Samuel Sheldon Millom – Building Contractors for Cumbria

House extensions

House extensions are a great way to increase the size and value of your home. Whether you need extra living space or want to add a luxurious master suite, a house extension can offer many benefits. In this blog post, we’ll explore why you should consider a house extension for your home and how it can improve the quality of your life.

If you are looking for more room in your house, then a house extension may be the best option for you. A house extension allows you to increase the size of your home and provides you with additional space for whatever you need it for. It can also help to increase the value of your home if you decide to sell it in the future.

You have plenty of options when it comes to a house extension. You can choose to build an additional room, such as a bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen. You could also opt for a conservatory or an outdoor living space, such as a patio or decking area. Whatever you choose, adding extra space to your home can make all the difference in how comfortable and inviting it is. Samuel Sheldon Ltd can assist with every aspect of the building process.

A house extension can help you bring more natural light into your home in several ways. Firstly, you can install larger windows or skylights that let in more natural light. Secondly, you can remove existing walls and knock through adjacent rooms to create an open-plan living space that allows more light to flow through your home. Lastly, you can add a conservatory or sunroom to your home, allowing more light to enter without compromising the structure of your home.

Not only does natural light make your home look more inviting and pleasant, but it also gives you the opportunity to reduce your energy bills by using natural lighting instead of relying on electricity. By incorporating natural lighting into your house extension, you’ll be able to maximize the amount of daylight entering your home and reap the rewards of increased energy efficiency.

When considering adding a house extension, you should always take into account any potential planning restrictions. Make sure you check with your local council and obtain any necessary permits before beginning work. With proper planning, a house extension can significantly improve the value of your home. You can apply for planning permission through your local council’s website. You’ll need to fill out a form that explains what you plan to do with your extension and provide supporting documents, such as drawings of the proposed design. The council may then request additional information, so it is crucial to provide accurate information and make sure all documents are up to date.

When making a decision, the council will consider factors such as the size and impact of the extension, how it might affect neighbours, and whether it is in keeping with the character of the area. If permission is granted, you will be able to start work on your project.

With over 100 years of building experience, why not give Samuel Sheldon Ltd a call for a free, no-obligation quote on 01229 773295? We will assist you with the plans for the architect and arrange everything from building supplies and tradespeople.

This means you won’t have to hire multiple companies to complete your extension, saving you more money in the long run.

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New Year, New Us

It’s a happy new year at Samuel Sheldon, with all of us excited to get back to work. We have had a spike in enquiries on many different jobs over the holidays, which we are working on organizing into a new schedule for the upcoming weeks. Our team of skilled contractors have been catching up on a multitude of quick little jobs that have arrived and working on Market Street, which is receiving some new wall dashing and roofing work.

As January continues and things return to normal, we plan on returning to our more complex jobs. We will be continuing our work at St James Church, where we have begun working on the interior of the building. We will be working on structural supports and restoration of the floor and interior walls in due time, and as it develops, we shall keep you all updated with the progress. We additionally have a job to continue in Silecroft, where the team will be renovating an old cottage. We will be tackling the floor, which has suffered wear and tear over the years. We will be refurbishing it so that it is brand new for the customer. Afterwards, we aim to tackle other parts of the building, from the exterior walls to the roof. The cottage is situated in a nice location, so we are certain once our work is complete, it will be a wonderful new home.

It’s going to be an exciting new year for us all; we want to again thank our customers for their support in 2022, and as our reputation grows, so will our quality. As we tackle exciting challenges this year, we hope all of you will join us and experience our growing quality for yourselves. Do you need a new kitchen after Christmas? Is your house too cramped? We can help. Just contact us on 01229 773295 or email us at; we would love to help you create the home of your dreams.

Reflecting on the Previous Year

The new year is approaching fast, and while our offices are closed for the holidays, we thought it would be nice to take this time of reflection and look back on the things we have accomplished over this past year. So why not sit back, relax, and read on as we delve into our construction projects from the year?

Early this year, we began working on our beach hut building project for a client who had purchased some land on the Silecroft beaches and wanted a cosy wooden cabin built much like the existing ones. We were excited to take on this project as it was a new idea for us, building a small cabin from scratch on the beach. It started with the demolition of the old building and the construction of the base structure, upon which we moved through the phases of the project to add the features the client had requested; decking, hot tub, kitchen, shower room, and a wood-burning stove. The perfect cosy little home away from home.

Moving on from there, another project the team had undertaken was a three-story house refurbishment in Coniston, which involved a new roof with a Velux window fitted, a complete plastering and rendering job throughout the property, and new PVC windows fitted. We went through this particular project in stages, prioritizing certain rooms that required more attention than others, such as the kitchen and bathroom.

There is much more we have completed throughout the year, but it is just as important to look forward and plan for the future as it is to reflect back on what we have learned. Samuel Sheldon Ltd will re-open on the 3rd of January, 2023, and we couldn’t be more excited for the year ahead. We hope that all of our valued customers, both new and old, will join us in the new year.

Merry Christmas From Samuel Sheldon Ltd.

Christmas is right around the corner! Over the week, we have placed a high priority on getting open jobs finished up to our quality standards. We have been fitting solid aluminium doors at St Bernards School in Barrow, ensuring they are adequately sealed against air draughts and water leaks. Our team members were working in The Green, fitting fascias and soffits in a local customer’s roof for airflow and a more robust structure.

Although the weather gets cold and the area gets dangerously icy, our time has been spent working indoors with the old Millom bank building. The team have been plaster-boarding the walls as a staging ground for future work on the building in the new year. The goal for this space is to build two commercial locations and six flats on the upper floor. We hope this will bring in some much-needed business and residential options for the town.

To the readers who are unaware, Samuel Sheldon’s offices closed on Wednesday, the 21st of December. We will reopen on Tuesday, the 3rd of January. As the office is unmanned, there may be delays in responses to your enquiries. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

All of us, both contractors and office staff, would like to thank all our customers for their support over the year. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with customers and architects alike on their individual projects, and we hope to start the new year with a bang.

Completing Projects for Christmas

It’s just over one week before Christmas, and the team at Samuel Sheldon are working hard with our clients to get their work finished in time. Our professional building contractors have been visiting multiple properties around Copeland and Cumbria with a variety of tasks the team is well-suited for, such as roofing and guttering, dashing, new builds and more. 

For those who are unaware, the office will be closed on Wednesday, 21st December 2022 and will reopen on Tuesday, 3rd January 2023. Please note that as the office will be unmanned, responses to any enquiries sent to us within this period may be delayed. We will get back to you as soon as we can. 

As the weather gets colder and the year winds down, we have had to step back from some of our more intensive outdoor jobs for the safety of our workers and due to some of our materials freezing. We have instead begun prioritising some indoor work, such as the old bank building in Millom, where many of the team have been plaster-boarding the walls for future work. We are planning on turning this building into six flats, as well as two commercial locations, to help bring more business and housing to the town. 

The team has also been doing some additional work throughout the local area down to Barrow. In The Green, the team has been fitting fascias and soffits in a local customer’s roof to help with airflow and stabilise the roofing structure. Especially with the cold weather and all the ice, having unstable or deteriorating support for the roof can be disastrous. 

We have also visited St Bernards School in Barrow, taking measurements of the doorframes and fitting solid aluminium doors to replace the old and worn ones. We ensure the doors we fit are properly sealed against draughts and leaks and locally source the materials we need for the project. 

But the crux of our work comes from new builds. Are you considering building your own home? Or perhaps you need a new property for your business? Samuel Sheldon Ltd can help, whether you are the architect or the client. We work closely with our customers and clients to ensure their project is completed on time and with the top quality that we strive for. If you need a construction project completed by a trustworthy construction company with over 100 years of experience, do not hesitate to contact us at 01229 773295 or email us at We would love to help you bring your project to life. 

Securing Your Roof for Winter

Samuel Sheldon has been braving the freezing weather this month with a wide variety of roofing work both in and out of the local area. As the temperatures start dropping, it is especially important to make sure your roof is up to par. Holes and leaks in your roof can be disastrous to the structural integrity of your home if left unattended and can leave you with a scary bill close to the holidays. Many people may misunderstand the importance of having your roof properly maintained and repaired when damaged. 

In Barrow, the team have been fitting a GRP roof for a customer who wants to be as protected as possible in the winter temperatures. By laminating the roof with resin, fibreglass and topcoat, the roof will last for decades. When laid on a properly maintained roof, this will help to protect it against water in the case of any leaks or holes opening on the structure. A GRP roofing system is perfect if you want your roof secure against anything weather and nature has and is best suited for flat roofs. 

We have also been at The Green to install PVC Fascias and guttering to the roof of a customer’s home. Without gutters, it is hard to tell where water will end up, and this can lead to pests and excess water leaking into your home through the roof. Guttering helps to divert water away from parts of your home by guiding it to a drain to help protect against dampness in and around the roof or walls. This can be very costly if left to get worse and can cause severe damage in the long term. 

Samuel Sheldon has been installing damp proofing membranes at a customer’s home in Broughton, in the bathroom, kitchen and around other areas that can pose a risk of dampness, like the roof. Samuel Sheldon can ensure that every room in your house at risk is properly protected with modern damp-proofing so that damage from water is greatly reduced. 

As we mentioned last week, the St. James Church project is still underway. We have begun repairing the walls and floor of the interior with locally sourced, traditionally made and installed materials so that the new, structurally improved and repaired church maintains the history and feel of the original building. We have been working closely with the laws surrounding heritage buildings as we have in the past, so the building is in line with their standards. 

With the energy and cost of living crisis, it is more important than ever before for people to keep their homes secure against leaks and drafts. The last thing you need in these hard times is for the supporting structure to fail and the roof to collapse, leaving you with a scary price tag at the worst of times. The safest thing to do is to have some preventative maintenance and checks performed and to get it repaired before the damage gets worse. Samuel Sheldon Ltd can help, just contact us on 01229 773295 or email us at, and we can discuss what you need. 

Maintaining Historical Structures

Over the last week, the team have been working extensively with heritage sites and restoration work. Samuel Sheldon Ltd has plenty of experience working to the high standards a heritage site requires, having done work with English Heritage in the past. Heritage restoration work is harder than one might expect. You must employ traditional building and maintenance methods such as lime mortar and sourcing traditional materials that match the overall theme of the original structure. 

The main job this week has been St James’ Church, which the team have been restoring. The job has been split up into phases, with the project currently in its third phase. The first phase involves repairing the damaged sandstone with locally sourced bricks to lay the foundation for the upcoming phases. The second phase refers to the brickwork and damp proofing of the structure. Some of the walls have deteriorated, as such, they may need to be replaced, and we have been using locally sourced bricks to do this. We believe in supporting local businesses as we work. 

Currently, in the third phase, we will be using modern damp-proof membranes to prevent water from leaking through the older parts of the structure. We will be replacing the damaged sections of brickwork on various parts of the building using locally sourced, matching bricks that have specifically been made in the traditional way to match the building’s appearance and colours. These are being embedded and painted by using lime mortar to maintain the heritage of the building further. We are additionally repainting a Lakeland stone gable using traditional mixed lime mortar and restoring the existing leaded windows on the church. We hope that by the end of the project, the church will be structurally sound while still maintaining its ancient roots. 

We believe that historic buildings need to be maintained. There are many traditional techniques that have laid the foundations of modern constructions used within these buildings, and failing to keep these structures from collapsing would be equivalent to allowing the history of construction to fade away. Whether you have an old property that you want to restore while maintaining its historical feel or you are an architect seeking a construction team to restore a heritage site, Samuel Sheldon Ltd will match the feel of the building and ensure it is structurally stable for years to come. If this is a service you need, contact us on 01229 773295 or email us at We would love to keep the history of your property alive. 


Preparing for Winter

Whether it’s insulating the rooms in your house or repairing walls with outside air leaking through, Samuel Sheldon Ltd’s team of highly skilled builders, carpenters, joiners, and more are the perfect option this winter to ensure your home is ready for the cold seasons. With the rising cost of utilities, it’s more important than ever to keep your home insulated to prevent wasting gas and electricity.

There are many important factors to keeping your home secure this winter, and as everyone begins spending more time indoors, there may be parts of your home that need some improvements. Is your bathroom leaking? Is your kitchen ready for the holidays? Are your windows crack-free and secure? Is your roof letting rain in? As you answer these questions, remember that Samuel Sheldon Ltd and our team of highly skilled contractors can help you with all of these problems. We can do plastering and rendering, bathroom refurbishments, kitchen installations, roof repairs & inspections, PVC windows & doors, and much more.

We can install waterproofing to your bathrooms and kitchens to prevent leaks, cabinets for some much-needed storage space, appliances you may need in the kitchen like ovens and dishwashers, and plumbing for sinks, showers, and toilets. Samuel Sheldon Ltd is the go-to choice for both our local area and beyond for both interior and exterior work, thanks to the 100 years of experience we have in almost every facet of construction.

The last thing you want is to be caught off-guard by the damage left unnoticed, a kitchen that is not adequate for holiday dinners, a roof that is allowing all the rain through to cause dampness over the winter, or worse. Our team can help inspect your property, listen to your concerns and provide solutions so that you can enjoy the holidays as it is meant to be enjoyed, hassle and worry-free. If you have damage to your home or inadequate kitchens, bathrooms, windows, doors or more, do not wait for it to get worse. Contact us on 01229 773295 or email us at, and our professional team can handle it for you.

A New Face

As we hurtle into the winter weather with rain and chill, Samuel Sheldon Ltd is waiting for updates on jobs around the area. We haven’t had nothing to do; We have been getting a commercial video made for us by BM Tech Services Ltd. We are excited to share it with you once it is complete and thought now would be a good time to provide some insight on how we have been performing on it.

Paul shined in front of the camera. The energy and commitment he has shown both to the business and its employees are inspiring. His interview for the commercial video put forward how much he cares for the company and its image, its struggles, and its future. He has shown a fantastic ability to stay composed under pressure when answering questions and we can’t wait to show you all.

Karl and Ryan, for people who are not in front of a camera often, did quite well. They explained their job roles perfectly and acted like true professionals. While Ryan was quiet and found some trouble with the recording part, he received quite a confidence boost by the end of it. We are certain that the next time we have a commercial video made, Karl and Ryan will stand out as excellent speakers – as much as they are excellent employees.

A large number of our employees and contractors joined in, speaking their honest views of Samuel Sheldon and the pride they have in their work. We are grateful to all our employees and contractors, every one striving to push the upper limits of quality construction at affordable prices. Our views as a company are embodied by those who produce the work, and we pride ourselves in the quality we provide our clients.

Richard Sheldon also joined the recording session, smartly dressed and conducting himself professionally. He spoke highly of Samuel Sheldon Ltd and the quality services it provides. Being a living history of Samuel Sheldon Ltd himself, Richard was eloquent and had plenty of stories to share about our past work and our beliefs.

We would like to thank all our employees and customers, past, present, and future, for their service and business. We are excited to see the finished video and will share it with you all as soon as we can.

Of course, with the winter seasons approaching ensuring your home is ready for the cold weather with adequate insulation is more important than ever, especially to reduce the cost of your energy bill. Samuel Sheldon Ltd is more than happy to discuss your needs and requirements. Please do contact us on 01229 773295 or email us at


The Importance of Maintaining Your Roof

While we wait for updates on our jobs and a drier day, we here at Samuel Sheldon have decided to put out a more general blog this week. You may not have thought about it often, but making sure to get regular roof inspections is rather important especially with the increasing amounts of rain during the winter season. It is recommended that you have your roof inspected and maintained at least once a year. This is important and is better done during the spring or autumn so that you know if your roof, even if properly installed, is ready for the seasons with more extreme weather conditions.

We here at Samuel Sheldon Ltd can perform roof maintenance and repairs for you, be it a gable roof, hip roof, dutch roof and more. There are many signs that a roof is due a service and many of them are found during a routine inspection. It is always good practice to check, and if your roof is due a repair, why not contact us? We can offer premium quality on these repairs.

Some signs of a roof needing to be repaired may not be obvious and can require a professional to inspect. Here is an overview of common signs:

  • Cracked, loose or missing roof tiles. If the tiles have come off, then during extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain or hail, water can leak into the attic which can cause water damage.
  • Discolouration, moss or mould, which can indicate that part of the roof is rotting and needs attention to avoid it collapsing.
  • Visible sunlight from the roof or attic, which can suggest that there are cracks or holes in the roof, leading to improper insulation against colder temperatures.
  • Flashings that are separating from the rest of the roof – Flashing is the material placed around objects that protrude from the roof such as chimneys. If the flashing is loose, it can result in water leaking into the ceiling or walls – This can cause serious damage over time and may result in irreparable damage.
  • Damaged ridges – If a ridge is in bad shape, it can cause the rest of the roof to fail. Ridges are important for blocking off water access.

More serious signs that can suggest a roof needs to be replaced entirely can include:

  • Roof sagging – The ridge of your roof should be a straight line. If it isn’t, it can suggest there is structural damage in the roof which can cause it to collapse if left unattended.
  • Serious leaks when it rains or snows during the winter, which can cause severe water damage
  • Any objects that have fallen onto or through the roof, which will weaken or even damage its structural supports
  • With slate roofs, any flaking or delamination of the tiles, or a powdering on the undersides of them. Often, slate can be turned over and reused for repairs, but if these issues come up then the slate has deteriorated too much to be effective and should be replaced entirely.
  • For concrete roofs, any sedimentary deposits of the cement tiles ending up in the gutters. This is the result of the surface of concrete tiles oxidizing, turning it into powder, and eroding from wind and rain. This suggests the roof’s structure has become weak, which can cause significant structural damage if ignored.

While these signs can indicate that a roof is reparable, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes the damage, if routine inspections haven’t been carried out, runs too deep for a simple repair and can require a replacement roof. If you are unsure, contact us and we can organize an inspection and any repairs or replacements you may need.

While it may not seem important, regular surveys of your roof, inspections for damage, and following through on repairs are vital as damage to your roof may not be visible from the outside or from a glance. It is best to contact a professional team who can be thorough, quick, and provide you with a variety of options should your roof need repairs or replacement, while also ensuring it is properly waterproofed and insulated.

If you think it’s time for maintenance, why not do it right? Contact Samuel Sheldon Ltd today by phoning us at 01229 773295 or sending us an email at

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