We're just about to apply for planning permission for a basement conversion (late-Victorian terrace in Herne Hill/Loughborough Junction in Lambeth) and would be grateful for any advice on:
- recommendations for people to use - shell/core, structural engineers, party wall surveyors, fit out, etc (both good and bad feedback is helpful);
- whether you moved out (or would recommend it) - and, if so, for how long;
- general tips, tricks, advice and ideas (including on how to keep the neighbours happy!) - basically anything you think might be helpful.
I'm having a trawl through the site here generally (and elsewhere) for this too, and there's some great advice already (so no need to repeat yourself if you've said something recently on this). I guess one of the concerns is finding good builders (rather than those that regularly dissolve and re-form their companies to avoid liability/claims issues, etc, as quite a few do) at a sensible price. There's also quite a few "reviews" that appear to be self-promotion/from connected parties, so it can be challenging to filter out the noise from the genuine feedback.
Many thanks in advance.