renovations and carpentry…

A house move required some new storage to be built and fitted between two sitting room alcoves. Supplied and fitted pre-primed for the clients to finish painting. The cupboard units have adjustable shelves, push-to-open doors and a pull-out shelf to charge iPads/phones… A map light is to be fitted on the top fascia of the shelving unit.

The client wanted to refresh the front door of this Edwardian terraced house by replacing the existing front door with a reclaimed stained glass door and stripping back the frame to timber. The door was fixed-up, re-glued, filled, stained then oiled, and the frame sanded back and filled & stained where necessary too. A new stained glass unit is being made to fix above the door soon…

The client was unhappy with the existing bannisters and dodgy hand-rails in this 1930s house. They were replaced with new hemlock hand-rails and spindles which will be varnished by the client…

new porch design

The clients want a small porch, built under permitted development, to the front of their house. The house currently has a single pitch tiled overhang and the simple new design will maximise the light getting into their new hallway, with a small roof overhang to keep the weather off, supported by a bespoke steel bracket. Porch to be timber built…

flat roof repaired

The existing tar roof had failed and has been letting water in. There are a number of cracks where hot summers and cold winters have combined to break it down enough for the ceiling below to sag and the plaster to drop…

The most economical fix was to leave the existing roof covering in place and bond and weld a new resitrix membrane over it. The roof is now waterproof for many years to come…

Bi-folding doors

… The existing french doors and windows were single pane and therefore cold in the winter – as well as not letting enough light in too. Removing them and the two low side-walls has opened the kitchen into the garden, and will provide much better thermal qualities in winter and summers to come…

ready for decorating…

Attic conversion

In this 1920s semi, a busy internet entrepreneur required the unused loft space to be converted into a well insulated office space – with good light, power and lots of storage. Structural steels were needed to take the new floor and to build the supporting stud walls from – which also housed the cupboards for the large eves storage areas. In order to fit the new staircase, two of the first floor rooms also required some re-design and structural modifications to accommodate it.

kitchen extension/renovation

This 1920s semi needed an extensive renovation to the rear kitchen and -conservatory-extension. The rear wall of the house was removed and new piers built to take the steel beams required for the knock-through. The cold and poorly-built extension/conservatory was demolished and new footings dug for the re-building process. A liquid screed floor was supplied on top of the newly insulated slab which was finished in engineered oak planks. A downstairs shower-room was added, new kitchen fitted with oak worktops and structural steels finished with intumescent paint for fire regs and clad underneath in t&g oak with led lighting for display! All Design and build by RWDB…

bespoke steps with storage and ‘floating’ kitchen bench seat…

The existing steps have failed and do not match the new lower landing floor…
scaled drawings of the new steps – now from 4 to 4 steps and with storage drawers in the risers…
the new steps were stained to match the existing older pine in the house…
Design and build of new oak bench seat. The back is removable- so it can be upholstered and re-fitted.
under-bench storage cupboard incorporated too…

converting a flat ‘cold’ roof to a ‘warm one’

This job involves converting around 30 square metres of ‘cold’ type flat roof – where the insulation is between the rafters under the roofing panel sheets/membrane – to a ‘warm’ one – where the insulation is now above the roof panels – this type of roof does not need to be ventilated like a cold roof type and is more thermally efficient. We’re also fitting a large triple-glazed roof-light window and a new domed one too. All the existing, old school, felt was stripped and binned and the exising ply upgraded with better panelling. New timbers have been added to make the new large window opening. The new roofing ply is then topped with a vapour barrier membrane, solid insulation boards then added and taped, then the vapour barrier is wrapped around boards and taped too. The top layer will be Osb board and then EPDM single ply membrane – to come…



the existing ‘cold’ type felt roof before works started…
the new insulation and large window pening…
everything taped up for vapour control
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new fascia and guttering too
letting in the light! – ready for plastering…

garden works

This garden was in need of some sprucing up, the shed replacing with a larger, more substantial model, with a new retaining wall, paving, compost holders and a fence to keep the neighbours happy instead of the crumbling dry stone (of concrete lumps) wall…

 

Another bathroom makeover…

This bathroom in a victorian terraced house was long overdue a makeover. New window roof velux added, sub-floor repaired and made good for tiling, new fan and tilting down-lighters to come… new bathroom suite and tiling all round… Plumbing by Jules Jones @really good plumbing, electrical Nick Clarke…

Garden gate

…. Had a new metal gate made to replace the timber gate which was a bit crap as you can see.

The cat has decided to be the security guard…

New bathroom…

… Small bathroom in a victorian terraced house was very much in need of re-doing. Walls were all stripped, new moisture board fitted, new ceiling and skimming. All new bathroom suite, Karndean floor, skirting board, wall tiling, extractor fan, shaver socket and heated towel radiator. All done within ten days as this was the only bathroom in the house… Now ready for finishing decorating and family use!

 

 

New extension starts…

Build in progress. Timber-framed extension. To be finished externally with quartz-zinc roof and K-rend walls, black aluminium windows and sliding doors…

Concrete now in, level shuttering as guide for the pour…

Steels now in place under the burning sun… Thanks to Dave Currell (07774 985685 or 01865 875398) for his fabrication and welding work. The two of us fitted them on site this week.

foundation brickwork – mortar dyed to match engineering bricks as they’ll be see above ground… ready for timber wall construction…

Timber frame going up…

Zinc roofing and roof lights now finished, concealed box guttering underway…

Restoration of gypsy caravan…

‘Reckoned to be dating from the 50s… The caravan is in a bit of state and needs quite a bit of work – making new steps, replacing numerous carved timber details,Ā strengthening and then repainting by ‘Local Ladies’ decorating team Emma and Lekky… Watch this space…

New timber work and detailing complete and primed – ready for the painters to do their thing…