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Garden wall rebuild, Brownsover

The original wall was a half brick thick wall with piers which was undermined by trees planted close to the wall causing it to topple over. The trees were removed and the wall completely taken down to the foundations. The foundations were reinforced and a new one brick thick wall was built in its place […]

The original wall was a half brick thick wall with piers which was undermined by trees planted close to the wall causing it to topple over.
The trees were removed and the wall completely taken down to the foundations. The foundations were reinforced and a new one brick thick wall was built in its place using blue engineering in the base, london tudor facing bricks in the main wall and topped with blue engineering bricks.

 

laying concrete edging along driveway, Long Lawford, Rugby

The customer had a problem with rainwater running down the sloped road into her drive flooding the driveway and garden. I dug a channel in front of the drive and laid concrete edging raised higher than the road so as to deflect the water further down the road. I then laid tarmac to leave a […]

The customer had a problem with rainwater running down the sloped road into her drive flooding the driveway and garden.
I dug a channel in front of the drive and laid concrete edging raised higher than the road so as to deflect the water further down the road.
I then laid tarmac to leave a neat finish.

 

Re-pointing and re-haunching a chimney, Kenilworth

Whilst the roof was being replaced i was asked to repoint the chimney by grinding out the joints and re-pointing using the weatherpointing or struck method. I also re-haunched (re-applied the mortar to the top of the chimney (see photo) so the rainwater will deflect from the top.

Whilst the roof was being replaced i was asked to repoint the chimney by grinding out the joints and re-pointing using the weatherpointing or struck method.
I also re-haunched (re-applied the mortar to the top of the chimney (see photo) so the rainwater will deflect from the top.

 

Replacement garden steps.Hillmorton, Rugby

The old steps were crumbling and unsafe. The old damaged steps were removed and new brickwork was laid with slabs laid cut to suit. Before: After:

The old steps were crumbling and unsafe.
The old damaged steps were removed and new brickwork was laid with slabs laid cut to suit.

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Replacement brick garden arch, Hillmorton, Rugby

As you can see the old brick arch had fallen into disrepair. A form was constructed, the old arch was taken down and the new brick arch built and pointed. Before: After:

As you can see the old brick arch had fallen into disrepair.
A form was constructed, the old arch was taken down and the new brick arch built and pointed.

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New patio, Brownsover, Rugby

The customer requested a patio with a step down to a lower patio.This was a challenge due to the materials having to come through the conservatory. The area was prepared with excess soil removed, a concrete foundation and a dwarf wall comprising of blue engineering bricks built. Sub-base hardcore was then brought in and compacted […]

The customer requested a patio with a step down to a lower patio.This was a challenge due to the materials having to come through the conservatory.
The area was prepared with excess soil removed, a concrete foundation and a dwarf wall comprising of blue engineering bricks built.
Sub-base hardcore was then brought in and compacted and the patio (consisting of indian sandstone slabs) laid on a wet sand and cement mix.
The joints in-between the slabs were then pointed with a stronger mortar mix.
Th finish off an additional step was built by the patio doors.

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New wall and blockpaving, off Clifton road , Rugby

The customer requested a double skinned wall of red engineering bricks with one course of blue bricks near the base topped with solid blue engineering bricks with piers. The driveway originally consisted of old damaged concrete and slabs. This was broken up and removed; the driveway excavated to a depth of 200mm, sub-base hardcore laid […]

The customer requested a double skinned wall of red engineering bricks with one course of blue bricks near the base topped with solid blue engineering bricks with piers.

The driveway originally consisted of old damaged concrete and slabs. This was broken up and removed; the driveway excavated to a depth of 200mm, sub-base hardcore laid and compacted; concrete charcoal blocks were then laid on a stiff concrete mix to form the outer layer then more hardcore was added to bring up the levels and compacted.
Concrete edgings were then laid between the path and the driveway to give a neat finish.

Sharp sand was then added, screeded off and tamped to allow for the brindle concrete blocks to be laid and cut as necessary. The blocks were then compacted before finer block paving sand was added and compacted in-between the block joints.

A further course of charcoal blocks were laid around the garden.
To finish off the tarmac on the road was cut back and new tarmac was laid to give a neat and level finish with the path.

 

Build new patio, Oakfield Road, Rugby

The customer requested the old patio to be lifted and replaced with a new one and extending it across the old garage slab base and incorporating new steps down to the lower garden and access to the rear doors of the house.Coto black slabs in various sizes were used. The old slabs were lifted and […]

The customer requested the old patio to be lifted and replaced with a new one and extending it across the old garage slab base and incorporating new steps down to the lower garden and access to the rear doors of the house.Coto black slabs in various sizes were used.

The old slabs were lifted and utilised as hardcore in the new steps; a dwarf wall was built to lift the patio levels to the correct height and hardcore sub-base was brought in and compacted.

The slabs were then laid in a random pattern on a wet sand and cement mix and pointed with a stronger mix.

The steps were then built using matching slabs to top them.Crushed slate was added to the border,the patio was then cleaned and jetwashed to give the finished effect.

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blockpaving and patio, Cawston, Rugby

The customer requested widening the blockpaving on both sides of the drive and front of the bay window and front door, lifting the old “council” type slabs at the side and rear of the house and laying indian sandstone in its place. The turf was initially lifted at front and rear, the old edgings and […]

The customer requested widening the blockpaving on both sides of the drive and front of the bay window and front door, lifting the old “council” type slabs at the side and rear of the house and laying indian sandstone in its place.

The turf was initially lifted at front and rear, the old edgings and slabs lifted and the ground dug down to the requiered lavels;
Sub-base hardcore was then laid and compacted and the blockpaving laid to front of the bay window, in front of the front door and upto the side gate.

The indian sandstone was laid using the 560mm x 560mm slabs on a full bed of a wet sand and cement mix for the main patio area and the larger 845mm x 560mm slabs laid by the side of the house and in front of the conservatory.
A step was then built in front of the patio doors incorporating blue engineering bricks topped with indian sandstone.
Tha joints were then pointed with a stronger mortar mix, then the excess cleaned off to give the final finished look.

 

conservatory concrete base, long lawford, Rugby

The area had to be cleared of existing rubble,a wall demolished, concrete floors broken up and dug down to the required levels to compacted soil. A retaining wall was built onto a newly laid foundation and hardcore was placed onto the base floor before being topped with sub-base hardcore and compacted. A layer of blinding […]

The area had to be cleared of existing rubble,a wall demolished, concrete floors broken up and dug down to the required levels to compacted soil. A retaining wall was built onto a newly laid foundation and hardcore was placed onto the base floor before being topped with sub-base hardcore and compacted.
A layer of blinding sand was then laid and compacted; ensuring the were no sharp edges particularly around the drainage pipes; and a DPM (damp proof membrane) was then laid on top.
Concrete was then poured and floated off to the desired level in anticipation of the new conservatory

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Replace old patio with new, Cawston, Rugby

The customer had a few slabs laid when the conservatory was built which suited the needs at the time, but was small and didn’t meet their full requirements. The old slabs were lifted and the grassed area dug out. As the height of the garden was higher than the patio, decorative concrete edgings were laid […]

The customer had a few slabs laid when the conservatory was built which suited the needs at the time, but was small and didn’t meet their full requirements.
The old slabs were lifted and the grassed area dug out.

As the height of the garden was higher than the patio, decorative concrete edgings were laid to hold back the soil and give a nice finish. Sub-base hardcore was brought in and compacted and indian sandstone in various sizes was laid on a wet sand and cement base.

The slabs were cut around the drains (after the largest drain was lowered to the height of the patio) and cut around the plants to the side. Gravel was laid in the gap between the end of the patio and the decorative edging to form a drainage channel for the rainwater.

Two steps were then built in red engineering bricks topped with indian sandstone slabs. The patio was then pointed with a stronger sand and cement mix and cleaned off to complete the look .

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corner of building rebuild and repoint, Rugby

As you can see from the before photos, the bottom left handside corner of the building was in a terrible state. This was due to a previous neghbour building a shed up against the customers house and due to no adequate drainage from the roof over a period of time the rain washed down the […]

As you can see from the before photos, the bottom left handside corner of the building was in a terrible state.
This was due to a previous neghbour building a shed up against the customers house and due to no adequate drainage from the roof over a period of time the rain washed down the walls and caused a freeze/thaw process onto the bricks.

This then eroded the bricks away until finally the building started to fall away.To remedy this the old bricks had to be carefully removed and the corner rebuilt.

Also when the neighbour had built the shed, he’d knocked out bricks so he couild tie in the floor joists of his shed. These too had to be replaced and made good along with other bricks that had perished over the years.

The joints of the entire wall were then ground out and the wall repointed, coping stones were also replaced and repointed

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Patio, Harborough magna

The customer requested a patio using saxon mocha slabs in various sizes laid in a random pattern with a curved edge. The ground was cleared and leveled, sub-base hardcore laid and compacted, a single course of blue engineering bricks laid onto a concrete foundation and the slabs laid on a wet sand and cement mix […]

The customer requested a patio using saxon mocha slabs in various sizes laid in a random pattern with a curved edge.
The ground was cleared and leveled, sub-base hardcore laid and compacted, a single course of blue engineering bricks laid onto a concrete foundation and the slabs laid on a wet sand and cement mix and cut to the required shape.The joints inbetween the slabs are then pointed with a stronger mortar mix, cleaned off and the patio jetwashed.

The ground in front of the patio was then finished off with topsoil and seeded.

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Tree cutting and removal Bilton Rugby

We also offer a tree cutting/pruning and removal service…cutting down fully grown trees down to the stump and fully removing the rubbish

We also offer a tree cutting/pruning and removal service…cutting down fully grown trees down to the stump and fully removing the rubbish

 

Front Path: Dunchurch, Rugby

This pathway utilised solid blue bricks encased in concrete to form the solid outside of the path and random panel concrete driveway blocks for the infil laid on compacted sub-base hardcore, finished with decorative stone.

This pathway utilised solid blue bricks encased in concrete to form the solid outside of the path and random panel concrete driveway blocks for the infil laid on compacted sub-base hardcore, finished with decorative stone.

 

Front garden wall rebuild, Rugby

The old existing wall had collapsed and was in a bad state of repair. The wall was completely rebuilt putting in a dogleg and pier using tudor facing bricks topped with blue engineering bricks for the wall and a concrete capping for the pier

The old existing wall had collapsed and was in a bad state of repair.

The wall was completely rebuilt putting in a dogleg and pier using tudor facing bricks topped with blue engineering bricks for the wall and a concrete capping for the pier

 

patio, Hillmorton, Rugby

The customer wanted the old tarmac that was laid roughshed many years ago on top of concrete to be lifted and replaced bya patio and step. The Tarmac and concrete were lifted and removed to a skip, the ground prepared, leveled and sub-base hardcore laid and compacted. The slabs were then laid on a wet […]

The customer wanted the old tarmac that was laid roughshed many years ago on top of concrete to be lifted and replaced bya patio and step.
The Tarmac and concrete were lifted and removed to a skip, the ground prepared, leveled and sub-base hardcore laid and compacted.

The slabs were then laid on a wet sand and cement mix and cut to fit accordingly.

A step was then constructed using blue engineering bricks and slabs on top

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Patio, Overslade, Rugby

This was a challenging patio with regards to the logistics of moving materials, due to it being a split level patio build. As you can see from the before photos there was a considerable amount of work to be done. The foundations were dug out and ground prepared, a retaining wall was built on the […]

This was a challenging patio with regards to the logistics of moving materials, due to it being a split level patio build.
As you can see from the before photos there was a considerable amount of work to be done.
The foundations were dug out and ground prepared, a retaining wall was built on the top and bottom levels all round utilising 9 inch concrete blocks.
The ground was leveled and sub-base hardcore laid and compacted before the slabs were laid on a wet sand and cement mix and cut to suit.
You can see the results for yourself.

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Patio and rockery, Hillmorton, Rugby

The customer had and old patio that they weren’t happy with and wanted a new one laid which was slightly larger and rounded off around the plants at the front. The old patio was lifted, the excess turf and soil removed and sub-base hardcore brought in and compacted. Vintage stone raven slabs were then laid […]

The customer had and old patio that they weren’t happy with and wanted a new one laid which was slightly larger and rounded off around the plants at the front.
The old patio was lifted, the excess turf and soil removed and sub-base hardcore brought in and compacted.
Vintage stone raven slabs were then laid on a wet sand and cement mix in a random pattern with a built in curve to the front left of the patio. The joints were then pointed with a stronger sand and cement mix and a step built with matching slabs to complete the patio.
The rockery was built using quality topsoil and rocks sourced from local nurseries

 

New Build Fireplace: Near Princethorpe

This was a new build fireplace in a converted barn near Princethorpe. The fireplace itself utilised reclaimed bricks with reclaimed victorian floor tiles making up the hearth. The fireplace mantelpeice utilised solid oak beams with the chimney consisting of concrete blocks (plastered to the ceiling) upto the underside of the roof, with reclaimed bricks coming […]

This was a new build fireplace in a converted barn near Princethorpe. The fireplace itself utilised reclaimed bricks with reclaimed victorian floor tiles making up the hearth.
The fireplace mantelpeice utilised solid oak beams with the chimney consisting of concrete blocks (plastered to the ceiling) upto the underside of the roof, with reclaimed bricks coming out of the roof to form the new chimney.

 

Patio: Dunchurch, Rugby

This patio presented many problems in that the ground was frozen, the ground had to be dug out by hand due to digger being unable to access site; and access to the skips and materials were at the end of a long drive inaccessible to delivery or skip wagons.These problems were once again overcome with […]

This patio presented many problems in that the ground was frozen, the ground had to be dug out by hand due to digger being unable to access site; and access to the skips and materials were at the end of a long drive inaccessible to delivery or skip wagons.These problems were once again overcome with the customer delighted in the finished work.
The retaining wall and coping comprised of decorative walling blocks with the half circle patio section on two levels and the rest of the patio utilising random pattern mixed sizes decorative paving.
All paving was laid on a compacted sub-base hardcore and wet sand and cement mix.

 

Wall and pier rebuild, Harborough Magna

The wall and pier had been hit by a vehicle causing substantial damage. The damaged wall and pier were taken down and most of the bricks were cleaned off and re-used in the rebuild.

The wall and pier had been hit by a vehicle causing substantial damage. The damaged wall and pier were taken down and most of the bricks were cleaned off and re-used in the rebuild.

 

shed base and featheredge fence, Barby

As you can see from the before photos, there was a lot of garden waste to clear and bushes and trees to be trimmed back. After this was done, sub base hardcore was laid and compacted and slabs were laid on a wet sand and cement mix ready for the shed and the new green […]

As you can see from the before photos, there was a lot of garden waste to clear and bushes and trees to be trimmed back.
After this was done, sub base hardcore was laid and compacted and slabs were laid on a wet sand and cement mix ready for the shed and the new green house

The featheredge (closeboard) fence was erected on the opposite side of the garden after more trimming of trees to clear the ground.
The posts are usually below the fenceline, but the customer requested they be left proud so as to incorporate some security wire.

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Frost damaged brickwork, Rugby town center

The side of the house below the roof line had been subjected to the harsh weather with the winds, driving rain and the freeze/thaw eroding the brick faces,causing water to penetrate the walls and seep into the house and also causing damp. The loose brickwork was cleaned off, then painted with PVA and rendered. The […]

The side of the house below the roof line had been subjected to the harsh weather with the winds, driving rain and the freeze/thaw eroding the brick faces,causing water to penetrate the walls and seep into the house and also causing damp.
The loose brickwork was cleaned off, then painted with PVA and rendered. The render was then painted with waterprofing flexacryl to seal the brickwork

 

Featheredge fence, Rugby town center

The old fence had over the years deterioated and fallen it a state of disrepair. The remnants of the old fence were removed and a new fence erected utilising 5″ by 3″ tanalised fence posts with arris rails as bracing, 6″ gravel boards and featheredge close board panels. The garden sloped so the fence had […]

The old fence had over the years deterioated and fallen it a state of disrepair.
The remnants of the old fence were removed and a new fence erected utilising 5″ by 3″ tanalised fence posts with arris rails as bracing, 6″ gravel boards and featheredge close board panels.
The garden sloped so the fence had to step up to allow for this

Wall garden repair, Bilton, Rugby

As a common feature of wall gardens over a period of the time, the soil soaks up the rainwater which penetrates the brick and a freeze/thaw situation occurs. This systematically blows the face of the brick until eventually the whole brick disintegrates causing the wall to collapse. Early repairs will prevent the latter from happening […]

As a common feature of wall gardens over a period of the time, the soil soaks up the rainwater which penetrates the brick and a freeze/thaw situation occurs.
This systematically blows the face of the brick until eventually the whole brick disintegrates causing the wall to collapse.
Early repairs will prevent the latter from happening and bring the wall back to its former glory

Hence the old bricks were removed and the damamged wall was rebuilt as can be seen in the photos (the new bricks will obviously stand out for some time until they weather and blend in the existing bricks)

 

Hedge trimming, Rugby

We also offer a hedge and tree trimming service Before After

We also offer a hedge and tree trimming service

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Bathroom floor tiling, Bilton, Rugby

As on all upper bathrooms with wooden floors due to movement; which could cause the tiles to crack; plywood should be laid first. In this instance a new product on the market called plastic ply was laid. This is slightly more expensive than wooden ply to lay, but as it is thinner and easier to […]

As on all upper bathrooms with wooden floors due to movement; which could cause the tiles to crack; plywood should be laid first. In this instance a new product on the market called plastic ply was laid. This is slightly more expensive than wooden ply to lay, but as it is thinner and easier to cut it keeps the finished floor level lower; thus it should be on a level par with carpets in the next room and hopefully prevent you from having to remove the bathroom door to plane the bottom so it can still shut.

The floor was first prepared with tile primer, the plastic ply then stuck to the floor and the tiles laid on a rapid-set floor adhesive cut to suit sround the toilet and sink.
The tiles were then grouted and cleaned to give the finished look.

 

New kitchen fitting; Rugby

We completely ripped out the old kitchen units, moved the sink and washing machine supply, pulled up the old lino and levelled the floor. The walls were reskimmed and we retiled the entire floor area before building in the new kitchen. The kitchen fit required a great deal of patience due to the walls unfortunately […]

We completely ripped out the old kitchen units, moved the sink and washing machine supply, pulled up the old lino and levelled the floor. The walls were reskimmed and we retiled the entire floor area before building in the new kitchen.

The kitchen fit required a great deal of patience due to the walls unfortunately not being square, which was nothing to do with the skills of the plasterer, but more so of the original builders not building the house square!
As you can see the kitchen was supplied and fitted to a high specification , and we can arrange a designer to talk through the design you require.

 

Pointing

This job required the joints to be fully raked out utilising a diamond tipped mortar raking blade, then repointed using the weather pointing or struck pointing method, leaving a neat finish, as seen. You will also note some of the bricks had to be replaced due to frost damage over the years; the old ones […]

This job required the joints to be fully raked out utilising a diamond tipped mortar raking blade, then repointed using the weather pointing or struck pointing method, leaving a neat finish, as seen.
You will also note some of the bricks had to be replaced due to frost damage over the years; the old ones are removed and replaced with new which dosent affect the structure of the building and giving the building a much nicer look.
A great deal of the older houses would benefit from this due to the fact the mortar between the bricks has been weathering away and dropping out over the years, thus leaving it susceptable to the elements causing possible damp and cold spots in the house.
Once pointed this should remedy these problems.

 

Featheredge Fence: Coventry

Levelled ground, supplied and erected featheredge fence utilising concrete slotted posts, concrete gravel boards and featheredge fence panels.

Levelled ground, supplied and erected featheredge fence utilising concrete slotted posts, concrete gravel boards and featheredge fence panels.

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Wall: Hillmorton, Rugby

New build wall with piers,supplied and fixed the front gate

New build wall with piers,supplied and fixed the front gate

 

Turfing: Hillmorton, Rugby

Removed excess soil, plants and roots, levelled ground and laid seeded turf

Removed excess soil, plants and roots, levelled ground and laid seeded turf

 

Turf Laying: Overslade, Rugby

Removed old run-down turf, brought in topsoil and leveled, laid new premium rolawn turf

Removed old run-down turf, brought in topsoil and leveled, laid new premium rolawn turf

 

Fence and Shed Base

Customer required a shed base and fence with decorative panels. We levelled the area by back fence, removed any vegetation, brought in and leveled sub-base hardcore (standard in all patios and shed bases), and laid slabs on a wet sand and cement mortar base (standard on all patios and shed bases) The fence was erected […]

Customer required a shed base and fence with decorative panels. We levelled the area by back fence, removed any vegetation, brought in and leveled sub-base hardcore (standard in all patios and shed bases), and laid slabs on a wet sand and cement mortar base (standard on all patios and shed bases)
The fence was erected using concrete slotted posts, concrete gravel boards and decorative fence panels

 

Rendering Retaining Wall and Jet Washing Patio

This is a job we did for a customer in Hillmorton, Rugby. They had an old untidy garden wall which needed some work to improve its appearance. They also wanted the step up onto the raised patio to be replaced with two steps to make it safer and the paving slabs jet-washed. We rendered the […]

This is a job we did for a customer in Hillmorton, Rugby. They had an old untidy garden wall which needed some work to improve its appearance. They also wanted the step up onto the raised patio to be replaced with two steps to make it safer and the paving slabs jet-washed.

We rendered the wall and added coping stones, built new steps and jet-washed the paving. You can see the results for yourself.