05 Nov 2018

JW McDonald Building Services are based in South London (Bromley) and we have been listening to feedback from our clients have found in today’s homes they like to have a bathroom with a shower installation, for efficiency and cost effective as most house have water meters. But with property prices in South London so high now, people are having buy smaller properties, which have smaller bathrooms.

Recently we have seen clients in areas like Catford, Bromley, Sydenham and Beckenham try to have a bath with a shower but the compromise is that you can’t enjoy the space. Here at JW McDonald Building Services we think it’s better to have a walk-in shower installation. Walk in shower installations are the best way to make use of the small space and have the main bathroom open plan with an integrated floor waste, which is hidden under the floor. The shower would need to be a thermostatic shower install, which can be run of a conventional boiler or a combination boiler.

If you are running an old gas boiler, then you will need a universal pump in order to have enough bar pressure to run the shower efficiently. The Problem with a pump is that they make a lot of noise when they are running. The other option is to have your boiler replaced with a condensing combi gas boiler, which will convert everything to mains pressure.

This will give you the option of have any shower installation you prefer. When you have your waste and shower fittings worked out you are ready for tilling the shower room area.

The best place to have a walk-in shower installation is on the ground floor. This is because there are less chances of major damage to the property if there is a leak. If you are going to have the walk-in shower upstairs you will have to make sure the floor is as water tight as possible. We would suggest that you take up the floorboards and install the necessary pipework and waste system and then install 18mm WPB ply which is the same thickness as the floorboards on the original joists.

When you have installed the ply make sure you use a high-grade silicone to seal all the joints and edges in the floor, we would even suggest to have 6” skirting made up out of the ply and chase out the wall to have this in place to ensure that there is a good water proof seal around the floor to wall joint.

When you are water tight you are ready for tilling, the floor should be a gradient floor which, means there should be a slight fall which should take the shower water into the reassessed waste in the floor. The tiling specialist should know how to tile these areas and will understand how important this is. We also advise people to have the whole room tiled which will create a water tight area. The walk-in shower should be ready for all the fittings and we always say you should try and have a glass divide to keep the water in place of the gradient floor area. This should leave you with a nice walk-in shower installation, which you will love.

Contact Information

We are based in Bromley, Kent (South London)  but we work and all the areas below, if you need our help with a quote please contact us:

info@jwmcdonaldbuildingservices.com

TEL:  0800 335 7772 or 07713 741026

AREAS WE COVER

London Streatham SW16; London SW2 ;  South East London;   London Southwark & Bermondsey SE1;  London Abbey Wood SE2;  London Blackheath SE3;  London Brockley SE4;  London Camberwell SE5;  London Catford SE6;  London Charlton SE7;   London Deptford SE8;  London Eltham SE9;  Greenwich London SE10;  London Kennington SE11;   London Lee SE12;  London Lewisham SE13;  London New Cross SE14;  London Peckham SE15;    London Woolwich SE18;  London Norwood SE19;   London Anerley SE20;  London Dulwich SE21;  London East Dulwich SE22;  London Forest Hill SE23;  London Herne Hill SE24;  London South Norwood SE25;  London Sydenham SE26;  London West Norwood SE27;  London Thamesmead SE28;  Bromley BR1, Bromley BR2, Bromley BR3, BR4 West Wickham, Farnborough BR6, Orpington BR5,  Orpington BR6, Chislehurst BR7, Petts Wood BR5

 

03 Apr 2018

The art of having a very good tiled finish is in the preparation. The walls or floor should be as level and solid to work with as possible. If you are tiling onto any floors or walls check if the areas are level by using a straight piece of timber or a long level, this will help to find any high or low spots. Try to level out any imperfections by using plaster or bonding for the walls and a floor self-levelling compound for the floor. If the floor is just natural floor boards then we recommend you use a 9-12mm WPB ply and screw this down onto the floor using 30mm screws, this will help you not to hit any pipes below. If the walls are hollow in places, then we recommend that they are removed and rebuilt with render or bonding to a good finish.

When the area you are going to tile onto is level and solid to work with you should size out the room buy finding out how many square meters of tiles you will need. This can be worked out by taking the shortest distance which could be 3 meter then times this by the longest distance which could be 6 meters on the floor or wall. The total area works out to be 18 sqm using this method. When you have calculated how many sqm’s of tiles you need you should always allow 1-2 sqm for cutting tiles in half and waste in general, but always make sure you can take back any tile you don’t need for a refund.

When you have, the tiles check to see what size spacer’s you will need for the tiles you have bought. If you don’t know what size you should go for, we recommend 2-3mm spacers on the walls or 3-4mm spacers for the floor. The adhesive that you buy should be recommended by the tiller, we would recommend, ready mix adhesive for the walls and rapid self-mix for the floor. If the grout you are using is a light colour, then try and get a light colour adhesive and visa-versa to help stop the adhesive coming through the grout.

When the area is ready for tiling we recommend that you size out the tiling area by finding the straight point of the wall or floor. The best way to find you strait line on a wall is to use a level and mark a straight line as a plus sign on the wall. When you have done this, we recommend fixing a piece of timber to the horizontal line and use this as a base for the first row of tiles to be installed.

If you are tiling a bathroom you should always work off the bath first which will give you have the same affect and help you in many other ways. When you are sizing out the floor you must find your straight lines for a good finish, we recommend using a level and put it against the two legs of the door frame.

This is the best place to start tiling from on the floor and we would lay out as many tiles as you can to determine how the cut’s will affect the overall finish of the job and we also recommend this for the walls as well.

Contact us free info@jwmcdonaldbuildingservices.com

TEL:0800-335-7772 or 07713741026

 

If you need any advice about tiling or you need a quote please get in touch by emailing  info@jwmcdonaldbuildingservices.com  or  phone: 0800-335-7772 we will be happy to help.

AREAS WE WORK IN ARE:

London Streatham SW16; London SW2 ;  South East London;   London Southwark & Bermondsey SE1;  London Abbey Wood SE2;  London Blackheath SE3;  London Brockley SE4;  London Camberwell SE5;  London Catford SE6; London Charlton SE7;   London Deptford SE8;  London Eltham SE9;  Greenwich London SE10;  London Kennington SE11;   London Lee SE12;  London Lewisham SE13;  London New Cross SE14;  London Peckham SE15;  London Rotherhithe SE16;  London Walworth SE17;  London Woolwich SE18;  London Norwood SE19;   London Anerley SE20;  London Dulwich SE21;  London East Dulwich SE22;  London Forest Hill SE23;  London Herne Hill SE24;  London South Norwood SE25;  London Sydenham SE26;  London West Norwood SE27;  London Thamesmead SE28;  Bromley BR1, Bromley BR2, Bromley BR3, BR4 West Wickham, Farnborough BR6, Orpington BR5,  Orpington BR6, Chislehurst BR7, Petts Wood BR5

Here at JW McDonald Building Services Ltd we specialise in Kitchen & Bathroom refurbishments. The last project we completed was based in the Sydenham SE26, near Crystal Palace park SE19 area where we have seen a lot of property prices rise, so this is a frequent area for us to work in.

This Kitchen & Bathroom refurbishment consisted of us removing the old Kitchen & Bathroom but it revealed that all the walls in these two rooms were disintegrating and needed rebuilding. We removed all the old render and plaster and re-rendered & plastered the walls and ceilings to a smooth finish.

We also installed new electrical cables for lighting and sockets for both rooms.

On this particular project we also had to install a new consumer unit to meet currant electrical regulations for the Kitchen & Bathroom.

The client used our brilliant kitchen design services to achieve the high level of finish in the kitchen and we helped the client choose all the bathroom materials to have the same affect in the bathroom. The Kitchen & Bathroom installation team we have, has a lot experience in the trade. This project completely covered all the trades needed from start to finish and we also hire a skip were possible to remove all our rubbish.

TRADES WE COVER

  • Kitchen & bathroom removal
  • Plastering & internal rendering
  • Stud wall partitions
  • Plaster boarding
  • Structural wall removal & engineer’s reports
  • Electrical works & Consumer unit installation
  • Kitchen & bathroom design
  • Tiling
  • Kitchen fitting
  • Bathroom fitting
  • Flooring
  • Carpentry
  • Decorating
  • Boiler Installations
  • Gas safe works
  • Electrical Certification (NIC)
  • Skip hire and rubbish removal

 

For information use the contact us page for a quote. We have a picture gallery and testimonials from previous projects on the website.

 

Here at JW McDonald Building Services we are advising our customers about updating their old kitchen units for new kitchen units if their appliances are working well. There is an old saying that there is more than “one way to skin a cat” and there is more than one way to update your old kitchen.

Here at JW McDonald Building Services Ltd we have been trying to help customers to save money on their new kitchens. The trick is to change the old kitchen units for new kitchen units, doors and door handles and keep the old appliances so it gives you feeling of a new kitchen. This has an amazing effect when you change the tiled splash backs and a new kitchen sink and tap if your budget can stretch to it.

We have installed so many variations to save customers money and time with replacing certain parts of the kitchen that will have a great effect on the overall effect. The main cost with most kitchens we install is the building and electrical works so if you can cut this out and just change the kitchen units, doors and handles this will still make a dramatic difference and people will still think you have a new kitchen and that you have not just changed the kitchen units.

If you need help with designing a new kitchen layout that can save you money, then contact us by email and take advantage of our free service regarding kitchen design and estimate: info@jwmcdonaldbuildingservices.com or complete the online ‘Contact us’ form on the website.

AREAS WE COVER ARE:

London Streatham SW16; London SW2 ; South East London; London Southwark & Bermondsey SE1; London Abbey Wood SE2; London Blackheath SE3; London Brockley SE4; London Camberwell SE5; London Catford SE6; London Charlton SE7; London Deptford SE8; London Eltham SE9; Greenwich London SE10; London Kennington SE11; London Lee SE12; London Lewisham SE13; London New Cross SE14; London Peckham SE15; London Rotherhithe SE16; London Walworth SE17; London Woolwich SE18; London Norwood SE19; London Anerley SE20; London Dulwich SE21; London East Dulwich SE22; London Forest Hill SE23; London Herne Hill SE24; London South Norwood SE25; London Sydenham SE26; London West Norwood SE27; London Thamesmead SE28; Bromley BR1, Bromley BR2, Bromley BR3, BR4 West Wickham, Farnborough BR6, Orpington BR5, Orpington BR6, Chislehurst BR7, Petts Wood BR5

30 Mar 2017

Here at JW McDonald Building Services Ltd we are extending our kitchen installation services so that we can offer more kitchen deals to our clients.

We also want to highlight that we are offering brilliant free kitchen design & cost effective kitchen installation service to all our clients, for a limited time, only we are offering cheap kitchens to our clients regardless if you have a kitchen installed by us or just a cheap kitchen supplied by us and you find your own fitter.

When you have your new kitchen installation ideas to hand then we can instruct our free kitchen designer to come over to your property and give you our free kitchen design service to work out the best kitchen installation ideas. We can then email you your plan and kitchen estimate

This is where your cheap kitchen kicks in because if we supply & install your new kitchen from Howdens we will give up to a 60% discount. This offer excludes the installation cost.

This will cover most of our customer’s kitchen installation needs and this can give you a cost effective kitchen for your new kitchen installation ideas. We are also giving you a free kitchen designer that will save you a lot of time. If you need a cheap kitchen with up to 60% off and some freebies, then contact us by email info@jwmcdonaldbuildingservices.com or contact us on our free phone number.

All promotional offers can be removed or withdrawn without warning due stock availability and we only give one promotional offer per kitchen sold or installed. Please check to see if the promotional offer is still valid by emailing us first.

AREAS WE WORK OFTEN WORK IN

London Streatham SW16; London SW2 ;  South East London;   London Southwark & Bermondsey SE1;  London Abbey Wood SE2;  London Blackheath SE3;  London Brockley SE4;  London Camberwell SE5;  London Catford SE6;  London Charlton SE7;   London Deptford SE8;  London Eltham SE9;  Greenwich London SE10;  London Kennington SE11;   London Lee SE12;  London Lewisham SE13;  London New Cross SE14;  London Peckham SE15;  London Rotherhithe SE16;  London Walworth SE17;  London Woolwich SE18;  London Norwood SE19;   London Anerley SE20;  London Dulwich SE21;  London East Dulwich SE22;  London Forest Hill SE23;  London Herne Hill SE24;  London South Norwood SE25;  London Sydenham SE26;  London West Norwood SE27;  London Thamesmead SE28;  Bromley BR1, Bromley BR2, Bromley BR3, BR4 West Wickham, Farnborough BR6, Orpington BR5,  Orpington BR6, Chislehurst BR7, Petts Wood BR5