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Constructions of Future is a small company with more than 8 years experience in Kitchen and Loft extensions, painting and decorating, bathroom renovation basically everything what the client want. We can do the most precise job for the best price.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Matthew on 24/2/2018

Excellent work, great work ethic and good attention to detail, Will definitely use again

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Carpet Cleaning

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Reviewed by stuart on 23/2/2018

Reliable . Did an honest days work in difficult weather conditions -

Single & Double glazing repair specialist. In 2010 I set up my own business based in Rayleigh. With 9years experience within the glass and glazing industry, I am able to offer competitive prices along with a great service.

Trades serviced: Burglar Repairs, Conservatory, Decorative Glazing, Door Opening, Emergency / 24 hour locksmith

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Reviewed by Henrietta on 23/2/2018

Cleaned and repaired gutters, very happy with the work

I have been providing residential refurbishment for the last 15 years. From kitchen and bathroom fitting (with basic plumbing) to flooring and all aspects of decorating, I place a big emphasis on quality finish and customer satisfaction.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, External Tiling

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Reviewed by Ciaran on 23/2/2018

We have had many trades people over the years: peter is by far the best. I would highly recommend him. He quoted, turned up as he said and did a fantastic job. He did loads more than we expected. He is a good person.

I’m a qualified multi skilled tradesman . We are taking pride on our work we’re reliable , trustworthy and punctual and we work in a professional manner . Customer satisfaction is a priority for us that's why i always ask for customer feedback .

Trades serviced: Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Door / Window painting, Home improvements, House extension

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Reviewed by Idnan on 23/2/2018

Also done cladding in kitchen.Helped finding matching material.leminate flooring in living room and entrance hall way and very helpfull with number of jobs around the house.

Taylor Howard construction & Remedials

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Jane on 23/2/2018

Would use them again.

Our team uses professional tools for dust free scraping and sanding hardwood flooring, but also for the maintenance, restoration and repair of solid wood and engineered floors. We deliver a high quality finish for your hardwood flooring.

Trades serviced: Floor Sanding & Finishing, Floor Tiling, Laminate Flooring, Period Restoration, Screeding

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Reviewed by Joanne on 23/2/2018

Alex did a superb job on fitting my solid wood flooring. Excellent workmanship, would highly recommend.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Guys on 23/2/2018

I could not have been more impressed. Two polite young men came and did my job very quickly and efficiently. They gave me options as to alternative solutions and had researched prices of parts before arriving. They then fixed the problem as agreed. I would strongly recommend them and was very pleased with their work. I will definitely turn to them first in the future.

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Door / Window painting, External wall painting, Fitted bedrooms / Wardrobes

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Reviewed by Chris on 23/2/2018

Excellent service. Everything as hoped for.

Highly skilled, Well experienced and Passionate Professional who puts your needs at the forefront of what I do. All my work is completed to the highest industry standards and compliance with regulations is always met.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, CCTV installation

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Reviewed by Oliver on 23/2/2018

Very good work, tidy and reliable

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Loft Conversion Specialists - what you need to know

What a loft conversion specialist can help with

  • Loft conversions.
  • Garage conversions.
  • Extensions.
  • Roof light conversions.
  • Dormer conversions.
  • Hip-to-gable conversions.
  • Mansard conversions.
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Having a loft conversion is a major piece of work but depending on your circumstances it might well be easier than moving. You’ll gain a substantial amount of space, plus you’ll also add significant value to your home.

Costs for common loft conversion jobs

Type of conversion Low High
Roof light conversion £20,000 £30,000
Dormer conversion £30,000 £40,000
Hip-to-gable conversion £25,000 £35,000
Mansard conversion £35,000 £45,000

Can your loft be converted?

If you have a look down your street, that’ll give you the quickest indication of whether your loft can be converted. If there are similar houses with loft conversions, it’s very likely you can have one too.

You should also look at the internal height of your loft as it currently is. If the tallest part of it is at least 2.2m-2.5m you shouldn’t have any issue converting.

A typical roof is supported with either trusses or rafters, which are easily identified by just looking in the loft. Rafters follow the edge of the roof, meaning the space below it is empty. Trusses criss-cross through the loft.

Trusses cost more to convert because extra structural support is needed to replace them.

Lastly you should also think about how much space you have below the loft. A staircase will have to be built so that the loft conversion is habitable, which will take up some space in the room below – can you afford to lose that space?

What’s a roof light conversion?

If your loft is pretty spacious already, and could function as a room without needing to extend the walls, then a roof light conversion could be for you. It’s the least disruptive conversion and will turn your loft into a habitable room. You’ll get windows installed, as well as a floor and a stairwell, plus they’ll obviously spruce the room up with any necessary insulation, plasterboard and decorating.

What’s a dormer conversion?

These are the most common and most suitable for a sloped A-shaped roof. The extension simply protrudes from the slope of the roof to create extra space.

What’s a hip-to-gable conversion?

A ‘hip’ roof is where your roof slopes down towards the side of your property, usually on a detached or semi-detached house. Much like a dormer, this side of the slope is extended to create a new room.

What’s a mansard conversion?

Mansard conversions basically make all sides of your roof vertical, which is the most expensive conversion, but also results in the most space.

The qualifications your loft conversion specialist needs

If your loft conversion specialist has any sort of membership or qualification that isn’t covered below, it’s always a good idea to just ask for proof. They might also have a card from the Construction Skills Certification Scheme

Trade bodies

 The first thing you can do when considering a loft conversion specialist 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.

Planning permission for loft conversion jobs

Planning permission isn’t normally needed, but permission is required where you extend or alter the roof space and it exceeds certain specified limits and conditions.

Insurance for loft conversion specialists

Public liability insurance

Your loft 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 builder you’re using and what insurance they have.

Building regulations for loft conversions

These are the key things you’ll need to be aware of, but it’s best to consult the Planning Portal for full, up-to-date info.

Fire safety - you’ll need fire-resistant doors for the new room, along with mains-powered smoke alarms.

Floors and beams – all structural floors and supports will need to be sufficient for the new room.

Sound insulation between rooms and walls.

Stairs – you need a permanent staircase rather than a ladder or retractable staircase, so that the room can be easily escaped from in case of a fire.

Walls – new walls will have to support existing or new roofs where existing supports have been removed.

Questions you should ask a loft 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?

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking loft conversion specialists.

Loft conversion ideas

See how a loft conversion can be a great value home improvement, perfect for gaining extra space. You can also read Phil Spencer’s thoughts on loft conversions too.

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