GHS Building & landscapes
Newbury, West Berkshire, Berkshire
We are a thriving small business we back ground in commercial groundworks and construction projects. This give us a great deal of knowledge of the best practices, building regulations and even limits of the properties of many standard building materials. This ensure we always give the right advice on the foundations of the build, whether that's a two-storey extension or a split level patio, your job will be constructed properly.
As so many of our happy customers asked us if we could build them a solid garden after there extension we branched out into that about 15 years ago. We now supply and fit all sorts of timber products; FENCING, DECKING, SHEDS & GATES.
Remember though our great skills in construction make domestic BLOCK PAVING DRIVEWAYS a great match for our men. You need a quality sub base for a driveway and we know what we are doing. The same applies to PATIOS & ARTIFICIAL GRASS. All are much better with a solid sub base. So contact us. Our quotes and design are both free.
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How can someone tell if their Garage is suitable for conversion?
The truth of this matter is almost anything is possible in construction so it really depends on your budget and what you already have in place. A more recent problem is on a lot of new builds with limited space available, often times a garage maybe a designated parking spot for the house, and this can cause planning issues. Other than that it should fall within what is known as 'permitted development'. So you are only limited by your imagination, and budget!
Run us through the different stages of the Garage conversion process - what's involved?
Always start with insulation! It's cold in your garage right? So you don't want to add that cold spot to your home. So that means walls, floor and ceiling all need insulating. From there it depends on what you converting to. A kitchen for example, needs a lot of new electrics and pipe work. All need to be placed before plastering. All builders will have their own favourite schedule of works but I usually leave the final brick up/window of the garage until near the end for ease of access. Its quite funny to walk up to what appears to be a normal garage, lift the door and see a near ready room.
It is usually a great deal cheaper than an extension and I can tell you we are doing more and more of them these days, so if you are thinking about it, give us a call.
How can someone tell if their loft is suitable for conversion?
Like the garages the truth most anything can actually be done. So if you think you do not have enough head height up there, if planning allows it, the roof can be lifted. This makes it much more expensive of course but in places where land is at a premium, its still often more feasible than moving. The ideal types are house with already steep pitches in the roof, and a good size landing on the current top floor making it easier to site the new stair case.
Run us through the different stages in the loft conversion process - what’s involved?
Like any good build you start with the foundation and in this case this is you attic floor. Sometimes these need strengthening and then boarding out. Roof comes next and even if we are not lifting it we often need to rearrange the 'perlins' which are supporting the other roof beams. During this time we adjust for any new windows, dormer usually though not always if you have generous 'eaves'. Nice new stair case and we are almost ready to decorate. Though typically these things are used for large master en-suites which take a great deal more in the plumbing department.
How long have you been in business?
1989, I am almost entire adult life in construction.
What guarantee does your work come with?
It depends on the products supplied. Most are at least 5 years but with some of the newer synthetic products we are able to offer longer warranties
What do you love most about your job?
I have always loved actual construction, the building of things, even a shed. Meeting new clients is really interesting, especially those who bring their own ideas to the table.
*disclaimer* to be fair though, no all those ideas are that good.
What inspired you to start your own business?
My back ground in construction started as a ground worker, we either dug trenches, filled them in, or laid kerbs, I wanted a bit more variety, though for a good few years I only took on ground works contracts, digging trenches, filling them in...
you get the idea.
Why should our clients choose you?
I have an extensive background in construction and most of the small building and landscaping jobs are well within the limits of our skill set. We are well funded and not constantly chasing our clients for cash. Even on the larger jobs where stage payments apply we only ever bill you for work done. If you, (the client) are never ahead of the payment schedule, you can never get in to trouble. We are well organised and keep you informed of our schedule and have very little down time. This leads to a smooth build whether we are on a landscaping job taking just a few days or a large extension with an 8 week build.
We use quality artificial grass and only ever secure it on a solid base of MOT Type 1. It never sinks and best of all, you never have to mow it!
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GHS Building & landscapes provides the following services:
- Tree Surgery & Removal
- Fence & Gate Installation
- General Builders
- Property Extensions
- Loft Conversions
- Garage Conversions
- Landscape Design
- Driveway Installation
- Patio & Paving Installation
- Automated Gates & Bollards
- Pond & Water Feature Installation
- Garden Shed Construction
- Cellar & Basement Conversion
- Garage & Outbuilding Construction
- Garage & Outbuilding Repairs
- Artificial Turf Installation
- Fence & Gate Repair
- Lawn Turfing & Seeding
- Garage & Outbuilding Remodel
- Internal Renovation & Reconfiguration
- Pond & Water Feature Repair & Maintenance
- Conservatory Installation
- Retaining Wall Construction
- Damp Proofing
- Gazebo Installation
- Arbor, Pergola, & Trellis Installation
- Brick & Block Paving Installation
- Security Fence Installation
- Security Gate & Barrier Installation
- Accessibility Adaptation
- Barbecue Installation
- Concrete Flooring Installation
- Concrete Installation
- Concrete Levelling
- Concrete Removal
- Disability & Accessibility Home Installation
- Driveway Maintenance
- Foundation Services
- Period Restorations
- Soil Irrigation & Drainage