Samuel Sheldon Millom – Building Contractors for Cumbria

Building Extensions Cumbria

Samuel SheldonBuilding Extensions Cumbria

Samuel Sheldon Millom –
Building Contractors for Cumbria

Building extensions Cumbria

Cumbria was formed from a number of boroughs in the area and is a ceremonial and non-metropolitan county in North West England, bordering Scotland. Its local government, Cumbria County Council came into existence in 1974 as part of the Local Government Act 1972. Cumbria’s county town is Carlisle, in the north of the county, and is connected by the A590 and the M6. 

Cumbria has a number of claims to fame including the deepest lake in England Wastwater and also the longest lake Windemere measuring in at 10 and a half miles long. The lake district lies in the heart of Cumbria and is famed for its mountains, fells, and lakes. All surrounded by quaint little villages. Places like Keswick are great holiday destinations but to be honest, anywhere in Cumbria has its attractions, and exploring the area will uncover things like Beatrix potter’s cottage, The famous writer and poet William Wordsworth was also a resident. Postman Pat is also said to be a Cumbria resident and the familiar red postal vans can be seen back and forth through the tree-lined country lanes. 

People come from all over the country and often decide to move here permanently and it is not just the views and vistas that attract newcomers to move to the area. Consistently Cumbria comes top of the league in surveys looking at Britain’s best places to live. And if that was not enough further research shows that Cumbrians are pleased that it is one of the safest, most crime-free parts of Britain. 

 With accommodation to suit all tastes from luxury hotels, to bed and breakfast, to youth hostels you will have no trouble finding somewhere to book. During the summer season, the towns have started to get busier as the trend of holidaying at home so to speak is becoming more popular than the usual foreign holidays.  

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Building extensions Cumbria

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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