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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.

May 09

Garage conversion essentials

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

In the majority of cases Where CD Hood Ltd commercial Cambridgeshire builders have been involved in converting a garage into a more useful bit of you home it has been classed as permitted development. If however you live in a Conservation Area, a location where development can be restricted to protect the appearance of the surroundings, or on a new estate with strict guidelines, you should then check out what’s allowed.

The key conversion essentials will then be to: replacing the garage door – it will have to be replaced with a new wall and/or window. This may mean new foundations, then the garage roof will almost certainly need to be upgraded to ensure it is water-tight and possibly raised pitch to have space for roof lights. New windows won’t usually need planning permission but will need to be energy-efficient and double-glazed to be approved by building control. They may also need to be able to be opened right up, too, to comply with fire safety regulations. Match the style to the house’s existing windows to help the conversion fit in.

Shower rooms and kitchens of course will need to meet building regulation requirements with extractor fans, but you might also like to include an extractor if you’re planning on using the room as a home gym. Building regulations also require walls, windows, the floor and roof to be insulated to a certain level. This might mean dry-lining the walls, using polystyrene floor insulation and fitting sealed double-glazed windows.

External garage walls will usually be single course brickwork, which won’t meet building regulations for moisture and insulation. This can be solved by adding an interior, insulated stud wall built off a damp-proof course on a couple of courses of bricks. For the electrics and plumbing: This work must be signed off by the building control department of your local council.

Apr 10

Letting in the light

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

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd can help you get the aspect right on a new build and help you minimise the negative impact of the aspect of a property. Many agents now place a compass rose on the floor plan in the details of the houses they market, so that would-be purchasers can calculate the likely path of sunlight in the house. In many older country properties, kitchens were placed on the north side, which is now much less popular as modern families tend to spend most of their time there.


Whichever way your house faces it is a good idea to work with what you have; a north-facing wall can be the best wall for a glass-roofed room. This will pick up light and heat from radiation in the sky but won't get scorched. If your ground-level garden faces north and doesn't get any sum you could consider building a balcony or roof-terrace to capture the sun.

Victorian terraced houses tend to have a limited amount of external wall with few windows if you also have a north-facing kitchen and living room you can always add French doors to the garden from the living room and have decorated throughout in pale colours. To gain even more light you could make some structural changes by creating a family kitchen living space by introducing the maximum amount of glazing to the rear wall.

You could also let in some light from above; a window in the roof can let in as much as three times more light than a vertical window. Adding roof lights can be a very effective way of brightening the middle of the house. This is a simple procedure if the house has a single-storey extension, but even if the extension has two or more floors there could be an opportunity to add sections of glazed roof by extending it to the side or rear.

Mar 16

Eco-friendly home investment

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

Commercial Cambridgeshire builders CD Hood Ltd help many who are investing in residential properties to build up and improve their property portfolio. Sometimes it is not always easy to decide where you should you invest your money particularly when it comes to ‘green modifications’

The introduction of Energy Performance Certificates in 2008, were designed to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, and yet many homes still rank very poorly. Clearly the way a residential building is constructed, insulated, heated, ventilated and the type of fuel used, contributes to its carbon emissions, and there obviously seriously impact on the cost of running the property but in the future might even affect its value. It is estimated that buildings produce nearly half of this country’s carbon emissions - almost double that of cars and planes!

A new report from a group of leading construction firms, the Green Building Council, has recently stated that 25 million existing homes will need to be refurbished in the UK between now and 2050 to meet the insulation standards required by 2050.

A green model of building uses resources more efficiently and is creating an appetite for innovation in areas like renewable power in the home. If property investors acted now they could potentially reap significant competitive advantages by shifting to a ‘green’ model earlier rather than later and adding real value to a home. As property buying perceptions change, energy efficient homes are likely to become more valuable as they will require fewer home improvements, increasing both the attractiveness of the home and its value. CD Hood Ltd are happy to help you look at all your options.


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