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What happens after I book a design consultation? A step-by-step guide in plain English!

So, you’ve decided to undertake renovations and extend the size of your home or that your unused loft has the potential to be something greater, like a spare bedroom for when the in-laws come to visit, a second bathroom to reduce the time it takes for everyone to get out of the house of a morning, or a games room to keep the kids out of your hair? We sat down with our resident Design Consultants, Roza and Ryan to get the low-down on what actually happens from the time that you pick up the phone to schedule an appointment to the moment you’re alphabetising your extensive book collection in your new library or burning calories in your brand new space!

We want our clients to understand the process up-front so that there are no unwelcome surprises, such as the non-appearance of your newly-transformed loft or extra room overnight. Here’s what clients can expect.

  1. After doing some homework and ensuring that we’re a reputable building Chartered Building Company with Green Credentials, clients call us and schedule an appointment. Design Consultants are usually able to come out within a week to view your property – they’re as eager to get the whole process started as you are!
  2. During your initial consultation, which takes about an hour and a half, your Design Consultant will survey the site, make some measurements and run through some initial designs with you. They’ll immediately be able to tell you where everything could go, including the bathroom, staircase, light fittings and walk in wardrobes. The main design elements will be discussed at length and you’ll be left with a very clear idea of what your finished loft or extra room will look like.
  3. The Design Consultant will then go away and write a detailed proposal for you to review. Included in this are some 3D sketches that will help you to visualise the final product before work commences.
  4. After you’ve agreed to go ahead, you will be assigned a Project Manager who will manage the entire process through to its 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 with your Council (so you don’t have to!), 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 a bedroom, a games room, home gym or whatever it is that your heart desires (within reason!), or once your home has become even bigger and better, 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 on and you’re ready to enjoy the latest addition to your home!

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, or if you’d like to get the ball rolling, get in touch!

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