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    • Jewels&binoculars
    • By Jewels&binoculars 7th May 18, 8:48 AM
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    Jewels&binoculars
    Help! Concrete house?
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    • 7th May 18, 8:48 AM
    Help! Concrete house? 7th May 18 at 8:48 AM
    Hi all.

    My husband and I viewed a house we liked (and, more importantly, can actually afford!!) and are seeking advice before going forward. The house is ex local authority and I suspect it is made of concrete, which I've read can be difficult to mortgage. Does anybody have any knowledge about this?

    The house we are interested in is this one:
    /property-for-sale/property-54054987.html

    The house next door is here (just sold):
    /property-for-sale/property-66760607.html

    And another house 5 doors down for sale is here:
    /property-for-sale/property-63995710.html

    From looking at these properties, is anyone able to tell me what type of concrete is used/what construction methods? And what kind of questions I should be asking when I arrange our second viewing? Finally, it looks like the chimneys are made of brick, ddoes this suggest the houses are partly brick? I have no knowledge about any of this whatsoever, so advice would be greatly appreciated!
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    • Dan83
    • By Dan83 8th May 18, 9:43 PM
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    Dan83
    I bought an ex council concrete mid terrace house in August 2011.

    Knocking external walls down and putting curtains rails up is a pain, but other then that, no other problems.

    Never had a problem getting a mortgage on it either.
    • Plus
    • By Plus 8th May 18, 10:01 PM
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    Plus
    Looking up the EPCs for that postcode, most of them say either 'insulated cavity' or 'cavity, as built, uninsulated' with lots of '(assumed)'. However number 19 says 'system built', as do some of the others.

    Some people have been FOIing councils to get their lists of non-traditional properties - however it looks like Vale of the White Horse council had no data:
    https://www.bisfhouse.com/local-authority-non-traditional-housing-stock-lists/

    Looking at some streetview pictures, I see the ones that are grey render seem to have a line along the top of the ground floor windows that runs the length of the terrace. For instance, here:
    https://goo.gl/maps/rALyG74TMbp

    I wonder if they are some kind of large panel system concrete? However I can't seem to find a picture that matches: LPS often have vertical as well as horizontal panel lines on the render.
    • stator
    • By stator 9th May 18, 11:10 AM
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    stator
    I'm pretty sure that's just a drip line / flange. I'm not sure what the name is, but it makes rain drip off instead of running down and around the windows.
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