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Poparlo Ltd



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Specialising in all aspects of the building trade from planning to final build Poparlo offer an all round service. We are a well known business within Solihull and come recommended for a variation of services in the trade.

Unlike a lot of our competition we are reliable, cost effective, clean working, polite and ensure the finish on our work is to the highest of standards. Contact us for a free no obligation quote.

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2 customer reviews

3 February 2022

We had a loft conversion and CCTV system installed on the renovation to our home. Couldn’t fault the service at all. Punctual reliable and worth every penny. Very happy with the new space and feels incredibly secure. More...

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Reply from Poparlo Ltd

Thank you Sam and Ben for your review and letting us work on your home. We are very pleased like you with the work.

21 January 2022

I can’t recommend these guys highly enough. For the last 2 years I’ve struggled to find any building company to either turn up and look at the job or one that did turn up but never quote. That was until I found Poparlo.

Since the start I had an excellent service, calls have been answered throughout, people have turned up on time and reliably and the job has been finished to an excellent standard.

I have agreed to allow some of the photos of the job on here and will be happy to talk to any potential customers about my experience.

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Reply from Poparlo Ltd

Thank you Vince for your glowing review, it was a pleasure to work for you and Gail.


Most, if not all garages are suitable for extension. A garage conversion can be completed under permitted development rights particularly if you aren't planning to alter the structure of the building but you should always check that there are no planning conditions attached. If you are converting a detached garage then you may have to apply for a change of use. This can be checked with your local planning authority.

If your home is listed or you live in a Conservation Area, then it is highly likely that you will need planning permission before you can convert your garage. In this scenario we would recommend having an informal meeting with your local planning officer before you submit your application.

A garage conversion classes as a ‘change of use’ so it will require building regulations approval. To comply with building regs your garage conversion must:

. Be structurally sound
. Have a damp-proof course
. Have wall, floor and loft insulation so it is energy efficient
. Have had all electrics safety tested
. Be moisture proofed, with good ventilation
. Have been fire-proofed and have escape routes

Because your project will need building regulations approval you need to notify your local council before you begin by submitting a building notice or full plans application – depending on whether you need planning permission or not.

Once the garage conversion is finished a building inspector will come to check windows, doors, fireproofing measures and foundations before issuing a certificate of completion.

Key steps in the process we would follow are:

1. Make sure the walls and roof are sound

2. Floor slab – the existing floor may need to be levelled, damp-proofed and insulated

3. Infilling the door – Most garage conversions simply brick up the garage door

4. Wall insulation

5. Roof insulation

6. Windows & doors

7. Heating and electrics

To be suitable for conversion to living accommodation, it helps if you’ve got a sizeable roof space to start with.

A simple way to calculate this is by measuring the gross internal floor area of all the existing top floor rooms under the loft you want to convert.

Most lofts can provide at least 20m2 of gross floor area which, on paper, should be more than enough for a double bedroom. However, not all of this space will be useable. A lot depends on the roof pitch – as a rule, the steeper the better.

The net amount of usable floor area for new loft room(s) can be calculated by deducting the space lost around the edges near the eaves where height is less than about 1.2m, and then making an allowance for the new loft stairwell, plus obstacles like chimney breasts.

We have been in business for 8 years although a lot of the team have worked for other companies before we set up and have in some cases 15 years of experience.


With the recent trend in open plan living we have found ourselves in the position of gaining lots of experience and expertise in this area due to the amount of jobs we have now completed. Our team is built on an in house team qualified in all aspects of this particular type of project.

We directly deal with the following tasks and more:

Bifold door supply and fit.
Under floor heating.
Reinforce ceilings with steels after removing supporting walls.
Kitchen fitting.
Door hanging.
Interior painting.

Do you have ideas for your property but don't know where to start? If so our assisted planning service is for you.

Meet with one of our architects who will run through your ideas whilst giving you ideas of their own to get the most from your space in the style that suits you.

Once these ideas have been agreed we will submit the plans for approval to your local council. When approved we can also provide a quote to carry out the works and bring your ideas to reality.