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Here at Create, we are delighted to be launching our new website very soon…we’ll keep you posted on when it goes live. Also, we are excited to have some addtional services to offer.

As well as our Full Building Service, we offer  Architectural Planning, Project Management and Contract Administration Services.

Whether you are considering enhancing your home with a loft conversion, extension or refurbishment, the first step is always to consider what you need to do regarding planning and building regulations.

Many extensions and lofts can be built under the lawful development regulations, while others need full planning permission. At all times, building regulations will need to be considered and adhered to, including structural calculations, party wall matters and the new health and safety legislation covering domestic works.

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Our team has the complete range of skills and experience to take your ideas and help them blossom in to glorious reality. After receiving your instructions, we will develop the design for your approval and submit it to the local authority to achieve the necessary consent, before further developing the scheme to ensure that the building regulations will be satisifed. We will support you throughout by dealing with all the statutory and technical aspects.

You can appoint us to draw up a detailed specification for the works with estimated costs. This enables you to budget for the build phase and provides you with a set of documents with which you can facilitate more consistent prices from tendering builders.

Our project management team is on hand to ensure that your project runs smoothly and efficiently, whether or not you decide to appoint us to deliver the build phase.

Here, in our blog, we intend to support you with information, ideas and inspiration with all the building projects you embark on. Please feel free to ask us any quesions here, and, as well, you might like to join us on our Facebook page to see more of what we’re up to.

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Here at Create, we pride ourselves in the quality of our work and how much attention we give to the details of a project. We know that it’s really, really important for the final finish and overall quality of a job to be of the highest standard. It seems we are not the only ones who are keen to get every last detail perfect. On the Pembrokeshire coast, there is a beautiful holiday cottage called Felin Hescwm, that boasts the same loving care in it’s creation.

The couple who own the property have, painstakingly, made what was a barn and granary, into a dream holiday let. It is upside down living with an open-plan kitchen/diner and sitting room upstairs, and two en-suite bedrooms on the ground floor.

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A local blacksmith, Eifion Thomas, made the beautiful wrought-iron hand rail and staircase details that are a feature of the property. The smooth stone staircase itself is made from Welsh billiard slate.

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Eifion Thomas also made the beds and many of the lovely finishing touches, such as the hanging rail.

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It is not only in the iron-work where there is careful attention to detail, the carpentry is just as beautiful. Local carpenters, Rob Bisset and Bill Titkey, made frames and shutters for all the windows, including the cute tiny ones in the bedrooms and bathrooms.

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Even the paintwork is gorgeous! The cottage is located so close to the sea at Aber Bach bay, that the exterior wood has been painted with the same meticulous care needed to paint boats, so as to withstand the coastal weather.

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The project has been a true labour of love for the owners, who bought both, what is now the cottage, and the main house, 20 years ago. When they first clapped eyes on it, the dilapidated homestead and it’s derelict water mill, were in need a huge restoration. For three years, the couple ran a hostel for walkers and lived in the main house while it was still unrenovated. When the roof blew off their home in the middle of the night, they had no choice, but to close the hostel, move into it, and rescue the house. It took five years before they completed that work and begin remodelling the hostel into the now stunning holiday cottage. Felin Hescwm is available to let through http://www.underthethatch.co.uk.

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Last month, we told you about a loft conversion we had just begun, across the road from where it all began for us, with our first big extension. We’re moving on with work and here’s a couple of photos of how it’s taking shape.

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At our other loft conversion in South East London, we are further on with the process. These are some photos of the work in progress there.

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The roof lights from Glazing Vision are their VisionVent Access Hatch Rooflights, They are electrically operated, the press of a button gives easy access onto the roof for maintenance and cleaning.

 

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And now, some photos of the work in progress on the luxury bathroom refurbishment we are project managing…finished photos to follow soon.

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Until next time, if you’d like to see more photographs of our past creations, here’s the link to our portfolio website.

Remember also, we can do your planning application, we have several applications going through at the moment. Please do get in touch if this is something you’d like us to do for you, www.createforyou.co.uk

How time flies when we’re having fun! Since our last post in late June, we really are in the final stages of work at the kitchen extension. It’s coming together and looking great. Also, there’s been some learnings for us along the way.

We’ve seen very clearly the challenge of not being involved in a project right at the start. Our clients employed their own architect and we weren’t part of the design process. We are certainly happy to work in this way, and there have been times when the drawings haven’t quite given us sufficient information to work with or have not reflected the truth of what the job required. Of course, now, at the end of the process, everyone is happy and all the challenges can easily be forgotten. We think it’s important we take our learnings and ensure we are constantly working to make the process an ever easier experience for our clients. We know that having major building work in your home can be stressful, we aim to make it as stress-free as possible always.

In contrast, we are well on the way with a loft conversion, again in South East London, and we are seeing the benefits of having a great, open and honest relationship with our client right from the outset. We have been involved from the beginning, and, as such, have a complete and clear picture of what is wanted and how that has been translated into drawings we know reflect the required work accurately. It’s making for a smoother and more enjoyable experience for everyone, particularly our client.

So the message here is, please do come and talk with us as soon as you know you would like to extend or improve your home in some way. The sooner we can start the conversation and understand exactly what you would like, the better, for everyone.

As well as our building projects, we have completed a loft conversion in our project management capacity. Here’s little sneak preview of the finished result…more photos will follow

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We’ve also started a luxury bathroom refurbishment, again working as project managers. Again, we’ll be posting photos soon.

And now for our final news of the month, we are back where it all began! Our first big project was a stunning extension in Hither Green. We’re now working across the road, on a loft conversion. This is the extension we did three years ago and here’s a photo of the start of their neighbours loft conversion.

It’s always nice to be home don’t you think?! 🙂

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Three weeks on since our last blog post, there’s lots to talk about with our kitchen extension.

We’ve finished the cedar cladding to the outside. We think it’s looking good, what do you think?

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We fixed timber to provide a solid wall for the curtain tracks.

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For the ceiling, we have put 100mm thick Celotex between the roof joists. This is covered with Airguard, a membrane designed to increase energy efficiency. Another 50mm layer of Celotex will then be covered with 12.5mm plasterboard.

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Our clients are having a woodburning stove as a finishing touch to their newly extended home. This means we have included a complete Vitcas fireproof system for the wall behind the stove.

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It’s amazing the difference three weeks can make, we’ve also installed the underfloor heating system. Corex was laid to protect the damp proof membrane from the concrete.

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Next, we put down 150mm Celotex.

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The polypipe system connects to the boiler.

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On top, we laid a chicken wire mesh to help the screed stay in one piece. The screed is also mixed with fibres to stop it splitting, increase its wear and make it stronger.

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So that our client knows where the cables are in their home, we’ve taken photographs we’ll pass on to them to show the position.

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Til next time, we hope we are going some way to inspire you to make plans for any building works you are considering. To get your creative juices flowing even more, here’s a few photos of the finished kitchen extension we featured in our blog earlier in the year.

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We’ve been project managing a loft conversion in South London and are excited to share the ‘almost finished’ photos. Our clients have taken care over the details and the result is stunning. They have chosen Senso resin flooring for both the shower room and bedroom. Roof lights flood the space with light, and carefully selected sanitary ware and bathroom fittings add to the wow factor. A neat, space saving, oak pocket door leads from the shower room into the bedroom.

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Our creative clients have finished scaffold boards with wax and they now make for a feature wall in the bedroom. It’s always a pleasure to be part of making someone’s home even more beautiful, and this new loft is certainly one that our clients will enjoy.

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At our extension, again in South London, we’ve fixed the timber batons ready for the external cedar cladding.

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The doors are going in.

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We have Velux windows too.

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And we’re even making sure the family pet has a cat flap to come and go through!

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Last time, we talked about the Ibstock tile bricks we have used for the side walls at an extension in South London. Since those walls have been constructed, we have continued to progress with work and have been building the back wall of the house, as well as beginning to construct the roof.

The first step was to build the external back walls that are topped with a wall plate that supports the timber lintel. Often we will use steel and, on this occasion, the drawings specify timber. In fact we have used two pieces of timber, bolted together, and with a dog tooth connector between the timbers to create the lintel. The following photos show the external walls, beam bolted up, a dog tooth connector between the timbers and the wall plate that the timber lintel sits on.

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The next step was to put in the drainage that sits in the cavity wall and connects with a gulley on the flat roof to allow water to drain off the roof.

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We used this sample piece of the cill for the new doors to work out the floor and patio heights.

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Next, we began constructing the roof. The following photos show the roof timbers and the space where the velux windows will sit.

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The roof is being covered with a Bauder roof system, a specialist felt and then sedum. This is low maintenance planting that provides excellent cover and increased protection to the waterproofing system. The plants are grown on a ‘blanket’ that is harvested like turf and installed by rolling out on top of the waterproofing. The blankets are very lightweight, easy to maintain and provide instant greening to the roof.

The final photos show how the back walls are looking now. After the block work was built, we covered it with air guard and then constructed the stud wall that we filled with celotex, and finally wrapped it with a breathable material. We will be building vertical batons, followed by horizontal batons, that will support the vertical external cedar cladding.

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It’s been a busy few weeks for us at Create, we’ve started two new exciting jobs, as well as continuing to project manage the loft conversion which is well on it’s way to being complete. It’s looking stunning, with some great features like the Senso flooring and walls. Senso make natural resin flooring and rock-resin walls. They are an interesting alternative to tiles, wooden floors or other coverings. If you’re looking for something a little different, have a look here to see more.

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One of our new jobs is an extension in South London. Again, we’re using a product that’s a little different, Ibstock tilebricks. They replicate a tile-hung wall elevation but are more robust than vertical tiling and are virtually maintenance free. By using clever profiled edges and a tile-shaped front face, the extruded clay units look just like tile hanging when mortared together.

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Here’s how the bricks are looking in South London…

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They have to be laid to ensure that no mortar shows on the outside. That means fully filling the joints from the back.

Our clients are buying their new kitchen from Woods of London. Although planning and buying your kitchen in the traditional way can make for a fabulous space, it can be exciting to think outside of the box and go for a kitchen that is truly unique to you. A recent article in Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine explored that very topic. It has certainly made us think about what’s possible in kitchen design. You might consider thinking carefully about what job you want your kitchen to do in terms how you’d like to live in it and what kind of space you’d like it to be. For many people, their kitchen really is the heart of the home and it’s a social space as well as a purely functional room. Bearing that in mind, you may decide to put less emphasis on the practical use of your kitchen and think more about how you want it to look and feel so that it really reflects you and how you want to enjoy it. You could decide to have less fitted units and more individual, one-off pieces of furniture or storage solutions. To get your ideas flowing, we’ve found some quirky, different, thought provoking photos of kitchens to share with you…

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In the past month, since our last post, we’ve almost completed work at the kitchen extension in South East London.

The kitchen is in and the room is almost ready to be enjoyed. The final jobs have also included work on the garden.

Before we share some of our latest photos, here’s a quick re-cap of the project, from start to finish…

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And here’s the latest photos…

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Outside, there is blue-black granite paving from Nustone. Inside, it’s oak flooring and the kitchen we fitted is from Rooms.

We’re looking forward to showing you the final finished work soon!

We know it can sometimes feel like things are moving slowly when you’re in the middle of an extension or other building works. There’s so much that’s not seen and is hidden behind smooth plastered walls and beautiful decoration and finishing when the work is complete. We hope our blog is giving you an insight into all the work that’s involved.

So, at our extension in South East London, you’ll soon begin to see how the finished kitchen will look. However, before we show you some of the latest interior photos, here’s a view of the folding sliding doors that lead out into the garden, connecting the outside with the inside. This is going to be a great place to live when the weather hots up and those doors are open and our clients can enjoy the full benefit of their outside space. If you’d like to find out more about the doors we’ve used here, the link to our supplier is The Folding Sliding Door Company. The company has lots of information on their website and a gallery of photographs showing a wide range of settings that these doors can work in.

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So that’s the view looking in, and now, here’s some photos of the kitchen being fitted. It always feels great to see the room really taking shape.

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If you’d like to see more of what we do, we’re on Facebook, ‘like’ our page and you’ll receive more ideas, tips and inspiration.