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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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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.

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

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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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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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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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.

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.

Today we’re talking about the bottom and the top of the extension, that’s the drains and the new roof!

We had to run new drainage for all the surface water from both the existing house and the extension roofs. We also replaced the man hole because it was leaking into the surrounding ground and causing damp issues in the house walls.

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At the other end of the building, up on top, we started constructing the roof of the extension. The roof rafters that you can see in the photographs below sit on top of the wall plate.

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Here are photographs showing how we got one of the final steels in position on the ground before lifting it into place with a genie lift.

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And here’s the new roof covering.

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In addition, we’ve taken out the existing chimney on the ground floor and supported the chimney above with a steel.

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