Brickwork walls in progress on a kitchen extension.Finished interior of a kitchen extension with fitted units and underfloor heating.A revealed inglenook fireplace with replacement Bessemer beam installed.The revealed roof beams of a 15th century Wealden hall house.
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  Restoring a 15th century living room with an inglenook fireplace  
  Exposing the original beams in a 15th century living room.We took down the ceiling to expose all the beams. The wiring was replaced ready for spotlights to be installed by our electrician. Then we boarded and plastered between the beams.   Replacing the original lime render on the walls of a 15th century living room.The original lime render had started to fall off all the walls so we prepared them for new wood wall board to be fitted ready for re-liming.   Supporting a revealed inglenook fireplace with steel props.We exposed a concealed inglenook fireplace from which the original Bessemer beam was missing. We supported the wall with steel props and prepared the opening ready to install a new beam.  
  Replacing the missing Bessemer beam with a sourced piece of 200-year-old oak.A 200-year-old piece of oak was sourced from a local salvage yard which we used to replace the missing Bessemer beam.   The inglnook hearth laid with bricks salvaged from the covered fireplace.The hearth was laid using bricks salvaged from the covered inglenook. The internal walls were beyond repair so they were rendered using traditional lime mortar.      
  Renovating a 15th century Wealden hall house  
  The master 15th century bedroom before renovation.The master bedroom before renovation work started.   The 15th cetury bedroon cleared prior to removing the false ceiling.First we cleared the bedroom ready to take down the false ceiling.   Exposed roof beams sand blasted clean.With the roof beams exposed, we insulated between them with caulk boards and then boarded over them and plastered using traditional lime plaster. All the beams were sand blasted clean.  
  Walls plastered with traditional horse hair plaster.The end wall was plastered using traditional horse hair lime render then a medium grade lime finish over the top. The walls and between beams were then painted using a breathable paint.          
  Refurbishing a holiday let converted granary
We had only eight days to complete this work between one holiday let and the next.
  The dated bathroom before replacement.BEFORE: The bathroom was looking a bit dated so we removed the whole bathroom suite and all the wall tiles.   The dated bathroom before replacement.Behind the old tiles, the walls were in a bad condition so around the bath we replaced the plasterboard...   100% water-resistant Aquapanels fitted.... with 100% water-resistant Aquapanel and replastered¬†throughout.  
  Bathroom walls re-tiled with London Underground style tiles.AFTER: The walls were then re-tiled with London Underground style tiles and dark grey grout. A new thermostatic shower...   An unvented hot water cylinder fitted to overcome the low water pressure...was fitted. As the water pressure was not satisfactory, we fitted an unvented hot water cylinder to overcome the problem.   A chrome towel-heater radiator fitted.The floor and skirting were tiled with grey wood grain tiles and the old radiator was replaced with a chrome towel-heater radiator.  
  A Camberley grey bathroom suite with an Escala waterfall mixer tap.A new bath and toilet were installed along with a Camberley grey bathroom suite with an Escala waterfall mixer tap. Finally, we painted the newly plastered walls and ceiling with white emulsion.   Woodwork on the landing and staircase looked worn and dated.BEFORE: The woodwork on the landing and staircase looked worn and dated.   All the doors and their furniture were removed,then all the woodwork primed with a stain blocker.We removed all the doors and their furniture, then primed all the woodwork with a stain blocker and undercoated them.  
  Two coats of white satin wood paint applied before new carpets were fitted.AFTER: To finish, we applied two coats of white satin wood paint before new carpets were fitted.   The job completed the day before the next guests arrived.The whole job was completed the day before the next family arrived.      
  Building a flat roof kitchen extension with pyramid skylights  
  Clearing a site to lay foundations for a kitchen extension.First the site was cleared ready for digging the foundations.   Brickwork built up to damp course level for the kitchen extension.With the foundations laid we built the brickwork up to damp course level.   Brickwork taken up to window sill height on the kitchen extension.After the floating timber floor was fitted, the brickwork was built up to window sill height.  
  Brickwork taken up around timber window dummies on the kitchen extension.With timber window dummies in place, the brickwork was nearly up to plate height.   The main timbers in place to create the flat roof.Now that the brickwork was up, we fitted the timber plate and the main roof timbers to create the flat roof.   A steel beam fitted before removing the internal wall.The steel beam was fitted by using a manual hoist and removal of the internal wall was started.  
  Laying insulation over the timbers before screwing down plywood on the warm roof.Once timbers were in, we started to lay the insulation over the top ready to screw down the plywood. This is called a warm roof.   Smaller steel beam bolted to the main beam.The smaller steel beam was installed and bolted to the main one to open up the kitchen further. The walls and ceilings were then boarded, plastered and painted.   Howdens kitchen units fitted and electric underfloor heating.We then fitted the Howdens kitchen units. The tiled the floor was laid after we installed the electric underfloor heating.  
  Specially built oak steps installed.These oak steps that we had made by a local carpenter are an attractive feature.   Bi-folding doors leading to a large decking area.We fitted the bi-folding doors which lead out to a large decked area with steps down to the garden which was the last part of the job.   The finished flat-roof kitchen extension with pyramid skyights.Here's the outside of the extension all finished including the decking. We painted the decking with a non-slip clear paint.  
  Laying an Indian sandstone patio  
  Steps built up with rag stone to an Indian sandstone patio.We built up the steps to the patio with rag stone salvaged from the customer's garden.   Retaining wall to the Indian sandstone patio built woth rag stone.Rag stone was used to build the retaining wall leading onto the sleeper wall that was installed before paving the patio with Indian sandstone.   Mortar prepared to point the newy laid patio,The last gauge of mortar was prepared ready to point in the newly laid patio.  
  Three Indian sandstone slabs laid in a pathway surrounded by gravel.We dug out this pathway and laid the three Indian stone slabs. We then put gravel around to match the rest we had laid previously.          
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