Repairing Exterior Joinery

Most properties have external timbers that need periodic decoration to stave off the threat of deterioration and decay. The most obvious place to start is at the front entrance. Even where the main door has long been replaced with a PVCu, steel or composite model, the original wooden frame and threshold could have been retained.

Changing main doors can do a lot to enhance a property’s kerb appeal, but may not always be the best option. The front door is central to the personality of your home, and on older properties, changing them can alter the building’s character.

Joinery Around the Roof

Things become more challenging as you move higher up the building to the joinery around the roof and eaves. Most properties have fascia boards running along the edges of the roof, covering the ends of the rafters, providing a handy fixing point for guttering. These often take the form of projecting ‘box’ eaves (comprising a fascia and soffit infill ‘ceiling’ underneath).

Soffits usually have vents providing ventilation to the loft, and may be of plywood, asbestos cement sheeting or, on period houses, lath and plaster or timber boards. Buildings with gable ends may also feature decorative timber bargeboards under the edges of the roof slopes (the verges).

All of which begs the question, why locate softwood boards on the most exposed and vulnerable parts of the house where they’re likely to suffer severe weathering and rot? This might explain why some houses were built with minimal external joinery — managing perfectly well with exposed rafter feet at the eaves, gables with corbelled brickwork, and pointed up verges.

If your house is generously endowed with exterior joinery, the good news is that, in many cases, the exposed timbers at roof level probably won’t be in too bad a condition. In older houses this is thanks to the fact that the timber was of superior quality, plus being so well ventilated, damp is free to evaporate. On the other hand, exposure to years of leaking gutters will eventually take its toll. So increasingly woodwork at the eaves and gables will have been replaced with (or concealed by) PVCu — often installed when the guttering is renewed.

If you would like more information about our exterior joining and maintenance work, we can be reached on any of the contact numbers below.

Areas covered are, but not limited to, Blackheath, Greenwich, Bromley, Orpington and surrounding areas.  We will also travel further into Kent.

Please call 07912 252602 to discuss your requirements.

Carpentry

Gary, Build NX, started working with wood when he was at school and realized that he would like to become a skilled carpenter.  The first think Gary made was a toy boat stand closely followed by a paper knife and a coffee table.  While employed at the first company he worked for, he completed several City and Guilds modules.  Since then Gary had worked his trade in many areas both commercial and residential.

Commercial

We have refurbished bars, restaurants and shops where we built bars, back bars, seating, built storage cupboards.  Some examples of commercial areas we have worked include; three restaurants and the Inc Club at the O2 Arena and in the UBS bank where we built a special storage area in the vault for the works of art kept there.  In 1981, we built camera staging for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

Residential

We can make anything from bookcases, wardrobes and radiator covers.  Externally, we recently made bespoke housing for a BBQ area and can build decks and steps.  Whatever is required is possible.

Commercial Refurbishments and Alterations

We have worked on various contracts and projects from the Football Association, Chelsea Building Society, The Naval Club, London to various venues in the O2 ranging from boutique to various restaurants and bars in Greenwich.

Commercial Unit Refurbishment

Shop units require constant upgrading and remodelling to keep up with current trends.

This can include anything from a new floor to a complete refit several of which we have been contracted to undertake in the past where we have taken a project from concept to realisation.

  • Strip out and layout design
  • Altering and updating seating area
  • Modernising decorations
  • Kitchen refits and re-commissioning
  • Alterations and upgrading to comply with current regulations

Listed Building Restoration

Build NX fully appreciate the responsibility of taking on any listed building project.  We ensure all guidelines set out by the local planning officer are followed with on-going regular open communication followed.

We cover every aspect of restoration, alterations and extensions to period properties and listed buildings. We pride ourselves on attention to detail and the quality of the works carried out

  • Close liason with planning officer at key stages throughout the building project
  • Correct and considered materials used for restoration
  • Consulting contractor service
  • Stonemasonry
  • Conservation and cleaning works
  • Structural repairs/solutions
  • Renedering and plastering
  • Carpentry and joinery
  • Lead work and roofing
  • Scaffolding and access solutions

Restaurant in Greenwich, London

Build NX includes a team of construction and refurbishment experts who will make sure that your new bar, club or restaurant matches your highest expectations:-

Build NX builders and engineers will ensure millimetre-accurate construction with electricians, plumbers and gas engineers that will install your systems to the highest of standards, safety and durability.

Decorators, painters, fitters, glaziers and floor installers will work together to craft a stunning new dining and entertainment environment with fine workmanship in every detail.

Optional project management is available to ensure a tightly-organised build through detailed planning.

This restaurant is testament to this workmanship.  Refurbishment throughout, included:-

  • Strip out
  • Responsible waste management
  • Plastering
  • Decorating
  • Plumbing
  • Electrics
  • Furniture removal and storage
  • Kitchen re-design and re-fitting
  • Dumb-waiter stripper and restored
  • Project management

Landscaping

Give us a plan or if you just have an idea, we can advise on how we can achieve what you require.  Gardens have now become another “living area” and with the vast range of seating and dining furniture available, decking can be an ideal solution for an untidy area or uneven surface to provide a practical and modern area for multi functional uses such as seating.

Garden work can be from erecting a wooden building to constructing a sunken seating area.   We are often asked to erect new fencing or undertake repairs to damaged areas including new posts, wooden or concrete.

Garden paths and terraces/patios can be made from block paving or slabs.  The choice is vast and we can lay these to a style and shape of choice.

Planters and containers can be made to any size required and will add the finishing touch to a blank space.

Domestic Refurbishment and Extensions

Domestic Refurbishment covers a wide spectrum from skimming a wall to a complete house renovation.  Whatever is required we are aware that we are working in someone’s home, working as quickly and tidily as possible ensuring that the work required is carried out so as to cause the least disruption to the client.  Alterations to plans during work can be discussed and solutions found to resolve any unforeseen issues that might arise.

We undertake loft conversions and extensions both large and small.  References are available and we can put you in touch with previous clients to discuss our work.

Furniture Restoration

We have been commissioned to undertake many different types of repairs. This experience means we can tackle all types of restoration with the confidence in the finished result.

We can work on anything from dining tables to staircases, aiming to sympathetically restore any piece to how it looked when it was first made.

Furniture restoration is a serious business, so please feel reassured by my experience and reputation.

Our Services include:-

  • French polishing
  • Wax polishing
  • Structural repairs
  • Veneer and moulding repairs
  • Re-glazing (using period glass if required)
  • Lock opening and key fitting
  • Supplying of quality replacement brassware
  • Collection and delivery service

 

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About Us

Build NX Ltd is a family run business registered in 2004 and since then we have had the opportunity to work in many areas of the building industry.

Most of our work comes from recommendations but moving with the times we can now be found on the internet where you will see what we have been doing for the past 12 years. Before we started the company, we acquired a wealth of knowledge spanning over 20 years working for major construction industries. Carpentry classes at school lead to City and Guilds Course in carpentry.

Our philosophy is simply to provide the best service with attention to detail and being sympathetic to our client’s requirements with an understanding of how stressful any building work can be.

We are fully insured and hold a Waste Carrier License.

Some of our recent projects included working for:-

  • Chelsea Building Society
  • Football Association
  • UBS
  • O2 Various venues

Areas covered are, but not limited to, Blackheath, Greenwich, Bromley, Orpington and surrounding areas.  However, we travel further into Kent as well, so please call to discuss your requirements.

Get in touch today for your free, no obligation, quotation.

Our Services

  • New Builds
  • Plastering
  • Extensions
  • Loft Conversions
  • Groundworks
  • House Builds
  • Alterations
  • Brick Work
  • General Building
  • Steel Work
  • Upgrading
  • Carpentry