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RS Home Improvements

Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

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We are a friendly, family run business with over 25 years experience in all aspects of building work.
We specialise in a variety of services, including
- loft/garage conversions
- extensions of any size
- kitchen/bathroom renovations/refits

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Most will be suitable for conversion, but you will need to check 3 main things.
There may be a clause in your lease restricting you from building work that affects the external appearance of the house. This can usually be dealt with by paying a fee for this clause to be removed, otherwise you can convert the garage without changing the external appearance.
You may need to apply for planning permission if you intend on converting the garage and extending beyond the original size, you can check this will your local authority.
You will need to check with building control if the conversion is to make the garage into a habitable space, again best to check with your local authority as rules can vary.
A single garage will add approx 150 sq ft of floor space to your home, a double garage can be fully converted or just the side nearest your home - if it was fully converted you will add approx 300 sq ft. This is obviously dependent on several factors.
A tandem garage can likewise be part converted to give you both garage space and extra living space, or fully converted to maximise your additional living space.
A standalone garage may well need planning permission to change it's use.

If you stand at the apex, or highest point, of your loft with about 2 feet clear above you, generally this means the loft is suitable for conversion - although there is no guarantee that planning will authorise in your area.

No one loft conversion is exactly the same but the same general schedule of works will be followed, adapted obviously to specific needs and requirements set in place by the customer and Building Control.
Ideally initially, an on site visit will best determine suitability for conversion and to discuss realistic expectations for what can be accomplished.
We will then refer you to our trusted architect who will confirm suitability and draw up plans that you can approve and discuss with us to get an accurate costing, before submitting for approval by Building Control.
Then the loft area will need clearing, wiring checked and the area made safe.
The floor will then be fully insulated between joists and Building Control will complete their first inspection. Floorboards will then be screwed into place and any structural work will begin ie dormer installation.
Rooflights will then be installed and the staircase installed, dependent on individual plans. The dormer and vents will then be tiled to ensure the roof is weatherproof and the roof is insulated internally, between the rafters, ensuring a gap between the roofing felt and insulation to allow for ventilation.
Any partition walls will be built, wall plates fitted and any electrics requiring upgrading will be done. Water supply, central heating and the access panels for both, as well as any eaves storage will then be added.
All the walls will then be plasterboarded, plastered, painted and skirting completed. If a bathroom is included, this stage will also be similar, with an extractor fan also fitted. Plumbing and second fix electrics and then fitted, as well as fittings. Decorating will then be needed to complete the conversion, as well as any snags being completed to ensure total customer satisfaction.

I love the variety, no job is exactly the same! It's great going from initial assessment and meeting the customer, to finalising the specifications to then finishing the job and seeing how happy the customer is and how it often exceeds their expectations.

We are not the biggest building company, but we do pride ourselves on the high quality of our workmanship and excellent reputation. Who you meet for the initial consultation and planning process, will be the same tradesmen who will carry out the skilled work themselves, so you will always have continuity with who is on site as well as excellent communication.
We highly value all our customers, no matter the size of the job and do our utmost to ensure our customers are happy with the completed project.

Services

Plasterboarding ceilings, skimming ceilings, skimming old walls, stud walls.

Wall or floor tiles

Refurbishment or complete refit

Refurbishment or complete refit

Dormer, fitting mezzanine level, adding services including water, electric, fitting windows, 1st and second fix, complete finishing

Fitting out completely, including soundproofing if needed, adding services including water and electric.