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Bramble building contractors ltd

Wolverhampton, West Midlands

1 hire on Bark
Bramble building contractors ltd logo
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Bramble building contractors ltd

Wolverhampton, West Midlands

1 hire on Bark

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Bramble Building Contractors are a Limited company and can offer all aspects of building and carpentry work to a high standard. We have a combined total of 60 years experience through the two working company directors who are qualified, time served carpenters and joiners and many more through experienced workers who are contracted to complete works within the company.

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Restrictive clauses in your lease - You need to check your property deeds for any restrictive covenants. Some developers place a restriction on any building work that will affect the external appearance of the house. If there is such a clause, contact them, as it can often be circumvented for a fee. Your other option is to convert the inside of the garage without changing its external appearance. This is often achieved by keeping a front portion of the garage for storage space and converting the rest. Of course, the suitability of this option depends on your intentions for the garage.

Planning permission - You usually only need to apply for planning permission to convert a garage when you intend to extend the actual size of the garage. However, check with your local authority as the precise rules do differ.

Building Regulations - If you plan to convert any part of your house into a room to be used as habitable space, you will need to comply with government building regulations. A building control officer will probably need to check your conversion a number of times during construction. More information can be found on the relevant section of the government's website. Again, rules differ so you need to check with your local council. There are some instances where permission to convert your garage may be denied such as:
You live in a listed building or neighbourhood - It is very likely in this case that the external appearance of the house must be maintained as it is.
Your garage conversion would affect drainage - If you plan on concreting over your garden or anything similar, thus putting extra pressure on the existing drainage in place, you may need to invest in a solution to allay the potential for flooding or blocked drains.
Additional insulation is needed - Some councils will allow you to simply add the extra fill to the existing construction, others demand that you dig up the floor and insulate it as if building from scratch. This will affect your budget, so always check first.
Parking restrictions - In some cities where there is a particular shortage of parking spaces such as London, councils can refuse permission to convert your garage from a place where a car is kept.

Planning permission and building regulations permissions
Footings will generally have to be made deeper.
Garage door removed and a new wall to house, door and possibly window will be required
Most garages are only single wall and will therefore need a second wall for insulation, new damp proofing
Roof will need to be upgraded depending on the original roof
Electrics, water, waste ect depending on what the conversion is being used for.

Provided there is sufficient headroom, most roofs can be converted. You need to think about what type of conversion you want, where the stairs will go and what changes may be needed to the plumbing system.
There are main types of roof construction, the traditional rafter and purlin or the modern trussed roof. Generally the older type of roof is easier to convert as it has a steep pitch that gives the headroom required. Most houses built before the 1960s will have the traditional rafter and purlin design.
As a general rule you will need a minimum height of 2.3 metres across around half of the floor area to make a conversion worthwhile.
An important consideration is where the stairs for the new loft conversion will go. A common solution is to remove an airing cupboard which is often on the first floor landing this leaves a convenient space for the stairs but means that the hot water cylinder needs to be either removed or re located. Sometimes part of an existing bedroom is used for the stairs, we do not recommend this approach unless you have very large bedrooms as the lost space detracts from the benefits of the additional bedroom in the loft.
If you think your loft is suitable for conversion then the next logical step is to talk with some experts to find out what will be involved. We recommend finding a good builder who specialises in loft conversions, most are happy to come round and provide a free estimate of costs and will be able to give you an indication of the work involved.

We are a father and son business and combined we have been in the business for 60 years.

Depending on what work has been completed would be dependant on the guarantee

End of job satisfaction and the satisfaction of our clients and customers.

Lack of enthusiasm and job satisfaction of working for others.

We offer a friendly, family service and our end objective is to see a happy smile on our customers face when the job is completed to their satisfaction.