Domestic

Choosing a Designer 
Choosing a Designer 

Getting the design right is key to any project. After all, achieving the perfect home is at the centre of what all homeowners are trying to do. Most yearn to construct something unique and seek something just a little bit different. It’s a common belief that only qualified architects can design a home, but this is not the case. You…

Why do I need a project manager?
Why do I need a project manager?

Over the last 10 years, we have been involved in the design and project management of construction projects big and small ranging from a small domestic alteration costing a few hundred pounds to large multidisciplinary renewable energy projects costing hundreds of millions of pounds. One question we are asked is : Why do we need to project manage our project,…

Masonry cracks
Masonry cracks

Are they the first sign of something is wrong ? Whether dealing with the conservation of historic buildings, or more mundane commercial or institutional buildings, it is imperative that the cause of cracking in masonry structures is well understood. Perhaps one of the most significant differences between working on relatively modern structures and historic buildings is that often, in the…

Keeping to your Plan
Keeping to your Plan

Keeping to your plan is important, especially if the project you are undertaking is under construction.  We are working with a number of clients including domestic homeowners and builders where things are changing on a day to day basis.  Walls which were not due to be removed, now have to be supported and removed carefully.  Changes to the kitchen layout or…

Terrace Home Extensions
Terrace Home Extensions

We are working with a number of clients on post flood restoration projects in Carlisle.  Some of these, are going successfully with home owners looking to be back in their homes soon, and others seem to be dragging on with a lack of response from loss adjusters or homeowners to get moving forward.  One thing which has come to light…

Structural Movement – Is it really a problem?
Structural Movement – Is it really a problem?

Structural Movement – Is it really a problem? The last 50 years have seen the extremes of people’s reaction to movement in buildings. In the immediate post-war years, when we were grateful for any accommodation which had survived the Blitz, attitudes to odd cracks were relaxed. Whereas nowadays structural engineers are increasingly called out to pronounce upon hairline plaster cracks…