Choosing a builder to build an extension to your home or commercial premises is a decision that should not be taken lightly. We have all heard tales regarding building contractors who have no idea what they are doing and leave you with a huge problem to deal with after they have gone.
We are different – having constructed 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 perform is carried out expertly, safely and leaves customers with a build that you can be proud of. Have a glance at the photos of the building work that we have carried out in the Pinley Gardens and local area on this website and decide for yourself. We’re sure that you will be impressed.
Converting a loft may not need official permission but it is always a good thing to check with your local authority in the Pinley Gardens area to make 100% sure and keep on the right side of the planning regulations.
The nearest planning department to Pinley Gardens is located 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 converting 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 essential that the supporting structure is strong enough to comfortably bear all the extra 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 solution for you and minimise the effect on the area underneath.
Insulation is another key element that so many people don’t think about. The roof itself is only centimetres away from the room inside so it is essential that appropriate insulation is inserted between the roof itself and the room below.
Building codes of course are of assistance 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 thermal insulation.
A good option for you s to solicit advice from someone in the very first place so you are clear about the choices that are available to you.
We will be happy to call over and talk through you are considering 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 Pinley Gardens area to be absolutely sure that the work we do complies with all the necessary legal and statutory legislation and standards.
Converting your Loft Area – Planning permission and other areas
According to current Government guidelines, Planning permission is not normally required. However, permission is necessary where you extend or alter the roof space and it exceeds specific limits and conditions.
Our bricklayers are, in our opinion, among the most reliable brickies in the Pinley Gardens area.
Bricklaying is not an easy thing to do and choosing your brick layer makes a massive impact into the look and feel of the finish involved with any piece of construction work.
How many times have you seen those terrible white patches all over the sides of buildings when inferior tradespeople or even materials have been utilised, leaving the home owner with an eyesore for many years to come.
Brick laying is one area where penny pinching can 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 monetary position, there are always ways in which cost savings can be made; however be wary of companies charging too cheaply for brick or block work as this is a bad choice.
Brick work is masonry produced by a bricklayer, using bricks and mortar. Usually, rows of bricks called courses are laid on top of one another to make a project such as a brick wall.
The construction industry frequently makes use 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 made with 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.
Converting your garage into valuable living space can be a very cost effective way of freeing-up extra space in your home in Pinley Gardens.
Maybe a new play room for the children or maybe even a home office is the solution that you are looking for.It really isn’t as easy as putting up some plasterboard and vinyl flooringthe room though.
If you are going to use 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 inhabit all year round.
In most cases, 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 full structural plan may or may not be appropriate.
We can help by recommending good 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 comprehend 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 best 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.