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    • By BLUEWKD 8th Jul 13, 8:40 PM
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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 15th Apr 17, 12:51 PM
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    Was just popping in to wish everyone a happy Easter...but I've just read your post cw so sorry I wasn't on sooner to read it, how awfully stressful for you. And a chest infection to boot is not helping I'm sure.

    I'm clueless as far as planning permission goes but can you add replies to the comments such as about the fact the structure of the garage is undermined due to the ivy etc or is that what you need a surveyor for? I imagine adding the apex roof and thus better drainage (I'm assuming) would be a good thing as the water will be channeled to the drains properly , and i can't believe they have objected about 'more rainwater coming off the roof' ...even flat roofs aren't actually flat to allow for water to run off so it would be the same amount whatever...silly tool.

    Could you perhaps write a letter to the lady to say you haven't been round due to illness which you didn't want to risk passing on, and when you're better perhaps you could discuss things further with her? You could perhaps go the compromise root that she can leave the gate etc she's erected on your property if she would agree to the party wall access with the renovations being done?

    It basically sounds like the nephew is making the objections because he doesn't want the fuss and she might actually be far more amenable.

    Been busy here as usual, our garden is still in the planning stages, we've has to change the materials we want for the patio as our original choice was both expensive for the materials (which we'd have prob gone with if it was just the) but also needed specialist laying which added significantly to the labour. We've now found sandstone we like...but that needs sealing because it's sawn...more labour and now OH wants lights added on a feature too still I think we're getting there, have two people to give final quotes so we'll see. Just wanting it done now.

    We did order some patio furniture which won't arrive til after the bank holiday but at least we'll have it. I was going to wait until the garden work was done but a) I'm fed up of having two white plastic chairs to our name out there b) we might use it down on the patio area VS the deck so it will be good to have it to hand when working out sizes / spacing of beds / features.

    Hope everyone is enjoying some dry weather at least. And Easter choc. Xx
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    • CouponWoman
    • By CouponWoman 17th Apr 17, 9:28 AM
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    Morning kerri, red and Jeferey.

    I thought the objections might be more from the nephew than the old lady but we are wrong. My ds spoke to our new neighbour on the other side and he said he has lived there for over 20 years and had to idea who lived in the other house, he has never seen her. Then my ds went to the shop and an old lady in the street facing asked my ds how are the renovations going and he told her and she knows the old lady from the past and said she is the neighbour from hell, she is awkward, and it really didn;t suprise her at this attitude as she has always been like that. Then my ds spoke to the neighbour the other side of the old lady and she said she is always like this and there will be no budging her, she is really difficult and awkward. This other neighbour, well all these old ladies moved in at the same time when the houses were new in the 1960's so all got to know each other then, so have known each other for over 50 years now. Well this other neighbour said my new neighbour has loads of conifers around the garden and they pushed her fence down and she was supposed to pay half to repair them and then wouldn;t.

    God knows what we are going to do now. We have to wait to hear from planning and if it goes through we might have to take her to court, but how do you sue a 93 year old woman..... She is the neighbour from hell indeed but no one says they ever see her.

    Hope your garden makeover goes well kerri, all I can say is get the best you can afford, even if it means waiting a bit longer, as its a waste of money getting something that "will do" because it will just annoy you in the long run.

    Hope you have a lovely Easter

    CWxx
    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 17th Apr 17, 2:08 PM
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    Argh, want a nightmare situation CW from what you say though about the renovations you need to do, there doesn't sound any real reasons why the planning would be turned down, the thing about more water into the drains is a load of carp IMO. The access of course would be more difficult, but, builders can be creative (the guy who may be doing our garden has just done another where they had to remove the back wall of a garage to get machinery in to dig the back garden they needed to access, there are ways and means). Given the fact she sounds a right PITA I'd raise the point about her gate / fence being on your land. I know she's 93 but she sounds like she's been a pain all her life there.

    I remember years ago a neighbour over the road from my mums objected to the house next door (both semis) wanting to add a massive extension to the end of their house as the neighbour said it would pretty much turn the two houses into a terrace and devalue her property. The planning still got approved.

    For our garden we really want it done for the summer as it will make a massive difference to the house overall downstairs. Although we have things to do upstairs it's all mainly cosmetic. The compromise on the paving means we should be able to then put in the features we want. To have the original paving we looked at was just more than we could justify cost wise, but I agree, even though it's still a lot of £ with the changes, we are doing it once and once only. I don't want to sit for 5yrs wishing we'd done something else, and then pay to have it all redone because it wasn't what we wanted in the first place.
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    • CouponWoman
    • By CouponWoman 18th Apr 17, 7:59 AM
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    Morning kerri.
    I would save up like mad, do car boots to get rid of anything I could and generally scrape together the money to do the garden as you want. It would grate on you to accept second best kerri and ultimately cost more too. If you really cannot afford what you want then I personally would do something as cheap as poss and just put up with it till I could afford what I really want.

    I saved up for years to get my bedroom redone exactly how I wanted and it cost a fortune but it was worth it. The annoying thing is just after it was done is when I hurt my knee and now we do need to move to a bungalow. I have to be so carefuly with my knee as it cannot be repaired and there is nothing I can do, its still unstable and painful. The only thing is at least the new bedroom has added value to my house.

    Busy today but tomorrow I might try and go and see this silly old woman and see if she is going to see reason. If not I might have to track down a party wall expert to get advice.

    Take care


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    • kerri gt
    • By kerri gt 18th Apr 17, 6:37 PM
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    I know what you're saying about the garden CW but we also have had to put our sensible hats on regarding the size / what we're having done vs the cost - or rather the places we want to channel our budget into rather than spending arms and legs on the paving and labour. We have a decent budget so are trying to spend it sensibly.

    Best not talk about bedrooms, I had a couple of quotes for fitted wardrobes just to get some ideas and they came back quoting £4k for one room - gulp!

    Fingers crossed the neighbour is more accommodating when you speak to her face to face.
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    • CouponWoman
    • By CouponWoman 27th Apr 17, 8:04 AM
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    Good morning kerri and anyone else who might pop in.

    Things are still difficult atm. I went to see the old lady, don;t know if I satisified her that we won;t make a mess of her path if we go ahead and rebuild the garage, won;t know until after the 12th May if she is going to complain again.

    So I rang the leaseholder (most of the houses around here are leasehold) only to find out our solicitor who did the conveyancing had never notified them we bought the house as they had not been served a Notice of Assignment............I was fuming, contacted the solicitor who unfortunately is on holiday, on Monday got hold of her assistant who checked the file and also found out they had overcharged me by £260. She sorted out the Land Registry as that also hadn;t been completed.........I think fate is conspiring against me to tell me I should not have bought the bungalow. I now have to wait for my money, etc.

    kerri re your wardrobes. I waited over 15 years to get the wardrobes I wanted. I saved up and got them 2 years ago, just before I hurt my leg/knee. They cost £5500 but I love them. I got them from Hammonds, they had a sale on and should have been £8500, I love the quality of them. I haven;t decided if I should have them taken out and put in the new house, if ever we get to move, as it would mean redecorating the bedroom here and the carpets then wouldn;t fit either. Not sure what to do yet. Just get your main bedroom done in the cupboards you like, leave the other ones for now.

    Good luck with your garden too.

    CWxx
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