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Be-Studio is a creative architectural firm. We offer a range of architectural services, from planning permission, project management, design & build, through to completion, specializing in contemporary design and modern architecture.

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A well-thought out garage conversion can add as much as 10% to the value of your home. Expect to pay between £5,000 and £8,000 for converting the average single garage, making it one of the most cost effective ways to improve your property’s resale value. An additional benefit is increased living space without incurring the costs and inconveniences of moving house.

At five metres long by two and a half metres wide, the internal space of most garages is longer and thinner than most rooms in a house. To achieve a more natural shape, consider using stud or block walling to convert the garage into two rooms, typically a toilet, shower or storeroom.

Consider also how you plan to use the rooms, and either make some drawings yourself or get some made.

Here is the minimum requirement for conversion of garage into bedroom.

- Bedroom / min.2.5m - length:min.2.5m for queen bed, ideally min 3mx3m with a king size bed) If you are looking for an ideal master bedroom, you will require min. 20-15 sqm.

Design and space planning
Planning permission
Building regulations
Insulation and damp proofing
Plumbing and wiring
Flooring
Walls
Windows and doors

Loft Conversion Assessment
The features that will decide the suitability of the roof space for a loft conversion are the available head height, the pitch and the type of structure, as well as any obstacles such as water tanks or chimney stacks. An inspection of the roof space will reveal its structure and physical dimensions.

Head Height
Take a measurement from the bottom of the ridge timber to the top of the ceiling joist; the useable part of the roof should be greater than 2.2m.

If you have appointed an architect or designer, invite them to illustrate clearly how much headroom there will be across the floor in the finished space. Some people are disappointed by how much standing space they actually have, and this isn’t always conveyed on plans.

The Building Regulations impose no minimum ceiling height for habitable rooms. The headroom standard for stairs of 2m applies, but this can be relaxed to 1.9m or 1.8m on the edge of a stair if necessary.

Water Tank
Without the roof space for water tanks and plumbing, the heating and hot water system may have to be replaced with a sealed system. Unvented hot water cylinders make a better choice than replacing the boiler with a combi (combination) boiler but they do take up a cupboard-sized room, which you will have to find space and budget for.

Pitch Angle
The higher the pitch angle, the higher the central head height is likely to be, and if dormers are used or the roof is redesigned, the floor area can be increased.

Type of Roof Structure
Two main structures are used for roof construction — namely traditional framed type and truss section type. The traditional framed type is typically found in pre-1960s houses where the rafters and ceiling joists, together with supporting timbers, are cut to size on site and assembled. This type of structure has more structural input, so is often the most suitable type for attic conversions. The space can be easily, and relatively inexpensively, opened up by strengthening the rafters and adding supports as specified by a structural engineer.

Post 1960s, the most popular form of construction used factory-made roof trusses. These utilise thinner – and therefore cheaper timbers – but have structural integrity by the addition of braced diagonal timbers. They allow a house roof to be erected and felted in a day. However, this type of truss suggests that there are no loadbearing structures beneath, and so opening up the space requires a greater added structural input.

This will normally involve the insertion of steel beams between loadbearing walls for the new floor joists to hang on and the rafter section to be supported on — together with a steel beam at the ridge. This added structural input requires skill, knowledge and equipment that would limit scope as far as DIY is concerned — and a far greater cash outlay. It is advisable to seek advice from specialist firms in this instance.

Yes – all loft conversions need Buildings Regulation approval, regardless of whether planning permission is needed or not. A building control surveyor will inspect your work at various stages and will issue you with a completion certificate on final inspection.

If your home is semi-detached or terraced, you’ll need to notify your neighbour of your proposals if the works fall under the Party Wall Act requirements. For instance, if you are building in beams which will bear on the party wall(s).

Most important step for us to start interior design process is to understand the needs, requirements and ideas of the client.

Briefing- Programming: After detailed analysis and some questions to the client we define the scope of work and inform you about the services that you may require from us. We consult with the design, planning and construction administrations phases.

Concept Design: From here we start to develop the design and put together drawings along with mood boards and 3D renderings. When we are ready, we come together with the client to discuss the concept design. We do revisions until the client is happy with the project.

Developed Design: After your approval on the final design, the next step is producing the construction drawings. We prepare all the necessary drawings for the contractors to understand all the details of the work accurately.

Construction Phase: After bidding is completed and contractor has been awarded for the job we do construction meetings with the GC and the subcontractors regularly. We do site visits as needed to ensure work is progressing as planned.

Contemporary, Modern, Mid century modern, Industrial, Nautical, Scandinavian, Bohemian

Help people achieve their dreams to live in a better space. Architecture is always full of challenges, we love solving the problems with creativity.

Last 10 years, we have worked with award winning design companies and completed more than £1B worth projects. Now, it is time to create our own identity and reflect our experience with our own rule.

We are young and energetic firm with an experience of more than 10 years. We worked on broad range of projects at every phases in UK and abroad. Our past experience counts hospitality, commercial and residential projects in New York City, Istanbul, Izmir and Tripoli.

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