Live in a converted church
Tue 10 Dec 2013
By Alex Johnson Property: Tuesday, 10 December 2013 at 2:31 pm
This five bedroom detached house for sale in Lound Side, Chapeltown, Sheffield (on for 650,000 with Reeds
Rains, pictured right) is a converted church featuring stained glass windows, stone arches and vaulted ceilings. It
also has underfloor heating, a studio, spiral stone staircase leading to the clock tower, and off road parking.
The best cities for rail commuters
Train fares will account for around 8% of commuters' salaries in 2014, according to figures from Hay Group which
also indicate the worst hit (those commuting more than 50 minutes into Birmingham ) will be paying up to 21% of
their salary. The figures suggest that commuters in Cardiff spend the lowest proportion of their wages in the
country on their commute, with short journeys representing less than 6% of annual salary
10 pitfalls in Victorian and Edwardian house restoration
According to Ian Rock of the RICS, there are more than four million Victorian and Edwardian houses in the UK,
many of which need considerable repair work. Here are his 10 'top' inappropriate works most often carried out on
Replacing original good quality sash windows with inappropriate modern aluminium or PVC-U casements
Unnecessarily injecting chemical damp-proof courses (or injecting them incompetently), and re-plastering or
rendering main walls with cement-based materials rather than traditional lime (thereby trapping damp in the walls)
Encouraging damp, rot and beetle infestation by blocking ventilation to floors and roofs
Removal of chimney breasts or load-bearing internal spine walls without providing adequate support to the
remaining masonry above
Neglecting badly eroded mortar joints to external masonry, allowing damp to penetrate and frost damage to
Re-pointing walls with cement mortar that prevents walls from 'breathing'
Botched repairs to flashings to stacks and roofs with short-life materials such as self-adhesive tapes
Failure to provide enhanced structural support to roof structures where original lightweight slate coverings have
been replaced with heavier concrete tiles
Not lining old flues before lighting fires or using appliances
Weakening floor joists with excessive cutting for cable and pipe runs.
Property predictions: Marsh & Parsons
Continuing our look at what estate agents are forecasting for 2014, Marsh & Parsons' crystal ball suggests that
London property prices will continue to beat the rest of the UK next year, but the rate of growth will stabilise - they
forecast that Prime London house prices will rise by 5-7% in 2014, with the majority of growth expected to take
place in the first half of the year.
Peter Rollings, CEO of Marsh & Parsons, said: "London's housing market saw a substantial uplift in 2013, and we
expect a similarly strong start in 2014 to drive an annual rise in prices but these won't be as spectacular as last
year. With ongoing support from Government initiatives, the rate of growth will remain sustainable. Following
improvements in unemployment levels, we're likely to see modest increases in interest rates next year. But with a
general election coming up in 2015, any changes are unlikely to create shockwaves through the housing market.
"Many sellers will remain cautious of putting their property on the market as they are not confident that they will
be able to find somewhere to move to, therefore supply is unlikely to improve considerably next year. As a result,
property will continue to sell for close to or at the asking price."