Loft Conversion Advice Request

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Loft Conversion Advice Request

Postby ellennicholson » Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:51 pm

I am in the process of reviewing quotes for a loft conversion and ground floor extension and would like to ask if anyone could recommend South London Lofts or Simply Lofts? I have seen a couple of posts relating to these companies, but they are pretty old now so wondering if anyone has some more recent experiences they wouldn't mind sharing?

Would be very grateful for your help.
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Re: Loft Conversion Advice Request

Postby LWade » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:25 am

Hi,
I've posted a message I think after Xmas about a company that I have used many times before on my buy to let loft onversions and also side returns. They have always given me very competitive prices/quotes in the past and I've always been pleased with their standard of work. Not sure how far down the process you are but Clive is my contact on 07966 476862 and they are very helpful with advice right from
the start of planning and drawings. Sorry I haven't any experience with the companies you have mentioned. Some of them may sub the work out to other contractors so might be worth you checking. Good luck!!
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Re: Loft Conversion Advice Request

Postby dom1989 » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:35 am

Hi Ellen

I live in Balham just off Emanuel Road and provide the insurance for South London Lofts. I have never heard any negative reviews and they haven't had to register and insurance claim since I have worked with them. Craig Taylor, who is the MD there is also based in Balham.

From an insurance perspective you will need a specialist policy to cover your buildings if you are altering the structure (Assuming you are doing this as you are having a loft conversion). I can provide a product which can give you the correct cover for your existing buildings and additional contract works.

If you want to discuss this further my number is 02086437575 and email is dominicjones@astonscott.com.

Thanks

Dom
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Re: Loft Conversion Advice Request

Postby SwNapster » Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:20 pm

Sorry haven't used or even gotten quotes from those companies. We are in the middle of a project at the moment and I would recommend speaking to at least 4-5 former customers before making up your mind. The companies should be able to give you references and you can go to people's houses to see the finished work (most people are kind enough to give you a tour and tell you what went right and what went wrong). I'd try to find some former customers yourself as well (here or elsewhere).

do you have an architect? If not, pay close attention where the steel supports go and at what level, whether they will be embedded in the roof or will be boxed in (cheaper but uglier), whether you will have downstands in the kitchen or not, if the contractor will double up your existing joists in the loft (which consumes headheight) or maximise headheight by building off the joists already there (may need a steel in between joists). So many considerations...
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Re: Loft Conversion Advice Request

Postby Mum2Monkey » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:10 am

We used Simply Lofts. They were good. Can't PM you, but if you can PM me then happy to reply with some more feedback. But generally thought they were good, on time and budget. But depends which builder they allocate the project to.
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Re: Loft Conversion Advice Request

Postby Mum2Monkey » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:10 am

We used Simply Lofts. They were good. Can't PM you, but if you can PM me then happy to reply with some more feedback. But generally thought they were good, on time and budget. But depends which builder they allocate the project to.
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Re: Loft Conversion Advice Request

Postby Astolat » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:18 pm

Simply loft we're a disaster. Took over twice as long as they said, had no project plan so we spent 16 weeks never knowing if someone would show up that day or not. The work could have taken about 5 weeks if they had worked continuous 5 day weeks.
We went weeks unable to contact them. It was hell.

I don't think they did a great job either, it's structurally sound (I hope) but rough round the edges finishing.
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Re: Loft Conversion Advice Request

Postby Astolat » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:18 pm

Simply loft we're a disaster. Took over twice as long as they said, had no project plan so we spent 16 weeks never knowing if someone would show up that day or not. The work could have taken about 5 weeks if they had worked continuous 5 day weeks.
We went weeks unable to contact them. It was hell.

I don't think they did a great job either, it's structurally sound (I hope) but rough round the edges finishing.
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Re: Loft Conversion Advice Request

Postby AVC » Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:25 pm

Hello,
I am the owner and director of a small architecture and interior design practice. My business; Studio AVC is currently based in my home studio in Tooting and in our office space in Blackfriars.
I do residential work similar to yours and would be happy to help you if you like.
I would be more than happy to meet you or talk over the phone when you are available. Best,

Ayça Vural-Cutts
Director

StudioAVC
T 020 8767 3663
E info@studioavc.com
www.studioavc.com
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Re: Loft Conversion Advice Request

Postby Annsw80 » Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:14 am

I have no experience with any of those firms. But we used decimus design (www.decimusdesign.co.uk) for the drawings and as project managers for our extension. And coolmore construction (www.coolmoreconstruction.com) as builders. Very happy to reccomend both. Good luck with your project :D
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Re: Loft Conversion Advice Request

Postby aso777 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:05 pm

Hi Ellen,
I dont know these companies but we have done our extension and loft with Mylondonextensions and I can only recommend them. Competitive, on time and a great final result. Talk to David, I'm sure you can find his mobile number on his website, he is very helpful even before we start. Good luck with your project!
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Re: Loft Conversion Advice Request

Postby Didier Dawson » Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:23 am

South London Lodge ( run by Craig Taylor ) had been expelled from the Federation of Master Builders on 2018 , like his sister company Build London was in 2017. All is said.This company tried to gag us ( like other dissatisfied clients ) against keeping deposit for doing no work. They argue about need to pay third party either who were already directly paid by us or who doesn’t exist. It says a lot. Happy to share emails trail. Matter is reported to Council , Citizen advice consumers services organisation and court.
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Re: Loft Conversion Advice Request

Postby amumtoo » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:27 am

HI I haven't used simply loft but would recommend a great, reliable local builder Jon Cash, from Hilltop Construction jon@hilltopconstruction.co.uk 
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Re: Loft Conversion Advice Request

Postby WandsworthMommy » Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:10 pm

We had similar work with the addition of a basement carried out recently by Builders GB, to get a feel for their services my partner and I decided to talk to some of their customers first hand as they are fairly busy around our area and easy to spot as they board up properties with their signs etc. It was a case of knocking on a few doors and simply asking how good they really are, it worked for us.

My advice is talk to people who are using the company that you're thinking of signing up with and work it out from there.
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Re: Loft Conversion Advice Request

Postby Donella Summers » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:10 am

We've used Right Build. Call them, they are affordable and reliable. 

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