Monday, 31 October 2011

busy busy and busy update 2

Actually sat to update the blog and end up sorting through estimates. Funny old game the building trade one minute its lovely and calm, the next its blowing a storm and you end up spinning all over the place,
Feet securely on the floor at the moment as i have just finished 2 out of four estimates, filling in the details for companies house, shuffling paper and filling in the diary. Then arranging the camper to come off the road until next spring. I do love my air cooled van but its heater is rubbish so the watercooled is used over the winter.
The works truck is in its final mot year and off to scrap heaven when it runs out, i love the rusty old girl as she does what it says on the back, Like i always advise the clients "if its not broken, don't try and fix it".
With the local authority recommending us for the disabled ramp and the client extremely happy, us at S1 gave each other a pat on the back and then to top it of we all received a very generous bonus for the roof.
Finishing off a small fencing job, renovation of a window and chimney cap before we go onto rendering the end of a gable.
We have been approached by a government agency to price for some work for them which is exciting, another flint wall, a restoration project, a retaining wall/steps, gate posts, shed and shed base and restoration of an old cottage. phewwwwwwwwwwww!
which ones we get who knows?
well pictures are uploaded to Picasso ready for one of us to update the blog tomorrow or you!
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Saturday, 29 October 2011

dodgy insurance, moles and updates

Wow time flies when your busy! Lots been going on and getting finished.
Painting, plumbing, rendering, drains, paving, estimates, clearing out stock, mole hunting, fixing holes in felt, clearing moss off roofs, kite flying and more.
Well i will actually get pictures and details of some important issues over the next few days. The two main subjects will be the issue of moles and your home insurance (if its worth the paper its printed on).
so look out for the posts which are in the pipeline

Thursday, 6 October 2011

disabled pathing

Recommended by the local council to this disabled lady to install paths for her to actually be able to leave her house. Concreting the week we had the hottest days of the year was a nightmare, with mixes drying too quick and the glare off the concrete adding to carers in and out the day. But as it is now drying out and able to be walked on all good feedback to date. We lapped DPM up the wall to combat the overrun above the DPC and installed a drain gulley to feed the water away from the house. The dwarf wall was built but requires a gate or something to stop the wheel chair visiting the fake grass(to be done by others?)

the roof after

Having stripped the roof and sprayed all the timbers with a well known timber treatment it was time to insulate the loft (so as the breeze kept the dust at bay which filled the loft). Then breathable felt and new baton was installed onto the roof, along with new tiles and leadwork to complete the perfect roof.
Oh! not to forget the gable end rendered, new security lights and new guttering to finish the job off.

One last thing we used some of the old tiles to re tile and felt an out building (guttering just to fit now)

the roof before we started

Back working on a clients house who we have completed extensive works for over the years. The large lead valley earlier this year, new bathroom, plastering, bedroom refits, sound proofing to council recommendations, total refits of one bathroom to two, guest bedroom renovations, electrical works, fire doors and so much more. This is a watch this space client as they have so much more in the pipeline for us.The tiles had seen their best and this client has his head screwed on as "prevention is better than cure"!

footings or lack of

got called out to find out why a bedroom had cracks appearing only to find the footings were inadequate. to a depth of 150mm on made up ground with just a slab. So with so much damage under or over pining was out of the question and a total rebuild looks to be in order, make sure you have insurance as this could happen to anyone.