Churston Builders – The Torbay and South Hams Builder. Major House Remodelling and Driveway in Torquay
Churston Builders, the Torbay and South Hams Builder, were employed to carry out a major remodelling of a property in Torquay.
We had worked on this property back in 2013 when the current owners took possession and refurbished most of the interior in a short time period prior to the move-in date. We were please to get the call in late 2016 to come and remodel the property to accommodate the owners growing family. The project involved removing the garage on the right-hand side of the property and adding a gable-ended structure to balance with the left side of the house. The structure would actually extend further back that the current depth but would still tie in with the existing roof. To further extend the second floor space the existing dormer extension was to be rebuilt, both widening it and removing the section of roof below the existing window to allow for full height French windows to open the room onto a balcony above a newly extended porch/entrance vestibule. The interior would feature two new bathrooms and would be further enhanced with natural light via Velux roof windows. To finish off the driveway and boundary walls were to be extended and a block paved surface laid.
The existing garage was removed and the entrance through to the house made secure then footings were dug for foundations that met building regulations for the extension. Some remedial work was required to accommodate the existing sewer. Later on before the block paving was laid over the driveway the other existing services were checked and the mains water connection was replaced for peace of mind.
The basic structure consisted of a double-leaf of blocks tied together and sandwiching 2 inch rigid insulation. The roofline of the was extended to the full width of the extension with gable ends both front and rear. This made for a complex joist structure which tested the skills of both our best carpenters and roofers! As you can see from the images everything tied in perfectly with the existing structure.
As soon as the roof was watertight the windows went in the stud work and boarding commenced inside as well as first fixes for electrics and plumbing.
The structural wall for the new porch was built to provide the base for the roof terrace then work began on rebuilding the dormer which was protected by a scaffold roof to keep the weather at bay. Final roof tiling was completed around the new structure and the new roof terrace floor fitted and dormer flat roof tied in.
The entrance porch was to be a real feature of the house and a porthole window was built in then the whole porch exterior was clad with large soft-edged pebbles giving a stunning seaside look and feel. The entrance was completed with a new contemporary front door and flagstone tiles.
Worked continued inside completing the the two bathrooms and final fix electrics.
The final phase of the job involved clearing much of the garden space t0 the front of the property, rebuilding walls at the entrance then laying a block paved surface to the prepared ground.