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  • Construction and Refurbishments for My Home

    The process of renovation can be absolutely mind bending for most of us so we've decided to give you a step by step process on what to expect from this process.

    1. Designing and Planning

    Whether you've drawn your initial sketch out on an envelope or have done a complete set of architectural blueprints, some designing and planning must always come first. You'll need to ensure that you have enough funds in your budget for your renovation. An easy way to do this is to simply draw up a "yes or no" list of projects that you'd like your professionals to do for you. For every job that you're not interested in doing yourself it's a good idea to employ a contractor and let them handle the rough task of finding the subcontractors for you. They can also handle the applications for building permits which can end up being a labyrinth of a process in itself if you're not already familiar with it.

    2. Roofing, Foundation Work, Walls and Windows

    Make certain to protect your future refurbishments by making sure that the house itself won't collapse on you! It's imperative that you ensure a dry work area, even in London's wet weather. How do I do this? Working in sections is the simple answer however a plan of action must be in play and first things first; secure the foundation and make sure to repair any major structural damage or weaknesses to areas like the walls, joists, and carrying beams. Next, it's vital to replace any seriously damaged windows that could threaten any future remodeling work. Most importantly though, if the rendering is damaged to the point of allowing water infiltration, repair or replace it as a priority.

    3. Everyone's favorite part: Demolition

    Depending on how large a project you intend to take on, demolition could very well be your first step and not your third. You're going to need a place to stash the waste from your project so commissioning a waste container is the first thing you should do. You'll then need to carefully demolish the areas of the house that are going to be renovated. Exercise caution when working with lead based paint or lead coated surfaces. Finding out later that you've got lead poisoning would not only be terrible, but would have been completely avoidable. We stress that you use a professional in all matters where you are either uncertain of the materials or the practices you are working with. In other words, "It's better to be safe, than sorry."

    4. Structural Carpentry

    If you've gotten this far you're ready to call in the carpenters. You'll need them for things like moving walls or constructing entirely new walls. They can also enlarge window opens or add entirely new windows, add beams to support addition weight to your upstairs living area, and add or remove doors.

    5. HVAC Ductwork, Electrical Works, and Plumbing

    Now that you've opened up the walls and the ceiling, it's time to bring in the HVAC company to install all of the ductwork for your central heating and air conditioning systems. Now that the walls are accessible, it would also be a great time to put in your new electrical and plumbing systems.

    6. Insulating

    The final thing that should be addressed now that the walls are open is installing fiberglass. Insulation can go very quickly so be sure to call your drywall professional to let him know that it's about time for you to utilize his services.

    7. Drywall

    At this point an electrical inspector will need to be called in to give you the green light to start closing up the walls. Drywall professionals can then hang sheets of drywall until they achieve a seamless surface.

    8. Adding flooring

    By installing the flooring later on in the renovation process this saves your flooring surface from any significant damage.

    9. Windows

    Now it's time to install new construction or replacement windows.

    10. Need Fine Carpentry?

    This is the point where you introduce carpentry that doesn't involve any structural issues. That means it's time to install baseboards, molding, trim around windows and doors, built-in elements such as breakfast nooks and bookcases.

    11. Interior Painting and Wallpapering

    The last items that you should be attending to for your indoor spaces are painting the interior walls, hanging wallpaper, painting any molding and trim, and staining and sealing that trim.

    12. Gutters

    Now that the house is almost completely finished it's safe to add any siding and gutters.

    13. Additions

    Lastly, if you decide to do any major auxiliary building projects like conservatories or swimming pools make certain that these items have been added into the final cost for your project. You don't want to deplete your funds and energy early on for projects that aren't wholly related to the renovation of the house itself.

  • Construction: Conservatories and Sunrooms

    Deterred by the chill of English weather, we’re sometimes deprived of the simple joys of being outdoors and taking in the sunlight. The Victorians had a wonderful answer for this problem: the conservatory.

    Although a conservatory looks like a greenhouse, it differs from a one in that a conservatory is also a living space. Conservatory floors are often finished or glossed and while plants may fill a large part of the space, they are typically grown specifically for decoration. They most often also have seating areas, lighting, fountains, televisions and other modern technologies. A sculpture here or there is a popular touch as well.

    If you choose to build a customized conservatory the price can end up being pretty significant so setting a budget can be important as a simple build could start at £350 per square foot, however depending on the features it could rapidly approach a much higher amount. If you decide to get really elaborate, the design work of the room could cost more than £30K.

    Speaking of which...What types of options do I have?

    Realistically, you could have any type of feature added or customized that you can think of. For example, you may desire items like simple glass framing or maybe copper and glass roofs. You could also have unique roof lines built and detailed architectural accents added to best suit the rest of your home design. These types of rooms serve as extra room for relaxing, studying, dining, or hosting parties and other special occasions. If you wanted to keep the traditional sunroom concept then you could even use it as a pool house, a winter garden, an orchid sanctuary, or even a greenery filled dining room.


    Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/04/11/3773333_the-benefits-of-a-home-conservatory.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

    The Tech Specs

    A conservatory is an additional structure which is most often constructed onto the side of a house that allows for enjoyment of the surrounding landscape. It provides shelter while protecting its inhabitants from harsher weather conditions.

    They are generally constructed of few different types of materials such as bricks, breeze blocks, wood, uPVC, and most importantly glass. Some of these sunrooms are designed for scenic view, while others are made to focus more on collecting sunlight for warmth.

    Newer rooms are most often constructed of aluminum framing with tempered glass as the main portion of the structure. The physical system of the room is normally constructed of aluminum insulated panels or glass. Skylights may also be added into the insulated panels. The outside of the roof is usually created using shingled roofing material.

    Feel free to contact us directly if you would like to discuss your construction needs for your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own. Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box below.

  • Construction

    As General Building Contractors we are capable of providing you with all of the material, labor, equipment and services necessary for the construction of any project. Just a few of the responsibilities we are capable of assisting you with are applying for building permits, securing your property, providing temporary utilities on site, managing all personnel on site, providing site surveying and engineering, disposing of construction waste, monitoring the schedules and cash flows involved, and maintaining complete and accurate records for you.

    In short, we manage tradesman and are employed by each client to complete professional building works. Our company is responsible for the overall coordination of a project and as a general contractring firm we take pride in every aspect of the profession and hold our team to the highest standard as well as provide the best possible customer service.

    Enough about us though, let's talk about the living and breathing giant of the industry; construction. Have you ever wondered how a house is built or what holds up the ceilings or the walls? How is the rain kept out? What parts go into making a house exactly? What types of people are involved in its construction? If you would like to know the answers to these questions or if you have simply been curious to find out about what goes into making a new home then check out our expert section called "Tech Specs" below or keep reading ahead.

    So, what is a house?  A house is considered "A structure serving as a dwelling for one or more persons, especially for a family." You may have a very specific image in your mind of what a typical house looks like. It's a structure on its own piece of land in a nut shell. Depending on the type of house it will most likely have a pitched roof, walls covered in brick, windows and of course doors. Inside a house you'll find rooms like a kitchen, a living room, bedrooms and bathrooms.

    Many of these parts of the project are performed by independent crew members known as subcontractors. An example of this would be framing being done by a "subcontractor" specializing in framing, while the roofing would be done by a completely different subcontractor specializing in roofing. Each subcontractor is considered to be an independent business. All of the subcontractors are organized by an actual contractor (that's where we come in) who oversees each job and is responsible for completing the house on time and on budget.

    The Tech Specs

    The most popular method of residential construction by far is wood framed construction. Let's take a look at the typical steps for building your family's home if you were to start from scratch. Remember that if this is not the case for you then you can jump in anywhere in the process to suit your needs.

    Firstly, you'll need to have a floor plan developed and obtain building approval from the council if necessary. The building site will then need to be cleared and the concrete will need to be poured for the foundation. Afterwards the main load bearing structure will need to be built out of thick pieces of wood and possibly even metal beams for extra support. The floor and ceiling joists will then need to be added and subfloor panels will need to be installed. Particle board or plywood are then used to cover the outer walls and roof. Roofing shingles are added to in order to cover the flat roof, however other materials could be used. The outer walls are then covered with siding, vinyl, wood, or possibly even stone and the windows get installed before the interior walls are framed with wood. Next, plumbing, electric and natural gas utilities get added in.

    The next part is where you'll be getting into the tiniest details and will first require a building inspector to visit if necessary to approve of the utilities and framing. Interior drywall panels are going to need to be installed along with fiberglass insulation in order to make the physical walls and ceilings. Bathroom fixtures are perhaps some of the more fun details and these come next. Spackling, priming, painting interior walls and ceilings will need to be done now and any additional tile on top of drywall for wet areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens will need to be attended to. The final floor covering comes next along with any tile, carpet, or wood depending on preference. Major appliances after that go in and unless the original owners are building the house, at this point it is typically sold or rented. Finally, furniture, decor, personal items, and any other appliances are placed into the home and there you have it! Those are all the necessary major components of construction!

    Feel free to contact us directly if you would like to discuss your construction needs for your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own. Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box below.

  • Construction: Custom Kitchen Design

    As a buyers, the first few things that we're are likely to consider are kitchens and bathrooms. Being a homeowner sometimes means doing a little construction to add the comfort and security that your home needs to provide you. Creating a custom kitchen is an extension of who you are, especially since this is the number one area in the home for activity and entertainment. We've compiled a few things you may like to know about the leading kitchen and bath trends in order to get your creative juices flowing.

    Kitchen Trends

    Traditional kitchens will more than likely have a range, refrigerator, and a sink. Although these are the bare essentials, there are many ways to dress up the appearance of these few simple items. A cooking zone may contain multiple ovens as well as. You could also add a warming drawer and extra counter space to rest a hot pot or pie. The only other items you'll want to be sure to have included in your custom kitchen is a cleanup zone which could have one or two dishwashers set into a two level island, for example, along with the sink.

    The construction of a custom kitchen allows you to utilize not just another room, but a center for activity. They're no longer just about cooking and so creating and utilizing the maximum amount of space is something to take into consideration. The era of minimalists has come to an end and adding fireplaces, bookshelves, flat screen TVs, and extra seating for your friends and family to linger are but a few of the amenities that have become more and more popular in the minds and choices of home owners.

    By far one of our favorite options in custom kitchen design is hidden storage. It allows your space to look larger while maintaining it's capacity of a fully functioning hub. Fewer highly placed cabinets allow for more light to enter the room if you have an open kitchen and views always help spaces look much larger. Ample storage can also be built into the undersides of countertops.

    Global Development is completely committed to constructing your custom kitchen needs, whether it be the smallest "nut and bolt" additions or fully renovating your personal interior design space. Contact us directly at Telephone Number 0208 854 1025 or e-mail us at info@globaldevelopmentlondon.co.uk for more information. We're also happy to answer any questions you may have.

    The Tech Specs

    I know about kitchens, but tell me something I may not have heard yet...

    A kitchen is a room used for cooking and food preparation as most of us know, however in the Westernized modern society residential kitchens are typically equipped with at least one stove, a sink with hot and cold running water, a refrigerator and kitchen cabinets. Many households tend to have a microwave oven as well and a dishwasher and many other electric appliances. The main function of a kitchen is for cooking or preparing food but it may also be used for dining, food storage, dishwashing, entertaining, and laundry.

    Modern kitchens often have enough extra space to allow for family and friends to eat in it without having to use the actual dining room. These areas are called "breakfast areas" or "breakfast nooks" or "breakfast bars" if the space has been integrated into a kitchen counter. Kitchens that have enough space to eat in are also sometimes called "eat-in kitchens."

    Types of Kitchens

    • A single file kitchen, also known as a "one way galley," has all of the normal amenities along one single wall. Although this is not optimal it may be the only solution if you are working with limited space.
    • The double file kitchen, or "two way galley," will have two rows of cabinets at opposite walls. One will contain a stove and a sink and the other would most likely contain a refrigerator. This is the classical kitchen model.
    • In the L kitchen, the cabinets occupy two walls that face each other. Generally there is space left over for an additional table at a third wall.
    • A U-kitchen will have cabinets along three separate walls with the sink most likely being at the base of the "U." This is a typical work kitchen as well.
    • A G-kitchen has cabinets along three walls just like the U-kitchen but will often have a double basin sink at the corner of the G shape. It's defining quality is that it provides additional work and storage space.
    • The block kitchen, popularly known as an island, is a more recent development and is typically found in open kitchens. In an open kitchen it makes the stove much more accessible from all sides so that two people are able to cook together and it also allows for contact with guests and the rest of the family.

    Feel free to contact us directly if you would like to discuss upgrading the kitchen in your home. We know this can be an exciting step for you so will handle your needs and concerns with the same care that we would handle our own. Please contact us directly at 0208 854 1025 or via e-mail in the box below.

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