The remedial works were carried out on our home during the summer of 2015. It's amazing the difference a proper builder makes!
The photos below again highlight Loftplan Designs Limited's very poor brickwork:
Loftplan Designs Limited's Work
There were 1.5 bricks to the soffit at the rear left but only one at the rear right, showing how unlevel Loftplan laid the bricks.
Loftplan's brickwork has been demolished and correctly rebuilt so that the rows are now level and straight.
This photo shows our new gable and the gap to the soffit highlights just how much Loftplan's brickwork bowed!
Once the scaffolding was erected and the demolition work commenced, not surprisingly further issues were discovered as follows:
not only did Loftplan use insufficient cavity wall ties, they did not use the correct BS version.
they couldn't even put guttering up straight as this photo shows; no wonder we had issues when it rained.
when the brickwork to the front of our house was demolished, the pipework to our ensuite was completely exposed - Loftplan had neither insulated nor boarded it off.
the size of the cavity on the main gable wall was insufficient and corrective action had to be taken by the new builders.
the number of cavity trays was insufficient and all were unacceptable.
the new mortar in the joints is now a perfect match to our original brickwork and although Loftplan said this was impossible, the new builders stated that they simply used the correct sand and a consistent mix throughout the rebuild.
there were several areas where Loftplan hadn't put cavity insulation and where they hadn't put waterproof membrane.