Originally, this was an existing extension to a 3-bedroom house, with poor planning and not a practical usage of space. We were requested to convert this into a fully function 3 bedroom apartment.
Plans were scanned allowing initial design concepts. This raised a number of issues with lighting circuits changing, bedroom centres changing etc. Ceilings were poorly installed, warped with substandard workmanship on joiners. We decided to replace all the ceilings including ceiling insulation.
Everything required attention and is what one may expect when hiring contractors off the street. A Steel window frame was removed (intact) and utilised elsewhere. This was replaced by a cottage style wooden frame. The entire room was exposed semi-face brick.
Plumbing and electrics were accurately pre-installed.Door and window frames were pre-treated with Woodoc varnishes. Drains and water connections are at altitudes where they are well hidden and neat.
The client wanted a patio door onto the main bedroom. A steel window frame was removed and this patio door installed.
The work here was the erection of a wall to form a passage and install a BIW unit. Ceilings were replaced and ceiling insulation installed.
A 50m2 area that originally served as an entertainment area was converted to an open plan, modern country style kitchen and converting a storage space to a pantry. Laminated flooring was installed.
Our designs are very accurate allowing us the time while waiting for manufacture of units to be concluded. All pre-tiling, electrics and plumbing was completed in this time.
An Architrave was installed in the door opening. Two Tall Unit doors in the finish were installed. Units consisted of one 750 Grocery/Broom cupboard and two 750 open shelf units. Shelving is usually supplied in a tall cupboard format without the doors. All shelves apart from the top one are adjustable.
The client needed a second prepaid meter installed for the apartment section. We had to tee off from the mains to the existing meter and route via an isolator in the Main DB to the apartment DB. As expected the wiring in the original DB left much to be desired and we had to essentially disconnect everything to get access to install the new cables. The pics show the before and after results of our work. This DB was properly rewired and neatened up.
As separate amenities are required, there was also a need for a second entrance to the property. A section of wall was demolished and a new driveway gate installed. The gate was pre installed before the wall was demolished.
The new driveway, showing kerbing and preparation of the driveway level.
Plastic sheeting installed to prevent grass from growing through the paving, a bed of river sand used to provide a bed for the pavers.
The existing motorized gate, we modified to include an integrated small gate.
Based on the reputation we already built up with this client on two other jobs successfully concluded,
we were asked to quote on refurbishing two bathrooms and a WC. The old bathroom had that horrible avocado finish popular in the 80's plus the shower had a wall making the bathroom not only
small ergonomically but also a dark shower with the tiles selected. We stripped out all tiling and plumbing. There was a leak into the passage from the shower due to water ingress
via unsuitable tiles (mosaics) that were grouted with a cheap grout. The shower door previously installed was out of square and did not close properly.
The client decided to go the full hog and went for new quality fittings and railings etc.
The space was enough for a WC but they decided against it. A feature of stone laced tiles was used behind the basin and the wall around the bath. The basin shown shares a common drain from the WC next door and the drain runs in the wall and then along the floor. The two different tiles were separated by stainless steel separation strips. All these tiles were 10mm thick and in porcelain. Special drills are required to drill these as they are so hard. We fitted all fixtures like bath rails and soap dishes. Base edges and the corner inside the shower are sealed in white silicone. There just are no leaks when we are finished. We also fitted four new down lights and an extractor fan. No plumbing can be seen, all hidden away where it should be.
We did a design to actually flip the bathroom around but after final selection of the units, it was discovered that the wall where the bath was supposed to go was 250mm out of square over 2.7m. The client took us to see a show room display and wanted what he saw there. This is a free standing pedestal bath and is only held in place by a strip of silicone at the base. The inlet also serves as the overflow. Even when the plumbing is hidden, we still do it neat, take a look. The original bathroom merely had a concertina door installed. We replaced this with a cottage styled door with sandblasted glass.
This was quite an excellent idea by the client. The room adjacent to the WC was relatively large and he wanted a shower, WC and washbasin, in other words, a half bathroom. The area seen here where the shower is installed, is where the original WC was situated with a door where the shower now is. We "stole" 800mm from the bedroom, erected an "L" shaped wall with an entrance from the bedroom creating an enclave where the basin was fitted. Everything including drains had to be reshuffled and we also included a base unit with a wall unit for storage of towels etc. We installed down lights under the wall unit and the basin was a drop in. The base unit stood on Stainless Steel feet.
The town we stayed in has a single garage with servants quarter's at the back. Most folk have gone the route of converting this into a guest room which is what we did here. We stripped out everything which included a very short bath, an ugly WC, a vertical gravity fed water heater. A shower was installed with a basin on pedestal and a new WC. In the adjacent room there was a concrete BIC which the client wanted removed after we had already finished the tiling. This was not a practical demolition without damaging and already completed bathroom. We then designed an Built in Wardrobe that we call a clad where we effectively worked around the concrete structure resulting in a BIC that looks like it is a free standing unit. Only when the doors are open can you see it is different. Concertina Doors were installed due to space constraints on both bathrooms. A new wooden door to the outside was installed replacing the old metal one.
This bathroom had the shower with a screen wall where the bath now stands. This made the shower area dark and dank. Corner baths are tricky to install and while they take up quite a bit of space, the tub itself is not very large lengthwise. We stripped out everything and gutted the entire bathroom and started from scratch. We also installed a heated towel rail
In 2008 a client asked us if we could do two wooden garage doors for him. We did our homework, found the best supplier (not the cheapest) and went ahead with the job. Of course, this is what everyone else sees and don't they look good? Each door comes with a remote and if you have a gate motor of the same make, it can be programmed without additional receiver's to also open the gate. We do gate motors too by the way. An installation like this takes 1-2 days for a double set of doors depending on the conditions, usually it is only less than a day.
This client had a garage with a wall between it and the house. We were asked to quote on removing the wall and erecting a second open back garage with two wooden doors. Lights had to be moved and new lighting circuits installed. Some mods to the DB were needed to address the poor wiring for the gate motor. The client elected to go with rivets and this was an extra. This is a 10 panel door.
We have done some awesome jobs with regards to laminated flooring. Some pics of the work we have carried out over the past few years.
Of course we are not cheap, but we are not supplying rubbish from the east. The installation costs are the same whether you choose cheap and nasty or a product like ours with a proven track record. All of Traviata's installers/resellers are trained before they are allowed to market their product so it stands to reason, if you have been around awhile, you have had no comebacks on workmanship, you are marketing a good product and know what you are doing. The Traviata products carry a 15-25 year factory warranty on the floors independant of the installer and is good value for money.
This was a garage conversion to "granny flat". We used other builders here and the window you see used to be a door. Their workmanship was shoddy so we decided to hide this with cladding. The clad you see is moulds taken from actual rocks and cast in concrete with a non-fading organic dye.
This method of tiling and cladding is a very good way to provide and asthetic finish that is not slippery and to hide building defects. Bear in mind, these materials are not cheap but tiles are 25mm thick. Normal PPC cement mixtures of 6:1 is used to lay or attach cladding. The product can be sealed with a water based brick sealer or in the case of tile pavers, it can even be polished with wax. Fireplaces like jetmasters which tend to damage paint and/or plaster behind the fireplace, cladding makes and excellent rustic backer that is resillient to heat. You can see the various applications for these types of tiles and rock cladding indoors too.