Our clients had used us before for a kitchen refurbishment and had been impressed by our attention to the small details. They initially contacted us prior to purchasing a retirement bungalow asking for advice on a major refurbishment and we were keen to offer our services for the entire project.
We immediately engaged a structural engineer as it was clear that their ‘grand design’ involved a vaulted ceiling. The entire property was being renovated, a new roof was required, every internal wall was remodelled and every door and window opening moved slightly to suit their plan. We had the luxury of moving electrics and plumbing to suit and even adjusting wall positions to suit bathroom fitments, kitchen cabinet and even furniture dimensions!
Throughout the build process, we accommodated changes and suggested improvements. A fixed price contract was agreed after initial plans were changed substantially with the agreeement of our clients. From the outset we were to work closely with the clients son-in-law who had agreed to rewire the electrics and with the clients themselves who would help out over weekends on any tasks we felt they could safely assist with.
The list of works was extensive but through careful planning, the project was completed in six months and in time for a Christmas move, with just external insulation and rendering completed in the New Year.
As you can see from the list of works, we pretty much took on the whole renovation with only hard landscaping and fencing outsourced, primarily so that these could be completed whilst internal works on the underfloor heating system were being completed by ourselves. This was our first experience of a full underfloor system, using a quick-drying anhydrite screed over water based heating pipes. This arrangement far exceed the expectations of our client, combined with floor insulation, roof insulation and external wall insulation has brought a draughty and cold bungalow up to modern day heat-loss specification.