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CONTACTS/ SUPPLIERS


ARCHITECT


Trevor Stevens Architecture 01584 875836


MAIN CONTRACTOR


E W Kinsey & Sons www.ewkinsey.co.uk


STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Andrew R Owen 01694 771249


INSULATION BOARD,


FIXINGS & RENDER Lime Green www.lime-green.co.uk


WINDOWS


A. K. Williams & Sons www.akwilliamstelford.co.uk GLAZING


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WOOD STAIN (WINDOWS


because you want the insulation coming down below the DPC so the floor keeps warm, but you don’t want it so low as to allow ground moisture to get in,” he explains. “Keeping it dry is an important factor. You have to do it properly.” He decided to go with the naturally-coloured


lime render option, as well as on the farmhouse, meaning they are both now an off-white shade. Bob comments: “The rendering is a totally specific skill, but they did a good job. It’s all worked very well.” The only problem they’ve had with the exterior look, as demonstrated in particular by the farmhouse, which had its new render several years back, is the mess left by nesting birds. “When it was brick it didn’t really matter, but there is staining,” he says. “It’s lost its pristine look in five years, but I’m not too fussed, and in fact there are breathable paints available so it can be redecorated. It’s just something to be aware of.” Internally, little really changed on the bungalow. Two internal walls showed signs of possible movement so these were underpinned, but the layout remained the same. The three bedrooms include a “very big” master, and there’s a large entrance hall, kitchen, sitting room and dining room, as well as a family bathroom and additional separate toilet. “It’s a nice property and of course we had to redecorate it,” explains Bob. “But there were no other changes.”


A JOB WELL DONE


Overall, Bob is thrilled with the end result on both buildings. “It really works, I’ve got no doubts about that,” he says. Although both the insulation and windows were done at the same


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BOB’S ADVICE


time, making it difficult to know specifically which has contributed more to the property’s improved efficiency, he’s confident the insulation system works well, stating he would definitely use it again.


Bob says the cost came in “within my expectation. I had a number in my head.” He had agreed a price for the job with the contractor, and says there were only one or two extra costs, such as the clean water drainage. “That’s an advantage of using a main contractor and having architects’ drawings to work from.” When contemplating whether he’d do anything similar in the future, Bob says: “It wasn’t without its stresses and I was working full time at the time, but it all went very well.” At the moment he currently has no plans, or indeed any need to tackle another project – “I haven’t got any more houses!” he jokes – but he certainly wouldn’t rule it out entirely. “I like a bit of a project!” 


“Planning really is the main recommendation. Really plan it in great detail – architects will do and see things you won’t, and you’ll get a decent set of drawings to work from which can make the costings much more accurate. You definitely need a builder you can trust. And ideally speak to someone who’s done it before, not just a materials supplier or building contractor. Either of those should be able to point you in the direction of someone that’s done it before – speak to them.”


may/june 2021


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