Total Flat Renovation

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For this project we completed a total renovation and modernisation works for a two floor investment flat in a very central location in Bangor, Gwynedd.

The duplex flat is in a Grade 2 listed building which presented us with new challenges we hadn’t experienced before such as the listed building planning regulations and permitted developments allowed. We successfully navigated through this planning by researching and learning about listed building planning consent and understanding which aspects of the project needed full planning permission and which didn’t. In the end we managed to completely avoid the need to apply for full planning which saved months of waiting and additional costs. For the most part this was pure luck – for example (with this local authority) listed building consent is not needed if the kitchen is to be fixed to a partition wall but consent is needed if it is to be fixed to an external/structural wall. For other aspects we tailored our approach – for example we had considered constructing a partition wall upstairs but we would have needed to apply for full listed building planning which would have taken approximately two months so the decision was taken to abandon the partition wall as it was not important enough to spend two months waiting on a planning application.

Here are some before and during pictures:

The state of the Velux windows above the kitchen were in such a poor condition the previous owner had filled gaps where the seals had once been with plastic shopping bags to stop any leaks, so it was clear we had to replace the windows and in total we changed all three of them. It may surprise you to hear that formal listed building consent is not needed (from our local authority) to replace windows on a like for like basis. We thought it would however be good practice to inform the local conservation officer of our intentions.

We started by completely clearing the flat out, removing tiles, laminate, carpets, everything from the kitchen and bathroom and the incredibly dated wallpaper. We practically took everything out of the flat.

Before installing the kitchen we needed to install some new power sockets so we took this opportunity to check the current electrical wiring and check if it was up to our standard. While this was happening we erected scaffolding outside so we were ready to replace the Velux windows before any of the kitchen units went in.

Once the Velux windows were fitted and lead work was replaced, we began inside the flat. The kitchen went in without a hitch, it was all plumbed in the same day the installation was complete and we immediately moved on to install the bathroom.

After the kitchen and bathroom were completed our next step was to repaint the walls and repaint the wood to make it more modern and to take the opportunity to do it now before any of the new flooring was put in.

When the painting was finished it was time to install the new laminate flooring. It was decided it would be best to run the laminate over the entire ground floor and place carpet up the stairs and on the first floor. With thanks to the speedy delivery from our local builders merchant the new floor was installed over the course of that weekend and the carpet was due to arrive from another local provider the following Monday.

The majority of the work was now complete and we had only smaller jobs and some cosmetic repairs to complete. Next up was tiling the kitchen and the bathroom floor. While this was being done we took the opportunity to box in some exposed pipes to make the flat more presentable and we then made an under stair storage cupboard to make to most of the space provided by the flat.

Here are some pictures of the finished property:

As you can see the two sets of pictures are worlds apart and we are exceptionally pleased with the finished result and very proud of what was achieved at this property.

The flat went live on the rental market on a Friday and had been successfully let out by end of business on Monday with 5 offers received and an agreed tenancy of 12 months for the asking rent.

If there’s anything more you’d like to know about this flat, we’d be very happy to share with you or if you have a similar property you’d like to improve then we would be very grateful for the opportunity to give you a quote.

 

 

 

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Commercial Premises Refurbishment

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Shortly after acquiring a commercial investment property our client instructed us to undertake refurbishment works on the communal areas and first floor offices of the property.

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The property had a glass and aluminium front door which had become damaged after blowing open during a storm and the previous owners had replaced it with a standard domestic exterior uPVC door ‘temporarily’.

Since the original manufacturers of the aluminium doors had gone out of business we used one of our contacts to help us design and manufacture an exact replica of the previous door that matched the colour of the surrounding metalwork and was indistinguishable from neighbouring offices.

The communal areas of the property needed modernising and we were instructed to remove the old wallpaper, re-plaster a couple of walls and repaint the entire area.

Upstairs was split into two offices which required:

  • New carpet tiles throughout
  • Repainting the entire first floor
  • Removing old branding from glass partitions and windows
  • New Office doors and locks
  • Replacement ceiling tiles to match the existing ones that were still good
  • Re-plastering one wall
  • Extensive deep clean

The old occupiers had installed new partition walls upstairs which had a substandard finish and we were required to make good these walls and install new skirting.

Investment Property Renovation

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We were instructed by a client to renovate an investment property that the client had acquired situated in a desirable location in Llanfairpwll, Anglesey.

After years of being let and neglected the property had suffered some cosmetic damage along with age related detriment.

A summary of works needed to the property included:

  • Most of the wood floors had to be replaced
  • Carpeted floors had to be replaced
  • Practically all of the windows were old and had suffered age and environment related damage
  • All of the internal doors had to have work done on them
  • The internal walls all had signs of wear and in many places needed to be skimmed and repainted
  • The rear external door was beyond repair and had to be replaced
  • Extensive landscaping in the rear gardens and fencing work

The biggest single task involved with this project was the need to replace all the windows and an external door and then making good the areas around the work. The old windows were wood framed and had been neglected for many years to the point that the wood frames were beyond repair and the glazing needed to be replaced. Using our contacts we had the new uPVC frames and glazing delivered within a week of measuring and the work took 2 days to install and a further day to finish off.

After years of wear, neglect and dogs living in the house most of the wood and carpeted flooring had to be taken up and replaced along with new thresholds and trims.

All of the internal walls required repainting and some had suffered damage over the years in the form of general wear and from DIY that was done to a patchy standard. We made these good, skimmed and repainted so they were as good as new.

The outside of the property had also been neglected over the years with trees and shrubs being allowed to grow out and hedges being unkempt. The fencing surrounding the property had also suffered damage and required replacing after we had discussed our proposals with the neighbours – which were very glad to see new fencing.

The kitchen was relatively recent from a refurbishment a few years ago and didn’t require replacing and bathrooms were recent enough that it wasn’t justified to change them.

The owner had the property valued by a surveyor before acquiring it and again after renovation. After works were completed the property price had increased by £50,000 with plenty of scope to renovate the kitchen and bathrooms if needed.