How we work
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Congratulations, you are ready to convert your loft and transform your home!
Call us on 01932 503900 to book an appointment and get started.
We arrange an appointment with you to discuss your requirements and needs. This gives us a chance to take a look at your property, discuss any specific details and answer any queries.
After our first visit, we will discuss the potential options with you to quote for your perfect loft conversion, and then provide you with a detailed estimate of the cost of the loft conversion project.
Once you have signed the contract and given us the go-ahead, we will task our talented RIBA qualified architects to start making the design drawings for your new loft conversion. The architect may want to come and visit your property again to clarify any design queries. We will then present you with clear, professional drawings, detailing the build.
As most loft extensions will not require a Full Planning Application, the architect will advise you as to how to best approach the Local Planning Authority (LPA). If you live in a listed building or a conservation area, that you would need to go through the Full Planning Application process – we are able to give full advice on this. However, you are more likely to have to make a Building Regulations Application. This is if your loft conversion is intended for use as new accommodation, for example a bedroom, study or office. Building regulations are used to ensure that any building or alteration work meets the set standards for the design and construction of buildings, mainly to ensure the health and safety for those living in or around the building.
A building owner proposing to build a Loft Conversion has to give adjoining owners notice of their intentions in the way set down in the Act. Adjoining owners can agree or disagree with what is proposed.
The Party Wall Act 1996 provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings. This may include:
- Work on an existing wall shared with another property
- Building on the boundary with a neighbouring property
- Excavating near a neighbouring property
Our team will be able to advise on the best route forward when trying to gain your neighbour’s consent for the project.
When converting an existing roof space into a loft, it is often necessary to add additional fire protection in the existing parts of the house. For example, a typical loft conversion to a two-storey house may result in the need to provide new fire-resisting doors and sometimes partitions to protect the stairway. This is because it is too dangerous to escape via windows from floors above first floor level.
Once the all necessary permissions have been sought and given, we would ask you to sign the final Build Contract for us to start carrying out the work on converting your loft.
The actual building work usually takes around 8-10 weeks, during which our skilled and friendly workmen will be on site 5-6 days a week. Your dedicated project manager will make regular site visits and is always contactable, should you have any questions
Final Inspection and sign-off
Once the loft conversion reaches its final stages, the Local Authority building control officer will make his final inspection and report. The loft conversion will need to be signed off by Building Control.
Once the loft conversion has been signed off by building control, we compile your guarantee pack, which includes a 10-year structural guarantee. In the unlikely event that you have any problems, simply give us a call and we will get the issue rectified.