Housing projects range from one-off new-builds for private clients to housing estates for building developers. Ken Morgan was also involved in the creation of a new village of 50 houses, a community centre and doctor's surgery in a forest on the outskirts of Swansea.
Barn conversions to form dwellings are a regular feature of our work in the rural areas of Wales. In these cases the character of the original structure is usually safeguarded to conform to planning department policies. The character of these conversions is often enhanced by the retention of timber beams and trusses being exposed to view in the room layouts. Where existing timbers require upgrading or additional supports are needed we try wherever possible to engineer the new work to keep the original character visible.
Generally we recommend that extensions to domestic properties should have pitched roofs to maintain the aesthetics of traditional slated housing. In some of these cases we create an open vaulted ceiling effect which is further enhanced by glazing which reaches up to roof level on the gables. This gives particularly good natural lighting levels within these extensions.
We have also specialised in the alterations of old privately-owned properties which have required aid from Local Authorities. Improvement grants and disabled facilities grants have been obtained for special adaptations for disabled and elderly persons. This often involved the provision of stair lifts and level access showers. The form filling associated with grant applications is often tedious or confusing to householders but we carry out these duties to make life easier for the occupants.
Code for sustainable homes
Aled Davies is a licenced Assessor registered with Stroma Certification Ltd.
His Assessor Number is STRO 008278.
We undertake SAP Calculations (Standard Assessment Procedure calculations) for the Code and for demonstrating compliance with Building Regulations.
Advice can be given for self-build projects and full building contracts. We would normally recommend using a standard contract such as The JCT (Joint Contracts Tribunal) which ensures that the builders understand the roles which they are expected to control. We manage the tender process and negotiate competitive prices.
Ken Morgan came from a building trade background and has built two homes for his family using the self-build method, so he is well-experienced in the aspects of dealing with separate tradesmen as well as main contractors.
When full contracts are in place, we normally scrutinise the contractor's claim for interim and final payments before authorising payment. Upon satisfactory completion we are prepared to certify if the building has been finished to a reasonable and satisfactory standard.
Where mortgages or bank loans are involved we can provide a Professional Consultant's Certificate which is normally required for the Council for Mortgage Lenders (CML).