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Out with the old…in with the new

It’s full steam ahead in South Woodford with the original bungalow on the plot a distant memory with the digger working its magic clearing the site.

It’s all very exciting as our architect James Gardener explains: “All the planning conditions are now discharged – the final sticking point related to the material palette which covers the Western Red Cedar, render and roof slates, but this was approved by Redbridge Council in the nick of time so we were able to start work on the site on the intended date.”

The demolition was carried out expertly without any issues. There is something very satisfying about knocking down buildings knowing that we are going to create something very different and highly energy efficient and insulated in its place.

The site is now cleared and roughly levelled as it was on a bit of a slope and this needed to go. So now we can start installing the underfloor drainage. The foundations will be set out shortly. This will be an interesting job as we are using a system that has only been used a few times in the UK: it’s an insulated raft foundation that means we need to use a minimal amount of concrete while creating a super insulated ground floor slab.

While all the early ground works are carrying on, we are able to start to consider the finer detail of finalising materials, finishes and products for key areas like the kitchen and bathrooms. These discussions are starting to bring the project to life for clients Jim and Mary. They cycle past the site most days so are keeping a close eye on progress and we’re on hand to answer any queries.

There a few kit houses on the market from Germany and Scandinavia but we’re pleased to say that Facit Homes is nothing like this. Many of our clients come to us having discounted a new house that is tantamount to buying one ready-made off the shelf without the ability to really custom build it. We respond to the site, the client and the planning conditions which means we produce a bespoke house that meets with our clients’ approval. Architect James is with Jim and Mary every step of the way and will be practically one of the family at the end of the build!


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