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We have been busy as ever, but managed to fit in this lovely letter porch extension with external cladding to either side, this modernised the whole look of this 1960s detached house.

We were commissioned to build the porch bay extension, but ended up changing the construction method to timber frame from block and brick for a few reasons which included.

 

  • Quicker to erect
  • More installation could be installed
  • Services would be easier to install
  • Better grounding for the triple glazed windows

We started by pouring the foundations but these had to be poured into a DMP because of nearby tree roots.

NOTE: If you are thinking of building and extension please be aware that any leylandii trees may need to be removed if they are within ten meters of you new build.

Then as we can see from the image below we build a cavity wall with 100mm thermalites up to damp course.

Cavity wall on foundation

Cavity wall on foundation

We then attached the damp course to the underside of the 180mm cls and fixed with sleeved fixings to create our sole plate.

Sole plate for timber frame

Sole plate for timber frame

As we can see from the image above all the construction took place without the need to expose the inside of the building unnecessarily, we also used 180mm timber so we could reach the U values with 180mm celotex.

We then constructed the timber frame with is clad with sterling board and breathable membrane this is for the windows to sit on as we can see by the image below.

Foundation brickwork and timber frame

Foundation brickwork and timber frame

We then had to wait for the windows to be built and fitted, then we could continue with the build by erecting the roof which sits on a plate at the top and a 75 mm cls on the window frame.

Hand cut double hipped roof

Hand cut double hipped roof

We then have the basic construction of the roof which was then membraned and tiled we also clad the timber frame and the sides  of the extension with hardiplank could sail cloth for the modern look, we also added a cant brick plinth with lead flashing which was not on the drawing as this looks better.

Completed bay with cladding

Completed bay with cladding

The existing windows inside were removed and the dwarf wall cut away to make the new bay inside the main front room.

We can now see the finished article apart from some tidying up and below is the inside where we were asked to install a brushed oak hardwood floor.

Finished inside with oak floor

Finished inside with oak floor

This project came in on time and with budget although, as always we were asked to do lots of extra work which was not on the drawing which we are always happy to do.

 

Haven’t posted for a while as been extremely busy with a large flat roof dormer on a Victorian detached property in Foxhall Road Ipswich for an extremely pleasant client and there family below we can see the front of property.

We were commissioned to convert the current three bedroom home, into a four bed-roomed three storey loft conversion with stunning views over Ipswich.

As we can see from the picture the whole roof has been stripped of slate for the rear dormer and from the front to be  membraned as there was no felt.

The loft conversion will incompass a large bedroom with good sized en-suite and a custom built walk in wardrobe over 30 square meters of conversion with side and fold rear doors to a stylish glass Juliet balcony we have also installed three velux and reproofed the entire front of the property with the existing welsh slate.

We have currently installed the new floor stairs, steel flat roof and clad the cheeks of the dormers with finer cent slate which can be vertically hung.

Below we can see the main room of the conversion from the bifold door postion

We have also insulated the flat cold roof with 160mm celotex and the exterior walls with 100mm and the internal walls with 70mm.

 

Complete loft conversion have started another conversion on a one hundred year old property for our new clients the loft will have three velux roof windows in the front and a huge dormer window at the back.

I haven’t posted for a while because  we have had issues with the website and Talk Talk who were handling our business broad band (badly) I would not recommend them in a million years.

Anyway we are still converting lofts in and around the Ipswich Suffolk area along with other projects including Foxhall rd which we have installed new floor, stairs and steels ready for the massive 6 meters dormer clad with slate on the back of the property.

The floors concept of 8×2 C24 timbers sitting on the external walls and the internal load bearing walls to accept the 22mm caber floor.

As we can see from the images the loft is a hand cut roof with no felt so the whole of the roof is being membraned while the scaffold is up.

loft conversion ipswich suffolk

loft conversion ipswich suffolk

As the property is over 100 years old and the chimney stack is still in use we needed to provide a 90mm x 90mm post to hold the ridge beam up.

For more on information on New regulations for loft insulation please follow this link.

We will keep updating the site with more info once we break into the roof.

 

 

 

 

Complete loft conversions Ipswich have completed another loft conversion this one was a large 5 meter dormer construction with one roof window and fully kitted out en-suite.

Below we can see the glulams being installed and the ashler walls erected before taking out the finik trusses.

glulams-installed

glulams-installed

Here we can see the next stage of construction the joists between the gluelams and the chipboard floor being installed.

timber-floor-installed

timber-floor-installed

After the timber floor is installed we installed the stair case to gain complete access to the loft.

Fitting-of-stair-case

Fitting-of-stair-case

Once the stair case has been fitted the the internal walls can be erected.

Internal-walls-erected

Internal-walls-erected

Once the internal work is completed we erect the scaffold and break through the roof and create the flat dormer as seen below.

Building-flat-dormer

Building-flat-dormer

We then build the dormer and dormer cheeks and put the facias and soft on then we also cald the top deck and felt the roof so we are water tight.

Flat-dormer-construction

Flat-dormer-construction

As we can see below the dormer is built and water tight but not clad we need to put in the windows which and take a month on order before doing the cladding.

Dormer-built-but-not-clad

Dormer-built-but-not-clad

We also needed to put in a velux and ventilation for the cold roof above the dormer to keep the air flowing around the roof space.

velux-installed

velux-installed

We then set about installing the insulation which was 70mm celotex fitted tightly between the joists and rafters and taped with foil tape to stop cold spots.

Foil-backed-insulation-installed

Foil-backed-insulation-installed

We also celotexed the celing and around the dormer cheeks.

Celotex-around-dormer

Celotex-around-dormer

We then put space blanket equivalent to 200mm celotex to get the U values for the build and the 25mm battens over to take the plasterboard.

Space-blanket-over-25mm-battens-for-vapour-barrier-and-more-insulation

Space-blanket-over-25mm-battens-for-vapour-barrier-and-more-insulation

Now with all the plumbing and electrics tested and checked the whole loft space is plasterboarded and plastered.

Loft-conversion-plastered

Loft-conversion-plastered

Here we can see the window board radiator and loft nearly complete

Dormer-and-window-plastered

Dormer-and-window-plastered

We also fitted the bathroom to the clients specifications which included walk in shower,mermaid board,sink and toilet.

toilet

Armitage Shanks toilet installed

Complete loft conversions carry out the complete conversion to the last detail

shower

Shower installed

Here we can see the loft conversion with the scaffold down and all of the cladding guttering and lead work complete.

Completed-loft-conversion

Completed-loft-conversion

 

 

 

 

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