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Fancy a Wii

Today the arrival of our lorry made two boys in Newbury very happy. As the truck backed into the drive the two tiny banksmen were busy discussing their new house extension, soon destined to become the most important room in the house. A bright and spacious new playroom!

Luton truck

It’s Friday

A week has passed since the Newbury Show and all it’s wonders. From the Devil’s horses to steam powered saws, it gets better each year, and on our door step too!

sheep at show

Introducing Ryan

Ryan, or Rory to his colleagues, has been working with Ark since the beginning and he’s one of the site foremen for Ark Rooms. There aren’t many trades that Rory isn’t skilled in. From the initial groundworks to first and second fix carpentry, plastering and decorating, Rory is there at the beginning and end of the job, making sure Ark’s high standards are maintained.

ryan 1

Remember avocado bathroom suites? 

Beware of trends and fads when choosing colours for your home. This is the advice from by House and Garden Magazine.  Choosing a colour scheme for your house and your new extension need not be complicated, their suggestion is to go for colours that you like and not to feel restricted by the age or period of the property.

Phrases like ‘colour palettes’ and ‘sympathetic shades’ are double Dutch to most of us, so for some clear advice on how to get the look you want, read the article here.

paint colours

Monday morning traffic

Ahh, the pleasures of working in the countryside. Whilst on my way to visit some clients in Hungerford, West Berkshire, traffic ground to a halt to allow these beautiful beasts to lumber across our path. No rush and no frustration, even the burly men in the truck in front cracked a smile as the small herd lazily went about their day.  Why did the cows cross the road? Who knows…

cows in road

Our new lorry

We proudly present our new Luton lorry which can now be seen in and around the Thames Valley region.  It carries all the materials and components used on our house extensions, from our workshop in Newbury to our clients houses wherever they may be.

With an impressive 6m long box it’s hard to miss on the streets of West Berkshire and with such a huge dry and secure storage area, it’s an ideal way of protecting our roof, wall and floor panels from all this great British weather.

ark rooms luton

Introducing Adam

Adam joined us in June and is already proving to be an invaluable member of the team.  He has multiple talents (in addition to being a keen fisherman) and is equally at home in our new workshop in Newbury, or working on-site erecting our modular house extensions.  If you see him around town in his striking Bipper van be sure to say hi.

Adam and bipper

We’re upgrading – our new offices

We’re expanding!  Our faithful old workshop in Curridge, Thatcham has become too small to accommodate our growing numbers of staff and we have upgraded to a larger, modern facility in the middle of Newbury.

We’ve been busy configuring the workshop, fitting it out with everything we need to make our super insulated house extensions. We’ve also created a brand new office space which uses lots of the products we use on our house extensions, like our Oak flooring, timber cladding, electrical fittings and radiators – So our office now doubles up as a full size, walk in samples room.

We’re still waiting for our new sign to be delivered – but once installed, we’ll be hard to miss at our new home:

Ark Rooms Ltd, 25 Turnpike Industrial Estate, Newbury, RG14 2LR

Same contact info as follows: 01635 229 229

we're moving

As seen in print

Thank you to our friends at the Newbury Weekly News for their editorial article in this week’s newspaper on the upcoming Falkland School Fete.  The staff, parents and pupils all work tirelessly to ensure the fete gets bigger and better each year and the support of the paper to help publicise this year’s event should help to ensure that more people than ever support the school on the day.

The fete this year is on Saturday 17th June from 1pm to 4pm at Falkland School, Andover Road, Newbury, RG14.  We’ll see you there!


Falkland School Fete 17th June 2017

This year ARK Rooms is proudly supporting the annual Falkland School summer fete, to be held at the school on Saturday 17th June 2017, from 1pm to 4pm.

In co-operation with the Falkland School Association ARK Rooms have arranged for approximately 20 estate agent style boards to be erected in front gardens across the Wash Common area of Newbury. It is hoped these signs, which have information about the date and time of the school fete, will promote the event to an even wider audience than usual.

Caroline Kirby from the Falkland School Association says, “A lot of hard work goes into making the summer fete such a success, but in addition to being great fun it is also a hugely important fundraising event for the school. There is so much organised it will be a really fun afternoon for all the family. We will have a BBQ & alcohol tent, homemade cakes & refreshments, raffle, children’s glam tent including facepainting, Berkshire Fire & Rescue will be attending with their fire engine for children to have a sit in, there will also be fun tennis sessions run by Ignition Tennis, Tug of War, Karate & Judo demonstrations plus lots of traditional fun stalls with prizes to be won. Everyone is most welcome to come on the day, enjoy the atmosphere & explore the various stands, many run by the pupils.”

Falkland School Fete June 2017


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