We are now at the next stage of our Newton development project. The scaffolding is now down and the windows will be going in soon.
This week, we have been installing a French drain for a Victorian property in Chelmsford. A French drain is a slightly sloped trench which is filled with aggregate, that allows surface water to drain away from buildings, walls, gardens, drives etc. Although the name suggests that it comes from France, this is not true. It was actually named after Henry French, a farmer from Massachussets, who wrote about the concept in 1859 in his book about farm drainage!
In this week's blog we'd like to share with you this stunning, purpose-made chimney stack that we built last year. We were involved with English Heritage on this project.
These shots were taken before we started.
We used locally sourced, hand-made bricks from Bulmer Brickworks to complete the job.
The next pictures were taken during the process of rebuilding the chimney.
Every brick used had a different shape, so this was a painstakingly complex job, which was rather like doing a jigsaw puzzle!
The hard work was worth it, as we think you'll agree that the end result is truly stunning!
We are very proud to share the latest photos from our Stanningfield project with you. The external lime render is now complete (you can read more about this technique in our previous lime render blog).
We have also completed the lime crete floor using reclaimed bricks.
As promised, here is our next in the ‘Meet the Team’ series of blogs. This week we’d like to introduce Ben Jones!
Ben is the ‘son’ in K.E. Jones & Son. From a young age, Ben loved going to work with his dad Kevin, and it was this that started his interest in the building trade, and period properties in particular.
Ben left school in 1994 and went on to University of Suffolk, Ipswich and Otley College where he obtained his NVQ3 in plastering. After this, joining the family business was the natural path to take. Ben continued to improve on his skills over the years of working with his dad.
Following Kevin’s semi-retirement, Ben took over the running of the business. He takes a professional, yet friendly approach, and is well respected by both staff and clients alike. Ben prides himself on his eye for detail which he strongly believes is essential to what the company does.
Outside of work, Ben is a real family man. He has been married to his wife Jodie for 15 years, and they have been together for 24 years! They have two lovely daughters, Willow and Heidi. Ben enjoys entertaining with family and friends, and in the little free-time that he has when not busy with work, or family, Ben loves all sports!
We hope that you are enjoying our meet the team series. Next time we will feature all-rounder tradesman, Joe Waterson.
We are starting our 'Meet the Team' blogs with none other than the founder of K.E. Jones & Son - Mr Kevin Jones! Kevin will be 70 this year and the business will also be celebrating its 50th birthday.
When Kevin left school he did an engineering apprenticeship but left the company when it finished, as he couldn't bear to be stuck indoors. He joined a local building firm in North London, and worked all over the area learning the building trade.
In 1972 he married his lovely wife, Sandra, and they moved to Wakes Colne which felt like the middle of nowhere after London! Kevin had been travelling back at weekends before the wedding to finish building their first home together. In 1975 the couple moved to Leavenheath. Sandra was pregnant with their first child, Danni, and they were living in a caravan while Kevin built their new home - not easy with a new baby!
Kevin has always been able to see the potential in property, and this is how he has moved forward over the years. Kevin is an extremely hard worker with 'old school' ethics, and has even been known to help out older customers at Christmas time without charging them. Although a very quiet, private man, he is very kind and will help anyone.
Kevin is father to 3, Danni, Ben and Will, and a much-loved grandad to 4 grandsons and 3 granddaughters. Although Kevin is now semi-retired having handed over the company reins to Ben, he is currently building two detached houses!