WHITTLE LOFTS DESIGN & BUILD PROCESS
We offer two package options to our customers
1. DESIGN & BUILD
With our all-inclusive package we will manage everything from start to finish, including design, structural calculations, building regulation drawings, planning application, construction and building control inspections.
2. BUILD ONLY
If you have already completed the design and planning stages, we can provide a build only service, including construction and building control inspections.
Once you have requested a free quotation, we will contact you to arrange a time and date to visit your home to conduct a free survey of your loft space.
ROOF SPACE SURVEY
During the survey we will take some measurements inside your loft space and discuss the different types of conversions suitable to your home. We will encourage you to tell us about your ideas and we will give you our opinion and share examples for further inspiration. The survey will take around 1 hour.
At the end of the survey we will respond within 5 working days with a quote and details of your desired specifications for your loft conversion, to ensure everything has been included. All our quotes are free and come with no obligation.
Once you have confirmed all the details of your loft conversion and agreed on the price quoted, we will provide you with a personalised information pack which will guide you through the next steps in detail.
DESIGN & DRAWINGS
We will contact you to arrange a time and date to visit your loft space to undertake a more detailed survey and confirm your desired specifications as quoted. We will send you the initial drawings within 5-10 working days and we allow for unlimited amends to the drawings at this stage.
Once you have approved the drawings, we ensure that your plans are reviewed by a structural engineer to produce the required structural calculations. We'll also submit your planning application to your local authority. Planning permission can take anything from 8 to 12 weeks depending on if your plans fall within permitted development rights, and it also depends on each local authority. We will then have your plans reviewed and approved by building control.
Click here for a summary on permitted development.
PARTY WALL AGREEMENT
If you live in a semi-detached or terraced house, you will require a Party Wall Agreement that communicates to your neighbour the building work being carried, out and how it will affect the adjoining wall. In most cases, minimal disturbance will be caused by a loft conversion. We will advise you on how to approach the Party wall Agreement process. If you use a Party Wall surveyor, it is a legal requirement that this appointment comes directly from the property owner. Click here for more information on party walls and building work.
FINAL DECISION MEETING
We will visit your home a few weeks before building commences to finalise the second fix finishing work, including positioning of electrics and plumbing, materials for carpentry, decorating and flooring, before creating the final set of working drawings.
Once the appropriate planning permission and party wall agreement have been obtained, the building work will commence. The first day building work starts, your dedicated site manager will introduce you to the team and answer any questions you have. Your site manager will also confirm if you wish to have daily or weekly meetings to discuss the progress of the build.
Scaffolding will be erected and most of the materials will be delivered. Skip and portaloo will be delivered and placed on driveway. Steel beams and new floor joists will be installed to support the weight of the new floor and roof. Alterations will be made to the roof structures to support new Velux’s and/or dormers.
Roof tiling will be completed to ensure the roof space is weatherproofed. Insulation will be cut and fitted to approved standards. Building Control will visit at this stage to inspect the work and to ensure that everything is being done in accordance with the approved plans.
Underfloor plumbing and wiring for all electrical services will be installed, and new floorboards will be secured to the joists.
New internal wall structures will be built to create the rooms as designed within the plans. The new stairwell access will be cut out and necessary alterations made to the new floor and original floor downstairs. The new staircase is delivered and fitted.
Insulation will be cut and fitted to approved standards. Plasterboard will be cut and secured to the new internal wall structures.
Walls and stairwell will be plastered and after allowing sufficient drying time, final second fix electrical, plumbing and carpentry will be carried out, including installation of a bathroom or shower room suite (if part of the design plans).
Painting and tiling will be completed. Windows and flooring will be delivered and fitted.
Building control will visit to make their final inspection before issuing the completion certificate. They will be checking that everything has been done in accordance with the approved plans and fire safety precautions have been taken. Scaffolding is removed, and your new completed loft conversion is cleaned – ready for you to move in!
COMPLETING YOUR LOFT CONVERSION
Once your loft conversion has been completed, your site manager will show you around your new living space to ensure that nothing has been missed. During the completion stage, we’re more than happy for you to check every detail so everything is up to scratch and meets your requirements. Don’t panic if you spot something after we leave the site, we arrange aftercare visits 2-3 weeks after building completion, to make sure you are happy and settling in your new living space. We also visit 6-9 months after completion, to repair any settlement cracks. Also don’t forget that all our loft conversions come with up to a 10-year guarantee.
CONTACT US FOR A FREE SURVEY AND QUOTE
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