Solid Oak Flooring

Our client for this project wanted to remove all the skirting boards and have the walls running straight down to the new oak flooring.

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I originally thought that the extra cost and work of cutting in an expansion gap within the walls would not be worth the finished result, but as you can see from the pictures the removal of the skirting board looks really good.

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With solid oak floors, clamps are used to hold the boards together, helping eliminate slight twists or bows within the boards.

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The above pictures show the chiselled expansion gap and the newly plastered wall finish before being painted.

Hall Way Renovation.


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This job was a complete refit of a hall way starting from new block work and the remainder of the old original block walls.The client had an old rotten pine floor with a cavity below. All the walls and ceilings needed plastering and painting. New skirting and stair case installed and a tiled finished floor with a large cupboard.

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( I think the dog was sniffing out the rats )

They wanted the cavity filled under the floor with insulation and under floor heating installed, below you can see the under floor heating pipes and the finished floor screed as it was setting.

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Once the floor screed was set I then began altering the roof trusses to allow a new stairway to be installed this required some structure alterations of roof trusses.

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Once all the structure work was completed and all the door linings fitted I then plastered the whole area and installed the new staircase which was sourced by the client from ebay.

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These few pictures show the floor tiles and the new storage area for coats and shoes being constructed.

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Bungalow Timber Frame Extension

This job involved extending a block made bungalow upwards, i had been contacted to erect the timber frame on top of the existing structure as shown in the first picture. I was really pleased to see that the client had a scaffold structure completely covering the whole project as now any adverse weather conditions would not greatly affect the build helping the project stick to the clients time schedule.Our first job was construct a new floor for the extension to be built upon.

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The timber frame designer and supplier had specified structure grade timber joists in the construction of the floor using massive steel beams to support the floor. This was a mistake in my opinion as the steels were so heavy the client had to pay someone to reinforce the existing block walls. It is also far quicker to construct a floor out of posi-joists which do cost more than standard timber but are lighter and far quicker to install. Thus you make a saving in labour costs and in this case the extra cost of rein-forcing the walls as well would not of been incurred.

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The above photos show the gable ends and dwarf walls erected and the stair case cavity covered up for safety reasons.We now had the massive task of hand lifting the pre-made trusses into place, normally a crane would be used for this type of work but as there was a scaffold structure over the bungalow this was not possible.

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Once all the trusses hand been fixed into the truss clips we then began erecting the internal walls and dormer window cheeks.While this was happening the outside block work had been completed and was ready for rendering.

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Here you can see the gable end finished and ready for the roofer to begin his work.

I really enjoyed this job for the simply reason of the shear size of the extension and that whatever the weather was we were able to continue working in the dry and at full speed. I would defiantly recommend having a scaffold cover over a build project as it helps to keep the project moving forward. With the added benefit of being able to start installing internal fixing before the roof is even on.

Shop front sign installation

These three photos show some work i did for the post office i had to remove and install a new sign above the main entrance. This work was done over night while the post office was shut.
I also helped completed a refit within the post office itself but were not allowed to take pictures within the office space in worked in.

Expanding a Room

The above pictures show the removal of a existing stud wall which once removed allowed the client to have a larger commercial kitchen preparation area for the business to expand. Thus we had to install a new ceiling. Which was battened out and new plaster board fitted, the boards were then dry lined. With new skirting and architrave fitted and painted. This job was completed in under seven working days with the removal of all waste materials, this was an essential requirement of the clients needs and so many late nights were worked as required.

En-suite Bathroom

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This first picture shows the en-suite room as i first saw it, the client had installed some plumbing and had built a partition wall .
Thus my first job was to clear out the room and fix plaster board and plaster the room as needed. The picture below shows a green moisture resistant board used in kitchens and bathrooms.
I then began tiling out the large shower cubicle area straight on top of the moisture resistant board.
Here you can see the process of tiling out the bathroom floor area, i had a few problems with the floor level which was a bit uneven.The client had installed under floor heating through out this area which was a great idea as a wall radiators would of decreased vital space in such a small en-suite it also means the ceramic tiles would be nice and warm to walk on even without slippers.
Our client wanted a new en-suite bathroom added to a large bedroom. Within the bathroom the client required a toilet / hand basin and a shower cubicle.
The pictures shows all the work undertaken which includes plaster boarding out, plastering, tiling, painting, fitting of door/skirting and architrave around the door and fitting of toilet/basin/shower cubicle. This was a nice job which helped improve the clients home life when other family members visited during the summer/ Christmas holidays. It took nearly three weeks to complete with only the fitting of the electrical shower and drying out of the plaster mix finish that slowed progress.

Mill / Attic Renovation


As you can see this was a dusty storage area before we began our work just like most attic spaces, although this property began its life as a working mill many years ago.  Once we had a clear space to work in our first job was to insulate the roof space, thus we battened out the entire roof and attached the sheep’s wool insulation. This was first time I have used sheep’s wool and can completely confirm its a great material to use for insulation. This renovation began at the end of our summer and thus the attic space was a hot and sweaty environment to work in, but once the insulation was installed the attic had actually cooled to a pleasant working temperature. If you were to put your hand behind the sheep’s wool you could feel the heat being trapped, basically its a great thermal barrier and I would definitely recommend it to future clients.

Thats me happy with a job well done.