Frequently Asked Questions

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Loft conversion

How much does a loft conversion cost in 2019?

Cheapest loft conversion is velux conversion which costs around £25-30K. Basic dormer loft conversion starts around £38K onwards. For larger properties or hip to gable loft conversions the price ranges from £45K-£55K. L shape loft conversions range between £58K-£65K. The prices will vary depending on individual project requirements such as en suite, aluminium doors, built in storage, larger rooflights, etc.

Do I need planning permission for a loft conversion in the UK?

Generally loft conversions fall under permitted development and you do not need planning permission. Although this may not apply to certain properties that are in conservation area or the loft conversion needing to raise the ridge height. You can find more information here.

If I have a water tank or chimney is it a problem?

Not at all. The old water tank can be decommissioned by our qualified plumbers. Chimney can either be boarded out or totally removed to create more floor space depending on your requirement.

Is my loft too small for a conversion?

You can easily check this if you have loft access hatch and ladder. Try and measure the distance from top of your first floor ceiling joists to the underside of loft ridge timber. You need minimum 2.5M to achieve the floor to ceiling height of 2M which is minimum requirement. If your loft height falls short of 2.5M, you my need to drop the first floor ceilings to achieve minimum height.

How long does a conversion take?

It normally takes approx. 8-10 weeks to complete a loft conversion depending on the type and size.

Should I get a dormer conversion?

If your property is suitable for a dormer loft conversion and you are in the need of extra space in the house, you should definitely consider the loft conversion. It is the most economical way to maximise the potential of your property and create more space without having to move.

How much value does a loft conversion add to a house?

Loft conversion is the best way to add value to your property. Recent research carried out by the Nationwide Building Society has stated that a loft conversion could add up to 20% to the value of your home. If your property is valued at £500,000, that’s a whopping increase of up to £100,000!

Is a loft conversion cheaper than an extension?

Simply put – YES. Lot conversion is cheaper and less disruptive as compared to an extension which involves foundation, brickwork, etc. Loft project usually requires a steel and timber construction which is quick and economical.

Kitchen extension

How long does kitchen extension take?

A kitchen extension can be completed as quickly as 8 weeks but can also take approx. 12 weeks. It depends on the complexity of designs, how much internal structural remodelling is required, lead times on glazing, kitchen, etc.

Do I need planning permission for an extension UK?

The increased size limits for single-storey rear extensions that were previously time limited and due to expire on 30 May 2019 have now been made permanent by government. So a single storey extension can be done under permitted development or prior notification and does not need a planning application. This is subject to the type of property, whether it’s in conservation area and few other factors. More information can be found here.

What size extension can I build without planning permission?

You can build upto 3m for terraced property and upto 6-8m for semi detached or detached properties subject to how your property complies with planning regulations under permitted development. See link above.

How much would a kitchen extension cost?

Kitchen extension prices start at approx. £45K and can go upto £70K depending on size, type and amount of work involved. Things like aluminium bifold or sliding doors, underfloor heating, larger rooflights are common factors that can influence the price of your extension.

General design and build

What are the benefits of using an architect led company rather than going straight to a builder?

Being an architect led company, our approach is more ‘wholistic’ towards the project. We consider design, space planning, budget, programme and your lifestyle to create bespoke solutions that work for YOU.

Are architects expensive?

As we are a design and build studio, all architectural design services come INCLUDED in our prices. We also offer stand alone all inclusive drawing packages at reasonable rates and we have qualified and friendly team of architects, technicians and structural engineers. Please get in touch to know more.

What is the benefit of Design and Build Company?

When you use a design and build company, you eliminate the hassle of dealing with several consultants and sub contractors. You also don’t have to worry about coordinating with all different parties. We take care of all the design, build and management so you can be involved only in the fun decisions! Such as choosing your kitchen, selecting your bathroom suite, flooring, lamps, etc.

Do you have any tips on how I can control my budget?

Always start by making a ‘wishlist’ and divide it into your ‘priorities’ for your project. We will help you by providing an itemised quote so you can see how it fits with your budget. We offer a transparent specification so there are no hidden costs. This way you always know how to manage your budget.

Will I need to apply for planning permission?

No. We will make the application and manage it as your agent.

How long will it take for me to get planning permission?

It normally takes 8 weeks for planning to issue a decision.

What are building regulations?

UK building regulations require every building project to pass inspections and comply with building control requirements in terms of structural integrity, construction quality, electrical and mechanical compliance and certification.

I have an interior designer I want to use. Will that cause problems?

Not at all. We will work with your interior designer. And if you don’t have one, our inhouse interior designer will be at your disposal!

I already have an architectural proposal I want to use. Can you help me to build it?

Absolutely. The beauty of our process is that we can jump in at any stage in the project and help you get your dream kitchen extension built. We will work from the drawings you have, even help you to improve them in any way we can.

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