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WH Thomson https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk Building Services Fri, 26 Jan 2018 09:44:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3 https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/cropped-wh_thomson_favicon-32x32.jpg WH Thomson https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk 32 32 5 Top Tips to designing and preparing for your extension https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/2018/01/26/5-top-tips-designing-preparing-extension/ Fri, 26 Jan 2018 09:44:23 +0000 https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/?p=621 5 Top Tips to designing and preparing for your extension   Decide what you want from your extension / renovation and write it down. You can refer to it during the process.  It’s no good spending thousands of pounds on an extension that doesn’t suit your needs. Are you extending for practical reasons like more…

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5 Top Tips to designing and preparing for your extension

 

  1. Decide what you want from your extension / renovation and write it down.
    You can refer to it during the process.  It’s no good spending thousands of pounds on an extension that doesn’t suit your needs. Are you extending for practical reasons like more space, for aesthetics such as more light, or to add value to your property? If it’s a mix of reasons, think about each one in-turn and make sure your final design meets those criteria as well as possible within budget and planning constraints.
     
  1. Consider internal changes at the same time.
    Your extension will change the aspect and the layout of your house. Sometimes it’s better to reconfigure the layout of your house to take full advantage of extending the property. Consider making other changes at the same time, or at least include them in your plans, which may save you money overall on design and build.
     
  1. Get professional advice from either an architect or a builder
    Or both! Here at W H Thomson www.wh-thomson.com we are happy to talk through your ideas, offer advice and help devise a solution for any of your building ideas. There is no charge for us to give you advice; we can provide guidance on what’s possible, what your options are, whether you will need planning permission and if you will need an architect to create drawings for planning, or engineering drawings for the builder.
     
  1. Check what permits or permission you will require for your build.
    There are a host of different rules and regulations that dictate what you can and can’t do with an extension, most of them will be taken care of by the builder or an architect, however, it’s a big part of the decision whether you will need planning permission or not. The main things that affect the outcome are the size of your build, the proximity to the road and other boundaries. If the extension is more than 5m from the road or other public access and no more than 30% of the volume of the house, then your builder can certify, this means it can be cheaper and faster to get your build completed. Otherwise, you will need planning permission and an architect to produce drawings for the planning office that they are likely to approve.
     
  1. Consider a set of drawings, regardless of whether you need planning
    You will need a set of architectural drawings and specification plans for the planning office but also for your builder to give you a more accurate quote. It is documented that 80% of builds go over budget because of poor detailed quotes pre-build. Better to know the finished cost in advance than runout of money half way through.
    Our local planning office – www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/planning-and-buildings.aspx
     

We have all watched TV shows where ambitious builds go way over budget, but if you follow our tips and approach your build with a good company then your build should come-in on budget, as long as you don’t change your mind! (That includes all those finishing touches with decoration and furnishing once your build if complete).

5 Questions to ask yourself before you start your build?

 

  1. Will my new extension meet my family needs, will it improve our everyday living?
     
  2. Will we need planning? If in any doubt, check!
    It’s not just buildings that need planning, certain size decking can need planning permission depending on height, size and proximity to your house so always best to check.
     
  3. How do I get the best build for my money?
    At W H Thomas we will give you a detailed itemised quote so you can pick and choose what you would like to match your budget. Unless you have a limitless budget be prepared to make compromises with your build. By having an itemised quote you can prioritise what is a must and what’s just desirable.
     
  4. Have I taken professional advice before making a decision?
    Our advice is free, so no problem to call us and discuss your ideas.
     
  5. Have I chosen a recommended builder that will look after my job?
    Find a good trustworthy builder, get reviews, visit properties that your potential builder has completed, talk to their previous clients. Besides buying your house this may be the biggest purchase you will ever make so do your homework. Here at W H Thomson we pride ourselves on customer satisfaction. We are always happy to provide references and as you can see our work on our website www.wh-thomson.co.uk we have many testimonials for you to read from our happy customers.

 

 

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Wolverley – Refurbishment https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/2017/12/01/wolverley-refurbishment/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 12:42:34 +0000 https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/?p=608 The post Wolverley – Refurbishment appeared first on WH Thomson.

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The client wanted to extend their kitchen but were unable to extend externally. They decided to rework their internal layout by removing the kitchen wall and installing a new stud wall to take some space from the current lounge. The project was quite straight forward, adding supporting pillars and a new steel beam across the opening to support the upper level floor. Our client was very happy with the end result, doubling the size of their kitchen in 2 days.

“Billy and his team, did an amazing job, removing the old wall and getting it finished within 2 days, to top it off they left my house immaculately tidy. Would highly recommend W H Thomson to anyone that wants a trustworthy easy builder.”
Ryan & Kirsty Barker

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Bewdley – Dividing Wall https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/2017/12/01/bewdley-dividing-bwall/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 12:18:27 +0000 https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/?p=603 The post Bewdley – Dividing Wall appeared first on WH Thomson.

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The two clients wanted a dividing wall built between their two houses but wanted something stylish, that wasn’t just a simple wall.  In full the wall measured 17 meters long, and a meter high with extended pillars and railings to finish it off.

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Wyre Forest – External Damp Proofing https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/2017/10/05/external-damp-proofing/ Thu, 05 Oct 2017 08:31:46 +0000 https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/?p=503 The post Wyre Forest – External Damp Proofing appeared first on WH Thomson.

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Wyre Forest – External damp proofing

The customer had a large part of a property below ground level, and although it was an external building [garage] it still required water proofing.

The project started with a complete excavation of the ground surrounding the external walls – down to foundation levels. The wall was then left to dry-out completely with retaining structure in place so that the neighbours could continue to use their drive as normal. Once dry the wall was given three coats of an epoxy / bitumen sealant. A land drain pipe was laid along the foundations in order to draw moisture away from the wall and the space refilled with pea gravel and sand, then a top surface.

The result is a long-lasting solution that will not only keep the garage dry, but also prevent additional issues in the future.

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Midlands – Land Drain https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/2017/10/05/midlands-land-drain/ Thu, 05 Oct 2017 08:24:44 +0000 https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/?p=497 The post Midlands – Land Drain appeared first on WH Thomson.

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Midlands – Land Drain

This project required the excavation of over 100m of trenches, fitting drain pipes, perforated land drain pipes, inspection chambers and soakaways. There was a significant amount of runoff rain water from roofs and driveway that required management. The sandy soil helped with the decision to use a combination of 10” land drain pipe and a large soakaway chamber.

The construction was completed with the minimum ground disturbance and optimal flows and capacities all achieved.

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West Midlands – Extension brickwork https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/2017/10/04/kidderminster-extension-brickwork/ Wed, 04 Oct 2017 20:32:52 +0000 https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/?p=465 The post West Midlands – Extension brickwork appeared first on WH Thomson.

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West Midlands – Brickwork for house extension

Working for the primary contractor W H Thomson was involved in the demolition and building of a three storey house extension. This included everything from demolishing the old utility room, digging foundations, underpinning the existing building, connecting the new extension to the original building and completing all the brickwork and blockwork construction for the job.

This included fitting the steelwork for the window and door apertures, floor joists and significant alterations to the original house.

A large project which involved working with the primary building contractor and the customer to ensure the entire structure was built to an extremely high standard.

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Kidderminster – Landscaping https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/2017/10/03/kidderminster-landscaping/ Tue, 03 Oct 2017 15:09:19 +0000 https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/?p=273 The post Kidderminster – Landscaping appeared first on WH Thomson.

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Kidderminster – Landscape Design and Garden Development with New Patio

This project started when the customer needed a refurbishment to the steps at the rear of the property. They had a set budget in mind so expected to only be able to repair the existing arrangement. When we conducted a site visit we surprised them by suggesting that a complete refurbishment could fall within their budget.

Having condemned the side steps the suggestion was made to move the steps into the middle of the lawn to create a better use of garden space. At the same time it was decided that we would re-do the raised patio and improve the side access.

Our team managed the entire job: from the initial planned, through to material sourcing, labour and final finish. We were able to add several new features which improved the garden space including multi-levels on the patio (which helped keep prices down and improve the look).

In total we completed the job in one week from first delivery of materials.

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Worcester – Infinity Patio https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/2017/10/02/worcester-infinity-patio/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:19:46 +0000 https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/?p=367 The post Worcester – Infinity Patio appeared first on WH Thomson.

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Worcester – Infinity Patio with Curved Steps to Lawn

A customer’s new extension had created a drop of a little over a metre. We were asked to build a, ‘infinity’ patio which would be large enough to create a seating and dining area as well as holding a built-in hot tub. They then wanted curved steps around the perimeter to lead down to the garden.

The biggest part of this job was infilling the space created by the drop from the extension. We build a retaining wall around the perimeter of the patio and filled the space with hardcore, which we then had to compact with a whacker plate. We carried out the compression process multiple times to ensure that it was fully compact and level.

The customer had ordered external lighting products, which we facilitated by wiring the patio throughout the project. Having built the base of the patio we then laid the Raj Blend, Indian Sandstone paving and built a decorative wall to provide privacy. For the built-in hot tub we had to perfectly match the curved corners to make sure that it sat completely flush with the patio.

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Wolverley – Underpinning https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/2017/10/01/wolverley-underpinning/ Sun, 01 Oct 2017 07:59:13 +0000 https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/?p=487 The post Wolverley – Underpinning appeared first on WH Thomson.

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Wolverley – Underpinning

The house in question was suffering minor cracks in floors, walls and ceilings that were more of an aesthetic issue than a major structural one at the stage when the underpin was completed.

We dug test pits around the house and commissioned a respected underpinning expert to report back on the findings. The house was confirmed as sound from a structural point of view, so an insurance claim was not required or possible. The owner however wanted to stop all movement in order to stop having to redecorate due to small movements.

Since the house [built in the 1960’s] was constructed on a thin foundation in a sandy area a conventional concrete underpin was recommended. Due to the fact that bedrock could be located, the underpin did not need to be continuous and so we planned and carried-out a sectional underpin taking in the main load bearing areas of the house and safely providing a complete concrete support structure for the property at a very competitive cost.

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Stourport – Damp Proofing https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/2017/08/31/stourport-damproofing/ Thu, 31 Aug 2017 15:27:25 +0000 https://www.wh-thomson.co.uk/?p=398 The post Stourport – Damp Proofing appeared first on WH Thomson.

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Stourport – Re-Pointing and Damp Proof Injection Cream

This job was passed on to us via a plasterer we work with. The property was suffering from damp and damage caused by poor water proofing in the external wall. This is a problem that is quite common in some older buildings.

Firstly we assessed the level of the damp and ground out the mortar on the outside of the house to right level. Then we re-pointed the brickwork using modern materials.  We finished the job by using a damp proof injection cream to create a damp-barrier inside the 9” wall to prevent the rising damp recurring.

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