Santos Road, London
Internal fittings are installed with kitchen appliances
When it comes to architecture and construction, one of the most important things to consider is ensuring that the site is watertight before any fittings and finishes are installed and applied. This is particularly important when dealing with complex elements in the project such as the lantern roof glassing and external Crittal doors and windows, where even the slightest amount of water ingress can cause significant damage and compromise the integrity of the fittings and finishes.
The first step in achieving a watertight site is to conduct a thorough site survey to identify any potential sources of water ingress, even if there were dry days during construction. This includes checking for leaks in the existing roof and walls, as well as identifying any areas where water may have pooled or accumulated. Once we have identified these potential issues, appropriate measures can be taken to mitigate any future failures.
For example, in the case of the newly installed lantern roof glassing between the old house and a new side infill, it was necessary to install a flashing system to redirect any water that may collect at the junction away from the building. Similarly, for the external Crittal doors and windows, we deemed it necessary to install a drainage system around the perimeter of the rear extension to prevent water from deteriorating the flashing.
In addition to taking these measures, it was also important to ensure that the shell of the building was specified with materials that are resistant and designed to withstand the elements. This includes using high-quality sealants and adhesives, as well as ensuring that all joints and connections are properly sealed and reinforced in this VM Zinc flashing system.
By taking these steps and ensuring that a watertight site was achieved before the kitchen came in any finishes installed or applied, we ensured that the project was built to last and withstand even the most extreme weather conditions. This not only protects the investment of the client but also helps to ensure the safety and well-being of the occupants of the building.
In summary, the importance of having a watertight site before installing the kitchen, floors, and painting and decorating cannot be overstated. This is particularly important for complex projects such as this with the presence of structural glassing design features, where water ingress can cause significant damage and compromise the integrity of the project. By conducting a thorough site survey, taking proactive measures to mitigate potential issues, and using high-quality materials and fittings, we ensured that the project was built to last and withstand the test of time.