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Installation

Are you looking forward to “the builders” arriving?

Please rest assured, we want your experience of the installation to be enjoyable and interesting...definitely not a trial or test of your endurance. Once your design and specification is completed, the process of manufacturing and installation swings efficiently into swift action. Here are the main stages. Most of these are out of sight and out of mind for you, leaving the final build stage at your home a well-prepared and slick operation. This cuts down the time on site and the disturbance at your home.

Engineering and Structural Calculations: All extension projects go through a vital stage with our qualified and specialist engineers and draughtsmen to make absolutely sure that the structure will perform as well as it looks. We carry out a full process of structural design and modelling that includes calculations to work out the optimum specifications for every element of your new extension. This determines the combination of materials and their position within the structural framework that adds strength and rigidity to the main SIP panel envelope. Timber or steel beams are included as required, and to a level that ensures quality, without the over-use of materials that are less environmentally friendly.

This work produces the specification and design of each single piece that combines to make your beautiful new room. You may be surprised at the number of parts in this pre-fabricated kit, each one specially manufactured to exacting tolerances, then marked and indexed ready for packing and shipping to site. For us – it’s what we do every day to make our service exceptional.

If the existing structure of your home is to be altered to make the most of your new extended accommodation then this will also be professionally assessed and a structural engineer may be instructed to carry out a full survey and produce a report.

Procurement

Once we have a full list of the structural elements of your extension, we order any outside-sourced parts, such as steel reinforcing beams. We also compile a full list of all the other parts required, from windows and doors to light switches. We procure the colour of paint that you have requested and the floor finish of your choice. Cables, roof covering, gutters, screws, nails and glues... all the items are carefully and efficiently quantified, logged and allocated to your own project.

Delivery

We operate throughout the country and organise the most efficient delivery methods to minimise the carbon footprint of your project and to ensure reliability and efficiency. The pre-prepared stacks and packages are carefully loaded onto vehicles and timed to arrive at site in the correct order and in perfect condition. We take into account the storage space that is available on site and the scale of the project. Some elements may arrive a couple of days into the installation process to ensure that they are safe from damage. We take into account the access to the site and warn you about the size of delivery vehicles and try, whenever possible, to minimise the number of deliveries and any potential disruption to your normal life and that of your neighbours.

Installation

The most exciting part for many of our clients! We set in place the necessary facilities for power, water, welfare (toilet and shelter), and waste management and remove as many variables as possible. That way we reliably forecast the whole process and keep you informed. Our team of experienced and skilled installers aim to complete your project in as short a timescale as possible. It isn’t a race! .. though we do like to work hard, efficiently and make the process as smooth and impressive as possible.

What do you have to do?

Very little! We go through the process with you beforehand to ensure that any health and safety issues are covered and that you are aware of any requests that we have. For example, we may ask for space for our delivery, maybe a skip and a portable WC. We ask that you keep children and pets under particularly close control and we may ask for access to a power supply. We certainly don’t expect a constant supply of cups of tea and refreshments.... it is whatever suits you best. Our installers work hard and are self-sufficient, though that doesn’t mean they won’t appreciate the odd fresh “brew” from time to time!

What will we do?

All of our projects are scheduled to be installed with efficiency and accuracy. It is an advantage that we work “Swiftly” as there is less invasion to your normal home life, but it certainly is not a race. The quality of the finished building is more important than trimming a day or two off the time on site. There are some unpredictable elements of the process (such as the weather conditions, and underground conditions) and day-light hours make a difference, so we keep you posted about progress and enable you to plan your life around us.

Completion

We clear the site and leave it clean and tidy. There will have been a number of days of intensive hard work and many tons of equipment and materials moved around your home, so there may be some marking to lawns and surfaces, but we take all sensible steps to ensure that given a little while and maybe some attention, your garden will be back to normal in no time.

This is a stage where you may see our landscaping design services come to their fore as perhaps a new pathway, patio or flower bed are created to transform the setting.