive report and the all clear as far as was possible without an invasive inspection of the stantions.
The property is in need of some updating and therefore gives rise for some more questions so here goes!
We advised the surveyor that we are looking to remove the entire chimney from roof to floor and to advise if there were any concerns we should have carrying out this project and if any building regs come into force? He advised there were none and is easily achievable for a competent diy’er, the reason for the removal is that it impacts on the space in the kitchen area and removing it will give us much needed space for the kitchen refurbishment, has anyone else carried out this remod on this type of property, I don’t think there are any support issues regarding the steel joists as the chimney appears to be a freestanding structure.
My other question is in relation to insulating from the inside of the property, on my rummages through the other posts on here I came across a total refurbishment of a BISF steel clad property in which they were installing insulation in the entire building from the inside using something like the foil backed Celotex board, I was looking to use similar to the same thickness as the timber struts so as not to have any effect on the cavity ventilation, some of the plasterboard on the external walls will have to be removed during refurbishment so was thinking about this while it is exposed, anyone have any thoughts on this? External insulation is somewhat cost prohibitive for the time being.