A project Ashville Homes begun in September 2009 is a large refurbishment in Farnham Common, the project is being managed by Ricky Sekhon, our in house Development Manager who has been working with us for 4 years. He has seen 5 very high specification projects through successfully and on budget. He works tirelessly to make the biggest savings possible for our clients never wanting to compromise on quality.

When tackling this top-spec build, we have worked with our client to prioritise expenditure, making sure that items at the top of their want list i.e. Hard Wood Windows and Doors, a Bespoke Kitchen and Sto-Rend Specialist Render system are obtained at the best possible trade prices.

Please see the Case study notes and photos below.

Diary of a Large Renovation


The Original Property

Upon agreeing a start date with the client, Ashville Homes begin preparation of the grounds and removal of trees

Demolition of specific areas

Excavation and fill of all new foundations, connected to existing ones with steel bars


Begin brick and block work, up to DPC Level

Lay all new waste pipes as per plans

Insert specialist concrete rings into the ground to provide front and rear soak-away

Prepare all internal over sites, and concrete all internal floor bases


Erect scaffolding and commence block-work inner and outer skin, all insulation, lintels, pad stones and reconstituted stone sills

Details to include live chimney flue, with re-claimed stock brick inner

Steel is fabricated and floor joists are hung

2nd lift begins to get block-work up to roof level

Crank beams are fabricated over Garage to allow for accommodation in the roof area

Cut roof construction begins, exposing old plates and connecting new roof rafters to them


Construct dormers over garage, felt and batten all roof rafters, ready for tiling


Timber windows and doors are fitted, main roof is completely tiled with a Natural Slate before Christmas and the worst of the weather conditions. Internal 1st fix electric and plumbing work begins


Internal works continue, including reducing all existing ground levels to suit new under-floor heating system throughout the house

A specialist non-crack render system is applied to the whole exterior of the house, colour is co-ordinated with stone sills and slates


Fit electric sectional garage door in contrasting Walnut

Continue internals alterations, erect all internal partitioning, dry-line all walls and ceilings, mist coat all new plaster, insulate and screed entire ground floor

APRIL 2010

Prepare all ground for landscaping, design patio, plant and lawn areas

JUNE 2010

Project finished, certified and handed over to client.



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