Bathroom layout considerations

A new bathroom can be a practical and stylish addition to your home. One of the most important considerations is the layout of the bathroom, and the fixtures. Here at Gilston Building Services, we are the leading professional bathroom installation experts in Darwen. From en-suite bathrooms and cloakrooms, to full family bathrooms, we are the team you can count on. And one of the things we offer expert advice with is the layout of your new bathroom. As a result, we have produced this guide to the bathroom layout considerations.

What are the most important bathroom layout considerations?

There are a number of important layout considerations to take into account when designing and installing a new bathroom. These include:

  • Legal requirements- there are clearance and floor space legal guidelines that should be followed when installing your new bathroom. These include:
    • The clear opening of the doorway should be at least 860mm wide, unless the existing structure does not allow for change. In this case a minimum of 610mm is allowable.
    • A clear floor space of at least 760 mm from the front edge of all fixtures (basin, toilet, bath, and shower) to any opposite bath fixture, wall, or obstacle.
    •  510mm minimum required clear space in front of a sink with a minimum 760mm span left and right.
    • 530mm minimum clearance to the side of the bath
    •  610mm minimum clearance to the front of the shower
  • Bathroom fixtures- once you have decided on the bathroom fixtures, it becomes easier to plan the layout. For example, if you want to fit both a bath and a shower into the space, corner fixtures may be necessary. This can include corner showers, and even corner baths. Alternatively, you might opt for slimline fixtures for additional space.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the team today, here at Gilston Building Services.

Considerations for installing a new kitchen

As the heart of the home, the right kitchen can make a big difference to your property. From stylish, stunning kitchen designs to the practicality and functionality of your kitchen, there is a lot to consider. So what are the important considerations for installing a new kitchen? Well, here at Gilston Building Services, we are Darwen’s leading kitchen fitters. We have years of experience, and a strong commitment to customer services, so you can be sure of the best results for your new kitchen. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about new kitchen considerations.

What are the important considerations for installing a new kitchen?

There are a number of important considerations to take into account when thinking about installing a new kitchen. These considerations include:

  • The budget- defining your budget should be the first step you take. This will help you choose cabinets, worktops and tiles that will fit into your budget, and narrow down your pool of choice, so that it is easier to make these decisions.
  • Style or design scheme- choosing a design scheme for your kitchen is important for a cohesive, professional look. From contemporary, to traditional, and rustic to country kitchens, choose the style that suits your preferences, and the rest of your property.
  • The layout- the layout of your new kitchen is an important consideration. You need to decide where to install key fixtures, like the oven, fridge and sink, and you should ensure that the path between these is clear and free of obstacles, so that you can move between these kitchen hot spots freely.
  • A professional team- choosing professional kitchen fitters can make a lot of difference to the overall quality of your new kitchen space. To make sure your kitchen is stylish, practical, and in budget, why not contact us here at Gilston Building Services?

For more information or advice, get in touch with the team today, here at Gilston Building Services.

Professional shower fitters Darwen

The shower is often the main part of the bathroom, and making sure this is installed to the highest standard, is essential. But why should you choose to work with professional shower fitters? Well, here at Gilston Building Services, we are the leading professional bathroom installation experts in Darwen. And this is out guide to everything you should know about professional shower fitting.

What are the advantages of choosing professional shower fitters?

There are a number of advantages to choosing professional shower fitters for your bathroom, in any domestic or commercial setting. These advantages include:

  • High quality shower installation- installing a shower correctly is vital for the practicality and safety of your new bathroom, as well as the rest of your property. Incorrectly installed showers may not be fully waterproof, and this can cause problematic leaks, that cause extensive and expensive damage to your home or building. They may also not be installed to current building standards or regulations, and this can create problems when trying to sell your property. Professional shower fitters, like us here at Gilston Building Services, can guarantee a high quality shower installation with excellent results.
  • Great customer service- as leading professional bathroom and shower fitters, here at Gilston, we are always sure to offer the highest quality customer service. Whichever style of shower you need us to install, and whatever design or style you require, we are always happy to help. We know that each bathroom and shower space is individual, and needs to be tailored for your own personal requirements, and we have the training and experience to make your perfect shower a reality.
  • Timely and efficient service- a professional shower fitting team will also complete your project in a timely and efficient manner. We always work to the agreed time frame here at Gilston Building service, and we dont like to keep our valued customers waiting.

For more information or advice, or to book your shower fitting and bathroom installation, get in touch with the team today, here at Gilston Building Services.

Professional kitchen installation in Darwen

The kitchen is often thought of as the heart of any home. For family meals, or just your morning coffee, the kitchen can be one of the most important room sin your home. And installing a new kitchen properly and effectively is important for functionality, practicality, and visual appeal. So if you’re looking for a professional, experienced team to install your new kitchen, look no further. Here at Gilston Building Services, we have years of experience, and a strong commitment to customer services. In fact, we are the leading professional kitchen installation experts in Darwen. So why should you work with a professional team?

What are the advantages of professional kitchen installation?

There are a number of advantages to having your new kitchen installed by professionals like us here at Gilston Building Services. These advantages include:

  • High quality results- you want your new kitchen to look stylish and visually attractive when completed. And working with a professional team can help you achieve this goal. Not only are professionals less likely to make installation mistakes, they are also more likely to value high quality customer service. And this means they want you to be more than satisfied with the end result, and if they are anything like us here at Gilston Building Services, they will go the extra mile.
  • Completed to budget and timescale- whether you are a home homeowner with a personal kitchen you’d like a professional team to install, or a property developer or building contractor with a host of new kitchens to install for your portfolio, working with a professional team can help to keep your installation on budget and on time.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the team today, here at Gilston Building Services.

Professional bathroom installation experts in Darwen

If you are looking for a professional team to install your new bathroom, it’s important to choose the right team that you can trust for the best possible results. And here at Gilston Building Services, that’s what we can offer. With years of experience, and a strong commitment to customer services, we are the leading professional bathroom installation experts in Darwen. So why should you work with a professional team?

What are the advantages of choosing professional bathroom installation experts?

If you choose professional bathroom installation experts for your new bathroom, you can be sure that:

  • The results will be high quality- with our level of commitment and experience here at Gilston Building Services, we are sure to always provide the best possible results for your bathroom installation. You can be sure that everything will be finished to a high standard, and your bathroom will look stunning.
  • Work completed to both budget and time scale- if you choose trusted professionals, like us, you can be sure that your bathroom installation will be completed to budget and in the right time frame. This is not the case when working with the local handyman or when attempting DIY projects.
  • High level of customer service- most professional bathroom installation teams are committed to providing a high level of customer service and satisfaction. This means that your requirements and the practical considerations that you need, will be thought of first and foremost, so you can get the bathroom you need.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the team today, here at Gilston Building Services.

3 reasons to hire a professional plasterer

Plastering problems to avoid

When it comes to re-plastering your property, repairing and plastering over damage, or plastering a new build for the first time, we are the team you can count on here at Gilston Building Services. As leading building service experts, we offer a range of high quality services including brickwork, plastering and roof maintenance. But we are frequently called out to repair plastering jobs that have gone wrong. So what are the main plastering problems to avoid? And what are the advantages of working with a professional team all the way through?

What are the most common plastering problems to avoid?

There are several common plastering problems that you need to try to avoid. Especially with wet plaster. These include:

  • using the wrong type of base coat
  • using the wrong amount of plaster
  • not timing correctly.

Using the wrong type of base coat

Different base coats need to be applied to different types of surfaces, and using the wrong type can negatively impact the bond and the set of the plaster.

Using the wrong amount of plaster

Using too little plaster, the end result can be thin and uneven. If you use too much plaster, it can become lumpy and cause bumps. The right amount of plaster will give the perfect finish, and a professional plasterer can provide this, like us here at Gilston Building Services.

Time to dry

One of the most common plastering mistakes is not leaving enough time for the plaster to dry. The drying times can alter depending on the wall materials and the variety of plaster. As a result, improper drying is a common issue, and leaves walls looking unpleasant and uneven. This can be avoided by hiring a professional plasterer.

If you need a professional plastering service you can trust, contact us at Gilston Building Services.

How important is gutter maintenance?

With the wintry weather still around, and even some snow showers, it can be important to look after your property. From brickwork and roof tiling, to your driveway, the weather can cause a range of issues for your property. That’s why looking after the guttering and drainage on your property is a key part of what we can offer here at Gilston Building Services. As leading providers of a range of building services, including roofing, plastering and brickwork, we are local experts when it comes to guttering. So, just how important is gutter maintenance?

What are the advantages of gutter maintenance?

Looking after your gutters, especially in the autumn and the spring months can bring a range of benefits and advantages, including:

  • Avoiding blocked pipes- if your gutters and pipes become clogged with leaves, debris and dirt, you could be looking at a future pipe blockage. This can result in a lot of water damage to your property, as the water and waste cannot be transported away from your home.
  • Avoiding overflowing gutters- half pipe gutters are used to catch the rainfall and water running off from a sloped roof. This can be a great way to prevent ponding on the roof, and problems with standing water. However, over time, these can begin to bow and bend, which leads to water cascading over one side. This can damage windowsills and walls below.

What does gutter maintenance involve?

Keeping on top of your gutters is simple, and just involves:

  • Regularly checking on your gutters, especially during extremely wet weather
  • Cleaning your gutters annually or bi-annually depending on your gutters, and your location (i.e. gutters in wooded areas with plenty of trees will need to be cleaned more regularly)
  • Fixing breakages or problems as soon as possible

If you have any more questions, or if you are looking for a building company you can trust, contact us today at Gilston Building Services.

Advantages of high performance felt roofing

Roofing for commercial, domestic and industrial properties is an important consideration, that does need to be taken seriously. The right roof can have an impact on the safety and security of your building, the weather protection, as well as the thermal insulation. For flat roofs, felt roofing is a great option. But high performance felt roofing can be even better. But what are the advantages of high performance felt roofing? Well, here at Gilston Building Services we offer a variety of high quality roofing services. This includes built up felt roofing, and high performance felt roofing. As a result, we have produced this guide to the benefits of high performance felt roofing.

What is high performance felt roofing?

High performance felt roofing is a type of felt roof that is created using polyester, rather than glass fibre. This is installed in the same way as any other felt roof, by building layers of the fibre mat, coated with a bituminous coating,

What are the advantages of high performance felt roofing?

High performance felt roofing can bring a range of advantages, including:

  • Longevity- high performance felt roofing does generally come with a lifetime expectancy of around 30 years and most suppliers will offer at least 25 year guarantee! So you wont need to replace your roof for many years to come.
  • Durability- because high performance felt roofing is created using polyester, this type of roof is far more flexible, and long lasting than other types of felt roofing. It is also tear and puncture resistant, so will take much less damage from the weather, or animals.
  • Cost – High performance felt roofing is cheaper than other options available on the market, but it does still provide a highly effective and watertight roof.

If you have any more questions, or if you are looking for a building company you can trust, contact us today at Gilston Building Services.

Repairing brickwork this New Year

During the winter weather, cracks and gaps in external brickwork can become larger, thanks to the freeze and thaw process. This can eventually lead to larger cracks and gaps that cause water ingress and damp. As a result, repairing this brickwork is crucial for the safety and security of your property. Repairing external brickwork is a job that should be completed by the professionals. Especially if this is part of a structural wall. Here at Gilston Building Services, we are brickwork experts. And we provide a range of high quality building services across the North West. This is our guide to everything you should know about repairing brickwork this New Year.

Repairing brickwork this New Year

Repairing brickwork generally takes a number of different forms, depending on the faults and problems caused by the damage. This includes:

  • Replacing crumbling bricks
  • fixing point-work/re-pointing

Replacing crumbling bricks

One of the most common problems that can occur with external, exposed brickwork, is that over time, this can crumble. This is caused by a range of factors, including:

  • Frost damage- the repeated freeze and thaw process that occurs during winter months causes moisture inside the brick to contract and expand. This leads to the brick losing its topmost layer, and beginning to crumble.
  • Incorrect mortar- if the mortar used in the construction of the brickwork is too dense, the bricks will be restricted in their natural expansions, and this will cause the brickwork to crumble.

Re-pointing brickwork

The visible edge of the mortar joints between the masonry is known as pointing. Over time, these can be damaged by weather and natural movement, and this means that your point-work will need to be repaired. Re-pointing is common brickwork repair task, but it should always be handled by the professionals for a stylish, professional finish.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the experts today, here at Gilston Building Services.

External rendering maintenance

External rendering is applied not only for additional curb appeal, but also to protect your building from weather damage and water damage. By applying a thin layer of a cement, sand and lime mix, exterior plastering, or rendering, can provide an additional level of security for your brickwork, as well as little more insulation for your property. However, to maintain these benefits all year round, you should be sure to carry out any external rendering maintenance, before winter really sets in. So, what does this involve? Well, here at Gilston Building Services, we are Southport’s leading building services experts. And this is out guide to everything you should know about taking care of your external rendering.

What does external rendering maintenance involve?

Do make sure your rendering is in tip top condition, you should:

  • Complete a thorough quality check on your existing rendering. Make notes of any hairline cracks, bare patches of brickwork, chips or bulging render. These can all indicate problems for your property, if not rectified as soon as possible.
  • Make any necessary repairs, or call a professional team, depending on the level of damage.

Repairing external render

To repair your external render, you should consult with a professional, for specific guidance about your individual rendering issue. This could include:

  • Exposed brickwork- if your rendering has been damaged by strong winds and bad weather, chunks of the render may be missing, leading to exposed brickwork. This can be repaired by a localised re-render of the area. This will involve removing any hollow, loose and cracked render, to expose bare patches of wall. The wall will need time to dry out before new rendering is applied.
  • Hairline cracks- if you notice any hairline cracks in your rendering, these should be sealed immediately. Failure to act could result in water getting in between the rendering and the brickwork, and then freezing during the winter. The freeze/thaw action will expand the gap, and can case larger cracks or bulging rendering. You can prevent this using a sealant, or by repairing patches of the rendering.

For more information or advice, get in touch today.