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Finding a Good Contractor in Cumbria
Finding a Good Contractor in Cumbria

Finding a good contractor to work in your home, especially if the work is going to require modifications to your existing home, is important.  Aside from the essential issues around the cost and scope of the works, what else is required to be considered when choosing one contractor or builder over another.  The key areas we consider in appointing a contractor or…

Carlisle Ambassadors 2017
Carlisle Ambassadors 2017

We recently joined Carlisle Ambassadors in Carlisle, a programme we had participated in for a number of years in the past with our previous business. The purpose of the Ambassadors for us, is to promote Carlisle, and the wider Cumbrian Economy, to create a better place to work, life and play in for our current population and the future generations. For…

Customer Satisfaction
Customer Satisfaction

Its really important to provide a good quality of service to our customers and we regularly speak with repeat clients who we ask for feedback on our work, fees and quality of service.  However 50% of our clients are domestic homeowners and we decided to run a customer satisfaction survey for clients up to the middle of 2016.  We got…

Netherby Hall Orangery
Netherby Hall Orangery

Since our original involvement in the Netherby Hall Coach House, we have also been assisting the owners of the property in a number of other projects, including the assessment of the Netherby Hall orangery roof.  The roof  is due for refurbishment works alongside the space around it for hosting events and public events.  The space is a wonderful example of steel…

Timber Roof Terms
Timber Roof Terms

I have been asked by a number of local and domestic clients about all the various terms and names used associated with timber roof construction.  It is especially difficult when joiners are using phrases like purlins, noggins and rafters. I have found a couple of very useful diagrams published by Trada, which is the UK research federation on all things timber.…

Historic Structure and Damage
Historic Structure and Damage

I was recently assisting a local builder, Croft View Construction, on a historic structure near Longtown, Cumbria.  The project involved the removal and replacement of a roof from the Grade 2 listed Coach House, at Netherby Hall.  The building had been over-roofed in the 1950’s, covering a large internal gutter and series of valleys.  Once removed, the underlying roof revealed the long term effects of moisture…

Insulation – it has a shelf life?
Insulation – it has a shelf life?

As I have discovered, insulation has an optimum shelf life of around 41 years.  I had assumed as it was mainly man made, it would go on for ever.  As I live in a house approaching its 40th year of construction, and having needed a new roof last year, I found a number articles relating to the issue of lifespan of insulation materials.…