Over the past 25 years we have carried out projects for customers with very varied budgets and design ideas. Please find below, links to a selection of project reviews which illustrate the breadth of our skills and experience:
Pre 2000 Builds
Branksea Avenue 2
We felt very privileged to have been asked to build this property, the client’s son being a building control surveyor for Poole Borough Council. Our contract was to build up to roof on and watertight as the client wished to finish it himself. The specification of the build is very high and when finished this will be one of the few outstanding water front properties in Poole.
Samson Road 2 Bed
Another small project for us, the client lived in the end terrace and had managed to get planning permission to extend the terrace with a 2-bedroom dwelling. A straight forward 2 up 2 down property with face brick work and UPVC windows. Internally there was gas fired central heating (radiators) and standard fit electric. The total build time was about 4 months.
Traditional 4 bed house with rendered exterior and outstanding views across Poole Harbour
Modern 4 bed property with hot tub and garage / garden room
2 up 2 down back garden development
Large contemporary Style family home
Classic brick built 4 bed, 2 reception room property
A selection of new builds from the 1990’s, still looking good today
High end 4 Bed house with beach access to rear
Branksea Avenue 1
Our contract on this fantastic site with water frontage was to build the shell only for the customer to finish themselves. The construction was a steel framework to support the large open plan design, standard cavity blockwork with a flexible render finish. All floors were block and beam and the stairs that wound their way up through the atrium were poured in-situe. The large aluminium windows, curved zinc roof and concealed gutters give the property a very modern look.
Prestigious barrelled roofed home with direct water access
Our client was new to the area and had managed to find a rundown bungalow to knock down and rebuild. The project started in early spring and they were very pleased to be able to enjoy a family Christmas in their new home that same year. The new house was a mix of modern and traditional styles, lots of natural oak and neutral colours combined with under floor heating and many of the latest gadgets in the kitchen, bathroom and many other rooms.
We enjoyed building this one: it had an Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF) garage / garden room which also acted as a retaining wall for the large amount of earth behind it. In our opinion the ICF system works well in this situation.
The clients also had a very clear vision of what they wanted with exacting expectations, which suited us fine as we always strive to deliver a top-quality build.
Some of the materials and construction methods were quite cutting edge at the time from frameless glazing to fully cantilevered stairs, all adding up to a low maintenance modern home.
Some of our pre 2000 builds
This one was a bit of a find for our client. Whilst riding around on his bike, taking a short cut, he noticed the adjacent property for sale which turned out to have potential planning permission for a garage. With a bit of persistence, he eventually managed to get planning permission for 2 flats in place of a garage. We think the flats fitted into the plot a treat and turned out to be a perfect development opportunity.
3 bed semi-detached house
We were contracted to build this property in the grounds of a lovey traditional house in Broadstone. The architect designed the new property to blend into the adjacent buildings and did a great job. We love the detailing around the front entrance.
The ground in this area has a high clay content which causes unstable conditions for foundations. We dug trial holes first to ascertain just how deep the footings would need to be. We had to go down a massive 3 meters before solid ground was reached, luckily our JS 130 (13-ton excavator) had a long enough reach.
The house has a cavity filled construction for the walls, a cut roof and tile hung detailing to the front elevation between the windows. The roof has clay tiles, in keeping with the area. Block and beam were used for both the ground and first floors. This give a perfect platform for underfloor heating and dramatically reduces air born sound between the storeys.
Samson Road 3 Bed
Having already extended the terrace at Samson Road for a client, we acquired the end of terrace on the other end for a spec build. The plot was a bit larger which allowed a 3-bedroom property. It was surprising how much the building regulations had change since we built no 45, especially how much insulation modern regulations require. The construction had a full fill cavity and much thicker insulation under the floor slab. We were proud to get an extremely good score on the air pressure test which will make this new build very cost effective to heat.
Our contract for this property was to build it to roof on and watertight. The main structure is constructed using concrete blocks laid flat producing a solid structure (i.e. no cavity). The insulation is on the outside of the blocks, beneath the render, effectively making the whole building a large thermal mass. We love the challenge of doing something a little different, our lofting skills which were learnt as an apprentice came in extremely useful with the facias as we had to send the Aluminium fabricators a pattern of the compound curves around the roof area. The radius of the stairwell also had to be built to a very small tolerance to ensure the circular stairs fitted perfectly.
This 2 bed house turned a pair of semi’s into a terrace. A straight forward new build, traditional construction with face bricks to match the existing house and a timber cut roof. Our challenge was to ensure the new property gave the appearance of always having been there whilst still complying with modern building regulations.
2 flats adjacent to semi-detached property
2 bed semi-detached house