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Here at Create, we have a wealth of joinery experience, over 100 years between us all told. Well known and long standing local joinery company, Oak Joinery, has had to close as their lease has expired.  As the former owner of Oak Joinery, André feels that a joinery company should remain in the area to utilise the experience and expertise, particulalry regarding the local design vernacular, built up over the years. As a consequence, we are delighted that Rob Taylor, the former Managing Director of Oak Joinery, has now joined us. We welcome him, and we are all very much looking forward to being able to provide for our local area’s joinery needs ongoing.

In the near future, we will be expanding our website to incorporate more of our joinery services, and, in the meantime, you can find out more by visiting our current website >>Click HERE for joinery at Create<<

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Here at Create, we are excited to introduce you to our Architectural Planning services… and, as part of that, to let you know some of what you really must consider, before you embark on any building project.

To begin, it’s good to know that many extensions or lofts can be built under the lawful development regulations, while others do need full planning permission. Always, before you embark on your project though, you will need to take into account all statutory and technical aspects, and consider, and adhere to, building regulations, including structural calculations, party wall matters and the new health and safety legislation covering domestic works.

At the outset, it will greatly support you in budgeting for the build phase of your project, if you have a detailed specification for the works with estimated costs. Also, we know that having those documents will also facilitate more consistent prices from tendering builders.

Smooth running, efficient and timely, are not always words that are used to describe building projects. Having a professional, to manage the project on your behalf, may not be something you have considered, and yet it could be one of the best investments you make. Having someone alongside, who can look after everything, makes for an easier process, for sure. That could include, things like, the agreements (Party Wall Agreements) you would be wise to have in place with any neighbours, and also, what, as a householder, you are now required to provide in terms of health and safety for all who might be affected by the work.

To give you a little more information here, Party Wall Agreements are not a legal requirement, but rather act as a formal agreement between you and your neighbours that facilitate works and protect both parties equally, minimising any potential for disagreement or conflict in relation to your works.

Along a similar vein, when you are employing your own contractor, and to ensure your expectations as a client are met, having a Contract Administrator, to take care of both of your interests with regard to the contract between you and your builder, will ensure your expectations within that contract, are met.

It’s not possible for us to include here, everything you need, and that we advise you, to consider before embarking on your building project, so, if you are reading this and would like to find out more, please do check out our website. The link to us is >>HERE Create For You<<

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In Greenwich, we are in the early stages of another whole home refurbishment. We will be detailing each step, from top to bottom, as we progress. To begin, here’s a selection of ‘before’ photos…

On the top floor, there are currently two bedrooms and our work begins up there. We’re adding an ensuite shower room to one of the bedrooms. Already, as we’ve begun to strip back the existing plaster and take out the fireplace, we’ve discovered woodworm and unreliable joists that we need to recitify and take into account of, as we determine what support will be required to ensure the integrity of the house in our refurbishment.

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We discovered that the flank wall (the side wall to the rear addition, the opposite side to the party wall with the neighbouring house) was unstable. We also discovered that the first floor joists were not tied, sufficiently, into the building. That means, at our job in Greenwich, we have now taken down the whole of the flank and rear walls of the rear addition. You can see the before and after photos here…

As well as dismantling more of the house, we have now started constructing too!

The home office is really taking shape, and we’re excited to share a photo of it, so far…

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If you love your home, and don’t really want to move, a home office/outdoor room could be the perfect solution in creating extra space for you and your family. Another outdoor room we created in the past, is this one, below… remember that you can have power, heat and lighting all supplied to your garden room, and it really can be a beautiful and comfortable addition to your living space.

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Another way that many people choose to create additional space in their home, is of course to convert their loft. In Greenwich, the works to the loft are also progressing. We are now ready to start roofing…

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A head for heights is a no question ‘must’, when you’re creating a loft conversion… this photo reveals it all (and no, that isn’t my foot in the pic!) Look at the road, so far below…

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As well as progressing with the timber work for the loft, we have, once again, been making great progress with our latest project.

Last week, I talked about the helical bars that we would be using to strenghten the brickwork. The bars are inserted into the wall, across the cracks, at 300mm intervals, and then they are bonded into place.

As well as stabilising the brickwork, we have continued digging out for the lower kitchen floor, and, we’ve also poured concrete for the kitchen extension and home office foundations.

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There is regularly a team of six or seven on site at any one time, and, as well as our building team and other tradesmen, we are investing in the future by employing apprentices to work and learn alongside our experienced crew. Here at Create, we are  committed to developing and supporting our younger team members, so that we are continually able to deliver a service that is designed to exceed your expectations. We know that the building industry has not always been credited for reliability and attention to detail. At Create, we are committed to a standard of excellence and transparency in all our work. Also, if you are curious to see how our latest project might look when we’re all finished, you can view our portfolio of past creations by clicking HERE. There are photographs showing many of our projects, stage by stage, from start through to completion.

Til soon!

Here at Create, we’ve had a busy 6 months, and we’ve completed some exciting work! We’ve also, very recently, begun a large project to refurbish the whole house, add a loft conversion, a kitchen extension, AND a home office in the garden, to a home in South East London. We’re looking forward to sharing updates and photos as we go along!

To begin, we stripped out the interior, including the kitchen, bathroom and some of the plaster, ceilings and internal doors. Next, the scaffolding went up, and we began to remove the roof tiles, ready to begin the loft works. We’re also starting to dig out for the footings to the extension, the sub floor to the kitchen and the base for the home office.

For the duration of this project, our client has moved out. It means we can work on the whole house all at once, rather than room by room, if they were still living in the space. It is making for good progress and an exciting pace of work!

The work so far…

 

 

 

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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.

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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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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