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Sep 07

Back to school with CD Hood

Posted by CarlHood in CRB checked , CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Cambridge commercial builders , Builders London

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd specialise in commercial projects; including commercial extensions, office refurbishments, office interiors, school building projects and commercial maintenance contracts.

After a busy summer working on projects for  two schools – St Christopher’s School in Letchworth and Hilgay Primary School, alongside some work refurbishing property on Malcom Street for the University CD Hood Ltd too are settling back into term time. We always enjoy improving the learning environment from primary kids to University researchers.

If you are looking to refurbish or refresh your office, school or commercial property and need building contractors in East Anglia who work closely with experienced architects and building planners CD Hood are happy to talk through your project. We have long experience of carrying out a variety of different commercial buildings work including; existing offices, factories and commercial receptions, creating new, bright and modern office spaces.

CD Hood are also able to undertake the complete construction of new build offices and reception areas. We can add extensions to existing buildings, offer fit outs retrofits and alterations of existing layouts as well as being able to offer office planning.
In addition CD Hood have extensive experience in commercial WC refurbishments. This is an area that can sometimes let a building down.  We undertake full refits of existing commercial WC suites, including the design and layout, as well as all electrical and mechanical works. For simpler solutions we can also just provide cubicle or vanity only packages.

Sep 07

British buyers prefer traditional homes to new builds

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

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd are happy to work on new builds or more traditional homes. But some recent research from bridging specialist MFS suggests that while more new homes are being built in the UK, many still want older, traditional properties even if they need renovation.

From years of successfully delivering renovations or extensions to traditional properties in Cambridgeshire CDHood Ltd know that many feel that new built properties can lack character and in some cases are not as well built as they could be. The research found that 81% of people asked were unenthused by the prospect of living in a new house and 79% think that the Government should focus more on supporting the refurbishment of run down properties to meet housing demand.

The survey also showed that 60% thought that there are too many poorly built, unattractive new builds. 41% said new properties lack character, some 23% would only consider buying a new home as a buy to let investment, and would not be happy to live in one themselves.

 ‘The research sends a strong message to both those involved in property development and the Government. Despite the distinct need for a greater national supply of housing, the public appetite is evidently stronger for refurbished traditional properties over new builds,’ said Paresh Raja, MFS chief executive officer. ‘The UK’s current housing strategy is heavily predicated on new builds, much to the frustration of buyers across the market. Clearly more needs to be done to support aspiring property buyers by doing more to encourage the refurbishment projects that are essential to satisfy widespread demand,’ he added.

Aug 21

Working with Schools

Posted by CarlHood in schools , demolition , DBS checked , CRB checked builders , CRB checked , CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge , CD Hood Builders , Cambridge home builders , Cambridge commercial builders

CD Hood Ltd, commercial Cambridgeshire builders have lots of experience working with schools. There is nothing more satisfying that helping to transform a learning environment of a school for the pupils to return in the Autumn. The summer time is of course the best time to complete any building or refurbishment works for schools.

CD Hood Ltd have recently demolished a former shelter for London evacuees during The Second World War at Hilgay primary school. This is to make way for a new classroom extension and associated works to improve the school building. Groundworks are now well and truly underway.

Alongside building works CD Hood Ltd have also refurbished two classroom St Christopher's School in Letchworth. They were commissioned to remove a flat suspended ceiling and open up the roof space to make a feature of 100 year old beams.  And installed new purpose made windows, beech skirtings and doors and re-sanded and sealed the parquet floors.

Despite in some cases trying to complete the lion share of the building or refurbishing work when the pupils are not on site, CD Hood Ltd take their responsibilities of working with schools very seriously. 
It used to be the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check but is now the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check that has to be in place. It is vital that the criminal record history for people who apply for certain jobs, for example working with children or in healthcare is checked.  All on site CD Hood Ltd staff are DBS checked.

Aug 04

Why move when you can improve?

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

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd alongside a range of other builders are finding that more and more householders are improving or enlarging their homes. And if you mange your borrowing well the current credits costs can mean that you can get that new kitchen or extension effectively for very little.

Matthew Wills, director of 3HW Architecture & Design says growth in property conversions is looking to accommodate wider family. “Lofts and extensions are bread and butter to local builders and architects, but we’re also seeing an increased trend in demand for conversions to accommodate extended family.”  “Older generations are selling up and joining their children,” “This allows grandparents to do the school run while parents work, for example. It also has an eye to a future when grandparents may need some care from their children and grandchildren.” He adds.

Many experts believe the higher costs of moving will continue to fuel demand for home improvements. “Everyone can do the ‘skip index’. How many skips are there in your road? This is hardly surprising, as it is possible to restructure your borrowing so a major renovation can cost very little, if anything at all.” Says David Hollingworth, a mortgage broker at London & Country.

The simplest way to raise finance for home improvements is through a further advance from your existing mortgage company. Typically, the new advance will be via a separate account and you will be able to choose from the most competitive deals out there. The new loan will not change the terms of your primary mortgage, but most lenders will cap total borrowing.

Your home could be at risk if you do not keep up your mortgage repayments.

Aug 04

To clad or not to clad?

Posted by CarlHood in CD Hood Ltd , CD Hood Builders Cambridge

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd know that sometimes cladding is important to protect your home from the elements. Cladding is defined as a facing material that is either fixed directly to the wall (as in stone cladding) or nailed on to timber battens (as in shiplap boarding). Its main purpose is to protect the wall beneath and add to the aesthetic appeal of a building. 

Over and above the aesthetic appeal or the protective properties a well-designed, properly installed and high quality cladding can help to maximise the thermal performance of a building. Traditional housebuilding techniques in the UK have tended to be based around using local materials. They often reflected the countryside in which they were built, for example in stone belts; walls were built out of the stone from nearby quarries. In forested areas, timber was used. Brick factories supplied bricks to build walls in the clay areas. In coastal areas various mortars and renders were applied to homes often using pebbles found on the beach.

During the 20th century the standard wall-building practice changed from one using solid wall of local material to more brick and cavity wall design that divided the wall into inner and outer walls. The load bearing work is done by the inner wall and the weatherproofing by the outer one meaning there was less need for cladding.  But if you have an older building you many need to value your cladding more and make sure it is as well maintained as the rest of your property or think about adding thermal or aesthetic qualities to your home.


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