Choosing a building contractor to build an extension to your house or business premises is a decision that should not be taken lightly. We have all heard tales regarding builders who have no clue about what they are doing and leave you with a massive problem to deal with after they have left.
We are very different – having built almost every conceivable type of extension to commercial premises or homes, we are aware of each and every pitfall and make sure that the building work we do is carried out expertly, safely and leaves customers with an extension that you can be proud of. Have a look at the photos of the building work that we have carried out in the Cheylesmore and local area on this web-site and decide for yourself. We’re sure that you’ll be impressed.
Converting a loft might not need official permission but it is always a good idea to check with your local authority in the Cheylesmore area to make 100% sure and keep on the right side of the planning regulations.
The nearest planning department to Cheylesmore is housed within the Council offices at Coventry City Council and can be accessed on the link: https://www.coventry.gov.uk/planningapplications
There are some considerations that need to be thought about when converting your loft or attic into another room.
The existing ceiling that you have in the building may now become the floor of the new room and it is essential that the supporting structure is strong enough to hold all the additional load that will be present above it in addition to the people that will use the room. There are many innovative ways to do this and we can advise on the very best option for you and minimise the effect on the areas below.
Insulation is another key area that so many people don’t think about. The roof itself is only centimetres away from the room inside so it is essential that proper insulation is placed between the roof itself and the room below.
Building codes of course are of assistance here and there are so many products now available that have incredible insulating properties as well as exceeding building specifications for sound and fire as well as heat insulation.
The very best thing to do is to solicit advice from a professional builder in the very first place so you know the choices that are available to you.
We will be happy to call over and discuss anything you are considering doing, have access to all the resources that you might need including architects, planning services as of course we work hand in hand with the building inspectors in the Cheylesmore area to be absolutely sure that the work we do exceeds all relevant legal and statutory legislation and standards.
Converting your Loft Area – Planning permission and other issues
According to current Government regulations, Planning permission is not normally required. However, authority is required where you extend or alter the roof space and it exceeds specific limits and conditions.
Our brick laying specialists are, in our opinion, among the best brickies in the Cheylesmore area.
Bricklaying is not a simple process and choosing your bricklayer makes a massive impact on the look and feel of the standard involved with any piece of construction work.
How many times have you seen those unsightly white patches all over the sides of buildings when inferior tradespeople or indeed materials have been utilised, leaving the owner with an eyesore for many years to come.
Brick laying is one area where penny pinching could be disastrous. The very best trades people are in strong demand and for sure they will not work for nothing. If you are working to a difficult monetary position, there are usually ways that cost savings can be made; but be careful about builders charging too littlefor brick or block work as this is a bad choice.
Brickwork is masonry produced by a bricklayer, using bricks and mortar. Usually, rows of bricks called courses are laid on top of one another to build up a project such as a brick wall.
The industry often makes use of brick as a building medium, and examples of brick work are found right back through history as far as the Bronze Age. The fired-brick faces of the ziggurat of ancient Dur-Kurigalzu in Iraq date from approximately 1400 BC, and the brick buildings of ancient Mohenjo-daro in Pakistan were built around 2600 BC. Older examples of brickwork constructed from dried (but not fired) bricks may be found in such ahistorical locations as Jericho in the West Bank, Çatal Hüyük in Anatolia, and Mehrgarh in Pakistan. These walls have survived from the Stone Age to the present day.
Converting your garage into useful living space can be a very cost effective way of making additional room in your home in Cheylesmore.
Maybe a new rumpus room for the children or maybe even a home office is the solution that you are looking for.It really is not as simple as putting up some plasterboard and carpeting the room though.
If you are considering using a garage area as a living room then it must comply to all buildingregulations associated with an internal room
The honest truthis that you will not get much pleasure if you ended up living (or having the children play) in an uncomfortable room that got cold in winter and uncomfortably hot in the summer.
Building regulations are there to help us and to get the most we possibly can from the buildings we live in year round.
As always, a call or a visit to the local planning department at the council will let you know everything you need to know about the process. The building inspectors and the planning departments are there to help you and we certainly encourage you to talk to them.
Depending on the circumstances and the location of the garage conversion project, drawing up a detailed structural plan might or may not be appropriate.
We can help with recommending qualified architects that we deal with every day if the situation demands it. In many cases, detailed structural plans are not needed; however we all need to understand and determinethe scope of the building work that will be quoted for so you can make a proper comparison and make an informed decision. The easiest way forward is to give us a call or drop us an email through the contact form and we will come over and discuss things in person and give you a free, no-obligation quote for the work that you are considering having done.
Of course, it is equally possible to convert a previously converted living room back into a garage. Perhaps you actually want a garage for a workshop or a place to keep your car safe overnight. We have converted garages into living rooms and vice-versa. The key with converting back into a garage is to make sure that as much of the original living room specification is included as there may be a time when it needs to be converted back again, perhaps when it comes to selling the house for example. Please give us a call and we’ll be pleased to discuss all possible options with you and come up with a cost-effective solution.
As part of the garage conversion, it is likely that the original garage door will be infilled with a new wall and possibly a window or door. As the foundation to the existing garage is not likely to be traditional (it’s probably a shallow slab), a new foundation may be needed for the new wall. The existing foundation may be checked by digging alongside it until it’s bottom is reached.
Foundations are required to transmit the load of the building safely to the ground. Therefore, all buildings should have adequate foundations (normally concrete), which will vary from one project to another depending on the circumstances of each case.
These foundations can be cast as deep-fill (filling most of the trench) or shallow-fill (where the minimum thickness to transfer the load to the soil is provided).
There are other types of foundations that may be used if the ground conditions do not make trench fill practicable. It is advisable to contact a structural engineer or speak to building control for further advice.
Factors to be taken into account of when designing a foundation:
The type of soil that the foundation will sit on is important for two reasons:
It should be able to bear the weight (load) of the foundation and the extension – different soils have different load bearing capabilities.