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Barn Conversion near Tregony

Posted by Iona Manley & Steve Slade on October 18, 2012 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (43)

Steve spent most of the last few months working on the exterior of a lovely barn conversion near Tregony. He was most fascinated by the migration of the swallows! Watching them leave their home in one of the outbuildings for warmer climes. 

I meanwhile, took some time off and spent the holidays mucking about on the beach with our two young boys, (who are getting far too brave in the water these days!)

And recently, I've been pre-occupied with a new addition to the family! We've finally got another dog. A gorgeous little puppy girl we've named Socks! She's a cross between a collie and a labrador - and is trouble!! Luckily, I've been working in Falmouth for a regular client who knows me well, and was happy for me to bring Socks along. She was very good at helping to strip the wallpaper - but got far more paint on herself than on the walls!

Currently we are doing some ground works for a children's nursery in Newquay, have a wardrobe to build, then onto a loft conversion in Carharrack. Thankfully Grandpa has returned from his travels, to take on domestic duties!

Flushing finished & a few other jobs too!

Posted by Iona Manley & Steve Slade on June 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (2)

Well, we finished Flushing a few months ago - it was quite a push with pretty much just the two of us, and the job grew to include a new kitchen refit (originally only going to be prepared & painted.) We started at the top and came right down through the house, stripping paper, re-rending & plastering, part re-wire, removal & refitting of all the doors (lots & lots of doors!) with new hinges & handles, new radiators, new skirting boards, new bannisters, thorough sand down of all woodwork, and of course, painted throughout!

I was soo excited for the clients to see the final results and am pleased to say they were thrilled – there was proper welling-up on both sides!! (From us ladies at least!) As required, we transformed a tired, old and smoky house into a peaceful, clean and airy home! It looks absolutely amazing now with new carpets throughout, and the windows & walls all dressed, where the Hamptons meets a little bit of shabby chic.

With the clients en-route, we did consider changing all the locks & denying all knowledge of who they were - haha!

But alas, (back home to typical builders house - not finished!!) - and on to the next job! We worked on the exterior of a commercial property in Truro. Made some repairs to the window frames, painted them, the gutters & the walls. What a lovely group of office workers who kept the coffee flowing. Big thumbs up there!

We are now working on a holiday flat in a complex on the outskirts of Newquay. We’ve stripped out old T&G wall panelling, and replaced with plasterboard which we’ve drylined. Skirting boards are off, painted & ready to be replaced. New laminate flooring laid. Bannisters & walls to paint.

Missed out on decorating a few rooms for TV show, The Hotel Inspector, filming down here in Cornwall, that would have been fun but we were not dealing direct.

Have some other short-ish jobs lined up and a tonne of admin work to do!! SOOOO behind in that department that we seriously need to be office bound for a week or two very soon. Hoping to get another whole-house project management based job – but need to advertise!!!!!! Leaflets & sign writing the van is the current plan.

5 bed house in Flushing, nr Falmouth

Posted by Iona Manley & Steve Slade on August 13, 2011 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (2)

Great news - we got the job in Flushing! Its a 1960's detached property overlooking the estuary to Falmouth, so pretty good views for our breaks!
Steve is down there full time and I'm currently doing just a couple of days a week while the kids are off school. So far, we've removed all the carpets, started stripping wallpaper, and arranged for quotes to re-wire & change radiators.
We'll be there a while but it's a great place to be! Was good of the Red Arrows to turn up last week - they did a heart-stopping display for Falmouth Week.

Super quick update

Posted by Iona Manley on June 28, 2011 at 6:28 PM Comments comments (0)

Well the Crantock house didn't happen. Sadly it was condemned with mundic block..... Such a great property but beyond economical repair.

We then went on to work on the Doc Martin set again with friends of ours. Great fun to paint really badly (required) and to do a few effects!! 

We then did the Findus Youngs Fish n Chips, Fishermen's Friends, advert in Port Issac - the inside of a boat, in the inside the RNLI office. The closing shot featured Steve's hand.....and the boys singing was pretty good too!!

And then an advert for Dove shower gel, where we had to build a working, hot & high pressure shower, in a barn, in the middle of nowhere, on the top of dartmoor. Quite a challenge, especially at short notice, but pulled it off, under high pressure!, with kids happy in the care of grandpa! Kisses & hugs all round, at the end of the shoot from the director & the

Painted a kitchen, and Steve fitted an understairs door for very lovely lady in Bodmin, and decorated a bedroom & bathroom for a doctor in Porthtowan.

On-going job, just finished, fitting double glazed units into x5 existing wooden sash windows to another house in Crantock. Now replacing flat roof with a slated pitched roof to a what-will-be-glorious, garden summer house in Newquay.

Two quotes to do for whole houses. Feel like we are back!



Welcome to our new website

Posted by Iona Manley on September 15, 2010 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (2)

Blimey - that was easy! Website creation in a couple of days via - should have done this years ago! Still have to find and upload more photos - and add more past clients but am pretty chuffed that I've got the bulk of the site done so quickly!

EGD Renovations is up and running again full steam ahead now that our youngest has started big school. 

Steve went it alone for a few years whilst our two boys were babies - concentrating mainly on sash window renovation and draught-proofing.

In the last year or so, I have done some decorating work for a few existing clients, as well as some work for neighbours! 

Currently waiting for the results on a survey of a fantastic detached property in Crantock with unspoiled views over National Trust land to the sea. Clients would like us to re-render, re-plaster, re-wire, re-plumb and redecorate in the 1920s style that makes this property so distinctive. We fear the worst though. Property has not been touched "since" the 1920's - complete time warp inside. There cannot be many properties like it, left in Cornwall these days. As wonderful as it is, water damage could have been detrimental to integrity of building. 

Is the property worth the investment? We wait with baited breath - but won't be holding it!