Paul D'Amico


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to give useful information on all  aspects of Home Remodels - materials concepts & ideas.

By paul d'amico, Jan 18 2017 09:20PM

Round windows made an appearance in Georgian times and are still specified in contemporary Architecture.

It will bring a much desired feature to your home.

They are also excellent for ventilation.

In the photos;

a full arch composed by special rubbed hand made bricks.

the two hardwood windows are with glazing bars four spoke center circle.

By paul d'amico, Oct 13 2016 08:01AM

There are fundamentally two ways to achieve that grey concrete floor look often seen in kitchen extensions or bathrooms.

There 2 types;

1. Traditional sand & cement screed 65mm thick required. Can be polished. Variations in the mix available.

2. Screedflo Anhydrite screed 50mm thickness required. Can be topped with 3mm Resin.

Both can be tiled instead of polished or topped with resin.

Both can incorporate UFH wet or dry.

Both require 70-100mm Celotex or Kinspan insulation under laid screed.

Both can have colour and tone variations depending on mix.

Polished Concrete tends to be gloss and resin matt

Two Cost Comparisons for 22 square metre floor space;

Polished Concrete Screed and floor

Wet UFH including Manifold £1,087.62

Polished concrete “pathway” 89/sqm.

+Polishing process £45 sqm.

For 22sqm total £2,948

Total £4,035.62

VAT £807.12

Total £4,842.74

Screedflo Solution topped with Resin

Wet UFH including Manifold £1,087.62

+Anthracite flowing Screed 50mm £1,266.80

+3mm resin top 105/sqm. (grey matt) £ 2,530

Total £4,884.42

VAT £976.88

Total £5,861.30


Polished Concrete Floor Bathroom

Resin Floor Kitchen

polished concrete floor
polished concrete floor
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resin floor

By paul d'amico, Sep 27 2015 02:38PM

Loft conversion into a living space requires alterations to the roof structure. Typically, your loft will be either a traditional cut roof (pre-war period) or a truss roof (post–war period). In both cases you will want to maximise space and structural elements will have to be replaced with new load bearing structures.

The first photo shows a spliced butt plated RSJ with steel joist hangers to support new timber floor joists. This method will typically be employed when converting a traditional cut roof. Two RSJs span between gable walls; supporting new floor joists laid parallel to old ceiling joists and 2 structural stud walls bolted to rafters. This new structure replaces timber purlins and struts, which are a nuisance to achieve maximum space in a loft conversion. It will require notifying adjacent owner(s) under the Party Wall Act, because RSJs will rest on and inside the party wall. A Structural Engineer will have to be employed for load calculations to meet LABC approval. The spliced RSJ will have to be fabricated to structural engineer’s specifications.

The second photo shows the Telebeam method. It is typically designed for loft conversion in a truss roof. A truss roof will have structural timber between rafters forming a “W”. These “Ws” are even more of a nuisance for a loft conversion they must be removed. The Telebeam method consists of telescopic aluminium beams laid from front wall to rear wall thus not touching the party wall. The system is LABC approved and does not require employing a structural engineer. Telebeam will send someone to carry out survey and they will provide the correct system for your loft conversion. It’s a speedy solution.

Whether your loft conversion is "Velux" only or with dormer you will not need planning approval unless your property is affected by Article 4 direction made by your local authority withdrawing permitted development rights.

In all cases you are expected to obtain Building Control Approval.

Please do contact me for feasibility confirmation of your loft conversion.

I Design and Project Manage to completion including Building Control Certification.

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