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  1. Tommythetiler80

    Tommythetiler80 Active Member

    Location:
    Dorset
    Afternoon,
    I really can't get over the state of new build houses in the modern era. Why is it that we have at our fingertips all the gadgets and knowledge to possibly knock the pants off what used to be built many years ago and in some cases it just can't be done!
    For instance I'm currently working in a new build today and over a 3.5 mtr distance on the floor it's 1/2 inch out of square!.
    For me personally I'm greatful that I live in a 30's house,solidly built and character in abundance. Moan over back to work o_O
     
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  2. timeless john

    timeless john Trusted Advisor Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    North East England
    Time is money.
    Character costs money.
    People don't want to pay too much money.

    However pride doesn't cost any more, it's all about attitude.
     
  3. Tommythetiler80

    Tommythetiler80 Active Member

    Location:
    Dorset
    Yeah your right John,just really frustrating though isn't. Who passes these builds off though? The mind boggles!
     
  4. Protiler 68

    Protiler 68 Professional Tiler

    Location:
    South east/kent
    First fix is always miles out ,on a price and smashed out,
     
  5. Bathfix Bob

    Bathfix Bob Professional Tiler

    I hate new builds so much I don't really see them as proper houses anymore, more like prefabricatied cardboard dolls houses, if I meet some new people who have just moved into a new house I don't envy them like "ooh look at you with your fancy new house and rented 17 plate BMW on the drive" I just think oooh you poor sods, I hope you like squeeky floors, long cracks, leaky guttering, poorly fitted bathroom and kitchen, postage stamp for a garden and loose entrance flags.
     
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  6. CJ

    CJ Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Somerset
    Can anyone see these "New Builds" still being here in 50-100 years time. As for not wanting to spend much money........these cardboard boxes are ridiculously priced with postage stamp gardens and space for 1 car if your lucky.

    All these new estates are shocking.........bloody rabbit warrens.

    My rant over ;)
     
  7. Bathfix Bob

    Bathfix Bob Professional Tiler

    Who knows what it costs say Redraw in just materials alone to build a typical 4 berth shoe box?
    Must be something like £35,000?
     
  8. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss how long they will be around , the yanks have been building out of timber forever and there is a wimpy estate near me that is timber framed 40 years old and doesn't show any signs of falling down anytime soon .
     
  9. John Benton

    John Benton Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner

    Location:
    Leeds
    I had to tile a stud wall that was 30mm out of plumb over 2.3m height!!!

    This is why I don't do site work and prefer to do my own prep.
     
  10. Localtiler

    Localtiler Professional Tiler Top Contributor

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    They are terrible quality with no real passion put into them, the workers are usually crap and don't care, and the constriction company's just care about the profit. I have worked on some really expensive new builds and there no better, just bigger! My house was built around 1890 and it's packed full of character and I wouldn't have it any other way
     
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  11. wrighty

    wrighty Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Northumberland
    5omm wide metal studwork at 600mm centres with no insulation,
    for christ sake don't bang the front door!
     
  12. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    That shouldn't of complied with building regs . But large developers can run their own building regs , surely a conflict of interest
     
  13. Tommythetiler80

    Tommythetiler80 Active Member

    Location:
    Dorset
    You should pay a visit to the Poundbury development in Dorset, now that is a rabbit warren! Not to mention it's all being overseen by Prince Charles :mask:
     
  14. wrighty

    wrighty Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Northumberland
    Mind you, it looked like it had 15mm PB, but no horizontal noggins to be seen
     
  15. jcrtiling

    jcrtiling Professional Tiler TTA Member Top Contributor

    Location:
    Salisbury
    It's the insulation
     
  16. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    BELFAST
    IMG_7805.JPG IMG_7587.JPG IMG_7591.JPG IMG_7593.JPG IMG_7476.JPG This is typical of the 'screeding' I'm faced with on new builds, scandleous imo.
     
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  17. Plan Tec Tiling

    Plan Tec Tiling Administrator Staff Member Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
    Wimborne, Dorset
    That is shocking!
     
  18. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

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  19. LEE MAC

    LEE MAC Trusted Advisor Professional Tiler JOTM Winner Top Contributor

    Location:
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    You simply wouldn't believe me if I told you how bad it is at times Geoff. The stud walls and plastering can defy belief at times and all I get when I point it out is "well we must get onto them about that, do the best you can for now though"
    It can test your patience!
     
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  20. wrighty

    wrighty Professional Tiler

    Location:
    Northumberland
    Made me swear!
     
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