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We have successfully completed projects on a range of residential buildings, including Listed buildings, Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian properties as well as modern builds. Our reliability, professionalism and expertise are second-to-none.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning

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Reviewed by Talha on 20/2/2018

Andrew was polite, clean, quick and efficient. I would highly recommend him!

Whether you need a small job done or would like to add an extension to your home, we do it all big or small. We Have over 11 years on the market and hundreds of happy customers. We are committed to customer satisfaction and delivering a superior quality of work each and every time.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by David on 19/2/2018

Everything was flawless. Teresa is extremely organised and efficient. She will help you every step of the way and will be in constant contact if you have any questions. The work done was better than anything I expected. Valdi is a star and a person who will even 'paint under the drawer' meaning he takes such an incredible amount of pride in his work. We just cannot believe how his work transformed the areas we had done. He is also an all around nice person. Trusthworthy, efficient and perfection.

We are a local company with over 20 years experience in the construction industry . Honesty and reliability are a big part of our make up along side quality workmanship and products we know we have everything you need to get the job done right & on budget

Trades serviced: Bespoke kitchens, Burglar Repairs, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Conservatory, Decorative Glazing

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Reviewed by Karen on 19/2/2018

Pleasant and got on with the work. I would use him again for future jobs

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bespoke kitchens, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by Patricia on 19/2/2018

Martin came out and quoted a good price very quickly for a plastering job we had. He did a excellent job, was on time, cleaned up, very professional. No problems would recommend Martin.

We are family business doing roofing and building work for over 40years we always on time and look leave our customers happy for repeat business we have long list happy customers and always looking for more

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, External Rendering

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Reviewed by Billy on 19/2/2018

John and his colleague carried out work promptly,without any fuss and to a very high standard,he was also willing to work around my time schedule which i greatly appreciated I would therefore have no hesitation recommending John or indeed securing his expertise in the future.

Belgravia Building Solutions offer 30 years of experience and are specialists in new builds, extensions, garage and loft conversions as well as internal alterations. We also offer landscaping and fencing services. We pride ourselves on customer service.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Garage Conversion, Garden office / Studio construction, Home improvements, House extension

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Reviewed by Jon on 19/2/2018

Jeff and Ian turned up on time and completed the job within timescale they said - all in all a good job. Would recommend.

TK Decorating and General building an approved tradesmen of the Association of Master Tradesmen Our services range from: * Extensions * Property Maintenance * Bathroom and Kitchen Fitting * Garage Conversions * Drainage and Plumbing

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Wajeeha on 19/2/2018

Recently got quite a lot of work done by Tony including a garage conversion and we are delighted.The quality in which Tony completes the job is fantastic. Very reliable and helpful as well as being clean. He presented us with good options and was patient. We are extremely happy with all the work done and will be reaching out to Tony from here on if we want any more work done. Thank you the house is looking great.

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Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture

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Reviewed by Michael on 19/2/2018

Friendly guy.

We are a family run business with lots of experience no job is too big or too small many thanks onestop team

Trades serviced: Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by duan on 19/2/2018

Billy came on time, fixed the leaking around the chimney . He took photos before and after which was always helpful . I wasn’t sure if the type of the cap on the top of the unused chimney was correct one as it appeared to be no gap for ventilation . Billy assured me that there was already a ventilation hole at the side of the chimney . I will have to trust him on that , as only time will tell . I can not comment on the price as I did not get other quotes.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Denise on 19/2/2018

Dave did an excellent job for a reasonable price. The finish and neatness of the final shower cubicle installation was very good and we were extremely pleased with the overall job.

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Garage Conversion specialists - what you need to know

The benefits of converting your garage

If your car rarely sees the inside of your garage, a conversion could add considerable value to your property by giving you an extra habitable room. Most people use their garage to store bikes, clutter, and old furniture (out of sight, out of mind) so it gives you a good reason for a purge, as well as all the possibilities of a new room in the house.

The only thing you should consider though, is how much parking is available in your street. If it’s restrictive, and you remove off-street parking, then you could potentially make your house less desirable.

A conversion is a major project, but if your garage is structurally part of your house, the extra space could make a huge improvement to how you live. It also means you won’t be outgrowing the house any time soon. Your new room could be any one of these:

  • An extra living room.
  • A dining room.
  • An extended kitchen/diner.
  • A ground floor bedroom for elderly family, or someone with mobility problems.
  • A playroom.
  • A home office.
  • A cinema room.
  • A utility room.

What does converting your garage involve?

A specialist garage conversion company will be able to draw up the designs for you, and then complete all the structural work. Alternatively you could hire an architect to do the design, and to draw up the structural plans for builders of your choosing.

If you’ve got a long, single garage, it won’t usually work as a standalone living room or bedroom as there won’t be enough space. You’re better off integrating it into an existing living room or kitchen. Alternatively you could use it as a utility room or small home office.

A double garage is much easier to use as its own room.

Designing the space

In terms of design, the main thing you should think about, is how you access that new room. Ideally you’ll get to it from the main hallway in the house. If you have to access the new space through another room, you’re creating an unwanted thoroughfare in the old room.

An experienced garage specialist will make the conversion look like it’s always been part of the main house. The windows will match the rest of the house, and will be in similar proportions. Any brickwork or exterior materials will need to match exactly, or if not, be a very complementary contrast. Lastly, if it’s got a flat roof then you should think about giving it a pitched roof, to help it blend in.

Garage floors are usually lower than the rest of the house, so to avoid a step down into the room, your specialist should put a floor in that brings it up to the correct height – assuming the ceiling is high enough.

You should also think about where the best place for the door would be, rather than fitting the room around where it currently is. It’s important so that you get the best use of your new space.

Building regulations for garage conversions

Converting your garage into a habitable room is known as a ‘change of use’, which means you’ll need building regulations approval from your local authority. The council will have their own building control service, or you can use an independent inspector.

The garage conversion will need all of the following:

  • It needs to be structurally sound.
  • It needs to have a damp-proof course.
  • The walls, floor, and roof will need to be upgraded for energy efficiency.
  • Heating and plumbing will need to be installed.
  • All new and existing electrics will need to be tested.

Costs for converting your garage

The building work will cost around £1000-£1400 per square metre, depending on location, finish, and how much work needs to be done to the structure.

Design fees will be around £1400-£3000, plus £300-£400 for a structural engineer.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

As your garage conversion will need heating and electricity, your specialist will almost definitely be using a team of 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 you should make a point of checking these – all good tradespeople will be happy to show you.

 

Planning permission for garage conversion jobs

Planning permission isn’t usually required, as long as the work is internal and doesn’t involve enlarging or extending the building. It’s what’s known as permitted development.

In some instances, permitted development rights can be removed, so you should always check with your local planning authority before starting any work. For example, if you live in a conservation area, there might be rules in place to protect the surroundings. If you live on a new build estate, there might be rules about changing the aesthetic of your home in case it jars with the overall design and look of the estate.

You’ll definitely need planning permission if:

  • You live in a listed building.
  • You want to extend the building.
  • You’re using the space for business.
  • Your council has restrictions on reducing parking.

 

Insurance for garage conversion work

Public liability insurance

Your garage conversion specialist 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 specialist 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 company you’re using and what insurance they have.

Questions you should ask your garage conversion specialist

  • 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?

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