A glance back...

ready to go.

The old roof entirely removed...

An original gable before work starts...

much of the original stone wall removed...

the new design takes shape.

Blocks at the ready...

steel in place...

The work moves on...

with the new build rapidly taking shape.

Timbers at the ready...

new living space in the making...

with new floors in place.

The reclaimed stones...

new external walls...

the old stones provide new external cladding.

block and stone.

The new stonework.

Work continues!

 

With its two gable ends and several dormer windows the upper floor of the property in Aveton Gifford was ripe for redesign. By removing large parts of the external walls and with the complete removal of all the internal structure, the potential could be realised: this project is not so much of a replacement roof, it is a major refurbishment by South Hams Roofing, requiring steel, blockwork, timber and stone. With the old second floor cleared the new construction begins… 

  • Major refurbishment in Aveton Gifford.
  • Steel and blockwork.
  • Timber frame carpentry.
  • Traditional stone work.

The first task was preparing the ground-works for the foundations which support the extension to the rear of the property and with the walls now in place it’s already easy to see the new living spaces coming to life. Next the steel beams were cut to size and carefully lifted into place before being fixed into position and bedded down; the beams now take the load from the second-floor blockwork, which is built to incorporate remaining sections of the original upper level structure – saving both time and money.

Pete Scoble: “This is a comprehensive refurbishment with all the elements of a new build; walls and floors along with the internal rooms and all the associated plumbing and electrics – and of a course a brand new roof to top it all off.”

With the plans taking shape the amount of new living space is impressive and work under the temporary, all weather cover, continues at a pace with the new timbers added for the second level floors.

Pete Scoble: “We are using our own team on this project in all areas of construction; all the timber work, all the blockwork as well as the stone masonry. Specialist service work – the electrics and plumbing – are also sourced through South Hams Roofing which means that we can plan and carry out the work with a high degree of efficiently.”

During the removal of the roof and upper level, all the stones that made up the original walls were placed to one side. These are now being re-used as the external cladding over the new blockwork and as they originate within the house, they are of course a perfect match with all the remaining stonework.

Pete Scoble: “Using blockwork is an efficient approach to building with many advantages including the cavity which houses the insulation, but the finish is important. In this case the new blocks are completely hidden beneath a layer of re-claimed stone. Again, we are using internal craftsmanship accomplish this to a high standard where the stone makes up the wall – not the over use of the mortar”.

The results are clear to see: new living spaces are emerging at ground and second floor level; remaining parts of the original structure are being seamlessly incorporated into the new build and all external walls have a finish that makes the extension blend perfectly with the original house.

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