The property in Pitt Street was purchased as an investment opportunity by our client David Dalrymple . It was important to get the ROI right without compromising on quality and that’s why our company was commissioned to undertake the project.
As the property had lain unoccupied for several months and with dampness evident in a number of areas speed was of the essence and provided a challenge for our team.
Once we had resolved the dampness by stripping out all walls and floors and installing a ventilation system (Find out more how we dealt with dampness in SOLUTIONS sections) we could then address the project. It was important that once the plans had been approved we delivered the new layout of the property by moving the kitchen to a former bedroom and creating a corridor. We then incorporated a toilet into a newly fitted bathroom which was previously separated. This allowed us to create additional storage room by utilising the space more effectively. The living area was enlarged with pocket doors between the new kitchen and living room therefore providing a feel of open plan living. It was also important to rewire the whole property not only for the reasons of updating wiring but with new appliances and increase usage this was of paramount importance.
The fine detail of any refurbishment sets the tone of a project and creating light through effective glass and natural light is extremely important. All the windows were painstakingly restored and painted and with additional interior plastering, painting and installation of solid floors ensured the property had a rich warm feel to its interior.
We project managed the contract with our own skilled workforce to bring it in on time and within budget. Taking the strain and worry from our customer is part of the service we provide and we are very aware of the requirements both in terms of project timings and costs.
When Edinburgh councils building inspector visited the site he commented to David
“Builders whether they are Scottish, Polish or from another country can either be very bad or very good! The builders you have employed have been quite extraordinary both in terms of quality of products used and the attention to detail in the finishing”
Living Room Before
Living Room during floor installation
Living Room After
Lower Granton Rd Edinburgh
This amazing period property located on a seaside location belongs to Mr Darren Armstrong who is a serial entrepreneur and a very experienced property developer.
This was one of our more challenging projects due to limited access and lack of space to carry out such an intricate refurbishment.
The property was completely refurbished with only three original walls remaining in place while everything else was carefully demolished. Floors were excavated new drainage installed and well insulated concrete floor was re-laid. The new still structure was erected, to support extension walls all necessary for a quality build as well as meeting national regulations.
Upstairs an open space kitchen and living room was created to give the feeling of space with direct access to garden both from upstairs and downstairs.
We excavated the garden space and the retaining walls were built and to envisage the scale of the work undertaken over 30 skips of soil were removed.
The work at the property was inspected by three independent experts including Paul Thomson owner of SDC Ltd engineering a well-known and highly respected practice from Edinburgh.
All parties were impressed with UPUP builders and assurances of referral work in the future would follow from this project.
Extension and Retaining Wall
High Street Lasswade
This lovely period property was originally a part of The Melville Castle Estate belongs to Susan and Ian McKay.
Susan and Ian commissioned our team of builders to refurbish a kitchen in their beloved house. Susan’s main focus was to create more natural light and a modern kitchen which would reflect her desire for modern living yet in keeping the character of her property.
With this clear requirement working within a 300 years old property would prove to be a great challenge.
The new door opening was located right under windows and there was a risk they might collapse while the wall is taken down. A structural survey was undertaken to assess the risks and we decided to create a steel structure. The engineers were required to install 3 steel beams in place to hold the wall together with each beam weighing over 555lb. Due to lack of space we were unable to use a crane and did this by hand with 4 people working in tandem to ensure it was put in place. We are sure the metal structure will last longer than the house itself but unfortunately we will not be around to see whether this will happen!
We installed new Bi-Fold doors replacing the old stone wall and this allowed the kitchen to be flooded with natural light which met Susan’s explicit requirements.
There were several other alternations in the house completed during the refurbishment all carefully executed by our team of joiners and builders.
As a result of our work the house kept its charming period character yet with a new modern twist .
Lasswade front of the house
Steel Beam Instalation
Howe Street Edinburgh
This interesting property located in the New Town area of Edinburgh was developed in conjunction with a major property investment and development company from Edinburgh.
This basement property (a former shop) was in a derelict state requiring major refurbishment and with a price tag absolutely perfect to attract potential buyers.
Howe Street is located on a slope and the terrain formation created differences between the floor levels at the front and at the back of the house by as much as 10cm.
To fix this problem we re-laid a new floor joist in a form of wedges reflecting level differences and a chipboard floor was laid as a base allowing a hardwood floor to be fitted correctly. Ceiling level differences posed a greater challenge for our team and we had to take into consideration not only proper levels but also the visual effect any change is going to have in each room.
Whilst period properties can be a challenge restored sympathetically you will retain its character and preserve its future.
Stockbridge Refurbishment Edinburgh Joiners
Full property refurbishment commissioned by a major property developer from Edinburgh
Brunel Coffee Barge
This is with no doubt the most quirky property we have had the pleasure to develop and belongs to Astrid the owner of a well-known Coffee establishment (Brass and Copper) located on William Street in the west end of Edinburgh.
Astrid decided to expand her franchise and purchased the Barge to convert it to coffee shop hence Brunel Coffee Barge was born.
It required mostly cosmetic changes including a new floor, plumbing, old cooking equipment removed and wall sheeting replaced. Due to the fact Edinburgh can get cold at the times we also created a window serving counter with Plexiglas closing shutters. It was the most interesting location to work in but also quite problematic with such a small space to work within.
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