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South London Lofts 3D Model Movie

South London Lofts 3D Model Movie

This video shows the 3D imagery of the L-shape dormer conversion with two bedrooms, an ensuite shower room, plus the final views of the conversion summary from the customer.
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South London Lofts on UKTV

South London Lofts on UKTV

Take a look at how we put together a L-shape dormer on this typical mid terrace Victorian property. Interest came from the TV company who wanted to film the project and go through the process with our customer.
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Aspinall Road Project

Getting Started: Drawings, Deposit & Contract

You will probably have a start date in mind for you conversion, let us know and we will work towards this date. With most people it’s normally as soon as possible, this won’t be a problem as we don’t normally have a waiting list. Drawings If you are keen to get moving with the project,...
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Dormers

Velux, Dormers, Mansards, Hip to Gable… What’s it all about?

There are several ways of going approaching your project and the one you select depends on your property, your tastes and the regulations. Here’s a quick guide to the basic types.
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Aspinall Road Project

Decorating, Tiling & Finishing

To get the project completed we have various trades available, decorators, tilers wardrobe design and fitting service etc also a kitchen design and fitting service Of course you are welcome to make your own arrangements if that’s would you’d prefer, but we are also very happy to arrange to take the job as far as...
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Trevelyan Road Project

Would it be better to move?

Uncertainty in the housing market means it might be better to sit tight and invest in what you’ve got. A few years ago it might have seemed easier just to move to a bigger place, but uncertainty in the housing market means that it seems safer to sit it out and see what happens. But...
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Mansard

Could I do building work myself?

DIYers admit to causing cosmetic damage to their property and 5% fail to finish within a year. As we have said elsewhere, we are happy to take the project right to the very end and include shower room fitting, decorating, and tiling. At the other end of the scale we are also happy just to...
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Building Control

Building regulations

Your plans and structural calculations will be submitted to building control approved inspectors. They will check and approve the plans in 2 days and send out correspondence to you, keeping you updated with the process. They will also send you an invoice for their work, as this is not included in our price. Once the...
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Mansard

Party walls & neighbours

Neighbours cannot stop you doing the conversion but can make you pay for their own surveyor. The party wall is owned by all those whose property is connected to it. Because you are planning to do a loft conversion, you have to inform the neighbour, who has a total time limit of eight weeks to...
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Project Management

How will the project be managed?

The project management is carefully organised with our team and is a system that we have worked and developed over the years. We don’t have lots of separate teams but one group that are centrally run and organised, so each conversion goes through the same system to ensure high standards and quality of service to...
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10 year guarantee

What guarantees do I get?

We know that for most customers having a loft conversion or an extension is a major undertaking, as builders in general haven’t always had the best of reputations. We’ll aim to make sure that you will be happy at the end of the experience. The company was set up with a vision to work to...
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Architect

What about Architects?

We have our own architect design team, which is this built into the price and service, this make things easier for you as the team have a great deal of experience and will be able to expertly guide you and design of the project and what is possible, plus we know all the rules and...
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Planning Permission

Will we need planning permission?

Planning permission & dealing with the council You may well not need permission but, if you do, you should choose a company that’s experienced in working specifically with your councils. Planning sometimes required particularly if you have a flat or your property falls within a conservation area. We engage professional architects design team for all...
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Flats and Conservation Areas Loft Conversions

What if we’re in a Conservation Area?

If you live in a conservation area, the council may not allow you to have a large rear dormer, but they will let you have a mansard or a combination of Velux roof windows and small dormers. Here we will need to submit drawings for approval, so it pays to use a company that knows...
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Aspinall Road Project

Viewing & Referrals

If you would like to see one of our previous conversions so that you can see what we can achieve this is always possible and we actually recommend it as it is a great way to get to know us and also to see how we got on with a previous customer. Also you will...
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Interiors

Will our loft be suitable? Low Headroom Problem!

Probably, and don’t necessarily accept it if another loft company says your ridge is too low – we may well have other solutions If you’re in a street of similar houses and your neighbours have been converted you are probably not even looking at this page. But if your home is not typical or neighbours...
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rosenthorpe road cross section plans

How long? What’s the process?

It's usually a good idea to have a starting date in mind that we can work towards and, because we don't have a waiting list as such, we will usually be able to accommodate you. Here's how it goes.
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When can we build your conversion?

We don’t have a long waiting list normally, so if you want to get going quickly this won’t be a problem! We find that each conversion will have a natural lead in and set up time, for the drawings and structural calculations to be completed along with possible planning permission and party wall agreements. As...
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Can I make money from a loft conversion?

You don’t want to move now, but that day may come, and when it does you don’t want to miss out. A good estate agent will give you the best advice on this, but our experience of hundreds of projects is that the cost of a conversion can be very close indeed to the extra...
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