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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…


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.

We’ll be putting new windows into the whole house, these have now been delivered. P1130071

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…




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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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.

Are you curious about what’s involved in building buildings?

Have you got a project in mind and would like to see what’s possible and what you can create?

Would you like to know about the latest products, materials and regulations, so you’re best placed to make choices that work for you in your own home?

If you’re saying ‘yes’, then you’re in the right place. Our blog is here to give you an insight into the world of building here at Create.

Here’s an idea, some info and a touch of inspiration to get started…

Idea – Exciting new worktop for your kitchen


These half-inch thick, 100% acrylic based surface products are solid, nonporous and do not require sealing. They’re naturally resistant to hea, mold, mildew and most stains, even tought stains are easily buffed away. They’re renewable and repairable – scratches are easily repaired. This is a worktop we have fitted recently. The product is called Solid Surface and it’s from a company called Wilsonart.

Info – Permission needed to do buidling works to a leasehold flat

If you’re the owner of a leasehold flat you may need to get permission from the freeholder before you can do building works or alterations to your property. Check the lease and find out before you do anything.

Inspiration – Some before, during and ‘what it will look like after’ photos

The kitchen extension and new garden we are working on are progressing well. Inside, the plastering is all finished and now it’s time for the decorating. Outside, the patio area is ready for tiling and the new shed has been ordered.

These photos are from before we began work, during the works and also a quick preview of what the finished kitchen will look like.

The kitchen before

The kitchen before

Inside the new kitchen, all plastered and ready for decorating

Inside the new kitchen, all plastered and ready for decorating

An image of the finished kitchen

An image of the finished kitchen