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Luxatti homes ltd

Hayes, Middlesex

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Luxatti Homes Ltd is London’s leading luxury homes specialist. We take great pride in offering you the finest design and build service in London and its surrounds. After undertaking Numerous of projects including roofing, loft conversions, home extensions and new builds, we have established ourselves as one of the most dedicated and professional Design and Build companies in London.

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If your garage is attached to your house and has become a dumping ground for items your rarely use, then a garage conversion is worth considering. It could add vital extra living space to your home (as well as about 10% on to the value of your property) and you won’t have to move or sacrifice any garden space.

A garage conversion rarely needs planning permission (unless you live in a listed building or a Conservation Area – see more below), but it does require careful consideration to ensure the new space works well with your existing home.

Do you need planning permission ?
Probably not. In most cases, a garage conversion will fall under permitted development — particularly if you are not altering the actual structure of the building. Although it is worth checking that there are no planning conditions attached to the garage (ie, that it has to remain as parking) — if conditions are attached, you will need to apply to have them removed.

However, if you are converting a separate, stand-alone garage as opposed to an integral one, then you may have to apply for a change of use.

You will almost certainly need planning permission to convert your garage if your property is listed or you live in a Conservation Area.

There are few stages involve in garage conversion such as, groundwork, brickwork, roof work. The work is extensive as it could be just simple storage garage for storing purpose or it can be used as outdoor office.

Can my loft be converted? Before you do anything else, you need to work out whether your loft space is actually suitable for a conversion. Most houses will come with an allowance for permitted development, which means that you can go ahead with your conversion without planning permission. However, if you live in a conservation area, or if, for example, your roof space isn't tall enough, it may be more complicated. You can ask a builder, architect or surveyor to visit your home and check this out for you, but there are also a couple of checks that you can carry out yourself prior to this. Look for other conversions on your street An easy way to get an idea of whether your loft can be converted is to see whether any similar houses on your street have had loft conversions. If you do spot examples, it's more likely to be a possibility. If you can, it's also worth going one step further and asking to take a look at the loft of anyone in your street that has had it done. Measure the head height The minimum height you need for a loft conversion is 2.2m, and you can easily measure this yourself. Take a tape measure and run it from the floor to the ceiling at the tallest part of the room. If it's 2.2m or more, your loft should be tall enough to convert. Victorian houses tend to be lower than those built from 1930 onwards, so may not have sufficient head height.

Read more: https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/loft-conversions/article/loft-conversions/loft-conversions-step-by-step-guide - Which?

1. The roof space is inspected for suitability
An inspection of the inside of the roof space will provide information as to its suitability for conversion. The main features to initially consider include height, access and obstacles. Here, a water storage tank and chimney stacks formed the main obstacles, but the height and pitch suggested that conversion was possible.

Not sure what to do if your roof isn’t suitable for a loft conversion? Find out in our guide to conversions for difficult roof constructions

2. An architect or surveyor will confirm suitability and create plans
An architect or surveyor will confirm the loft’s suitability for conversion. It is also necessary to take into account whether the building will be adequate to take the added load of a conversion. Following this, plans are drawn which also provide a basis for cost analysis, and what tasks can be done on a DIY basis.

3. The loft is cleared and prepped
With Building Control approval, work can be started by clearing the loft space. In this example the water storage tank was redundant because a new combi boiler was fitted. If this is still required then it will need to be moved to a convenient space to the side. Two chimney stacks were removed.

4. Rewiring is assessed
The electrical wiring and other services that are attached to joists and binders must be removed and rerouted. It provides a good opportunity to replace and improve the original wiring. This requirement is likely to mean that some services may not be available until the new wiring and any pipework can be replaced.

5. New floor joists fitted
The new floor joists can now be fitted. The actual sizes will depend upon the spans, but might typically be 50mm x 220mm C24 or C16 timbers spaced at 400mm intervals. Where there is a window or door opening below this is bridged by doubled-up timber suspended between doubled-up joists. The intermediate joists are attached to the window bridge using joist hangers. New wiring and any required pipework can now be installed.

6. Floors are insulated
The spaces between the joists are filled with insulation to a depth of 100mm. Following Building Control inspection, the joists can be covered with floorboards. The roofing struts and hangers are temporary but securely reinstalled until suitable replacement arrangements are in place.

7. Floorboards laid
The tongue-and-groove chipboard floorboards are held in place with screws. A water-resistant grade is a good choice, and essential in the bath or shower room.

8. Rafters reinforced
Work can now be started in rafter reinforcement in accordance with the structural requirements, so that the purlins, struts and collars can be safely removed. This will open up the area.

9. Dormers installed (if applicable)
Dormers can now be installed. This will involve opening up the roof, so dry weather is desirable to avoid the risk of water damage. The Building Control officer will inspect to ensure that the roof structure reinforcements are as specified.

Two end dormers were fitted, and a mid dormer that is destined to be the shower room.

bungalow with loft conversion and pitched roof dormer
10. Rooflights installed
Roof windows are an effective way of letting in natural light. In this project a roof window was fitted above the stairwell. These require the surrounding timbers to be reinforced but are easier to fit than dormers.

11. Staircase fitted
The point at which the staircase is fitted will depend upon individual circumstances, but when in place will give easier access to the loft area. In this example the hallway was widened by knocking down a non-loadbearing front room to the hallway wall and rebuilding the wall 450mm into the front room.

12. Dormers tiled and vents fitted
The dormers are tiled and clad to fully weatherproof them. The end dormers in this example have tiled roofs and tile cladding, whereas the shower room has a felted flat roof and tile cladding. Scaffolding will be required for safe working. Ridge and soffit vents are fitted at a convenient stage.

13. Windows fitted in dormers
The windows are fitted in the dormer openings previously accurately measured. PVCu Class ‘A’ windows were fitted here with an egress hinge on the side-opening sash to provide a good fire exit.

14. The roof is insulated
Insulation is placed between the rafters, with a 50mm air gap between the roofing felt and the insulation, for ventilation purposes. Over this is further insulation giving a total of 100mm. In the roof space above there is 300mm of mineral wool insulation. Building Control inspection is required before the rafters and insulation are covered.

rafters insulated in a loft conversion
15. Partition walls erected
The partition walls are erected. These use 47mm x 100mm timber studs at 400mm centres, with additional noggins. A quilt is placed within the spaces between the studs as the plasterboard is attached.

16. Wall plates and first fix
Wall plates fitted between studs will provide a secure fitting to items like radiators; they can also be used to secure the boxes required for electric sockets and switches. This is an ideal time to do the first fix electrics and plumbing.

finished loft conversion for decorating
17. Electrics upgraded
The new electrics must conform to Part ‘P’ of the Building Regulations and the 17th Edition Electrical Regulations. It may be necessary to fit a new consumer unit, or additional unit if the existing one has no extra capacity.

18. Access panels for water, electrics and eaves storage
Access panels are a useful addition. Here, water supplies and central heating feeds can be connected to the loft conversion. All metal pipework is earth-bonded together.

19. Walls are plasterboarded and architrave/skirting fitted
Plasterboard attached to the studs and rafters with drywall screws will provide the basis for the decorative plaster skim. Following this, the area is painted as required, and door architrave, skirting etc. fitted and painted.

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20. Bathrooms clad and extraction fitted
The shower room walls are best clad with a cement-based aquaboard, first ensuring that all the required wall plates are fitted, and that all the required services are accessible. The shower room also requires an extractor fan.

21. Second fix, heating and finishes
With wall and floor tiling complete, the shower room items can be positioned and fitted. Second fix electrics and plumbing is progressed at a suitable time. The radiators are fitted in place, and connected to the central heating system. This picture also shows cupboard doors fitted to make use of the area behind for storage. Finally its time to decorate.

22. Decorating
The space is now ready for decoration.

Luxatti homes ltd is a new company registered but we have a vast experience in the family, as this is family run business . we have over 20 years of experience into the building industry.

Our work comes with 10 year workmanship warranty. All our work is undertaken by highly skilled workers. Upon completion you will also get electrical and gas certificate, if those works are undertaken.

We love to taking on challenging projects, where we have to use our expertise to the maximum level.

while working within the family, I have always expressed my self to start my business for myself. I was very lucky to be the part of the family business, as being a member of the family business I took the advantage of learning step by step into the construction business.

Our builders have a reputation for delivering projects that are on time and on budget, and our track record of success continues to grow with more and more satisfied customers every day.

We take pride in working with every one of our clients to create exciting, liveable spaces that look attractive and add value. From loft and basement conversions to designing and building new modern, bespoke homes no job is too complex for our team of experts