What we do for you
When helping you to create your desired home, we offer practical advice and guidance to ensure that the end result is best suited to your requirements. We understand that our clients are individuals and therefore our service is flexible, adaptable and tailored to your needs.
There are several options and we can help you to choose what is best for you whilst ensuring that the work complies with Building Regulations. These are;
Extending The Property
Converting Unused Spaces
Renovating/Re-Modelling Existing Rooms
Building Your Own Home
- Single storey or two storey extension
If you are running out of space at home you have two choices, move or extend.
A single storey rear extension with a loft conversion is a popular choice for terraced homes, but if space allows, semi-detached houses may benefit more from a two storey extension. But the trick is never to over extend your property, every road has its ‘ceiling price’ and if yours is out of keeping with its neighbours you may not recoup your investment when you eventually sell.
- Loft, basement or garage conversions
Loft conversions offer a convenient way to add an extra bedroom, bathroom or home office. The easiest way to tell if your loft is suitable for conversion is to see if you can stand upright at its highest point, as this needs to be at least 2.3 metres.
Basement conversions are becoming more popular in urban areas where land is at a premium, but should not be undertaken lightly. The specialist work involved to create a space that is waterproof, well ventilated and well lit, makes them much more expensive than loft conversions.
If your garage is only used as a junk store, ask yourself if it would be better used as habitable space. You will have to upgrade the structure to meet current Building Regulations covering energy efficiency, damp-proofing and ventilation. If the conversion involves building on top of the garage, the foundations will need to be checked to show they can take the extra load.
- Knocking down internal walls
- Dividing rooms with partition walls
- Installing en-suite bathroom or downstairs cloakroom
Remodelling is often the best solution if you need different living accommodation rather than extra living space. In normal circumstances, planning permission is not needed for this work. However, the work must comply with the Building Regulations if it involves alterations to the structure of the building or the drainage, for example removing a load-bearing wall.
Build Your Own
We have probably all dreamed of building our own homes, but unless you are a born designer, project manager, negotiator and financial controller the project could spiral out of control.
Every stage of the build will have to be planned in minute detail, from the location of the plot, the design and layout, the negotiations with planning authorities and selecting the right builder.
So if you’ve never had any experience in managing a building project, it might be worth getting a project manager or finding a builder who can also offer that service. You must be extremely clear as to what your requirements are and sticking to your budget is crucial, always build in at least a 15 percent contingency fund – if you don’t need it that’s brilliant but rare, but if an extra expense crops up, you’ll have no need to worry.