So you’ve decided to create more space in your home by converting your attic and maybe you'd also like to extend your kitchen. We sat down with our design consultants to find out what actually happens from the moment you schedule an appointment to the moment you're alphabetising your book collection in your brand new library or burning calories in your brand new gym. Here’s what you can expect:
1. You call us to schedule an appointment with a design consultant- design consultants are usually able to visit you at your property within a week!
2. During your initial consultation, which will take about an hour and a half, your design consultant will survey the site, take measurements and run through some initial design concepts with you. They’ll work with you, listening to your ideas and can advise you where everything can go, including the bathroom, staircase, light fittings and walk-in wardrobes, for example. The main design elements will be discussed at length and you’ll be left with a clear idea of what your finished loft or extra room will look like.
3. Following this initial consultation, your design consultant will write a detailed proposal for you to review, which will include some 3D sketches that will help you to visualise the final product before work commences.
4. After you’ve agreed to go ahead, you’ll be assigned a Project Manager who will manage the entire process through to completion!
5. One of the chartered architects in our integrated team will do a full site survey and get to work on the drawings, which usually take about two weeks to complete.
6. The architect will then make the relevant applications to your Council, which will either be a Planning Application or a Certificate of Lawfulness (COL), and a Party Wall Surveyor will be consulted. The planning process usually takes about 8 weeks.
7. After everything is in order, a construction team will be assigned to your property and work will commence on your loft or home extension. Loft conversions or home extensions usually take between 6 and 8 weeks to complete, and workers ensure that the least amount of disruption is made so that homeowners can, for the most part, stay put.
8. Once your loft has been transformed into your dream space, whether it’s guest bedroom, or pod room, or nursery, you’ll have a final meeting with your project manager to discuss the guarantees, insurances and ten-year warranty that have already been applied to your property. Then, the project will be signed-off and you’re ready to enjoy your new loft.
We hope this has taken some of the guesswork out of the loft conversion and home extension process for you! If you have any questions about loft conversions or home extensions contact us now.