As a specialist home renovation company in Bath, we design kitchens and bathrooms, remodel properties and transform spaces to create beautiful homes. To help explain what a home renovation company does, we thought it helpful to write up this recent case study which illustrates the full range of our services.
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In this case study, we transformed two neighbouring properties at the same time by extending both into their side returns. We’ve described progress on this project in monthly blogs, and use this final communication to tie everything together.
Properties before Renovation
The neighbours had similar requirements; in particular, to create an open-plan kitchen diner in the side return. They felt that a collaborative project would save money. In fact, this collaboration saved each side around £10000, largely through economy of labour. This was in addition to the 50% saving on our project management fee!
Our clients engaged us to create initial concepts and obtain planning permission. We produced detailed designs, wrote the technical specification, ran a competitive tender, and oversaw the work. As part of our service, we also supplied key fixtures and fittings including the kitchen, flooring, and bespoke furniture. We then project managed the work , keeping it on schedule, maintaining quality control, co-ordinating between the contractor and suppliers, and checking that invoices were raised and paid against work completed.
Side Return Extensions
Initially we produced eight concepts, using 3D visuals to show optional internal and external configurations with floorplans and electrical layouts.
Our clients agreed on the common external appearance; glazed, side return extensions to a new boundary wall with three large roof lights each. With the internal walls removed, both would have a spacious open plan kitchen diner. The main difference internally was a separate utility room for one of the neighbours. The other neighbour preferred a large island, with washing machine integrated in the kitchen.
We produced outline drawings for a pre-application to the Council. The planning officer confirmed that there were no obvious objections. However, we could not invoke permitted development rights because of the roof height exceeding 3m. So we had to send a full planning application for which approval was granted without issue.
We engaged our regular structural engineer and architect to draw up building control and construction drawings whilst we finalised the lighting and electrical design. We also confirmed fixtures and fittings and the decorative scheme with the clients. Having produced a detailed specification, we invited a number of local contractors to tender.
Building the side return Extensions
With the contractor selected, work began on groundworks and new drainage in Spring 2016. The building inspector made regular visits to sign off the work at specified stages.
The contractor poured concrete slabs, then built walls and planned the roof structure, mindful of the interfaces with the aluminium bifold door frame and roof lights.
The drawings specified the height and fall of the roof, the dimensions of the roof lights, and the insulation requirements. Carpenters constructed the roof with a series of joists and noggings, also forming the drainage slopes for the roof lights.
Up to this point with all work carried out externally, the clients were able to live without any upheaval. Then, with the side wall about to be removed, we set up temporary kitchens with washing machines for both clients. The adjacent rear reception rooms suited the purpose with temporary drainage extended to the new drains.
With the temporary kitchens safely installed, the contractor inserted strongboys to support the first floor and fitted the main steels. Then he removed the side walls, revealing the open-plan spaces for the first time.
Plumbers laid wet underfloor heating pipes to heat the new spaces, along with a new boiler for each property. As the floor insulation, screed and tiles were laid, we took extreme care to keep the finished floor flush with the externl patio. One of our key requirements was to avoid any trip hazard across the threshold of the new bifold doors.
With the powder coated aluminium frame, bifold doors and roof lights fitted, the extensions were weather proof. Electricians came on site to install first fix electrics.
Plasterers then plastered the walls and ceilings.
Fitting the New Kitchens
When the space had dried, the kitchens were delivered and fitted, and the utility room equipped. We spent a lot of time with the clients choosing the kitchen units, appliances, worktop and splashback along with wall decoration. We wanted to make sure that all the surfaces and finishes worked together. Here you can read more on our tips for kitchen design.
Ultimately, the spaces were decorated, appliances commissioned and worktops and splashbacks templated and installed. One neighbour chose a white quartz worktop with white glass splashback, whilst the other opted for a combination of oak (for the dry areas) and carrara marble (for the wet) with a raspberry glass splashback.
The clients moved into their new kitchen diners in August 2016, whilst minor finishing touches carried on around them. They each now have a wonderful new space to enjoy with family and friends.
Open Plan Kitchen Diner
Above is the first kitchen, and below the second
As a home renovation company in Bath, this case study shows our total service – we produced initial ideas, obtained planning permission, produced the detailed design with specification, ran a competitive tender, oversaw delivery of the entire renovation and project managed the delivery; from concept to completion.
Other Home Renovation Guides
You can read more advice in our other home renovation guides by selecting the following in turn.
- Controlling the Cost of Home Improvements – Making sure you’ve considered everything in the total project cost
- Property Renovation Guide – The steps to a successful renovation including your choice of main contractor.
- How to Renovate a Property – Preparing for a home renovation and a guide on services offered by various professionals.
- How Much to Invest in a Property – Considerations on the amount of money you might consider spending on home improvements.
- Home Design – If you are struggling to visualise your new home, this shows how basic 3D images can help without costing the earth.
- Property Renovation Companies – What a good property renovation company should do, and how they can help you.
- Kitchen Design – Practical steps for designing your dream kitchen
- Bathroom Design – Considerations for a stylish yet practical bathroom
If you are looking for a home renovation company in Bath, please get in touch and we’ll see how we can help.Back to blog