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Identification of a house in Cookham, Berkshire
Firstly may I thank the members of this forum for providing such an invaluable service. 48 hours ago, I knew nothing about steel frame construction and it is amazing to find a forum dedicated to helping people get up to speed and share specialist knowledge. Its the internet at its best.
We are looking to make an offer on a house in Burnt Oak, Cookham, Berkshire and have been told by the estate agent that the house has a steel frame construction. The cost of the house is not small and we would be looking to spend a large amount extra on a significant extension.
I have spoken to my mortgage adviser who does not think that the construction of the house will pose any sort of problem from a mortgage perspective and there are other house of the same type on the same road that have had large amounts spent on extension. I am hoping to understand the specific type of construction of this house and understand why it may or may not represent and issue from a mortgage and resell-ability perspective.
I do not have many details of the house at this stage but the rightmove link is https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-67461687.html and it can found on street view here - https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-0.7226046,3a,75y,258.05h,76.23t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s74dbU9YPxBd_wLRfGQ0eyA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
Any help would be hugely appreciated
Thanks so much for coming back to me and providing the information that you did.
I will get up to the loft the next time we are viewing and I have already be in contact with a few surveyors who will conduct a full structural survey. Its good advice about getting an invasive inspection and something that I will push for.
The issues that I have is trying to figure out if this represents too much risk. There are always going to be issues with older houses but I am concerned that the nature of this building means that its potential value will be limited by factors beyond my control (Mortgage lenders and bad reputation) which will put the money I invest into it at risk.
We do really like the house, the potential of it and the area. We will get a survey done to understand the current condition of the frame but I dont know how to get get my head around the risk I am taking. In general (and with the exception of this site) the internet is of no help and full of throw away comments such as "They were only built to last 10 years". I guess what I am asking is what is the difference in terms of long term livability between a Trusteel mkii house and another house built in the 60's using tradition construction methods?