Domestic

Health and safety nightmares
Health and safety nightmares

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) Introduction  Health and safety legislation can be a total nightmare for some contractors, home owners and builders. Recent changes to the legislation have simplified the rules and responsibilities for all projects but people continue to adopt historic names for roles which can add to the confusion.  The CDM Regulations stand for the…

Knocking Down Internal Walls
Knocking Down Internal Walls

  Removing internal walls is a popular way of increasing the flow of natural light in your home and creating a layout that suits your way of life. But there are vital considerations to be made before you start work. Here’s what you need to know.  It can become necessary to remove internal walls during the renovation of an older…

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…