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Jul 06

Removing Internal Walls

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Cambridge construction companies , Cambridge commercial builders , Cambridge Buy to let

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd often find themselves involved in a renovation or extension building project that requires removing some internal walls. Getting rid of internal walls can be a great way of making the most of your existing space, but there’s plenty to consider in the process.

Internal walls can play an important role in holding buildings together, so in some cases, ripping them out can be structurally unwise. In period properties it is also important to consider how a more open space will impact on the flow of the rest of the building. There can be a real danger of creating a sterile environment lacking historic features and original layouts. But well planned, layout alterations can be highly successful at opening up a home to maximise the space.

Taking down or altering internal walls isn’t an activity that normally concerns the planners, unless, of course, you are talking about changes to a listed building but before making any sort of structural changes a building regs application must be made. Building Control come to inspect the work on site and issue a completion certificate when the job is done. In most cases it’s also wise to involve a structural engineer to make sure the design of the beam is right or the other supporting structure is sound so the remaining loads are safely transmitted to the ground.

Before taking down any internal walls it’s also worth considering whether it protects you from fire. In a loft conversion for example the walls around the staircases offer protection, allowing you to escape in the event of a house fire. Altering these walls will again require Building Regulations consent.

Source: Homebuilding

Jun 29

New Homes are going up

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

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd have completed several new builds recently in Cambridge and environs alongside various conversions and extensions. There is no doubt the housing market needs more new builds. According to Aston Mead’s land and planning director Adam Hesse the government’s target of building 1m new homes over this parliament might be realistic. Although some of the latest data from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) shows that the volume of new homes built in England in the last reported quarter of the year he still believes the government’s housebuilding ambition is rational.

 “A million homes by 2020 is perfectly possible – as the Home Builders Federation have stated quite clearly. But it will need conviction and commitment, as well as further government policies in favour of development, and help to speed up the planning process.” He’s said “We’ve already seen huge increases in output, with build rates on large sites doubling since 2010. There were more than 180,000 new homes delivered in 2014/15, with this year’s figure expected to be higher still. And by 2019 the big companies will be building double what they did six years ago. Now we need to speed up the momentum even further, so that we ensure we reach the target of 1m new homes by 2020.”

Despite his optimism, Adam Hesse says that the industry needs to see more land coming through the planning system, and processes that support both large and smaller housebuilders. If you have some land to develop and are looking for a Cambridgeshire builder CD Hood Ltd are happy to talk through your project.
Source: Property Developer Today

Jun 29

Right radiators for a building….

Posted by CarlHood in QRL Group , LST , CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders

When working on a new build, an extension or renovations Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd like to make sure they have checked out the right products for the job, especially when working on schools or other community buildings.

Recently a new radiator range, LST, Low Surface Temperature has been developed which is not only practical but efficient. It's low surface temperature makes it a perfect product for installing in hospitals and places with young children. Mark Wright, product development manager at QRL Radiator Group says: "As well as meeting all-important NHS criteria, it is specially designed to work in conjunction with our hi-lo Round Top panel radiators, which feature advanced third generation radiator technology that's unique. This means they offer better heat transfer, low water content and the best heat outputs available - maximising energy savings and minimising running costs for the system as a whole." 

The purpose built system is the only one on the market to feature fully retractable, forward-opening hinges that support the full weight of the casing, allowing for easy maintenance and repairs, so that one person alone can perform a standard clean, and with removable hinges for a deep clean. They also feature heavy-duty pencil-proof grilles that allow air to circulate effectively while also preventing foreign objects from accessing the emitter underneath. 

Available in a range of three heights, (800mm, 650mm and 500mm) the new castings ensure that radiator surface temperatures stay below 43C to meet NHS Safe Surface Temperature guidelines.

It might not be the time of year you imagine you should be thinking about your heating systems but CD Hood Ltd know the summer months are the best time to sort out any new installations or repairs especially in schools.

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Jun 06

Finishing touches

Posted by CarlHood in commercial builders , CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Buy-to-let Landlords

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd know that any new build, extension or renovation needs all the finishing touches to make the job feel complete. For many properties the end of the building job is tidying up the site and finishing off the garden or outside space.

Most city gardens require a really good bit of fencing and a recent addition to garden structures has been Grange Fencing’s newest addition to their range of fencing products, the Ultimate Panel.
The Ultimate Panel builds on all the traditional strengths of a wooden lap panel, designed in a way to overcome the common issues of damage and decay. It features smooth, fine sawn and straight cut timber slats for a high level finish that will prevent the frame from fraying over time. The new structure includes a neat rebated frame for a more superior fit and uses flush mortise and tenon joints. 

The panel comes in two sizes - 1.8M x 1.83M and 1.5M x 1.83M and is available in Golden Brown or Natural Green it is distributed in packs of 18, and can sit on sturdy timber box pallets and are individually secured by 5mm bands which can be removed one by one allowing for secure transportation and easy storage. Antony Barrett says: "With over 60% of sales in the fencing industry directed towards the traditional lap design, the Ultimate Panel offers consumers a state-of-the-art alternative with a level of quality over and above any other panel in the lap market." CD Hood Ltd like to make sure all the materials they use for their Cambridgeshire commercial builds are fit for purpose and the best they can be.

Source: Builders Merchants Journal

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Jun 02

Roof tiles

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


Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd know that the most important thing in life can be the roof over your head so if you have a new roof put on your home or have recently had an extension or renovation done you may be wondering why your concrete tiles have a painted finish.

Concrete roofing tiles often have a painted finish as it minimises water loss during the critical early cement hydration stage to allow improved concrete strength and protects the surface from rain water erosion and corrosion.  It also help to minimises dust and dirt and inhibits lichen and moss growth during the early life of the roof while also protecting or minimising the risk of surface salts and efflorescence formation.  Essentially a surface treatment protects the tile during the early, critical stages of the products life, it is widely recognised in the roofing industry that the surface coating of a concrete roof tile is temporary, usually lasting for approximately 3 years.

If a white ‘bloom’ has appeared on your roof tiles it is probably an effect called efflorescence and occurs mainly in concrete tiles. Efflorescence is a naturally occurring phenomenon caused by water penetrating into the pores of the concrete and dissolving lime. The solution diffuses to the surface of the product; the water then evaporates and leaves behind a white film of lime. The lime naturally occurs in the cement which is used in the manufacture of all concrete products. If you want to be sure to avoid the possibility of these problems, it is worth using a manufacturer that applies surface treatments on their concrete tiles.

Source: Roofapedia


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