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Quality block paved driveways in Bristol

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

If you want high quality block paving driveways then Bristol Builders 4U are the answer. Despite having developed a reputation for sinking and moving, block paving is beneficial when having work carried out on services at your property, such as gas mains or drains, as the blocks can be taken up and re-laid after work has been completed. Another advantage is that as long as the driveway has been installed to a high standard, you could have a new and different driveway in 10/15 year’s time, by laying the latest designer blocks on to the existing sand bed and therefore saving a significant amount of money. Maintenance is vital to ensure your driveway stays in good condition. We recommend that driveways are cleaned and sealed every 2-3 years to keep the natural stone paving looking first-rate.

Driveways need to be excavated to a minimum depth of 250mm, sometimes this will need to be increased if we find bad ground or soft spots. The subbase should be constructed using MOT type 1 material to a depth of 175mm and compacted with either a heavy duty roller or a heavy duty wacker plate and not a small lightweight wacker plate as so many contractors use. The subbase should not be constructed using broken flags, concrete, bricks etc as they will not compact together unless they have been through a crusher machine.

We have carried out block paving in Bristol and the most effective results occur if it is laid on 25mm of Zone 2 grit sand with the correct falls to allow all surface water to drain away. To achieve the best finish all cuts should be made with a Sthil saw that has a diamond tip blade. Marshalls’ blocks are high quality paving blocks. Competitors will try and convince you that their blocks are better being 20% thicker than the industry standard, however, they are in fact poorer quality. This has been concluded after extensive testing. As long as the subbase is constructed to the correct specification then 50mm blocks are more than adequate for residential driveways. Marshalls have now reduced their carbon footprint in the manufacturing of their products and are way ahead of their competitors on environmental issues.

Many companies offer discounted prices, but this is only possible by inflating the original price.

Many companies offer discounted prices if they can use your house as a show house, but this is only possible by inflating the original price. Because we want to provide top quality block paving Bristol Builders 4U are committed to providing excellent workmanship and materials at the right price.

Bristol Builders 4U has invested heavily to acquire our own plant and equipment which enables us to carry out our projects with great efficiency. We do not have to depend on any third party to move our waste or supply our aggregates etc, which enables us to be in full control of all our projects at any given time and avoids any unnecessary delays.

Importance of windows and doors when selling your house

Posted on March 31, 2013 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

homeowners and particularly those who are considering selling their home in the not too distant future, fail to realize the impact their windows can have on the value of their house. Visitors, surveyors, and estate agents instantly notice the condition of a property’s windows.

First impressions

Everyone is familiar with the saying, “you only get one chance to make a first impression,” and nowhere is this more true than when it comes to property. When attempting to sell a home, it can be incredibly difficult to remedy the damage caused by a bad first impression. Estate agents regularly talk about the importance of 'kerb appeal' and will stress that a property needs to look attractive and appear well maintained from the outside to create a positive first impression on visitors. Poor windows will be noticed immediately, and will in all likelihood knock money off the value of a property


Planning Permission ???

Posted on March 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Planning Permission ?????

We looked at two jobs this week one homeowner was lucky not to need planning for a 4m single storey extension as they lived in a detached house, whilst the other job we have to go through the 8 week process.

this was taken from the government website

An extension or addition to your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions

No more than half the area of land around the "original house"* would be covered by additions or other buildings.

No extension forward of the principal elevation or side elevation fronting a highway.

No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof.

Single-storey rear extension must not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house* by more than three metres if an attached house or by four metres if a detached house.

Maximum height of a single-storey rear extension of four metres.

Extensions of more than one storey must not extend beyond the rear wall of the original house* by more than three metres.

Maximum eaves height of an extension within two metres of the boundary of three metres.

Maximum eaves and ridge height of extension no higher than existing house.

Side extensions to be single storey with maximum height of four metres and width no more than half that of the original house.

Two-storey extensions no closer than seven metres to rear boundary.

Roof pitch of extensions higher than one storey to match existing house.

Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house.

No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.

Upper-floor, side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.

On designated land* no permitted development for rear extensions of more than one storey.

On designated land no cladding of the exterior.

On designated land no side extensions.

Why choose Bristol builders 4u

Posted on March 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

What you get if you choose Bristol builders 4u to carry out your home improvements in Bristol:

Security: We have a full time Bristol office in Westbury on trym , Bristol where we do business and exchange contracts and deposits properly( not by mobile phone and cash deposits on your door step!) neither are we a limited company that shuts down every couple of years to reopen with a slight name change leaving customers out of pocket at NO risk to themselves, we put are own assets on the line every time!

Quality. We pride ourselves in every job we carry out - you can be sure, the job will be done to meet all current regulations and standards.

Clear estimates. We make our estimates as clear, as possible - detailing every aspect of a project to avoid any misunderstandings.

Competitive fixed costs. Once the project specification is clear, you know in advance how much it’s going to cost you. Of course, during the project quite often the specification is adjusted – we then adjust the costs accordingly.

Project management. 7 days a week a dedicated site manager.






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