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Heol Don, Whitchurch

The Orchards development consisted of the old mansion house being developed into three homes, the former coach house as a pair of mews cottages and a new detached dwelling.


FCE were appointed by DMJ Property as the principal contractors on the refurbishment and alteration work of the existing house. This also includes a new dwelling to the front of the existing house – Maple Lodge, and the former coach house at the back to be demolished and rebuild as a pair of semi-detached mews cottage – Cherry and Laurel Cottage.

The initial stage of this job was the removal of asbestos to the former coach house before the demolition work could be completed. This was completed within three weeks.

The work on the main mansion house then started by dividing the existing building into three houses – The Hollies, Beech View and Oakland. Each of these houses had extensive work carried out to them and even an extension to the Oakland that replicates the original house.

All of the houses were then laid with underfloor heating and a liquid screed flooring. The next stage was to then insulate all the walls of the houses and to dry line then with acoustic boarding to help with noise suppression between each house. All the walls were then plastered ready to start to be decorated. New sash windows were fitted and bi-fold doors that lead out onto, the garden areas of two of the houses.

The next stage was then the starting of the new builds – Maple Lodge, Cherry Cottage & Laurel Cottage. All three of these house was addressed with the same level of detail as the original house.

Each house was sympathetically restored to try and give the real feeling of character that the original house would have had, but still tried to give it a modern twist. Each of the houses on this development will consist of:

  • Handcrafted kitchens with granite worktops and plinths 
  • Integrated NEFF appliances
  • Original and new handcrafted oak stair cases
  • Family bathrooms and en-suites fully tiled with either marble or limestone
  • Landscaped garden
  • Decorated and finished to a high standard throughout

 This contract has a value of £1.7 million.

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ISO Construction Line Chas Safe Contractor CITB Construction Skills Work Safe Contractor