Case Studies

Wet Room installation in Teddington

WC Conversion to Wet Room

Location: Field Lane, Teddington

Brief: Remove existing bath, basin and toilet and convert to wet room

This was by far the smallest bathroom we had worked in with a bath only around 1400mm long. We stripped out the existing bathroom suite and had to excavate the drain and soil pipe externally to run a new waste pipe. A wet room “former” tray was installed for correct slope to floor and all visible pipe work and shower valve were buried in the walls to achieve clean lines.

The client was on a tight budget so we sourced some cheap white tiles for the walls and spent a little more on some mosaics for the floor which matched existing pattern on kitchen lino! We used the same tile for the border which tied in with the floor very well. We supplied and fitted a compact toilet and wash basin. We even found a suitable splash proof wall heater requested by the client!

Home Refurbishment in East Molesey

Garage Refurbishment

Location: Esher Road, East Molesey

Brief: To convert existing garage to family room, bathroom and utility room.

The property was set on an old flood plain, which had caused the garage to drop significantly. We therefore rebuilt the front wall and leveled the interior floor with a wooden hung floor. A trench was dug to supply soil waste to a man hole at the front of the site. The client requested a hip roof to the front to add “kerb appeal”. We managed to source similar reclaimed tiles for the roof and matched the brickwork to the front. Lead flashing created a watertight seal to the main house All guttering was replaced and re-routed and facias and soffits fitted.

The interior was lined with a boarded insulation and stud work with a plastered finish. A Velux window was fitted to the family room and a “light tube” to supply natural light to the toilet. All electrical sockets were matched to originals, and all electrical work was certificated. Water was routed through from the upstairs bathroom of the house to supply the sink in utility, basin and toilet and a possible washing machine feed. The utility had kitchen units fitted with work top and sink. Heating was routed throught the main hot water systen from the house.

All windows and exterior door were FENSA registered UPVC. Client very happy!

Building work and kitchen installation in Esher

Building Work and New Kitchen

Location: Lower Green Road, Esher

Brief: Remove wall to kitchen and create kitchen/diner

Remove wall dividing kitchen and dining room and install steel. The floor was at different levels so we had to excavate to remedy. New French doors were installed along with wooden windows to match. The brickwork had to be matched which was a total success. Under floor heating was installed under engineered wooden floor.

Kitchen wall and base units constructed and installed along with under cabinet lighting. All new wiring, sockets and consumer unit installed and certificated. All new plumbing, taps and water supplies installed. Gas safe engineer installed gas cooker and hob. Fully paint and decorate.

Example Painting and Decorating project in Esher, Surrey

Painting & Decorating

Location: Esher

Brief: Complete internal decoration of 5 bed family home

The brief was simple but the main problem we have to overcome with major decoration projects is the inconvenience to the client. As with most of our larger projects, we broke the work down into smaller parcels. We would concentrate on two rooms at a time with 2-3 work men in each area. All furniture and possessions were carefully moved and stored and dust sheets to cover anything unmovable.

We always provide dust sheets for any areas we are working including the entrance to the property. We are well aware of peoples fear of muddy boots!

We would always recommend the correct paint type for each room i.e. wipeable paints for the kitchen or bathroom. We often provide colour charts from our local suppliers and even offer a colour consultation from a qualified colour consultant!

As is often the case, the client asked us to carry out many other jobs while we were there including changing all 120 down lights! We supplied and fitted mains voltage, fire rated down lights with a “tilt and lock” mechanism. We have found that a lot of faults with down lights are usually found to be within the transformers in low voltage lighting.

A bathroom Re-fit in Kingston

Bathroom Re-fit

Location: Kingston

Brief: Remove existing bathroom and fit new

The brief with most of our bathroom re-fits is always fairly similar but there are always different problems to overcome. With this project, the bath was to be replaced with a walk in shower. The client requested that we try and remove the existing boxing that another contractor had said was unnecessary.

In our experience, boxing is usually there for a reason! When work began, it turned out that the wall was at an angle. We turned this to our advantage as it allowed us square off the room and in the angled space left we were able to fit the shower valve and some useful “niches” for shampoo bottles etc. All of the visible pipe work was “chased” into the floor and walls which created a very clean and simple finish to the room when tiled.

As with any bathroom where the position of the sanitary ware was changing we managed to overcome the problem of waste water removal from the shower with a very small step. We inset small LED lights to make a highlight of the area rather than try to ignore it. We often encounter faults in existing bathrooms when we start work, the most common being incorrect installation of waste water pipe work which doesn’t allow for correct drainage. The other being incorrectly tiled floors. The most important factor with tiled floors is to be tiling onto a solid immovable base to prevent any movement in the tiles. Modern flexible adhesive and grout does not allow for as much movement as some people would have you believe!

With modern bathrooms the client will always expect the same simple, clean lines seen in the magazines or showrooms. We always deliver these expectations but never at the expense of functionality or correct procedure! Electric under floor heating was installed along with new extractor fan and isolator. All our electrical work is certified and certificated for peace of mind and useful if the property is to be sold.

Some bespoke cabinets were built and painted to complement the other fittings and in this instance the client sourced many items on-line and some through us to obtain the best discounts!

We are fitting at least one bathroom every day of every year (sometimes including the holidays!) and it is one of the most dramatic changes most people make. It is always satisfying to leave a client with their new bathroom as it is kitchens and bathrooms that make a home and have the biggest “wow” factor.

Property Refurbishment in Staines

Property Refurbsihment

Location: Staines

Brief: To fully refurbish home from top to bottom!

The property consists of a two bedroom terraced Victorian cottage with courtyard garden and garage. With this project, the house was completely gutted as it had not been cared for by the previous owner. Every trade was required as we carried out every aspect of the refurbishment to completion. We immediately discovered that a wall had been removed with small timbers nailed together acting as support!

We immediately called in our structural engineer to assess the situation. Plans were drawn up and the appropriate steel work was installed. Spelthorne council was informed and they inspected and signed off the work. The electrics were completely replaced and a new fuse board installed. Structural improvements to the roof were required due to years of neglect.

The bathroom was completely re-configured to allow for stand alone shower cubicle, bath, wash basin, wc and boiler. All within the confines of an upstairs bathroom in a small 2 bedroom house! We worked alongside the client and proposed a layout to suit both him and any potential future purchaser.

The kitchen was supplied by Wickes and again the layout agreed in conjunction with ourselves and the client. A small decking was installed in the garden and the garage refurbished. The whole project came in on time and on budget.

New Driveway in Teddington

New Driveway Paving

Location: Teddington

Brief: Re-surface driveway and landscape

The property had an existing concrete base laid in front of the house, which was functional but ugly! We recommended an Indian Sandstone paving for both appearance and cost. It is a hardwearing surface and is popular with nearly all of our clients. When we discussed the project on site we established that we could use the existing concrete base and lay the slabs on a wet mortar base over the top. This saved a great deal of time and therefore money.

We excavated the front of the drive to one metre from the pavement to allow us to meet the level of the pavement. We also cut back flowerbeds, built to boundary walls and added gravel boarders to existing palm trees. The driveway was sealed with a sandstone sealant to protect from oil staining. The project was completed on time and on budget!

Bespoke Wardrobe Fitting in Walton on Thames

Walton-On-Thames-Bespoke Wardrobes

Brief: Construct Fitted Wardrobes to bedrooms, living room and TV room

The client requested wardrobes to bedrooms to have a painted finish so we constructed using 18 and 22mm mdf and painted using an mdf primer and a satinwood finish. The TV unit in the living room was constructed from similar materials except an oak finish was requested so we used an oak veneer.

The quality is so good the client thought we had used solid oak! All units in this instance were constructed on site but we would usually take measurements and cut the materials off site and then assemble on site. The client will often choose door furniture, which we will then fit.