Choosing a builder to build an extension to your house or business premises is a decision that should not be taken lightly. We have all heard tales about building contractors who have no clue about what they are doing and leave you with a massive problem to deal with after they have gone.
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 work we do is carried out expertly, safely and leaves you with a build that you can be proud of. Have a look at the photographs of the work that we have carried out in the Middle Stoke and local area on this website and see for yourself. We are certain that you will be impressed.
Changing a loft may not need planning permission but it is always a good thing to speak to your local authority in the Middle Stoke area to make 100% sure and stay the right side of the planning regulations.
The nearest planning department to Middle Stoke is housed within the Council offices at Coventry City Council and can be accessed on their website: https://www.coventry.gov.uk/planningapplications
Here are some considerations that need to be thought about when changing your loft or attic into another room.
The existing ceiling that you have in the building will now become the floor space of the new room and it is vital that the supporting structure is strong enough to hold all the extra weight that will be present above it in addition to the people that will use the room. There are many effective ways to do this and we can advise on the very best option for you and minimise the effect on the area underneath.
Building insulation is another key area that so many people ignore. The roof itself is only inches away from the room inside so it is vital that proper insulation is inserted between the roof itself and the room below.
Building codes of course are a help here and there are so many materials now available that have incredible insulating properties as well as exceeding building specifications for sound and fire and heat insulation.
A good option for you s to get advice from someone in the very first instance so you are clear about the options that are available to you.
We are happy to meet with you and talk through you are thinking of doing, have access to all the resources that you may need including architects, planning services as of course we work hand in hand with the building inspectors in the Middle Stoke area to be absolutely sure that the work we carry out exceeds all relevant legal and statutory legislation and standards.
Converting your Loft Area – Planning permission and other areas
According to current Government regulations, Planning permission is not normally needed. However, permission is required where you extend or alter the roof space and it exceeds specified limits and conditions.
Our brick laying specialists are, in our opinion, among the most reliable brickies in the Middle Stoke area.
Bricklaying is not an easy process and choosing your brick layer makes a huge impact on the look and feel of the finish involved with any piece of building work.
How many times have you seen those terrible white patches all over the sides of buildings when inferior tradesmen or even materials have been used, leaving the owner with an eyesore for many years to come.
Brick laying is one area where penny pinching could be catastrophic. The very best bricklayers are in high demand and for sure they will not work cheaply. If you are working to a difficult budget, there are always ways that cost savings can be made; but be careful about building contractors charging too littlefor brick or block work as this is a bad economy.
Brickwork is masonry produced by a bricklayer, using bricks and mortar. Typically, rows of bricks called courses are laid on top of one another to build up a structure such as a brick wall.
The industry often uses of brick as a building medium, and examples of brickwork 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 around 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 aancient locations as Jericho in the West Bank, Çatal Hüyük in Anatolia, and Mehrgarh in Pakistan. These structures have survived from the Stone Age to the present day.
Changing your car garage into useful living space can be a very cost effective way of freeing-up extra room in your house in Middle Stoke.
Maybe a new rumpus room for the kids or maybe even a home prayer room is the solution that you are looking for.It really isn’t as easy as putting up some plasterboard and floor tilesthe room though.
If you are considering using a garage area as a living room then it must comply to all planning and buildingregulations associated with an interior
The honest truthis that you won’t get much enjoyment if you ended up working (or having the children play) in a draughty room that was freezing in winter and too hot in the summer.
Building and Planning 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.
Dependent upon the circumstances and the situation of the garage conversion project, drawing up a detailed structural plan may or may not be appropriate.
We can help with recommending good architects that we deal with every day if the situation demands it. In some cases, detailed structural plans are not needed; however we all need to understand and agree the scope of the 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.