PROCESS

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Stage 1 - The Consultation

After an initial phone call at the initial visit, our project manager will discuss your ideas and get an understanding of what you hope to achieve from the proposed project.

If you have Planning drawings’, we will use them to develop a quote for you. If you do not have any Architectural drawings, our experienced project manager's are still able to advise on what is achievable and provide a tangible quote based on our knowledge of the construction process.

Once you have reviewed the initial quote, we will invite you to see some of our recent work and meet some of our existing customers. This will give you an opportunity to see what’s possible and also see the quality of workmanship as well as meet someone that’s been through the experience first hand.

Stage 2 - The Design Phase

If you’re happy to proceed based on our quotation for the build and you require drawings, We will arrange for our in-house Architect or technician to visit you to measure up the property and generate the planning drawings.

 

Once you have approved these drawings, the Architect will apply for planning permission on your behalf to gain local council approval. This process takes between six to eight weeks.

Our project Manager will work with you during the council planning approval time to fine tune the details in your specification and ensure all aspects of the project are understood and covered.

While planning approval has been submitted, we will simultaneously start preparing all the required documentation for the build, i.e the Thames Water Build Over Agreement (if needed) & the Party Wall Notice (or Award, if needed). This is to speed up the project so once Planning approval has been granted your project is ready to build.

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Stage 3 - Building the Extension

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Stage 3 - Building the Extension

Now with the go ahead from all PARTIES concerend our Project manager will contact you with the best start date and begin the project within 10 days. The average single story rear extension to completion takes between 10-12 weeks. The key tasks when constructing a standard extension are split into six main phases.

FOUNDATIONS

The first aim would be to clear space and dig the foundations. These are dug to a depth stipulated by the architect but approved by the building inspector. Once the depth has been approved, we then pour the concrete foundations and install any steels that are required to support the structure.

BRICKWORK

Once the concrete has dried we begin the brickwork. At an early stage of the brickwork, the building control officer will approve the damp proofing and once approved we continue the brickwork to the highest point, which we call the roof plate level.

DEMOLITION

We now have to knock through to the existing kitchen, remove the exterior wall and install the final steel beams to ensure the house is structurally sound. We will at this point move your kitchen into another part of the house and seal off the back area so it’s secure and does not leave you open to risk.

ROOF CONSTRUCTION

The key focus is to now weather proof the house and construct the roof. Finally we install the tiles or felt depending on if you choose a pitched or flat roof extension. Once this is complete the new floor will be installed into the new area.

INTERNAL WORK

Once the concrete floor is dry, the team will commence with the internal work, which includes installing the internal walls, arranging drainage, plumbing and electrical points. The walls will be skimmed and the finishing touches will be completed on the ‘shell’ of the extension.

KITCHEN INSTALLATION

Now we install the kitchen and install all of the skirting’s and doors. We also now install any floor finishing, such as tiling or wooden flooring, and finally decorate the room so it’s ready to use.

Stage 4 - Building the Loft

Now with the go ahead from all PARTIES concerned our Project manager will contact you with the best start date and begin the project within 10 days. The average Loft extension to completion takes between 6-9 weeks. The key tasks when constructing a standard loft are split into five main phases.

PREPERATION

The scaffolding will be erected and the team will make safe the area of works

 

STEELWORK
The team will install the steel beams to ensure that the building is secure and that we can convert the loft into a habitable space. We will then install the new floor structure.

FRAME CONSTRUCTION

We then create the box structure known as a dormer out of timber and make sure it meets all regulation in terms of Building regulation.

 

CLADDING THE DORMER

Once the frame is constructed, we then weatherproof the sides and roof of the dormer and surroundings. Once this is complete, we will have secured, insulated and weather proofed the loft area.

INTERNAL WORKS

Once the exterior structure is weather proofed, the internal work begins with installing the internal walls, arranging drainage, plumbing and electrical points. We also break through to the existing house to arrange the stairs.

 

This process takes about two days and can be a little dusty. Finally the walls are skimmed, the carpentry is completed and we paint the walls, ceilings and woodwork.
 

 

Throughout this process, you would have regular team meetings with the foreman to go through the project plan. Your project manager will be available throughout the process.

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