A.P Estates & Design

A.P Estates & Design

A.P Estates & Design locationWirksworth, Derbyshire, Derbyshire

* Complete drawings for planning permission and building regulations.
* Help with gaining planning permission.
* Drawings for; conversions, extensions, refurbishments etc
* CAD Design drawings
* Planning appeals.
* Obtaining construction quotes.

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11A Yokecliffe Hill, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4PE, UK

A.P Estates & Design Q&A

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How can someone tell if their Garage is suitable for conversion?

Not all garages can be converted – some are old,shoddily built and could be asbestos ridden. However, if yours was professionally built or looks structurally sound and is made of brick or block there’s a good chance you could convert it with very little fuss. Start by getting advice from a surveyor like myself to run through if the works are possible.

Run us through the different stages of the Garage conversion process - what's involved?

Planning Permission
Planning permission is unnecessary if you don’t plan to alter the structure of the building, so a garage conversion is permitted in most circumstances though it is advisable to gain a certificate of lawful property development from the council.
However:
* If you live in a Listed building or a Conservation Area, planning permission may be required for even minor modifications.
* Some new build homes were built with a condition requiring the garage to remain as parking, so an application to remove it becomes necessary.
* Standalone garages are more likely to require ‘change of use’ planning permission when converted to habitable rooms.

Building Regulations
The change of use from a garage to a habitable room will mean compliance with Building Regulations, including delivery of a building notice to your council. Building Regulations apply to:
moisture proofing
ventilation
insulation
fireproofing
escape routes
structural soundness.
Quotes and builders work.
I would advise getting at least 3 quotes from different builders so you can compare costs and get the requirements you need included.
Finally get the works completed and enjoy your garage conversion.

How can someone tell if their loft is suitable for conversion?

Before taking a proposed roof conversion to the design stage it is essential to assess the feasibility of the project. This means inspecting the loft to assess the internal space, the type of roof structure, roof shape and the general condition of the existing structure. This should give a general indication of the suitability of the loft for conversion and its potential uses.
Some roof shapes and forms lend themselves more readily to conversion than others. The key factors to assess are the roof shape, its internal height and width and the pitch, or angle of the roof.

What do you love most about your job?

What I love most about my job is that I can help people with design ideas to gain the project that they require and see this through from start to finish. Making a house a home.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I have 10 years experience in the design and construction industry and starting my own business was the perfect way to be able to get my design ideas to help people with their projects.

Why should our clients choose you?

I am professional and work well with all my clients. Listening to their needs is key to gaining the perfect end project. I have years of experience in this field and have good relationships with various local councils which helps when gaining planning permission and working through the building regulation stage.
I have good contacts with builders who are on my approved list. I can help with obtaining quotes from builders to give to my clients.

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