S & O Conversions Ltd
Ripon, North Yorkshire
We are a professional loft conversion company with over 30 years of experience between us in the trade. We do a variety of jobs from loft conversions, to extensions, kitchens, knock throughs, bathrooms, garage conversions and more.
We work to a high standard and are compassionate about our work.
Our team of staff are friendly, reliable, trustworthy and hard working to help provide our customers with the best results. We take great pride in turning peoples houses into their homes that they can enjoy for many years.
We have built our business gradually over the years and made the decision to become a Limited company in 2016 after working successfully together on many jobs over a 14 year period. Prior to this we both have many more years in the trade which has helped us become S & O Conversions Ltd.
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How can someone tell if their Garage is suitable for conversion?
There are three topics to cover when considering converting your garage. Firstly, you need to check your house doesn't have any restrictive covenants by the developer, (there are usually ways around this so don't let this put you off if this is the case).
Secondly, planning permission may be required but usually only if you are looking to extend the size of the garage. Lastly, building regulations will be required. If your garage is a stand-alone garage, this will most likely require an application for change of use.
Run us through the different stages of the Garage conversion process - what's involved?
From meeting with us to discuss your ideas and the options available to you for your garage conversion, we would then assist with planning application if it is needed and building regulation applications.
Once we have received these, we will then begin the work. Any necessary groundwork will be completed first, followed by inserting steel lintels as per the building regulations. Any brick/stone will be matched up to the originals as close as possible. The new floor can be created inserting the floor joists, insulation and damp proofing as necessary. First fix plumbing and electrics can be done at this stage. Internal walls and the ceiling can be constructed and insulated complying fully with building regulations. Windows can be fitted and if there is no door to the property, we will created the internal door at this point. The walls and ceiling can be plastered and second fix plumbing and electrics can be done followed by second fix joinery. The work will be now ready to decorate.
How can someone tell if their loft is suitable for conversion?
Whilst it is difficult to say without seeing a loft whether it is suitable for converting, we need to take into consideration the ridge heights, as a minimum we need 2.2m, however, subject to planning, the ridge height can be raised on occasions. The property may have some restrictive covenants which can be looked into at the early stages.
Run us through the different stages in the loft conversion process - what’s involved?
From the first point of contact, we aim to meet our customers face to face to assess the loft and to discuss their ideas for their conversion. We look at the different options available to them and try to get the best use out of the space available based on the customers needs.
We can arrange for an architect to do the drawings, arrange Building Regulation Applications and take charge of any planning applications that may be required.
Once we have the necessary documentation from the council, we can then start your conversion. We work very closely with Harrogate Borough Council LABC (Local Authority Building Control).
We begin with creating the new floor space by fitting the beams and/or steel to support the joists and laying the floorboards. The roof structure is the next focus, reinforcing rafters, any structural changes as per building regulations, creating dormers by opening up the roof and installing any rooflights. The roof is made watertight as soon as possible. We then move on to install a staircase. Windows can be fitted to the dormers and the roof insulated. The internal walls are built and the first fix can be done. At this point the electrics and pipework can be fitted/upgraded as necessary. The walls can be plasterboarded and skimmed. The second fix joinery can be completed after this ie. skirting boards, door architraves etc. Bathrooms can be tiled and second fix plumbing and electrics finished. The conversion will then be ready for decoration.
What do you love most about your job?
The most satisfying part of our job is seeing someones dreams for their home become a reality. Handing over the build to our customers is always a very rewarding part of our job.
What inspired you to start your own business?
After being employed in the trade for many years, we began working together on loft conversions over 14 years ago. We took the next step to become self employed and source our own work. We worked for many years together on these jobs then took the plunge to become a Limited company in 2016. Our business has grown amazingly well and we now have our own workforce who we are proud to have working for us.
Why should our clients choose you?
Our clients work closely with us throughout the stages of their conversions from the very beginning to the finishing touches. This is a vital element of our job to ensure our customers feel a part of their creation. This allows customers have more of an input on the layout of the design and window positioning.
We pride ourselves in maintaining a high standard throughout the construction phase and a high percentage of our work comes purely from word of mouth from previous customers.
Please take a look at our website or Facebook page for photos of our work and customer reviews.
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