Advice Hub: Walls

Interior and exterior walls are a large part of our survey work. We have investigated walls that are leaning and pose threats to individuals, interior and exterior structural walls with cracks, garden walls that are falling down and those that have problems caused by tree and plant roots. These articles look at the problems we find with walls and how they can be prevented and resolved.

Gallows Bracket

When should gallows brackets be used?

When do I need to use Gallows Brackets?

You may have read our article about removing a chimney breast and the requirements by law to ensure you have the correct agreements in place with your neighbour if the chimney breast is on a party wall, never mind a decent builder who understands structural concerns. What we don’t talk about much in that article are chimney support brackets, or gallow brackets, which you might need to consider once you have removed Read more...

Eccentric Foundations

Extensions: maximising space with eccentric foundations

Eccentric Foundations – a guide

If you live in a semi-detached or terraced property you have a right to build up to the boundary, and ‘if necessary’, a right to put foundations on your neighbour’s land, however, you will almost certainly need party wall agreement. So, for example, if you want to extend to the back or side of your house you must get a party wall agreement. Your neighbours can say no to you putting foundations on their Read more...