Carpenters SouthwestCertificate of Excellence 2019
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As a Carpentry Business we have a rich history in Carpentry as Floor Specialist Fitters, Kitchen Fitters and everything that includes timber/wood but we also move with the times. Since our company was founded, we have had a proud record of satisfied customers, and we aim to meet your demands to the utmost of our abilities.
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30 The Barrows, Weston-super-Mare BS22 8PA, UK
Carpenters Southwest Q&A
How can someone tell if their Garage is suitable for conversion?
Planning permission is not usually required, providing the work is internal and does not involve enlarging the building.
Sometimes permitted development rights have been removed from some properties with regard to garage conversions and therefore you should contact your local planning authority before proceeding, particularly if you live on a new housing development or in a conservation area.
Where work is proposed to a listed building, listed building consent may be required.
Please note: The permitted development allowances described here apply to houses and not to:
Flats and maisonettes (view our guidance on flats and maisonettes)
Converted houses or houses created through the permitted development rights to change use (as detailed in our change of use section)
Areas where there may be a planning condition, Article 4 Direction or other restriction that limits permitted development rights.
Run us through the different stages of the Garage conversion process - what's involved?
WHY CHOOSE A GARAGE CONVERSION?
Although garages are intended to be used for storing cars, most people don't use them for that purpose, choosing instead to keep their cars in the drive, on the street or in a car park. In the absence of a car, the garage becomes a glorified storeroom, used to hold suitcases and old bicycles. This large unused space has excellent conversion potential. Double garages can be partially converted, creating both a new room and a single-car garage.
Garage conversions have several advantages over conservatories or other types of extensions. Most obviously, a garage already has foundations and standing walls, making some of the construction work involved in other types of extension unnecessary. Similarly, garages usually have their own electrical connections, which makes it easier to convert them to some types of room. As a result, garage conversions offer significant savings compared to extensions which have to be built from the ground up.
For instance, a new three-by-four metre extension could cost as much as £13,000 or more, making a garage conversion a very affordable alternative. The average British garage conversion costs between £4,995 and £7,000. Whether your garage conversion comes in at the bottom of the range or the top, however, depends on where you live as well as what alterations need to be made.
USING GARAGE CONVERSION SPACE
The first step in planning a garage conversion is choosing what kind of room the converted garage is going to be. Whatever kind of room it ends up being, it will probably require some modification. Compared to most rooms in a house, garages are typically very long in proportion to their width. In order to deal with this, garage conversions usually involve cutting off some of the space at the rear of the garage by adding a new stud wall part of the way down the length of the wall. It´s important to know that a garage already has a structure, has a foundation, walls, and is easy to transform it into a living space, such as a playroom, a den for teenagers or a separate room for grown-up children living at home, a home cinema, home office. The resulting space can be turned into a toilet or shower if the room is becoming a bedroom, or simply used as storage space in other cases. A new internal stud wall can cost up to £750, plus the cost of the doors. However, internal stud walls in garage conversions tend to be relatively inexpensive because of their short length.
For the most part, garage conversions won't require major structural changes, although windows or doors may need to be added in order to give the rooms the required amount of light or ventilation. If doors also need to be added, you may have to add reinforcements to the walls. The changes to the structure will be slight, but the more of them there need to be, the higher the cost of the conversion. Qualified professional contractors will be able to inform you of the legal requirements.
Some of the changes that may be required might include creating a new door to the house (aroud £5-600), replacing the old floor and laying a new slab (approximately £1000), and replacing the garage door with a new wall and window (around £1300). Alternatively, the door can simply be “masked” rather than replaced.
The size of the area to be converted will also make a difference in determining the cost of the garage conversion. The larger the garage, the greater the cost of the conversion will be. Materials costs include flooring, insulation and more. Again, the difference in cost is relatively slight, but it is one of the factors to consider. Double garage conversions are comparatively more expensive than single car garage conversions.
The height of the floor is another factor to take into consideration when planning a garage conversion. Some garages have lower floors than the attached house, meaning that the floor may have to be raised; alternatively, steps or a ramp can connect the two.
FIXTURES AND FITTINGS
Adding new electrical sockets, water lines and other utilities can drive up the cost of a garage conversion. The number of these alterations that need to be made will depend on the type of room the garage is being converted into. A sitting room or bedroom will require only a few changes, while a new kitchen, toilet or shower will require more changes to the plumbing. The greater the number of changes to the garage's utility provision, the greater the cost of the conversion will be. Simply adding a new socket should cost less than £100, but a complete rewiring can be much more expensive.
Adding new water pipes or electrical outlets to a conversion can be one of the most expensive aspects of the process, especially if the existing power lines or pipes need to be moved or repaired. This process can cost £1,000 or more, up to £3,000 in some cases.
LABOUR AND MATERIALS
How can someone tell if their loft is suitable for conversion?
You’ll want to start by assessing whether your roof space is suitable for conversion.
We went to the Federation of Master Builders for their view. Duncan Binnie, of John Duncan Ltd, a loft specialist and FMB member said “Most lofts can be converted, but there are three main things you need to check to be sure. The first and most important is the internal height of the existing loft, from the top of the ceiling joist to underneath the ridgeboard in the apex.”
Take a measurement from the bottom of the ridge timber to the top of the ceiling joist. You may find you can get a useful room with as little as 2.2m in the useable part of the roof. But Duncan Binnie couldn’t disagree more, “This measurement is critical and needs to be 2,500mm to suitably convert.”
Duncan continues, “The second consideration is the pitch of the roof. In general the pitch is fine from 30 degrees plus.” The higher the pitch angle, the higher the central head height is likely to be.
“The third thing to consider is the footprint of the existing loft space. As a minimum rule of thumb, internal walls should measure 5,500mm side to side inclusive of chimney and 7,500mm front to back. If you are in and around the above as a minimum then you should be able to convert,” says Duncan.
How will I use the space?
Run us through the different stages in the loft conversion process - what’s involved?
There are a few options:
1. Appoint an architect/technician or building surveyor. They will prepare drawings and designs for your proposal, obtain the necessary Approvals and if required they will also help you find a suitable builder and manage the project for you.
2. Appoint a specialist loft conversion company. These companies offer a one-stop shop for loft conversions: their design department will prepare the necessary drawings and obtain the necessary approvals and their construction departments will translate the designs into reality.
3. Use an experienced builder. Some builders have experience of loft conversions and may well be able to offer you a package similar to the loft conversion companies.
Ask neighbours, friends or search online to find a trusted architect, loft conversion company or experienced builder for your project. Don’t forget to get three quotes and make sure they visit the site and quote based on accurate measurements. Knowing how you want to use the space will be essential to getting a few good quotations.
Carpenters Southwest Services
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Loft Ladders and Boarding
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Carpenters Southwest provides the following services:
- Fence & Gate Installation
- Roofing Installation or Replacement
- Brick & Block Paving Services
- General Builders
- Man & Van Services
- Loft Conversions
- Property Extensions
- Roof Repair
- Bathroom Installation & Remodel
- Patio Services
- General Plumbing
- General Carpentry
- Garage Conversions
- Kitchen Installation & Remodelling
- Home Insulation
- General Bricklaying
- Fence & Gate Repair
- Removal Companies
- Kitchen Refurbishment
- Boiler Installation or Replacement
- Shower Installation
- Flat Roofing Installation
- Bespoke Furniture Design & Build
- Garden Shed Construction
- Internal Door Fitter
- Conservatory Installation
- Furniture & Flat Pack Assembly
- Greenhouse Construction
- Garage & Outbuilding Construction
- Cellar & Basement Conversion
- Hardwood Floor Installation
- Laminate Floor Installation
- Kitchen Design & Planning
- Packaging Design
- Double Glazing
- Velux / Skylight Window Installation
- Kitchen Tiling
- Mural Painting
- Door Repair Services
- Flyer & Leaflet Design
- Furniture Restoration
- Brick Wall Construction
- Floor Tiling
- Hardwood Floor Sanding & Finishing
- Internal Renovation & Reconfiguration
- Brochure Design
- Business Card Design
- Window Fitters
- External Door Fitter
- Garage & Outbuilding Remodel
- Picture Hanging and Art Installation
- Outdoor Walls & Retaining Wall Construction
- Wooden Staircase Installation or Replacement
- Worktops & Splashback Installation
- Fireplace & Chimney Service & Repair
- Metal Roof Installation
- Worktops & Splashback Repair
- Bespoke Wooden Doors
- Fireplace & Chimney Installation
- Retaining Wall Construction
- Barbecue Installation
- Bespoke Kitchen Furniture Design & Build
- Concrete Flooring Installation
- Coving, Cornice, Trim, & Moulding
- Garage Door Repairs
- Banister & Railing Installation
- Plumbing Pipe Repair
- Dry Stone Wall Construction
- Fine Woodworking
- Garage & Outbuilding Repairs
- Garage Door Installation
- Granite Worktop Installation
- Sash Window Installation
- Stone or Tile Flooring Installation
- Business Stationery Design
- Hardwood Floor Repair or Partial Replacement
- Print Design
- Shelving Installation
- Advert Design
- Disability & Accessibility Home Installation
- General Fitted Furniture
- Period Restorations
- Stone or Tile Flooring Repair
- Accessibility Adaptation
- Draft Proofing & Window Insulation
- Metal Staircase Installation or Replacement
- Sash Window Maintenance
- Storm Windows