Thinking About Construction

Normally, when people think about building companies, they envision a construction site, which is logical…right? We build stuff, it’s what we do! This may be true of some builders out there, however with companies like Howards there is so much more to offer. We offer the Full Package.

At Howards we believe that just building a house is not enough, we always go the extra mile, giving 110% all the way! We aren’t really just building a house, we are building a home. We can help with some of the steps to making a house a home; putting down a carpet, painting the walls your favourite colour, we even delve into garden landscaping to give you the home that you deserve.

If there is anything we can help you with, please don't hesitate to give us a call on 01325 364 045 and speak to a member of our team.

Mission Statement

What is our Mission?

Our aim is to become a household name for Home Improvements and Extensions in the North East

We have much to offer

We will consult you personally about all aspects of the build. Offering you guidance and our professional advice, which will save you money and give you a piece of mind.

Our Aim is Customer Satisfaction!

Our services are shown based on how satisfied our previous customers have been with our work. You can check our rating here where you will see that we have an outstanding rating of 9.8 out of 10. If we have recently completed work for you we would greatly appreciate it if you could leave us a review on checkatrade. Thank you.

What do we have to offer?

We offer a plethora of services, which spans Home Improvements, Extensions and Construction as a whole. Our services are not limited to just building, we are also involved in Plumbing, Electrical, Landscaping, Painting and Decorating. We recently finished painting a Primary School right here in Darlington.

What type of work do we enjoy the most?

Luckily for us, the work that we enjoy the most is the type of work we do most often. We love work which improves a persons home, we find it extremely rewarding to know that we have brought to life a persons vision of what their home could be.

Is Customer Service important?

We believe that customer satisfaction is the most important aspect of any job we take on. Our staff take great pride in their work and are extremely passionate about providing a service that is second to none.

DId you like our Mission Statement?

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Garden Wonders

Landscaping is a very broad term, it can mean everything from changing your garden to flattening a hill. When most people think about landscaping we envision beautiful gardens with a lawn of healthy green grass complete with a swimming pool, gravel patterns and hedge sculptures.

Stone and Gravel in your garden

Stone and gravel are the main materials used in landscaping. They can be used together to create beautiful patterns as in the example above the sun. Gravel and Stone are popular among many home owners as they are very low maintenance yet amazing to look at. Many people enjoy the sound of crunching gravel as they walk across, colours ranging from; red, white, icey blue, grey, black, golden and silver.

Garden Hedge Sculptures

Hedge Sculptures are highly sought after, they bring the whole garden to life. Though sometimes they can take some work maintaining, they are certainly beautiful and the best part is that they can be anything you desire. These are great for big gardens as they take up a large amount of space and turn it into a work of art.

Flowerbeds

Flowers really make your garden what it is. They add so much colour while filling up quite a lot of space. Some people create patterns, others recreate pictures by rearranging different types of flowers to get the right colour scheme. Flowerbeds which are positioned in a good place and kept neat are what makes something good, something great.

Garden Ponds

A garden pond is a great way to add some wildlife to your garden. If the pond is deep enough you could introduce some fish, brightly coloured fish are easily visible from above a shallow pond and would offer a next level of beauty. It is highly recommended that pond owners use some sort of filter or a Pleco Fish which feeds mostly on algae and will keep your pond clean.

Need help with Landscaping?

We are here to help! Give us a call on 01325 364 045 or email us build@johnhowarduk.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Demolition

Demolition is the destruction of a building or structure. It is important to ensure this process us undertaken safely as taking down an entire building has many obvious risks.

Here are some demolition methods;

Wrecking Ball

Almost any structure can be demolished via Wrecking Ball but it is a skilled practice which cannot be self taught.

The wrecking ball is a very effective method of demolition. When demolishing multi-storey structures that have suffered structural damage. After all other methods have been considered and undertaken a hazard assessment, if the plans are deemed too hazardous the wrecking ball is determined the most appropriate method.

Hazards associated with Wrecking Ball Demolition include but are not limited to:

- Noise
- Dust
- Vibration to adjoining structures
- Flying Debris
- Uncontrolled/Unintentional Collapse
- Limited waste minimisation

Any trainee's must be instructed by a trained and experienced worker and work under close supervision until they are competent.
Not just any crane is capable of undertaking this task, we would recommend a converted drag line crane. They are very robust and stable, a crane with a hydraulic ram should not be used when using a demolition.

A crane which is being used with a wrecking ball should be fitted with FOPS and should be enclosed, strong and debris-proof. Cranes which are used solely for lifting on a demolition project dont need to be fitted with a FOPS cab, however operations that could cause flying debris should not be carried out close to the crane.

Demolition by Implosion/Explosives

Explosion or implosion destruction is an effective and efficient method of demolition. Using this technique can reduce both cost and time to bring dangerous multi-storey structures to the ground in comparison to conventional demolition methods. In the majority of cases, implosion can reduce the whole demolition period by up to 80% with most of the time being spent in preparation and the clean up following.

The only structures which cannot be demolished in this manner are Timber-Framed and Brick Structures. Even structures which have been compromised in the past can be effectively imploded, however an expert will give instructions on any collateral damage that may occur.

The method usually used is to cut or disintegrate key structural members by fixing plaster charges to key structural supports or drill holes

The usual method is to cut or disintegrate key structural members by loading drilled holes with explosives, or fixing plaster charges to the outside of these members.

You should always take the following precautions:

- Have an experienced and approved explosives handler in charge of the work.
- Make sure that the plans are feasible by consulting an experienced IPENZ engineer.
- Use mats and small charges to stop flying debris
- Beware of strong columns as they may cause the building to sit down rather than topple.
- Advise the local authority and police of the plans.
- Ensure there are safe escape routes.

Wire Rope Pulling

This method uses wire ropes and cables which are attached to such as tractors or winches and fixed to key structural members then pulled down. This method is best suited to detached structures as there is plenty of surrounding room and less risk of damaging any other structures in the process. Wire Rope Pulling can be used for bridges, brick, stone or steel chimneys, timber-framed buildings and for spires or masts.

We would recommend the following precautions:

- Use wire ropes with a safety rating of at least 6 and with a diameter of at least 16mm.
- Make sure the machine is anchored securely and the rope is flattened to less than 1 inch.
- Ensure that no one stands between the machine and building or next to the rope.
- Do not allow anyone inside of the building while pulling.
- Make sure that all ropes are properly secured before commencing with the pull.
- Take note of any overhead power lines to make sure the rope doesn't touch them.

Grapples and Shears

If there might be a risk of fire, or where more precise cutting using a torch is not required, power shears can be used to crop and cut through concrete and metal such as beams or reinforcing steel. An additional feature of this method is that it reduces the noise on site. Any member which is to be severed should either be effectively supported or, if it is going to be allowed to fall care should be taken in order to ensure remaining structures or personnel are not endangered.

When moving waste around the site or loading it onto other vehicles to dispose of waste, power grapples can be used to handle the waste. There should be care taken to avoid overloading the equipment as some of the debris from demolition could have a high density. You should always try to avoid damage to the machine itself, do not try to do too much at once, as a heavy load could induce instability and then overturning.

Machines should only be operated in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations.

Need more information?

Visit our blogs section to read about some of our other services. If you need a demolition specialist please dont hesitate to call us on 01325 364 045.