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RICS Chartered Surveyors report on a 1960 detached bungalow

 

 Detached bungalow constructed about 1960 with cavity brick walls and concrete tile roof. The gable has a timber framed with hanging tiles attached. Roof edges are timber clad. Doors and windows PVCu framed with double glazing. Sold floors. Gas fired central and hot water heating.

 

 

Rear elevation. If you blow up the photograph you may be able to see re-pointing of the wall above the angled conservatory roof and that the brickwork to the left of it slopes probably due to initial settlement of the foundations or later coal mining subsidence.

 

Rear with flat roofed extension. Note that a section of the gutter is missing. Roof edge timbers require redecoration. Most would replace them with plastic for ease of future maintenance.

 

The roof is of some age. The felt is likely to be life expired. The age of the roof suggests that insulation will be limited and to improve it will be difficult. The vegetation suggests that the gutter is collecting silt due to  poor fall.

The springs on the garage door had failed. The doors then become dangerous as they can rapidly close causing serious injury. Note that the electric meter cupboard door has fallen off. A common problem.

The garage roof is also of some age and there is evidence of patch repairs, the joints of which are coming apart due to thermal movement.

The rear corner roof edges are rotten and water was entering the garage roof at this point. The garage rear door clearly needs replacing. Moss will encourage the rain water good to block.

 

 

The leylandii tree trunk has pushed the concrete wall over.

 

Serious structural movement. The extension has rotated away from the main property due to poor foundations. The movement is not related to the leylandii trees which seldom cause foundation failures in the north Midlands. The foundations probably did not take account of the considerable in filling of the steeply sloping site to level it. Note how the lighter coloured bricks of the extension have been tied into the original property.

Here the brickwork of the extension is no so well tied into the original house causing the straight line failure at the junction.

 

The terrace has been created by filling a steeply sloping site and has sunk near to the retaining wall

 

The steeply sloping garden which may explain the lack of maintenance. There are numerous hazards in the dense vegetation. Lack of access is likely to make clearing the garden expensive as all rubbish will have to be moved to the front of  the property by hand.

 

The bathroom floor slopes towards the left significantly. Cause unclear but likely to be historic and not related to the failure of the extension.

 

Out of square door opening consistent with the bathroom floor failure. The hidden wall to the left of the bathroom has probably sunk and pulled the floor with it.

The bathroom wall from the far side. A minor fracture at the head of a bedroom door where the structure is not very strong as there is only a short section of brickwork above the door. Possibly related to the bathroom wall failure but also typical movement between door and ceilings where theere is no brickwork above the ceiling level due to thermal movement.

Looking into the extension. Note how low the head room is compared to the main building. This has been done so as to be able to construct a cheap flat roof below the roof edge of the original property. Constructing a pitched roof would have been considerably more expensive. Note the textured ceiling coating which may contain asbestos although this is not generally a problem in situ. The glazing panels in the internal door should be replaced with toughened glass

The extension floor is only slightly lower than the original building. The step beyond the door is a potential trip hazard.

Superficial corrosion that is commonly found on radiators, usually in the bathroom due to the high humidity.

 

Point impact to the exterior. Possibly due to an air rifle fired from parkland at the rear of the property.

The original cylinder with a poor standard of insulation.