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At Karo & Co Interiors we help people maximize their lifestyle by transforming their interiors to be functional, durable, and the perfect fit for their lifestyle and needs. Our designing service is tailored to individual requirements, and we understand the importance of balancing spatial planning, creativity and practicality.

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When planning your loft you should always consider ceiling height first, and keep in mind the need to have usable space, as local building regulations may mean you will have an angled roof taking up much of the space. The loft height should measure at least 2.2m from the floor to the roof at the tallest part. Pre-war buildings with steeply pitched roofs are often the easiest to convert, but there will always be structural considerations.

It’s very important to understand in the beginning how much standing space you will have, as this not always is covered on plans and can cause a disappointment once the walls are up. Plans do not project angled ceilings which might restrict the movement and position of the furniture, therefore it is very important do not overestimate space when looking at plans.

If your home is listed or in a conservation area, there are additional rules and guidelines you need to consider, for example, you will need listed building consent or planning permission for dormer windows or any extension.

Loft conversions are the easiest way to increase your home's existing livable space and it's market value. It is also a less stressful process and more cost-effective when compared to a kitchen or basement extension.

Stage 1 - Planning and appointing professional Appointing an Architect, Interior Designer and Builder

You will need to find out if the loft extensions can be completed under permitted development rights, or should the planning application be required, and apply accordingly in order to make your project happen.

Appointed professionals such as an architect and interior designer, they will prepare the necessary plans, elevation, and design proposal to obtain the necessary approval and help to manage your project during the entire process.
You might also need to appoint a structural engineer, who will determine the strength and durability of the structure and provide specifications and calculations for the loft design, as well as suggesting the required building materials.

Whatever your situation, you will still need Building Regulations approval and possibly a Party Wall Agreement with your neighbors. If you are a leaseholder you should also check that you actually own the loft space. In addition, you will also require permission from the freeholder or the landlord, or in some cases the management company. If you do not own the loft, which is surprisingly common in England, you will need to purchase it first and this will add time and cost to your budget.

Stage 2 - Budgeting and appointing Building company
The reason we particularly like loft conversions is they don't require too many structural changes, and usually has the added benefit of taking less time. Depending on the complexity of the design and any additional work that might be required, Costs can vary between £25,000 to £60,000+, depending on how you wish to plan the space, how many bedrooms and bathrooms you can add, or if any structural changes need to be carried out to the existing roof or walls.

Once you have developed your budget we advise our clients to build in at least an additional 10% for unexpected costs, this can cover replacing your old plumbing system if need be, an air-conditioning system (as lofts do tend to retain heat in summer), or a new boiler, as the old one might not be able to cope with the new demands. Below, we have set out some tips when thinking about developing your loft space.

You can either hire a builder with previous experience in building lofts or a specialist loft conversion company, these usually have all the essential specialists under one roof, that will translate your design into reality.
We advise contacting at least 3 companies or builders to obtain quotes based on accurate measurements. This will allow you to compare the costs and what they are offering to make the right choice.

Stage 3 - Build and inspections
A typical loft conversion will take anywhere between 4-6 months, depending on the complexity of the design and any additional work that might be required. During the build, the scaffolding is erected to provide independent access to the loft, structural beams are installed into party walls to form independent timber floor support and front roof elevation, a dormer structure is created, windows are installed as well as complete roof tiling to both new dormer and front roof elevation providing waterproofed structure.

Internally, new partitions are built, as well as doorways and staircase between loft conversion and the floor below installed. The whole structure requires sufficient insulation in the floor and walls. Electrical and plumbing works will start just after.
Install smoke alarms in your new loft.
Fit-out of flooring, decorating the wall as well any bespoke fitted furniture will be at the last stage of the build.

During the build, your appointed building control officer will inspect the site to ensure that any building work conforms to building regulations, this includes the use of approved materials, design and construction methods.
We advise our clients to consider additional insurance during the building process. Some insurance companies offer packages covering existing elements of the property as well as renovation works during the building process. if any damages happen during the work such as part collapse, the renovation insurance will cover it. Don’t forget that renovation insurance needs to be in place from the moment you plan to start works on the property and should continue to the point the project is completed.

We offer a full range of interior design services to help you realize your vision, from your initial ideas through to completion. We specialise in renovations, loft conversion, kitchen extensions and bespoke wardrobe designs.


Stage I - Initial meeting, Brief &Budgeting
After the initial site meeting with clients and discussing their requirements and level of or involvement in the project, we will send a proposal containing: the brief, an estimated budget, and designing fee.
We work closely with our clients, along with the architect to get your project come alive.

Stage II - Design, Materials and FF&E
The design process starts with agreeing on the design direction and space layout options.
Your design comes complete with a mood board, floor plan, 2D visual, samples and a tender of products that are required to complete the interior of the chosen space.
Our mood boards are well-thought-out with an arrangement of images, materials, textures, etc. that is intended to express a design story for your space. We work with over 200 suppliers and have a comprehensive library of interior and exterior products,
Depending on the project we are able to coordinate or execute additional design such us: kitchen designs, bathroom design, bespoke wardrobes, and furniture by providing detailed technical drawings and visualization.

Stage III - Final Design Fittings and Completion
Once you have selected and approved the preferred concept, the detail design stage can commence. All final drawings will be presented, along with final colors, furniture, art and accessories for your approval. At this stage, we will present you with a fully itemized breakdown of items by room.
We work closely and collaboratively with our clients, therefore we will regularly visit the site to ensure that designs are being carried out to the specification agreed, including the placement of fixtures and accessories.

Additionally, the procurement service can be agreed during the first stage.

1. MODERN - Simple color pallet, clean lines, and simplicity in every aspect of the design. Use of materials such as glass, natural stone, steel, metal.
Modern design often feature wood and earthier elements in furniture.

2. SCANDINAVIAN - Simplicity in use of natural materials. Crafted furniture demonstrating Scandinavian countries style.
Highly functionality furniture that becomes almost art sculptures. Use of light colors, all-white color palettes and the incorporation of natural elements like wood, aluminum, steel, natural plants. Lots of natural lighting, and decluttered spaces.

2. TRADITIONAL - Classic details in furniture finishes and accessories. Choice of dark flooring often rich color pallets and textures.
Traditional homes often have ornamental details internally and externally.

3. TRANSITIONAL ( modern-traditional) - recently become a very popular style because it blends both traditional and modern aspects of the design. It can incorporate modern materials such as glass and steel and mix them with traditional ornaments or furniture, keeping a sense of balance that’s appealing and unexpected.

4. INDUSTRIAL - urban design that brings strong elements such as steel columns, exposed brick, old exposed wood structure. Abstract furniture, and art, as well as a metal light fitting, are ofter part of the design.
You can find Industrial interiors often in former industrial building conversion.

5. MINIMALIST - it's based on simplicity and minimal use of object, ornament, and accessories.
The colors are neutral and in harmony with nature. The spacious and airy interior is achieved by the use of glass and ultra-clean lines furniture.
Often boundaries between interior and exterior are little.

6. CONTEMPORARY - this style is often mistaken with modern, as both have similar elements in common, still contemporary design is different from modern because it describes design based on the here and now.
Clean, architectural lines are their signature of contemporary style. It features state-of-the-art materials, glass, and metals, open space flows from one area to another fluidly and often can stick to a monochromatic palette of black, white and grey.

Both styles are great to mix and match into a unique and signature look.

I love working with my clients to create an interior that suits the client's personality and has that personal touch and character. My organisation and project management skills allow for each project to run smoothly, building strong relationships along the way with clients, architects, builders and suppliers, all of whom contribute to the success of each project. I have a vast technical knowledge with an eye for detail which can be seen in my designs from technical specification through to bespoke furnishing. I see a key part of my role as overseeing projects so that both the design and financial expectations are met.

I love my job as an interior designer. It feels incredible and deeply satisfying that after all the effort put in, all the ideas and designs coming to life makes it all worthwhile. I understand that a well-designed home will impact my clients lives in many positive ways, and for this, I love being a part of this process.

At Karo & Co Interiors we’re passionate about designing beautiful spaces that connect practicality with style. With our service, you can be sure you’re getting the highest quality product and design expertise.
Our passion is to create beautiful interiors whether that symmetry you're after, a certain design you have in mind, or something that gives the space a real presence.
We are passionate about interior design and enjoy transforming homes with carefully selected finishes and accessories that will not only look beautiful but will also meet all your practical requirements for day to day living. We love what we do and that’s why, for us, it’s not just about the design, it's about the journey.

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At Karo & Co Interiors we’re passionate about designing beautiful furniture that connects practicality with style. Our bespoke wardrobes and furniture are a high-quality product that can give you total design flexibility, suitable to your personal needs, unlike bespoke furniture offered on the high street, we are not limited by the mass production process.