Loft Conversion

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kaslott
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Loft Conversion

Postby kaslott » Sat Jun 11, 2022 8:04 am

Hi there,

I live in south west London and am thinking of having a loft conversion.  I am unsure if to use a company or an individual builder.  Have looked at Doran Brothers or Simply Lofts.  Has anyone ever used either of these companies? 
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Re: Loft Conversion

Postby Annabel (admin) » Sat Jun 11, 2022 9:00 am

Hi kaslot,
if you email me your postal address - annabel@nappyvalleynet.com I will put a copy of our latest Design & Build Guide in the post to you.

Here is a link to the e- magasine in any case ... https://issuu.com/nappyvalleynet/docs/d ... 14_digimag

Happy planning!

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Re: Loft Conversion

Postby OLBC Group » Mon Jun 13, 2022 10:02 am

Hi

We don't so stand alone loft conversion so we can offer some advice without it being a marketing pitch.

Be very wary of contracting one of the loft conversion/kitchen extension/etc farms.

The problem with that 'farm' approach is that you have no contract with the named company only with the subcontractor who carries out the works for you. The farm takes their % leaving not a great margin for the poor old subcontractor.

That sort of approach might have worked when materials where cheap and good eastern European guys were cheap and plentiful but both of those parameters have now changed: with materials cost inflation through the roof and labour costs having risen steeply over the last 18 months.

Honestly you are better of finding a small outfit and make sure you get some good recent references and can see the work. Ideally you want the owner to be hands on at the site. Construction is hard to scale and hard to manage IRL and there is a certain force of personality required to get stuff done.

- Get the design work done in collaboration with the contractor
- Use a proper scope - define things like the exact model of Velux and slates, felt, timber grades, who will make the stairs and what of. Don't go overboard but a sensible excel with description, #part number, value is all you really need
- Use a proper contract
- Define payment stages with payments on defined phases complete
- Make sure that everyone have proper insurances for the type of work - Lofts are working at height so many standard policies don't cover this.

Good luck

Oh, and if you/they run out of anything onsite you can always go to 

www.trade-angel.com 

and they will get it round to you in 90 mins and it is cheaper than Toolstation or Screwfix.
 
The Oxford & London Building Company is a long-established local firm specialising in major home refurbishments & basement conversions in London

www.olbc.co.uk

0208 877 0555

@OLBC_Ltd

5 Morie Street
SW18 1SL

Marina Studios
SW10 0XD
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Re: Loft Conversion

Postby becs.3 » Tue Jun 14, 2022 6:23 am

Hi there!

We’ve literally just completed on a loft and full downstairs reconfiguration in the Clapham South/ Balham area.

We used Imperial Construction Services after doing so much research and requesting several quotes. They assign a project manager to you and we had weekly site visits. I actually took this on whilst on maternity leave so in reality visited site more often which was sometime necessary when you get a feel for space.

I would really recommend them. The whole team were respectful and friendly. We were clear from the start in saying we wanted no surprises (i.e. hidden bills)! Any changes we wanted - moving of doors etc, they discussed if there was an additional cost. We were caught by Christmas but the guys stayed on site for longer than usual so didn’t delay us too much.

Would happily let you pop and see our loft if you wanted to. Give Sunny a call.

+44 7958 314951
info@imperialcs.info
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