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Aug 05

How to choose a builder

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , Cambridge home builders , Cambridge construction companies , Cambridge commercial builders

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd know that finding the right builder for the job can seem like a bit of a trial but it doesn't need to be difficult. From talking to lots of our conversion, restoration, extension and new build client we know that the Federation of Master Builders handy hints for finding the right builder for your project really are useful.

The first thing they suggest is asking around a recommendation from a friend or family member who’s had building work done recently is invaluable. If your family or friends don’t know anyone look up local builders and ask to visit some of their previous jobs. Most reputable commercial builders will be more than happy to show off their previous work and you can get a personal reference from a satisfied customer.

Another good tip is to try and write down exactly what you want so your builder can understand exactly what you want. By producing a written brief, including detailed drawings where possible, means each builder who quotes is quoting on exactly the same brief. Everyone says for any kind of job it is worth asking for at least 3 quotes and don’t just go with the cheapest. The cheapest might look attractive but if you look at the breakdown of costs you can see you can see what you rar getting and make sure everything you would like done is included like the removal of rubbish, site waste and the specification of any fixtures and fittings.

Source: Federation of Master Builders

Aug 05

Healthy Eating on a Build

Posted by CarlHood in eating healthy , Cambridge home builders , Cambridge construction companies , Cambridge commercial builders , Bathroom builders Cambridge

Cambridgeshire commercial builders CD Hood Ltd know any workforce needs to be well fed for optimal performance. One recent report suggests that 23% of construction workers will eat breakfast, lunch and dinner on site twice a week as we all know eating away from home can make it more difficult to eat healthily.


The same report made some suggestions on how to improve the lunchtime on-site habits and if CD Hood Ltd are helping you with an extension or a renovation all we would need is to be able to plug in a kettle to help us refuel. The obvious thing to prepare is a sandwich and having a go with different healthy ingredients and a variety of different types of bread might help our workforce alleviate the boredom of yet another BLT. Homemade is inevitable infinitely tastier and healthier than pre-packed and more often than not cheaper. To go with your sandwich it’s a good idea to have some unsalted nuts, raw vegetables, fruit, hard boiled eggs and other protein filled snacks to keep the workforce sharp and get them through to the end of a productive day.

The other thing we might try and encourage our workforce to try as suggested by the report is DIY pot noodles.   They suggest creating your own tastier and healthier version of a pot noodle,  it might need to be stored in a cool box, but all you need to prepare it is a kettle. Hydration is of course the other thing construction workers need to keep in mind. Building work is physically demanding so it’s important to keep hydrated in all weather and there is no way that the habit of a cup of builders tea will be broken in a hurry.

Source : Federation of Master builders

Jul 27

How to identify load-bearing walls

Posted by CarlHood in load bearing walls , CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Builders London

If you are looking for a reputable Cambridgeshire commercial builder like CD Hood Ltd to renovate, convert or extend some of your building, you might need to give some thought to what constitutes a load bearing wall before you make too many plans.

Some internal walls are fundamental to the structure of the house, whereas others just divide up the interior space and are relatively straightforward to remove or change. Depending on the age of the property, the internal walls will be built of either something solid like brick, block or stone, or of lightweight timber stud sometimes with a metal frame; sometimes a mix of both. As a rule, of thumb most homes that are pre-1970s tend to fall in the solid masonry camp. Conventional wisdom has it that if you tap a wall and it sounds hollow it’s just a studwork dividing wall but some stud walls are load-bearing. Conversely, solid masonry internal walls aren’t always ‘structural’ — some were built as simple partitions.

To really check if an internal wall is load-bearing, you need to work out if it’s supporting any of the following: Roof loadings: In older houses the roof structure often relies on support from an internal wall. Floor loadings: Floor joists rarely span more than about four metres without support from an internal wall or beam.  Loadings from walls above: Ground floor walls often continue above as bedroom walls.. Lateral support: In older houses, internal walls often provide ‘lateral support’ helping to tie together the adjoining walls either side.

If you are in any doubt, experienced Cambridgeshire commercial builders like CD Hood Ltd will be able to help and know who the best consultants are in local structural engineer or building surveyors.

Jul 27

Waste Wood Recycling

Posted by CarlHood in Commercial builders Cambridge , Cambridge home builders , Cambridge drain repairs , Building land Cambridge , Builders London

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd see that waste wood recycling is something to be taken seriously in the future. It is estimated that the UK generates around 4.5 million tonnes of waste wood a year, almost 2.8 million tonnes is recycled but this amount is expected to increase as the number of wood recycling companies grow.


According to a study by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the largest sources of waste wood come from three areas: Municipal waste, Industrial and commercial waste and Construction and demolition waste. Construction waste is usually made up of surplus structural timber unable to be used, wood packaging for construction materials, torn down structural wood or unwanted furniture from the demolition industry.

Despite efforts to recycle wood effectively, there is still a significant amount that ends up landfills which is expensive and not environmentally sustainable. The demand for timber across shows few signs of slowing down and has led to a number of environmental concerns meaning if more waste wood was recycled some environmental problems might be helped.

The range of uses for recycled wood has expanded to include landscaping products, equine surfaces and animal and poultry bedding. Technology has led to greater efficiency in the recycling process. Modern machinery can cope with greater quantities of waste wood and the automation and improvement in quality of the process to remove contaminants such and nails and screws from waste wood means a higher quality of recycled wood can be produced. CD Hood Ltd are always open to new ideas to help your new build or renovation project be as sustainable as possible. Source: WRAP

Jul 13

Post Bexit home renovation and building projects

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Cambridge home builders , Cambridge commercial builders

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd can see that however you voted or responded to the results of the EU referendum, there can be no doubt that Brexit has been a significant economic shock to many different industries. For people building, extending or renovating their own homes the temptation is inevitably high to want to reassess your current plans in light of all the uncertainty.


But as time passes and people begin to get a bit more perspective on the situation some are beginning to see that  a building project particularly over the coming few months could  actually look much more positive than at first. In the short term at least Mortgage rates look as if they are likely to fall even further. With the wider housebuilding sector still in a bit of a state of shock there is likely to be a reduction in bigger scale activity which means there should be greater availability of labour and therefore potentially lower trade rates for smaller projects. There might even be greater availability of land for building and renovation opportunities.

Of course, no-one can predict the long term effect of Brexit or really know the impact it will have on house prices. But the fundamentals of the renovation and small build business remain as favourable as they were before.  People need places to live and investing money in property is investing in a place to live and with low supply levels continuing it is likely to mean they will continue to be in high demand.

Source: Homebuild


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