OUR SERVICES AND SKILLS
We’re proud of our work and our clients love the results we achieve. You may be assured that all works are carried out with compliance, due care, professionalism, to the highest exacting standards and completed on time.
Typically customer project requirements tend to fall into one or more of the following categories …however if you have a unique or unusual project let us know …so long as it’s wood, we can almost certainly provide a solution, even if we say it ourselves, we are …rather good with wood.
We fully appreciate how invasive some larger works can sometimes be and always take care to protect your home and furnishings so at the end of the day your home or site is left neat and tidy.
Not all loft conversions are created equal …a loft conversion can bring the benefit of more space, more light, can take your home to the next level and is a great way to add value to your property (around 20% on average) ...but before you go ahead with such a major investment there are some important aspects to consider first. What type of loft conversion is going to be most suitable? …and will it require Planning Permission?
Recent changes to regulations aim to simplify the planning process. In most cases, a straightforward loft conversion is considered ‘Permitted Development’, which means it shouldn’t need planning permission. However we always recommend checking with your local planning office before you begin to ensure your project complies with any permission and regulation requirements.
Dormer Loft Conversion
Dormer loft conversions are the most common type of loft extension; the roof is reshaped, and a vertical wall is constructed from the bottom of the sloping roof, with a flat roof to give greater internal height and space. There are many variations but mostly the dormer is located on the side or rear of the roof to be less obtrusive to neighbours. French windows can also be fitted along with a balcony for additional light and ventilation. Planning permission is often required
Flat Roof Loft Conversion
Flat roof conversions will usuallly require planning permission, as inviarably the existing roof will need to be adapted to allow vertical windows to add light and increase living space. This type of loft conversion is recommended for properties where space is at a premium and where the traditional loft conversion is impractical or impossible.
Velux Loft Conversions
Installing a Velux or roof light means your loft is converted without any of the roof’s original outline shape having to be altered. Usually best for higher roofs where there is plenty of head room, this type of loft extension doesn’t usually require planning permission either. Velux are the leading manufacturers of roof windows, they have a large range of designs and options and are the only ones we recommend.
Hip to Gable Loft Conversion
This type of loft extension is most popular in traditional semi-detached houses, chalets and bungalows. It seeks to enlarge the relatively small space usually found in properties with hipped roofs. If the ridge line of the hipped roof has to be extended to create a gable end roof, it will usually require planning permission. The additional roof space can enable a larger rear dormer to be constructed to maximise the interior space.
Roof Lift Conversions
Literally ‘raising the roof’ is invariably a prime requirement to provide extra head height in these cases and will invariably require planning permission as the existing roof is removed to enable ridge line and pitch adjustments to be made. This type of loft conversion is most suited to detached houses as the work involved can be quite invasive to neighbours.
Whether contemporary, minimalist, farmhouse or classic traditional shaker style, we can handcraft a bespoke complete kitchen or just an individual custom piece that perfectly matches your aspirations.
Bespoke items are created and tailored to fit the exact size and shape of a workspace. They are made to measure and offer a completely integrated and elegant custom solution to your home interior.
EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL JOINERY INCLUDING DOORS AND WINDOWS
Carpentry and joinery requirements aren’t always straightforward, but you may be confident that we can always provide a solution that you will be as proud of as we are.
We offer a wide range of bespoke carpentry and joinery solutions, from new front door fitting and restoration window shutters to new staircase fabrication or balustrading repair or refurbishment ...and much much more.
Fancy a solid wood banqueting table in Ash or Walnut? ...or perhaps a desk for your workspace in reclaimed oak? ...want a particular colour or a speciality finish? ...no problem, whatever your vision we can create stunning bespoke furniture that will stand the test of time.
Each piece of our bespoke furniture will be handcrafted and properly jointed in sustainably managed wood from only the most reputable timber merchants and offer both style and substance.
STRUCTURAL CONSTRUCTION CARPENTRY INCLUDING 1ST AND 2ND FIX CARPENTRY
We are skilled and experienced in all structural timber frame elements, from load bearing joists and flooring to pitched truss and flat roofing.
Our 1st fix services cover the heavier construction based aspects, such as pitching roofs, timber partition walls, load bearing structural floor joists, internal door linings, and installations of timber casement and sash windows. You may confidently rely on our comprehensive range of carpentry solutions during the early stages of any project.
The devil is ...as they say, in the detail! Our 2nd fix services cover a wide range of finishing and cosmetic touches, including hanging internal doors, installing locks, architraves, skirting boards, wood flooring, timber staircases, and kitchen installations. You may be assured that our meticulous attention to detail will complete your project with a flourish ...and be to a standard of finish you will be proud of.
TRADITIONAL GREEN OAK FRAMING
Medieval artisan master carpenters developed clever complex joint techniques to solve a number of structural problems and were able to build spectacular timber frame buildings in green oak that have withstood the test of time. These hand crafted structures were all held together without the use of nails or screws, but rather using draw peg dowells that would draw and tighten the elements together as the pegs were driven home.
We are proud to be able to recreate any structure you may require using this ancient method, it enables the creation of beautiful, unique buildings …from small decorative structures through to massive enclosed vaulted spaces, its versatility is without equal for durability and elegance.
We can even distress the surface finishes with adze marks if you wish... together with the Roman numeral carpenter assembly and scribe marks, it gives any structure a truly historically authentic appearance.
GARDEN STRUCTURES, SUMMER HOUSES, LOG CABINS, STUDIOS AND STAIRCASES
There are many benefits to a garden outbuilding. Whether you want a log cabin, summer house, garden room or garden office …perhaps you want to convert an existing garden outhouse into a games room or a home gym? …a garden studio possibly, or simply just a quiet space to unwind for some serious ‘me time’? …and whilst about it, why not some purpose made hardwood or softwood decking to set it on?
…whatever possibility you desire to transform your garden into a year-round practical resource ...we can custom build to your exact requirements and all at a fraction of the price of an extension.
One of the most frequent questions we are asked is ‘Do I need planning permission for my Garden Building?’
Whether you need planning permission will all depend on its size and where you want to place the structure in your garden …and whether you happen live in a designated area such as a national park or similar. The good news here is that most garden buildings will fall under ‘permitted development’ to your current property, so you should be able to proceed without needing permission so long as;
- The building is not to be used as self-contained living accommodation
- Is single-storey
- Doesn’t exceed a max eaves height of 2.5m
- Doesn’t exceed an overall height of 4m (dual-pitched roof like an apex or -reverse apex) or 3m (any other type of roof, like a pent)
- Doesn’t take up more than 50% of your garden area
- Won’t be built past the front wall of your house
These are the basic and most simple regulations and it is always advisable to check all the regulations in more detail. Should you want something larger, taller or more complex then it’s likely that you will require Planning Permission, however obtaining planning consent for a detached garden outbuilding is not necessarily as difficult a process as you may think.
For further information, visit the Government Planning Portal
HISTORIC BUILDING RESTORATION INCLUDING BARNS AND OAST HOUSES
For any number of reasons a building may be neglected. They can have suffered the ravages of decades of weather, been fire damaged or have succumbed to damp or dry rot infestation. Whatever the condition we may find and crucially should it be to a grade 1 or 2 listed building, we can survey and produce a full schedule of repair works necessary to effect a compliant repair.
We can restore frames to full structural integrity and carefully replicate original decorative details such as stop chamfers, ornate mouldings and intricate fascias can be recreated exactly to match the existing original. Exterior soffits can be given a new lease of life and where appropriate …even new build exteriors can be given a classic, timeless feel using reclaimed oak weatherboarding.