sunken doormat…

The client wanted a doormat sunk to the existing hall-way floor level before the floor is sanded back… The existing boards were lifted and new timber fillets packed and fixed between the joists to provide a good strong floor and support…

 

roof and chimney renovations…

This terraced property had a few water leaks coming from broken and failed roof slates, failed lead flashing and eroded mortar on the ridge tiles. Also as the chimneys are not in use they need vent-capping and re-mortaring to halt rising damp internally. Scaffolding was needed for safe access.

Before pictures…

a lot of water erosion here!

Chimney needs re-pointing – note new vent caps in place… Most of the mortar holding the pots in place had eroded and needed re-doing too.

And after…

 

new lead-work.

ridge-tiles re-set in new mortar

The old mortar was marked ‘1967’ so now it has beed updated – should last another 50 years at least!

 

 

tv cupboard unit

This cabinet unit was made using a solid beech worktop offset and left-over end panels from a kitchen fit I did.  The skirting board was milled up to match the existing too…

new renovation project

Nice Edwardian property begins the change back from HMO to family home. Starting with removing internal block wall and doorframe that spoilt the original hallway.

Before

After…

Built-to-last log shed

Using easy pads for quick footings & support for the timber frame, single ply roof membrane, water butt to collect for the garden and chocolate composite decking that won’t rot as the logs pile up over the years ahead…

My son Otto on work experience with me cutting mesh to divide the log-shed for different logs…

 

 

Solid wood worktop renovations…

Three original beech worktops brought back to life – sanded, filled, oil and sealed. Plus a new sink, taps and worktop replaced the rotten one. Plumbing and pipe wrangling by Jules Jones at Really Good Plumbing company…

Before and after pictures…

Fitted wardrobes & under-stairs storage…

… You can never have enough places to put stuff!… The existing eaves access were blocked up and a new side access built – so the new wardrobe could be built…

Before and after pictures…

Making use of the space under the stairs…

kitchen floor

Having fitted the kitchen, I’ve now finished it off by laying a bleached-oak engineered floor – over a decent underlay on top of the original un-loved tiles. It was more cost effective (and much less painful!) to lay the floor over the existing tiles as they would have taken considerable time and hassle to get up – so timber beading will cover the expansion gap at the edges…

French-doors

These new doors open into the ‘light well’ of a terraced house in East Oxford… Fitted with nice flush bolts on each door and a 5-lever deadlock to the master door to keep the insurance company happy…

Kitchen makeover time…

… Had a bit of a run of kitchens recently – with this one the customer decided to update the existing one rather than completely strip it out. Though in hindsight it probably caused a bit more work than if we’d started from scratch. The main thing is that they are very pleased with the outcome…

The work involved moving white goods, fitting one new cabinet, then fitting all new doors and drawer fronts, end panels, cornices, pelmets and kick plates, new solid beech worktops and sink, new boiler and integrated dishwasher and finishing it with the charcoal backboard and glass splash back…

THIS IS BEFORE

THIS IS AFTER…

THE OTHER SIDE’ BEFORE

AFTER

And next I’ll be fitting a new oak engineered floor…

 

Bespoke cupboards…

An old poor quality storage area was removed and  a more substantial cupboard was build, using architrave and skirting-board milled’ to match the existing Edwardian styles used. An existing door was re-cycled to tie the cupboard in with the rest of the house…

This wall and both doorways were built as part of this job. Again all architrave, picture rail and skirting-board was milled’ to match and the doors used re-claimed…

 

Extension drawings

© R.WHITEMAN 2017

My own architectural designs for an ornate extension featuring a curved copper roof, bespoke curved lazer-cut powdered coated trellis and hidden box guttering. The copper roof will slowly weather to a verdigris colour to blend-in with the especially painted trellis…

 

1930s house renovations…

Old kitchen doorway removed, blocked up and window replaced with long window in readiness for new fitted kitchen. The single storey extension roof has had its flat/vaulted ceiling removed, the rafters system strengthened and new velux windows added to bring in some much-needed daylight. Insulation and plaster-boarding next…

original vaulted/flat ceiling removed for more space/high ceiling…
original rafters doubled-up to strengthen roof and new velux roof-lights bring light into extension…

kitchen door removed and blocked-up. New window gives nice view of garden from the (soon to be fitted) kitchen…

kitchen units all now fitted – complete with cream quartz worktop which will last forever!

The small bathroom had a separate toilet next to it. Now knocked-through into one bigger room with two windows. The corner wall has been partly blocked up to allow for a shower mixer in the new bath…

The bathroom has been now fitted with a ‘shaker style’ obscured-glass door, plastered and tiled – waiting for the plumber to do his thing’

Modernisation of windows bays, 1920s house.

The two first floor window bays of this detached 1920s house are clad with the original clay tiles that have decayed and darkened over time. The owner now wants to modernise and lighten the look of the bays by replacing them with cedar strip-cladding which itself will go silver over time… The old battens have been stripped and new ones fitted. The new cedar cladding arrives this week…

 

The edges of the new cedar bays have now been rendered to match the original house finish…

Renovations of photographic/artists’ studio begins…

Renovation and build of an artists’ and photographic studio.

Phase 1 of this interesting renovation project: removing the old, cold and leaky plastic roof, and in its place, building a new timber structure with a two-part flat roof finished with long-life EPDM roofing membrane. Temporary plastic coverings have been put in place until new bespoke timber roof-lanterns are built and ready to install…

 

 

Roof exterior showing the temporary plastic coverings on the up-stands built to carry the new roof lanterns that are due soon…