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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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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

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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After a busy Summer we’re back with our blog and we’re making a change to our usual format. Instead of our regular ‘ideas, information and inspiration‘, we’re concentrating solely on what’s involved in converting your loft.

We receive lots of enquiries and questions from people who would like to add additional rooms to their home by converting their loft space. It’s a big (and exciting!) project to undertake. We’ve created a quick guide for what to consider and think about before you begin.

If you’ve already had your loft converted, are in the midst of doing it or are thinking about it for the future, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

The first thing to do is get some plans drawn up. Here at Create we can do this for you and we do this in a two stage approach. Initially we do outline planning drawings to show you the design and to make sure you’re happy. These plans then go to the council to obtain your Certificate of Lawfulness (COL). The next stage is to do the construction drawings showing the build detail and it’s what we pass to the structural engineer to get the correct calculations for the steel beams. Once we have all the information it enables an accurate costing and schedule of works to be prepared. It’s advisable to factor in the cost of putting a cover up above the roof so that you ensure you are weather proof during the works, particularly as you are likely to have to take off at least part of the existing roof and likely all of it. If you’re home is attached to your neighbours then you must ensure you draw up Party Wall Agreements before you begin. Your loft conversion should be able to be carried out under Permitted Development (PD) but in certain circumstances you may need planning permission. Below are links to more information about both Party Wall Agreements and Permitted Development Rights.

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The drawings will tell you whether your home will need additional steel joists to support the additional weight. It’s likely it will.

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The new floor hangs from the steel.

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In this loft, we added a shower room to the rear of the house. It needed to be built onto the existing pitched roof.

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The internal rooms are built from timber frames and you must ensure you consider fire regulations and use the appropriate materials such as fire resistant plaster board. You will need to change other internal doors within your home or install additional smoke alarms so that you meet with requirements.

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We only intend this to be a quick guide to what’s involved and have highlighted what we consider some important actions and information when you’re planning your conversion. When it’s done well, a loft conversion brings great new space to your home. It should always be done to work with the existing age and style of the building.

For more photographs of what’s involved in converting your loft, please click on the following link and we hope you enjoy planning your new space!            Converting a loft         

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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… 

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And after!

And after!

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…

Here at Create we’re looking forward to blogging and telling you about our latest projects. You’ll get to see what we’re building as we’re building it, from the foundations to the final details. Here’s some of our current jobs and. at the same time, an introduction to some of the Create team!

Charlie cleaning out the mixer

Charlie cleaning out the mixer

Kitchen extension from the outside

Kitchen extension from the outside

Inside the kitchen extension!

Inside the kitchen extension!

Andy tightening a water pipe connection

Andy tightening a water pipe connection