Samuel Sheldon Millom –
Building Contractors for Cumbria
Building extensions Windermere
Windermere is a town located in the southern part of the Lake District and is half a mile from the lake which shares its name. With a population of 8,359 in 2011, it has always been a popular tourist attraction and sits next door to Ambleside another popular destination in the area. The town abounds with places to eat and stay. Originally called Birthwaite it changed its name to Windermere after the Railway built a station with the same name and the town grew to incorporate other villages nearby such as Bowness in Windermere. The lake has boat trips that take you around the whole lake from Lakeside to Ambleside and back to Bowness pier. With so many attractions and surrounded by mountains and forests it is easy to lose track of time and there is no end to the walks amongst nature at its best.
If you are still wondering if Windermere is worth taking time out to go and look around. It boasts the biggest lake in England and has so many activities to do around its shores. It is not all about going out onto the lake although, that is an amazing experience in a Kayak or a canoe, and swimming is also permitted on the lake.
Of course, Windermere town has lots of great shops to look around and plenty of places to stop for refreshments or a bite to eat. Most of the businesses have been around for some time and you never know if the building you are in was once frequented by one of Windermere’s more notable characters like Beatrix Potter or William Wordsworth. Speaking of which, for those who love trivia, James Cordon’s adaptation of Beatrix’s Peter Rabbit was filmed at Windermere as well as Anna Friel’s, star of the drama, Deep Water was also filmed there back in 2019.
This is the Lake District and Windermere and its lake is surrounded by some of the most incredible wildlife and fauna. The whole area offers walks from gentle to challenging depending on your power reserves. The towns folk are used to visitors and you will find everyone is helpful and pleasant to talk with along the way. The wildlife is also used to people so do not be surprised if a deer appears suddenly on the path.
Windermere really is one of those idyllic places where you can get lost in daydreams about another time or perhaps what it would be like to become a permanent resident. The holiday seasons are particularly busy but with good reason when at every turn the view is like a Christmas card scene. The area has so much to offer and most of it is at no cost other than a little bit of effort on your part. It is advisable to dress for all weather but even a stroll in the rain is pleasant in this beautiful part of the world.
Building extensions Windermere
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 fas hion 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.
We can help you with everything from the mundane, such as damp problems and leaking roofs, to the exciting, like new kitchens or conservatories.Read More
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