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Arctek is an architecture design planning practice with over 11 years of experience in the architecture planning field. We offer a vast array of services for residential home owners, property developers and investors.

Our services include: Architecture design drawings-Building regulations- Planning applications - Change of use - Structural Calculations and onsite consultancy.

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Generally, any garage can be converted as long as there is sufficient minimum height of 2m floor to ceiling.

In most cases, if you are converting internally then all you need is building regulations approval from the local authority. This involves submitting specification drawings which show that the proposal will be compliant with building regulations. If you are modify any part of the garage which faces a public highway then you will need planning permission as well as building regulations approval. The planning process involves submitting layout and elevation plans showing heights, levels and any external materials to be used for the proposal.

The most important aspect to a loft conversion is internal head room. Without the minimum 2m height the loft conversion will not be acceptable under building regulations.

Depending on the volume of the loft, in most cases you only need to get building regulations approval which is a process of submitting structural drawing to the council backed with structural calculations. If the building is listed then you may in addition to the building regulations also require planning permission. If the volume of the loft exceeds a certain value (dependant on location and house type) then this will also require planning permission. Any modifications made to the front elevation in any case will require planning permission. The planning process involves submitting layout and elevation plans showing heights, levels and any external materials to be used for the proposal.

The best thing about my job is getting great satisfaction out of seeing the end result from months of designing. You also learn something new from every job which you take into the next project with you - developing yourself as well as developing environments.

I always wanted take full control of the design process as it brings the best out of you as well as providing the best to a client.

One of the most important attributes a client is looking for is friendly, reliable and personal service. I carry all 3 with me at all times and this is what clients like most about me.