Mayfair Contracts Ltd
London, Greater London(8 Reviews)
We work on behalf of the public sector, private and commercial sectors, charities and private individuals. If you already have building or maintenance specifications we will review them (free of charge, offering advice if appropriate) and provide a detailed quotation.
Full Residential & Commercial Refurbishment Specialists
Property Conversions & Extensions
General Building Works
Kitchens & Bathroom Design & Installation
Patios & Driveways
Plastering & Rendering
Boiler Installation, Repair & Servicing
Gas & Heating
Painting & Decorating
Glazing & Emergency Boarding
Electrical Repairs & Installation
Voids Property Refurbishment
Security & Fire Doors
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How can someone tell if their Garage is suitable for conversion?
Before you go ahead with your garage conversion, you need to know all the legal issues involved. There are three main things that you need to check first - if you go ahead without permission you could be forced to return everything to its original condition, at your own cost.
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 neighborhood - 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.
What kind of garage do you own and is it suitable for conversion?
Single garage - A single garage will add around 150 square feet of floor space to your home.
Double garage - You may either convert the whole area, or just the nearest side to your house. If you convert it all, you can expect to add around 300 square feet of floor space to your home.
Tandem garage - As before, converting only the back will leave you with the best of both worlds.
Standalone garage - Careful, as you may need to make an application for permission to change its use.
Run us through the different stages of the Garage conversion process - what's involved?
Step 1: Carry out an assessment of your garage and decide how you can utilise the space. If it’s currently used to store large items, you may have to consider dedicating a section of your garage towards the storage of these items or relocate them to an outbuilding such as a lock-secured garden shed.
Research recommended contractors nearby and gather several quotes for the work. Note, if there is any electrical, gas or plumbing work to be carried out, ensure that the contractor is registered with the correct governing body and they are able to certify their work.
Step 2: All planning and building regulations and requirements will need to be considered. You may need planning permission from your local authority if the work involves converting your garage into a habitable space. If you have any doubt about gaining planning permission or meeting building regulation requirements, always ask your local authority, who will direct you.
Where possible, ask for written confirmation of any advice provided by your local authority so that you can ensure that you have the correct permissions to carry out your conversion.
Step 3: Obtain a written contract from your contractor/builder/garage conversion company which clearly states everyone’s responsibilities and what you need to pay on completion of the project.
Step 4: Once the contract is in place and you have all permission approved you can start by clearing out the garage space. If you’re expanding an existing room such as a kitchen, then now would be the ideal time to knock-through the wall. Once the debris has been cleared, you can commence with any electrical works and pipe work installations for gas and plumbing.
Hint: if the space will be used as a guest room or a playroom, you may want to consider under-floor heating.
Step 5: It’s highly likely that a garage conversion will involve the installation of at least one new external cavity wall and this stage of the conversion would be an ideal time to do so. Diligence must be taken to ensure that the wall is of sound build and is able to repel moisture from the ground (damp proofing) and also resist the outside elements.
Any new windows and doors can also be installed at this stage followed by any radiators and kitchen or bathroom units.
Step 6: Now that the majority of the building works have completed, you can begin to decorate your new space. To avoid any stains or damage to your new flooring, it may be best to get painting before the floor or carpet is laid.
Step 7: Once you’ve decorated your newly converted garage, you and your family can begin to reap the benefits of the additional space in your home!
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. 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 ridge-board 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 - 2.5 in the usable part of the roof.
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.
Run us through the different stages in the loft conversion process - what’s involved?
If necessary, our team will erect scaffolding and receive the first batch of materials. We create access to your loft through an opening in the roof – our team will not need access to the main interior of your house at this stage.
Our team carries out structural alternations to the roof space, and may need to add steel joists if the structure needs reinforcement.
Loft floor joists are installed, and our team begins to build Dormers separately if we are building a Dormer loft conversion. We complete external roof work at this point, including roofing, leadwork, soffits, and guttering. We also complete the first fix for electrics and plumbing.
Your Dormers are completed at this point, and the loft floor is installed. We also install your roof windows and construct internal walls. Our team will also insulate your walls and install roof ventilation.
The walls of your loft conversion will be plastered at this point, and we will create an access opening for your new staircase. Once the opening is created, our team can install the staircase. This is the first time we will need access to the interior of your home, and we will keep you informed as work progresses so you can plan around this stage.
The new staircase area will be plastered and we will complete the second fix of electrics and plumbing. Our team begins decorating your loft conversion interior at this point, as well as hanging doors, installing skirting, and adding handrails and spindles to your new staircase.
Decoration should be completed at this stage. Our team will thoroughly clean the area and remove all waste before you inspect your new loft conversion. You have the opportunity to let us know if there are any minor changes you’d like to make. We work under a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and will always ensure that you are happy with your loft conversion.
Your preferred changes will be carried out and the loft is ready for your final inspection. This is also when we schedule the building control inspection and provide the certification for your completed loft conversion to be signed off.
How long have you been in business?
We have been in business officially for almost six years and have been working in the industry with high end clients for over a decade and have a combined experience of over thirty years. Mayfair Contracts was recently created in order to provide services to social housing main contractors. as well as the private sector.
What guarantee does your work come with?
Fully comprehensive insurance
Features of our cover:
10 year Structural Warranty cover
Insolvency cover available both pre and post completion (subject to approval)
Full risk transfer in years 3-10 of cover
Cover available for mixed-use development
Cover as standard for alternative accommodation, additional costs, removal of debris and professional fees
What do you love most about your job?
Our line of work involves in dealing with lots of day to day challenges which inspires us to work as a team of professionals and overcome problems in order to deliver excellence to all our clients
What inspired you to start your own business?
We are a group of friends who have been working in the industry for over thirty years combined, we aspired to one day establish a business of our own to so we could see our dreams become reality, we started of as a general building company but now provide a full property maintenance service as well. we aim to grow our business nationwide and work with individuals and businesses to accomplish success in their projects.
Why should our clients choose you?
Mayfair Contracts prides itself as a leading Property Maintenance and Building company operating across the residential and commercial sectors. We extend our services to Property Managers, Surveyors, Commercial and Residential customers for whom we offer all a single point of contact when faced with any maintenance issue. Our uniformed, professional and friendly staff are all trade qualified and go to great lengths to deliver a reliable, courteous and competent service to our clients. We employ and contract dedicated teams of experienced and fully qualified tradesmen to carry out works on our projects, including painters and decorators, carpenters, tilers, scaffolds, flooring specialists, NICEIC accredited electricians, Gas Safe registered gas and heating engineers, uPVC window installers and estimators.
On-going training ensure unrivaled levels of customer service and build quality. We commit to on-going training and development for our staff, be it essential updates to health and safety or career advancement and professional development. Working in London we undertake a wide range of projects for several domestic and commercial clients who need exceptional multi skilled expertise, unrivaled attention to detail and a highly experienced building maintenance and refurbishment team.
Whatever your painting and decorating, building maintenance and repairs or refurbishment and renovations requirements, we will be able to give a cost-effective, reliable and attractive solution. Landlords, Estate Agents and Inventory Companies use Mayfair Contracts Maintenance and Property Solutions, as we offer a 30 day no obligation period to approve and accept quotes. Contact us today to discuss your requirements and arrange for a FREE site survey and no obligation quotation from the building maintenance professionals at Mayfair Contracts. Call us today on 0203 488 3199 to arrange a free property survey and no obligation quote.
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Mayfair Contracts Ltd provides the following services:
- Accessibility Adaptation
- Barbecue Installation
- Bathroom Installation & Remodel
- Boiler Installation or Replacement
- Brick & Block Paving Services
- Brick Wall Construction
- Cellar & Basement Conversion
- Conservatory Installation
- Disability & Accessibility Home Installation
- Flat Roofing Installation
- Garage & Outbuilding Construction
- Garage & Outbuilding Remodel
- Garage & Outbuilding Repairs
- Garage Conversions
- General Bricklaying
- General Builders
- General Carpentry
- Internal Renovation & Reconfiguration
- Kitchen Installation & Remodelling
- Kitchen Refurbishment
- Loft Conversions
- Outdoor Walls & Retaining Wall Construction
- Patio Services
- Period Restorations
- Property Extensions
- Retaining Wall Construction
- Roof Repair
- Roofing Installation or Replacement
- Shower Installation