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2 Bed Semi Detached

The above specified property is currently under the ownership of a local housing authority and is being utilised for rental purposes within the social housing sector. At the time of surveying, the property was in the process of being vacated by the current tenants and about to go within a very short void period. Whilst this particular authority maintains a very swift turnaround of void dwellings, others are not so fortunate, which in turn presents an opportunity similar to an empty home where a sustainable retro-fit can be undertaken without the significant disruption to tenants.

The dwelling is in a good structural condition and requires only a proportion of small works to ensure that maintenance is up to a sufficient standard. Internally the property has a relatively modern and user friendly fit-out and decoration is in a good standard although some areas may benefit from some aspects of modernisation.

In general it was proposed that the layout of the property should remain unchanged with only the addition of an Atelier unit to be used as an office or occasional guest bedroom. To improve the houses overall energy performance, proposed thermal upgrades to the external walls, roof and floors with space saving aerogel board to the internal walls on the front elevation and insulation render to the 1970 / 80’s extension. It is proposed the heating system is upgraded with ground source heat pump (bore hole) from the current oil fired heating system.

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2 Bed Detached