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Types of Non-standard Construction in the UK

Introduction

Homes are not only constructed using bricks and mortar. There are many non-standard properties in the UK, including those constructed recently, using materials and methods that are non-standard. We generally think in terms of old houses, barns and such like, perhaps within conservation areas, that have been built using what, today, would be regarded as non-standard construction methods; but many contemporary buildings fit into this category too. The different types of materials and techniques used for construction may vary considerably and this needs to be taken into account if you intend making any improvements or changes to a non-standard property. Only experienced building companies with tradesmen familiar with this kind of work can identify the range of problems that may occur when working on non-standard properties. This short guide aims to clarify some of the methods of building that might be considered non-standard.

The good news is that the experienced team of skilled specialists and craftsmen at Bromley & Gaines is fully conversant with undertaking conversions, repairs, renovations and alterations on the property types described below.

Wattle and daub: where special care is needed

Wattle and daub buildings are more readily associated with historical and listed buildings, but there are still plenty of homes still in existence that have been constructed using these materials. The utmost care and consideration must be taken when undertaking any building work on properties that have these features. Bromley & Gaines however, has experience of working on older buildings that have been built using wattle and daub. Our skilful craftsmen are trained in former methods of construction and can lovingly restore, alter or renovate properties containing these materials.

Timber framed homes: treating timber with respect

Although it is the standard material for building in many countries; until fairly recently few UK homes were built using a timber framed construction. However, the proportion is increasing and, due to its robustness and environmental benefits, the use of timber has become more popular. Timber is, however, susceptible to wet and dry rot, therefore this must be taken into account when considering a wood built project. As it is vital to employ the correct treatments, any building work should only be carried out by a company that has craftsmen with the necessary experience of working with timber. Building, converting and altering timber framed houses is just one of the areas where Bromley & Gaines has concentrated its expertise.

Steel framed: robust but energy efficiency must be considered

As indicated by its name, steel framed properties are incredibly robust and they give fewer problems in terms of decay. However, there are energy conservation issues with steel framed buildings that may not be obvious; yet nevertheless, needs to be considered. The Bromley & Gaines workforce has the specialist knowledge and competence to make energy efficient alterations to your steel framed building.

Non Combustible Pre-fabricated: a contemporary technique where specific skills are required when making alterations

Non-combustible, pre-fabricated homes are a relatively new development that often employs a pre-built method of construction centred around a modular design. Building work and alterations to these properties should only be undertaken by a specialist. Bromley & Gaines employs skilled craftsmen as part of its dedicated workforce that specialises in working on buildings of this type.

Non-standard roof types: the need to avoid water damage

Non-standard roof types include flat roofs and shingle roofs. Flat roofs are notorious for having a propensity for water damage, while shingle roofs are made of layers of various elements that have issues and need to comply with specific building regulations. In dealing with non-standard roof types you will need to commission builders and architects familiar with the specific problems that can arise in the future from water damage. If you are considering a build project or renovation involving any type of flat roof, Bromley & Gaines can provide the expertise to overcome the potential of any future issues.

Ecological homes: a range of features

So called ‘Eco-homes’ are still fairly uncommon and these properties may contain a range of hi-tech features that can have specific underlying issues that are beyond the scope of less experienced contractors. As buildings of this kind may include solar panels, under-floor heating and wind turbines; this limits the number of builders suitably experienced to carry out repairs, alterations or renovations. Modern eco-features can also be temperamental and require a delicate touch when being installed or worked on. Fortunately, Bromley & Gaines has invested in knowledgeable technicians with appropriate skills to work effectively with energy saving features.

Bromley & Gaines offer non- standard construction in the following areas – Buckingham, Bicester, Brackley , Oxford, Banbury, Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Northampton.

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