Choosing a building contractor to build an extension to your home or commercial premises is a decision that should not be taken lightly. We have all heard tales about builders who have no clue about 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 certain that the building work we perform 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 building work that we have carried out in the Spon End and local area on this web-site and see for yourself. We’re sure that you’ll be impressed.
Changing a loft might not need planning permission but it is always a smart idea to check with your local authority in the Spon End area to make 100% sure and keep on the right side of the planning regulations.
The nearest planning department to Spon End is located within the Council offices at Coventry City Council and can be found on the link: https://www.coventry.gov.uk/planningapplications
Here are some considerations that need to be thought about when converting your loft or attic into useful extra space.
The present ceiling that you have in the building will now become the floor of the new room and it is vital that the supporting structure is strong enough to hold all the extra load that will be present above it as well as 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 below.
Building insulation is another key element that so many people ignore. The roof itself is only centimetres away from the room inside so it is vital 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 materials now available that have fantastic insulating properties as well as exceeding building specifications for sound and fire as well as thermal insulation.
The very best thing to do is to get advice from a professional builder in the very first instance so you know the choices that are available to you.
We are available to meet with you and talk through you are thinking of 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 Spon End area to be 100% certain that the work we carry out exceeds all the necessary legal and statutory legislation and standards.
Converting your Attic – 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 area and it exceeds specific limits and conditions.
Our bricklayers are, in our opinion, among the finest brickies in the Spon End area.
Bricklaying is not an easy thing to do and choosing your bricklayer makes a huge impact into the look and feel of the finish involved with any piece of building 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 used, leaving the home owner with an eyesore for many years to come.
Bricklaying is one area where cost cutting could be catastrophic. The very best trades people are in high demand and for sure they will not work cheaply. If you are working to a tight budget, there are usually ways that cost savings can be made; but be wary of building contractors charging too littlefor 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 structure such as a brick wall.
The construction industry frequently 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 places 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 useful living space can be a very cost effective way of creating extra space in your property in Spon End.
Perhaps a new games room for the kids or maybe even a home study is the solution that you are looking for.It really is not as simple as putting up some plasterboard and vinyl flooringthe room though.
If you are going to use a garage as a living room then it must comply to all 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 a draughty room that was freezing in winter and too 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.
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 might or may not be appropriate.
We can assist with recommending qualified architects that we deal with every day if the situation demands it. In many cases, detailed structural plans are not necessary; however we all need to comprehend and agree the scope of the building work that will be quoted for so you can make a sensible comparison and make a good 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.