Case Studies

Woodcutters, Burnham On Crouch

Stage 1 

This first stage was a mix of survey meetings and design to get the project’s job-pack created. 

This project was to remodel the downstairs kitchen, utility and dining room into one generous living space, decorate the hall, stairs, landing and build a new habitable porch.

The internal works required structural walls to be taken out and designed steel beams calculated by our structural engineer. 

The council was involved for both parts of the project: the porch required a certificate of lawful development plus building regs, and the kitchen required building regs for the structural beams.

RCM used our BIMx software on survey meetings to discuss the project, while gathering all the information required. This provided our client with a model to consider prior to further meetings.

Our architect took the BIMx model which we created with the client and turned it into the relevant applications and drawings for the council.

While this work was going to be carried out the clients also wished to have their boiler changed by our plumbing and heating engineers. They were able to take advantage of the warranties that we can provide (please see our manufacturer’s area for more details). 

The kitchen was designed to be a mixture of items from different merchants: Howdens were to be used for the units; Brian Jackman’s with their Minerva solid work top and Stellisons for the appliances. 

The floor was to be installed by Andy Watson using Karndean, and for the decorating we used Dulux trade paint.

A glass splash back was chosen and colour matched with the walls to look seamless.

The clients had decided to take on finishing the landscaping to the front themselves and would look at doing this after the project by RCM was finished. 

With all the above information gathered, we had everything we needed to be able to proceed with the job.

Stage 2

This stage was the rip out and 1st fix of the job. 

First part of the project was to take apart the kitchen, utility and dining room, ready for the walls to be taken out and to get the foundations prepared for the brickwork to the porch. 

The kitchen, utility and dining room walls were then taken out and temporary support installed; once this was done, the steels were accurately measured and ordered. 

The council inspected the works at this stage to check that all the works met the agreed building regs. 

While waiting for the steels to arrive, the plumbing and electrics were carried out along with the boiler installation. The Vaillant boiler installation was completed within one week, so the clients had minimum disruption. A Honeywell wireless wifi-enabled thermostat, was installed but left off for decorating. 

The brickwork was erected for the porch, 1st fix carpentry carried out and our appointed roofing contractor tiled, making it water tight for the 2nd fix. 

The steels were installed shortly after; where the steels sat lower than the current ceiling, a dropped ceiling frame was installed so there would be one flat ceiling throughout the entire room. 

Having the kitchen, utility and dining room area now 1st fixed ready for plastering, we prepared to carry out the kitchen installation. 

The new porch had the front door and side panels measured along with the glass templated by us and sent off to the supplier to be made.

Stage 3

This stage was to 2nd fix the job.

Once the new spacious kitchen / dining area was plastered, we were in a position to have the room mist-coated ready for the units to be installed. 

After the units were installed, worktops were templated and sent away to be made within a two-week lead time. 

Electric underfloor heating was installed in the kitchen area, to provide heat at that end of the room.

The upstairs decorating was started while the kitchen was being finished, as soon as the kitchen was finished, the decorating was continued throughout the ground floor. 

In and amongst this, the flooring was installed, along with the worktops, which were protected so work could continue without damage to finish products. 

The porch had the front finished with glass, and a front door with panels. 

Nearing the end of the job, plumbing and electrics were finished, the glass splash back installed leaving the whole job ready for siliconing and minor touch-ups.

Building control attended the site through various stages, checking on work they needed, so they could sign the job off. 

Stage 4

At the finishing stage, all paperwork was complete and any remedial works carried out. The whole site was then cleared and a cleaning company employed to finish off to a high professional standard.

Stage 5

The job took 2 months to complete, which had been scheduled from the start and agreed with the client.

On completion of the job, all necessary warranties came into play and the RCM team were on hand for any queries or issues. 

For further details regarding any of the above, please refer to RCM Contractors on our website.

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