Monthly Archives: September 2013

Posted on September 23, 2013

Location – Wembley, London

This week we travel to north west London just under the arch of Wembley football stadium. This valued customer wanted us to enlarge his loft hatch and install a lovely timber loft ladder there.  We are happy to oblige.

Time to get to work…

This is the current loft hatch, small and not easily accessible, not really practical to use.

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We set out climbing into the loft to locate the hatch from above and start preparations for the installation of a timber loft ladder.

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We have to now clear the area of all the dust and anything in the way.  It is important to clear the dust as we do not want that dust going downstairs when we enlarge the opening.


Area now nice and clear.  We now start work on enlarging the opening to fit the timber loft ladder in place.

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As you can see the opening is now nicely lined and securely screwed into place.  We now have to cut the opening to suit the size of the timber loft ladder.

We set out doing this carefully.


Superb work! let’s see what it looks like from underneath…


Massive difference.  The timber loft ladder will fit in there beautifully.  Final adjustments now to make on the opening before we install the timber loft ladder.


All ready… let’s fit the loft ladder…


Ladder ready and waiting for installation.  We just need to get it up into the loft now…


up she comes!


Ok its up, time to fit into place.


Lovely job, now we need to secure the loft ladder into place.

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All secure, we now cut the loft ladder down to size


Finished… a lovely new timber loft ladder and enlarged opening.


If you would like a timber loft ladder fitted into your loft, please click here and fill out the form, we will then contact you to arrange a survey.

Posted on September 16, 2013

Location – East Barnet, Hertfordshire

Today we have two jobs to do in this one loft.  We will be replacing two big VELUX skylights, they are VELUX S06 size which is 1140 x 1180.  These windows were damaged, worse for wear and glazing broken, they are in desperate need of replacement.

The current VELUX skylights are timber and the customer wanted them replaced with white windows.

The second job in this loft was to open up the hallway to light.  It was a very dark hallway, so we are going to create a hole in the roof and put in a white VELUX skylight C04 which is 550 x 980.

Let’s get to work…


This is job one, to replace these two VELUX skylights, as you can see from the images, they are in desperate need of replacement.


This is job two, its a dark hallway and really needs some light coming in over the staircase.


We started by removing the sashes from the frames of the old roof windows.


We then started to create the hole for the new roof window.

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We removed the tiles from the outside to be able to install the new VELUX skylight.


We then removed the frames of the old VELUX skylights.



Now both openings are ready to install the three new VELUX skylights.

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We get the two replacements windows ready…


We then get the new window ready…

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We then start to install all three roof windows.

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The new C04 (550 x 980) white VELUX skylight is now installed…

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So much more light is coming into that hallway now, it looks great.  Now let’s finish off the replacement skylights…

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Wow, they look a million dollars! great job.  If you have an old VELUX skylight which needs replacing, please click here and fill out the form or call us on 020 8551 5800 for more information.

Posted on September 9, 2013

Location – Chelsea, London

Good morning from the beauty of Chelsea and the embankment in London.  It truly is stunning here, lovely views over the river thames.

Today we had to replace an old VELUX skylight.  The hinges had broken and the skylight in general was worse for wear.  In step the loft shop fitting team to replace it.

Commence operation VELUX skylight swap over…


This was the old VELUX skylight.  You will notice that it’s white, this is because they have painted the window white.  As the customer preferred white, instead of fitting a timber one and letting them have to go through the hassle of re-painting, we obtained a white VELUX skylight for them.

Here is a closer look at the hinge, it was literally hanging off the VELUX skylight…


So, we removed the window sash from the frame…


We then removed the VELUX skylight frame and disposed of it.  We readied the opening and then got the new window ready for installation.

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We then took the new white VELUX skylight frame upstairs and installed it into the opening


Seems like we have been greeted by another furry friend who wanted to play ball…


Ok 5 minutes then we have to get on with our work…

45 minutes of ball throwing and catching later, we got back to work and installed the VELUX skylight.  We managed to also save the old blind that was in place and fitted that too, the finished article…


Do you have an old VELUX skylight which needs replacing? please call us on 020 8551 5800 or click here and fill out the form, we would be happy to help.

Posted on September 2, 2013

Location – Borehamwood, Hertfordshire

This week, we are in leafy Hertfordshire.  This valued customer had a hole in the ceiling already and asked us to come in and trim the hole to size and install a new timber loft ladder.  Our timber loft ladder comes complete with their own insulated hatch door and frame.

Let’s get to work…


This is the hole that was there already.  We set to work trimming the opening to size.

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The opening is now trimmed to size for the new timber loft ladder.  Lets have a look at the hatch opening.

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It is now time to prepare the new timber loft ladder for installation.

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As you can see from the above images, the timber loft ladder comes complete with fully insulated hatch door and frame.  We prepare the loft ladder for installation.


Ah we have made a furry friend…


How are you sleeping with all our drilling?

ok back to work…


Hatch is ready for the timber loft ladder, bring it up Mr Fitter!

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Superb, now time to install the timber loft ladder into the hatch opening…

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Excellent, the timber loft ladder is in place, we now have to make the relevant adjustments to it.


Now we need to trim the ladder section down to size so its nicely angled to walk up and down.

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All done, time for a small demonstration by the fitter…

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Great job! looks good.  If you would like a timber loft ladder installed, please click here and fill out the form or call us on 020 8551 5800.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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