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Bollards Installation

The cost for installing bollards can be classified in three different categories:

1.Fixed bollards, cheaper and easier to install.

2.Semi-fixed bollards, requires manual lowering and raising.Medium cost.

3.Automated bollards, requires a power source, can be activated remotely.The most expensive option.

Building a Recording Music Studio

In London , there are only a few recording studios and when we were asked to build a purpose built music studio, we welcomed the challenge. After the Planing Permission was approved , we started straight away working on the studio. Architects, Structural Engineer, Sound Engineer, Soundproofing Engineer,Builders, Roofers, Carpenters,Electricians,Building Inspectors etc – we all had to work with each-other at every stage of the build.

music studio
Music Studio

Removing an internal load bearing wall

To remove an internal load bearing wall will require the services of a Structural Engineer and in most cases, you have to submit a Building Notice to the Local Council – Building Department.

Removing the load/weight/support from a load bearing wall it is done by using an RSJ metal beam.
Removing load bearing weight from a wall
The photo shows a metal beam supporting the roof weight and the joist works using joist hangers

The room bellow ,after the wall has been removed

Matching bricks for extensions

To match the brick colour to the original building is very important. Just use the weather, old bricks, right pointing/cement mix, etc to your advantage. On this job, we could not wait 6 months for the custom made bricks and we did a good job with what we had.

matching brick work extensions

On this job we also had to match the bad quality brickwork.


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Reused bricks

Reclaimed bricks can be reused most of the time. Old bricks will give character to a new build, by having a weather down appearance.

driveway fence wall using old bricks
Driveway fence wall using old bricks

Building an office/shed/storage space using old bricks from demolition of chimney breast - in the garden
Building an office/shed/storage space using old bricks from demolition of chimney breast – in the garden.

front garden brickwall
Front garden brickwall

Building a partition wall

Sometimes a big living room or kitchen-dinning area is a wasted space. By putting a wall up , the space can be divided and you can create a second room/ bedroom, office area.

carpenters building wood structure partition wall

Sound proofing the wall is very important, its always better to use acoustic insulation rather than cheap standard insulation.

sound proofing a partition wall acoustic

A good way to save on time and cost is to use a tape and joint system , rather than plastering – skimming the wall.The wall can also be easily removed if needed.
tape and joint plasterboard

If part of the room will get less natural light by building a partition wall, a good compromise is to have a window installed into the wall, and if you want a bit of privacy, you can use obscure/sand blasted glass.

partition wall window natural light

The final result is two medium sized rooms.The skirting board, door, architrave and painting needs to be matched to the existing decorum.

partition wall

Care of basic tools

builder using a power drill

DON’T leave steel measuring tape extended, especially with blade on edge, on workbench or floor in case something falls onto it; damaged tape will be virtually useless

DO hang up saws by handle or frame when not in use and put blade guard over cutting edge; if left lying about teeth may get damaged. Lightly oil blade to prevent rust. Sharpen teeth, or replace blade, regularly.

DO tie chuck key of electric drill to lead with string, but allow enough length to turn key without having to untie it. Service drill regularly as worn parts will impair efficiency.

DO keep hammer heads clean and free of any traces of adhesive; rub hammer face squarely with fine glasspaper round block of wood. Bang loose heads back into place and/or use wedging pins.

DON’T use hammer on wood-handled chisels; side of hammer head can be used on plastic handles. Ideally use mallet to prevent damaging handle. Never use chisel as screwdriver or you will ruin edge. Maintain good cutting edge by regular sharpening.

DON’T use screwdrivers as levering devices or for raking, chipping or digging holes. If shafts are bent or blade ends not squarely cut they will not turn screws efficiently.

DO check plane blades are correctly adjusted. Hold bottom of plane squarely up to light; blade should be parallel to bottom so it cuts evenly across its full width

DO rest planes on their side to avoid damaging blade or bottom and keep regularly sharpened. After use, store in dry place to avoid rusting.