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  • Commercial Building Services. From a complete office block or factory to a simple office refurbishment, we can help!
  • Domestic (Home) building services. From a complete build of a new home to a loft extension or replacement garden wall.
  • Loft conversions. Our speciality and a great way to use space you already own to create a new bedroom, bathroom or home office.
  • General building work. We can manage building projects, replace or refurbish bathrooms and kitchens, build garages, walls and more.
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Bricklaying Radford

Our bricklayers are, in our opinion, among the best brickies in the Radford area.

Domestic Builders

From the smallest to the largest job, we can help. Guaranteed building services in the Radford area.

Cost Effective Builders

We are never going to be the cheapest or the most expensive builders in Radford. We charge reasonable prices for excellent building work

commercial Builders

Commercial building services in the Radford area.

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 stories about builders who have no idea what they are doing and leave you with a huge problem to deal with after they have gone.

We are very different – having constructed almost every conceivable type of extension to commercial premises or homes, we know each and every pitfall and make sure that the work we do is carried out expertly, safely and leaves you with an extension that you can be proud of. Have a glance at the photos of the work that we have carried out in the Radford and local area on this website and decide for yourself. We’re sure that you will be impressed.

Your loft or attic is rarely used to its full amount. Wasted space near the roof can be a very useful extra room if you have an unexpected addition to the family, need to create a work space or indeed want a new room for whatever purpose that you like.

 

Changing a loft might not need planning permission but it is always a smart thing to speak to your local authority in the Radford area to make 100% sure and keep on the right side of the planning regulations.

The nearest planning department to Radford  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 changing your loft or attic into useful extra space.

The present ceiling that you have in the building may now become the floor of the new room and it is essential that the structure is strong enough to hold all the additional weight that will be present above it in addition to the footfall 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 disturbance to the areas underneath.

Insulation is another major element that so many people don’t think about. The roof itself is just inches away from the room inside so it is essential that appropriate 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 fantastic 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 a professional builder in the very first place so you are clear about the choices that are available to you.

We are available to call over and talk through 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 Radford 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 issues

According to current Government guidelines, Planning permission is not normally needed. However, permission is needed where you extend or change the roof area and it exceeds specific limits and conditions.

Our brick laying specialists are, in our opinion, among the finest brickies in the Radford area.

Bricklaying is not an easy task and choosing your bricklayer makes a huge 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 stains 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.

Bricklaying is one area where penny pinching could be catastrophic. The very best trades people are in high demand and for sure they will not work for nothing. If you are working to a tight monetary position, there are usually ways in which cost savings can be delivered; however be careful about companies charging too littlefor brick or block work as this is a bad choice. 

Our Bricklayers in Radford

Most of our staff live in the Radford area and are proud of the work that they have done in the past.
 
They are living and working in the Radford area and love to be able to show people the standard of the bricklaying work that they have carried out as they pass their work many times when working in the Radford area and definitely don’t want a bad reputation. All of our tradespeople are time served, have many examples of work that we can show you on their behalf and work with many different types of bricks, blocks, and other materials. Why not call us or take a look at some of the work that we have carried outfor happy customers in the past- we’ll be happy to discuss any aspect of our bricklaying work at any convenient time with you.

Brick work 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 project such as a brick wall.

The industry frequently uses 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 structures have survived from the Stone Age to the present day.

Changing your garage into valuable living space can be a very cost effective way of making additional space in your property in Radford.

Maybe a new rumpus room for the kids or maybe even a home office is the solution that you are looking for.It really isn’t as easy as putting up some plaster board 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 truth is that you wouldn’t get much enjoyment if you ended up working (or having the children play) in an uncomfortable room that was freezing in winter and uncomfortably hot in the summer.

Building requirements are there to help us and to get the most we possibly can from the buildings we inhabit all year round.

Do I Need Planning Permission for a Garage Conversion?

In some instances, the answer will be that you should not need planning permission to convert your garage into a living room.
 
There may be circumstances where planning permission is required, for example, if you have a listed building or if a window that is put into the property will overlook neighbouring properties.
 

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.

Planning your garage conversion

 

Depending on the circumstances and the location of the garage conversion project, drawing up a full structural plan might 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 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.

Garage Conversion from Living Room Back to Garage

 

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.

In-fill garage door

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:

Type of soil

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.

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