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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…






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.


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.

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.



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.


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.


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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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.

Happy new year to you from all of us at Create. We’re excited to be back to work after our Christmas break and here’s one of the most recent photographs of the extension we’re building in South East London.

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As you can see, we’ve built the main structure of the building and so now it’s time for us to make sure all the jobs that need completing before we start to plasterboard, are done.

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We’ve laid a timber floor in the kitchen.

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We’ve levelled the ceiling.

Also, we are ensuring all the pipes are in place for the heating and plumbing. The same applies for the cables. It’s really important for us to check that we have everything done that we need to do before we start to insulate and plasterboard.

In addition, we’ve prepared to lay concrete at the back of the house to give a solid bed for our Aco drain that will catch the rain water that will run off the doors.

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Soon you’ll start to see how the inside of the extension begins to really take shape. We’re looking forward to sharing more photos and telling you about the next part of the build.

Following on from our last post all about what to consider when converting your loft, in the forthcoming weeks we will be writing about one of current projects. We’ve recently begun works to add an extension to a house in South East London and have decided to write a diary about the project here. Our aim is to give you a step by step, week by week account of what we’re doing, the challenges we encounter along the way and how we resolve them and so you have a real time insight into what’s involved in building an extension. We know it can be a daunting task if you’ve never done it before and so we want to give you a first-hand view of what’s involved from start to finish.

It all began when our clients came to us and told us about the plans they had for their home. They currently have a three bedroom semi detached house in Mottingham, with a lounge, dining room and kitchen. They told us they wanted to add more downstairs living space by increasing the size of the kitchen and making it a larger kitchen/living space, as well as taking out the wall between the existing lounge and dining room to make one larger area. This is what their home looked like just before we started work on the project.


The first part of the process was, as always, to have detailed planning drawings done and we were able to provide these for our clients. The drawings have two purposes as well as showing what the extension will look like, they can be used as part of a planning application and they also provide a basis for costing the works. Detailed drawings and plans are essential to ensure that everyone knows what’s what right from the start. You can expect to pay in the region of £1200 for planning and construction drawings for an extension such as this one. The other costs you will need to consider before you start your project are the planning application fee, structural engineer’s costs and build over or build near to agreements if your home is near a public sewer, click here for more information about Thames Water build over and build near to agreements.

It’s important to know whether any works you are starting require planning permission. In this case we needed it because it didn’t fall within the limits of permitted development. For more information about planning and permitted development consider having a look at the planning portal website, click here to read more.

Next time we’ll tell you about the first hurdle we had to overcome as we began work. In the meantime here’s a link to the drawings for this project so you can see the plans of what we’re creating!