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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…

 

 

 

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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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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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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!

It’s two weeks since our last post, in the following photos you’ll see how the inside of the kitchen is beginning to take shape. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve built the timber studwork that supports the plasterboard. This is how the majority of modern internal walls and ceilings are constructed. The semi-hollow nature means that pipes and wires can be run within the wall to feed water and electricity where needed. We’ve used Celotex boards to insulate the ceiling and internal walls before nailing the plasterboard in place.

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We applied two coats of render on the inside of the external block walls. The render is scratched using a trowel or some type of serrated blade while still wet. The creation of a web of surface scratches helps the final coat of plaster adhere properly by allowing the overcoat of plaster to enter the scratches and create a bond between the layers.

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And here’s how the kitchen is looking now, with the walls all plastered.

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We’ll be back here soon with more news on the extension. In the meantime, if you’d like to see some photos of our finished projects, please follow this link.

Work is really moving on at our job in South East London. Once we’d built the new side wall, we moved to the back of the house. Firstly, we prepared to take out the existing rear wall. This means we had to support the building above using vertical props and strongboys. They took the load while we took out the back wall and put in the steel at the rear of the house.

We also supported the building by putting vertical props inside as well.

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Once the steels were in we could move on and begin to consider removing the existing side wall. This wall is called the flank wall, and again, we needed to support the building above with vertical props and strongboys before we could remove the bricks.

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You can see on the photo above that there is a section of the original side/flank wall remaining. This is because the boiler was here. We prepared and plastered a section of wall so that we could move the boiler to it’s new position. Then we removed the remaining section of wall. The photo below shows the wall prepared for the boiler.

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Next time you’ll see how we’re building the new roof and have put in the new drainage.

After planning permission has been granted for a project then work can begin. The plans were passed and we’ve started works on the extension in South East London. The first stage has been to dig out for the foundations.

The type of soil that your home is built on will impact on the depth of the foundations that need to be dug. In this case the house is built on clay and so we have needed to dig deeper foundations. The clay we discovered is wet and because it expands and shrinks depending on how much water is in the ground, then there is the risk that a building built on top of it can move if the foundations are not deep enough.

For any extension you will need to employ the services of building control and they will advise on the necessary depth of the foundations. It’s also important to note here that you need to factor in the cost of building control services to your budget.

For this extension, building control advised we should dig foundations to a depth of 2.1m and also that we should shore up the sides of the foundation trench. Of course the extra depth means that more labour is required, more skips and more concrete. All of these things impact on costs.

Here’s to show you how deep we had to dig!

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Now we’ve poured the concrete, we can start to build!…more about that next time.

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.

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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!

Inspiration

It’s always great to complete a project and know we’ve made a difference to some people’s lives. To inspire you this time we’ve got ‘before’, ‘in the middle’ and ‘after’ photos of one of our most recent jobs. We know that taking on a big building project can sometimes feel like a daunting task and we hope our ‘after’ photo is the inspiration you need to encourage you to start bringing your own ideas to life.

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Before… 

In the middle

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And after!

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Ideas

Maybe you too are looking to have some lovely big doors leading out from your house into your garden like our clients in their new kitchen above? As well as the option they chose, here’s some more ideas from our portfolio that we think you might like!

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And Information

When we undertake a buidling project there’s always the possibility that there will be unforeseen things that we discover as we work. We’ve recently been working at a house that was built close to a former river bed. There is no evidence of the river now. It was only when we started to dig for our footings that we discovered it had once been there. It means that the footings have to be dug deeper than usually required. This takes more time.

It’s always a good idea to be aware that sometimes we do come across something that will meanwe might have to adjust, adapt or amend things. Having this in mind before you begin a project means that if the unforeseen happens, then you are prepared for it. We always work to get around any challenges as efficiently as possible.

Once again, we hope you’ve enjoyed our blog and we’ll be back soon with more…