Samuel Sheldon Millom – Building Contractors for Cumbria

Building Extensions Coniston

Samuel SheldonBuilding Extensions Coniston

Samuel Sheldon Millom –
Building Contractors for Cumbria

Building Extensions Coniston

Coniston started as a farming village like most of the towns in this area and quickly grew when it was needed to serve the local copper and slate mines. It gained popularity with tourists around the mid-19th century and has been home to painters, poets and lovers over the preceding decades. It is the Lake at Coniston that finally put the town on the map when Donald Campbell broke several world water speed records during the 50’s and 60’s before dying in a tragic accident during an attempt to break the record he already held again. With a museum nearby dedicated to the feat the lake is also home to popular activities such a kayaking and canoeing. Peace and tranquillity are what one experiences when they push off from the shores into the middle of the lake. The whole village was powered by hydroelectricity during the 1920s but this became so heavily taxed that the people there were forced to return to the national grid. Since 7 March 2007 a hydro-electric scheme has been in use to power up to 300 homes; being sited near the original power station. 

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Building Extensions Coniston

Having an extra plot of land is just the first step in building an extension to your home. The work which follows brings all the essential component and parts which make the building secure, from the footings to underpinning existing foundations. Pouring concrete ensuring there is adequate drainage, before damp proofing Shuttering and formwork are both methods used in concrete pouring and consist of a framework or mould into which concrete is poured giving a particular shape or finish to the foundation.  

Many of the traditional techniques employed in the past have been made obsolete by new materials and cost saving practices, however the vast majority of the existing buildings all have traditional building works within them. Therefore, a use of modern and traditional techniques is required by any crew set to task on building either from scratch or extending on existing buildings. As many will have discovered when starting any kind of undertaking there is a specific process that needs to be employed to ensure the work is carried out in a timely fashion and meets all the requirements. Research, planning permissions and ensuring building regulations are adhered to all need to be in place before plans (Architecture) and builders are employed to carry out the work.  

Not all extension work is required to have planning permission but ascertaining this is the case is essential before embarking on such a venture. A single-story extension is the most common work carried out and is an alternative if a loft conversion (Building up instead of out) is not an option. Things to consider include cost, time scales, services and neighbouring properties all need to be taking into consideration. 

It is possible to stay in your home while the work is being carried out but you will need to consider the mess that such an undertaking will definitely incur and it is worth thinking about the work force which will have to work around you while you continue to be in the building. Building work can however take up to three months to complete and this would be a challenge to any home owner needing to find temporary accommodation. 

Loft conversions are the most practical way of extending your home and creating more living space in an existing property.  The main thing to consider with a loft conversion is the head space. The highest point is usually the centre or apex of the roof and ideally you should have at least 2.8m clear vertical space. As it is an upward extension an additional staircase would be required or loft ladders but either way room is required to build the access to the loft space  

Often it is better to extend outwards and this can add value to your property when you come to sell it. An existing structure that needs to be extended may need under pinning to save any existing structure while foundations are extended to meet the new building. Other options may be demolition of any current structures not needed or required for the new build.  It is anticipated that all works like cavity wall insulation, plumbing and electrical wiring are carried out during construction to ensure a smooth finish for plastering and rendering ensure all building specifications and building regulations are adhered to. 

Services We Offer

We specialise in carrying out first rate quality works for all kinds of customers in both the private and public sectors. Our services include but are not limited to; bricklaying, joinery, plastering, extensions, roofing and everyday routine maintenance work. We also do commercial or public sector projects so please take a little time to look around the site at all of the services we have on offer.

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Millstones Shop & Tea Room

Conversion

Conversion of rundown barn & farm complex into a Tea Room, Farm Shop & Bakery.

Millom Methodists Church

Extension

Extension of a Methodists Church

St. James School

Extension

Construct a new extension to a primary school

Holme Gate Farm

Renovation, Roofing

Replace the existing perished slate roof covering and replace most of the existing roof structure.

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