Making the decision to add extra space to your home rather than move is an option many choose, with loft conversions one of the most popular projects to undergo. However, it takes expert planning to create the best design for your needs, taking into account the existing structure of your roof as well as what you want to achieve in the space. Using a specialist builder is essential to ensure your loft conversion is as successful as possible. Here are our top tips for finding the right builder for your loft conversion.
Do they offer loft conversion design services?
There’s nothing more annoying than thinking you’ve found the right builder, only to be told they can’t help until you have structural plans for your build. The easy solution is to find a builder who offers an all-in-one service for loft conversions. This means they guide you through the process from creating designs with an architect to actually completing the build. They’ll also help with any planning permission required and have a good knowledge of the building regulations involved. Homeowners who choose this type of specialist often have a more enjoyable experience, eliminating the need to liaise between trades.
Do they specialise in all types of loft conversion?
The type of loft conversion you opt for will depend on a variety of factors. This includes the amount of headroom and floor space required when compared to the existing structure. Ensure the builder you choose specialises in all types of loft conversion so that you can find the most suitable design for your needs. This could be a dormer conversion which is the most commonly chosen design for smaller-scale conversions. If looking for a larger conversion, you may require either a hip to gable or gable-to-gable design.
Are they accredited?
A basic check of your builder’s accreditations will give you an idea about how qualified they are to do the job. A key organisation to look out for is the Federation of Master Builders which is the UK’s largest trade association. They independently vet and inspect building companies to ensure they only provide quality services.
Is there evidence of previous successful projects?
When looking for the right builder, can they show you examples of projects they’ve worked on that are similar to yours? A great place to start is their website. Do they have a before and after gallery of loft conversions they’ve completed? They may also have a testimonials page where you can see what other customers thought of their work. This should give you a better idea of not only the quality of their craftsmanship but the experience of working with them too.
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Here at Tiger Building Services, we provide specialist building services across a wide area including Surrey, Sussex and London, including homes and businesses in Raynes Park, Weybridge and Purley. Our highly experienced loft conversion builders can even fully manage your project, offering expert advice to make your decisions as easy as possible. We provide free, no obligation quotations at competitive prices, meaning there are no hidden surprises, and we only quote for what you need. Speak to our friendly team now by getting in touch.