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Blueprint Conversions LTD is a loft conversion specialist covering the south east. We are a TrustMark registered business, a proud member of the Federation of Master Builders and are a partner of the LABC (local authority building control). This ensure's every conversion we undertake is built to the highest of standards. From concept to completion, we're with you every step of the way. We have built up a long list of happy clients over the years and would love you to be next!

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Reviewed by Cheryl on 21/1/2021

Highly recommend!! Tom and his team ( Jim in particular) at Blueprint Conversions were fantastic! They completed a beautiful loft conversion for us, on time and on budget, with impeccable customer service throughout! Without doubt some of the nicest tradesman we have worked with. Thanks so much for everything!

The Manufacturer and Installer of Garden Sheds.Garden office buildings are growing in popularity with more and more people making the modern switch to work from home. Garden offices provide the perfect work-life balance solution whilst creating extra space at home. Our premium quality garden rooms are fully-insulated meaning you will have a warm, dry and comfortable space to work all-year-round. Not at all like a ‘shed office’ or ‘shoffice’, our buildings are built to the same quality, safety and insulation standards as a room in your house. This means you can create a professional and comfortable workspace in the practicality of your home garden.

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Reviewed by shaikhali on 17/12/2020

very good , All points clear before we have to start work

R&D CONSTRUCTION IS A PROFESSIONAL DESIGN AND BUILDING COMPANY SPECIALISING IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES, ALSO A WIDE RANGE OF CONSTRUCTION, DEVELOPMENTS AND REFURBISHMENTS. build We Carry out all type of construction and to us no job is a small job and by that we mean we would be happy to take your various jobs in our hands. We provide the following list of the building services: New Build Property Refurbishment Loft Conversion House Extensions Flat Conversion Driveway & Patio Bricklaying & Re-pointing Kitchen & Bathroom Roofing & Guttering Plastering & Tiling Carpentry & Joinery Painting & Decorating Plumbing & Electrical Central Heating & Under Floor Heating Design We believe a great design is simple and not only how it feels or looks but also how it works. We provide Architectural and Interior Design and Engineering Services: Initial Concept Design Basic Drawings for Planning Application & Application Management Existing & Proposed Floor Plans, Elevations and Sections Site Plans and Block Plans (OS map/ Location Plan) Detailed Architectural Design 3D Concept and Visualisation Design Interior Furnishing, Materials & Fabrics Lighting Design Bills of Quantities (BOQ) 3D Interior Visualisation Design 3D Interior Visualisation Design Building Control package Drawings & Application Management

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Reviewed by Robert on 15/2/2020

Really professionally handled, and they know what they're doing. Efficient, friendly - ideal.

We have been roofing for 20 years, both commercial and domestic. No job too big or small. You pay when you are 100% satisfied. I have references and certificates. All aspects of roofing are covered. Flat roofs , Tiled roofs, Facia, Gutters, moss removal

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Reviewed by Blake on 14/2/2021

Very pleased. Turned up fast and exactly when promised. Work done efficiency and well, full explanation for all work done clearly given.

Bramhill construction is a privately owned building company with over 20 years experience. Fully qualified, insured and registered members CSCS. Cob, Lime and Stone Laying, Eco Buildings, Barn Conversions / Extensions, Re-pointing Listed Buildings, ...

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Reviewed by Adrian on 15/4/2020

Worked well for me, recomend.

GARAGE CONVERSION SPECIALISTS with a vast portfolio and customer base, our company has been established 10 years. Fully insured, all employees and sub contractors cscs trained/qualified. All works completed to a high standard at competitive prices

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Reviewed by Craig on 16/5/2021

James and his team were fantastic from start to finish, the project went really well especially as it was undertaken in the middle of a global pandemic which meant at times materials were hard to come by but James was always honest about it and would constantly keep us up too date with when and what would be happening next! We couldn’t have picked a better team to undertake our project and James was always happy to come back after the project was finished to pick up any minor snags!! Highly Recommended!

With over 30 experience in building and property maintenance, our aim is to complete the works on time and in budget. From dry rot to a new roof or full property re-fits and landscaping. we never turn away customers.

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Reviewed by Terry on 26/4/2021

Came to assess job. Quote promised that evening (21 April). Nothing heard since despite follow up attempts to contact by phone and message. Very disappointed.

If you are thinking of extending, converting, or in any way structurally altering your home, we can assist you with any or every stage of your project.  

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Reviewed by Marilyn on 24/8/2020

When Paul introduced himself I was impressed by his thorough examination of the job specification. Proactive in his approach he was ready to start work on my extension soon after lockdown was eased. Paul has a good team who are pleasant and considerate when working in and around the property. He is very approachable and kept in touch either by appearing on site or by phone and was willing to adapt the project if asked. I would be happy to employ this company again due to value and professionalism

We are a small building company with over 15 years in business , all of our tradesmen are highly skilled and all of them have over 35 years of experience in the building and construction industry.

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Reviewed by Iain on 4/1/2021

Dimension builders have just completed a 10 week build for us. It was an extension from the main house and detached garage conversion into bedroom and wetroom for my disabled wife. Throughout the whole build Dave has been a pleasure to work with. Communicating with us all the time and clean and tidy. Any sub contractors he has had come to carry out works, such as plasters, tilers and plumbers etc, completed jobs to a very high standard. We would not hesitate to recommend his firm to family and friends.

WK CONTRACTING LTD undertake all aspects of building work from plastering a single ceiling or wall to a full house renovation. We also offer home refurbishment, rendering, new build, renovation and home extension work which can include joinery, plumbing and electrics alongside our high quality plastering and finishing service. 

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Reviewed by Gill on 7/5/2021

Amazing builders, so professional. The builders worked incredibly hard, putting in long hours to ensure our job was completed on time and to a high standard . Couldn’t thank them enough.

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Builders - what you need to know

The term ‘builder’ covers a broad range of possible work in your home. In general, a builder will take on larger structural jobs like loft conversions, home extensions and full renovations. They’ll assess what needs to be done and arrange for various specialist tradespeople to complete the work, while managing the whole project. They’re crucial to making complicated jobs run smoothly.

What a builder can help with

  • Conservatories.
  • House extensions.
  • Garage conversions.
  • Loft conversions.
  • Basement conversions.
  • Renovations.
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A builder won’t typically be very hands-on with tools. Instead, they’ll be arranging materials, submitting plans to councils, organising tradespeople, and communicating with you what’s happening and what decisions you need to make. They’ll also make sure that everything is being completed within your budget.

When undergoing a big job, there are bound to be issues discovered along the way, and a good builder will communicate these with you, as well as any effect on how long it’ll take to complete the whole project. Always factor in extra time and extra budget into your planning so that you’re not caught out.

Conservatories

A conservatory is a good way to give yourself extra space in your house, and as long as you stay within the (somewhat extensive) planning guidelines, you won’t need to get any planning permission. Conservatories are available in uPVC, timber and aluminium, which will give you plenty of options when thinking about design, build and durability. Depending on your budget and your tastes, you can either go for a standard or bespoke design.

The qualifications your builder needs

It’s always a good idea to ask for proof of any qualifications that a builder has listed on a profile page or elsewhere. They might also have a card from the Construction Skills Certification Scheme.

Trade bodies

The first thing you can do when considering a builder is to check they’re registered with an official trade body. There are several in the UK such as The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). These bodies have criteria that must be met in order to become a member, demonstrating the extent of their experience.

For example, with CIOB membership they look for things like degrees, technical qualifications, military training and educational backgrounds.

You can see a full list of bodies on the British Associations site, or with TrustMark.

Gas Safe and Part P

Builders will almost definitely be using a team of specialist tradespeople, whether they’re sub-contractors or fully employed by the builder. Anyone working with gas needs to be registered with Gas Safe, and anyone working with electricity (in England and Wales) needs to be registered with Part P. These tradespeople will have a valid ID showing their membership so that’s another thing you can check.

Competent person scheme

For any work that requires planning permission, your builder can take care of all of this if they’re registered with the competent person scheme. You can search the Competent Persons Register to check they belong to a scheme.

Planning permission and building regulations for building jobs

There are 2 kinds of permission and approval you might need, which you can read about in more detail on the government’s website.

  • Planning permission – usually for major changes or new parts to your house (loft conversions, basement conversions, extensions etc).
  • Building regulations approval – this can apply to even small changes to your house, and is to make sure that all homes have the same safety and design features set out in the latest government legislation.

A couple of extra things you might need to consider - if you’re in a conservation area you you’ll need to check with your local council about any further considerations. Also if you’re a leaseholder rather than a freeholder, you may need to get permission from them to get the work done.

Just remember you might need more than 1 kind of permission or approval to get cracking on the work. Use a builder who’s a member of a competent person scheme and they’ll take care of everything for you. You might also want to consider using an architect to help with the planning, design and necessary permissions.

If you don’t have the right approvals and permissions, this can result in fines, penalties, or serious issues if you want to sell your home. You may even have to pay to undo the work, so it’s important to get it right before you start.

Insurance for building work

Public liability insurance

Your builder definitely needs to have public liability insurance, which will cover you and them if someone gets hurt or if the property is damaged.

Insurance-backed warranties or guarantees 

You can get this as part of the cost of the work, if your builder offers it. Check exactly what’s covered - it should include the cost of finishing or fixing the work if there are any issues.

Home and contents insurance

If you have home or contents insurance, check with your insurer to make sure you'll be covered while the work is going on. You might have to pay more for your insurance during and after the work. Your insurer will probably want to know what builder you’re using and what insurance they have.

 

 

Questions you should ask a builder

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Are they registered with a competent person scheme and will they take care of all planning permissions / building regulation approvals?
  • Do they offer insurance-backed warranties?
  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Can they give you up to 3 references of recent work they’ve completed?
  • Do they use sub-contractors or their own employees?
  • What experience do their sub-contractors/employees have and are they covered by insurance?
  • Will they give a guarantee/warranty for the work and how long does it last?
  • Will they source all materials and equipment?

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking builders.

Building ideas

Check out how to create more space without moving house. Once the work is under way, make sure everything goes smoothly with our top tips for communicating effectively with your builder and how to make things as easy as possible. Last but not least, read advice from TV’s favourite property expert, and our brand ambassador, Phil Spencer – you and your builder.

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