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Will I be able to have a master bedroom with an en-suite shower room or can I have two separate rooms?
Usually most roof's require some sort of dormer extension to include more than one room especially if the additional room is to be an en-suite shower room requiring the headroom to accommodate a shower enclosure. The potential for each conversion can be established during the initial free survey.
Is my loft suitable for a conversion and will I need a dormer extension to the roof to make it work?
Roughly 90% of houses have the potential to convert roof space into living accommodation and it is not always necessary to build a dormer extension to a roof. Living space can often be gained within the roof with 'Velux' windows being installed in the appropriate positions.
Will there be any storage space for of some of the stuff I have in my loft at the moment?
We always design in some storage space in the eaves area of the roof and fit insulated access hatches to these areas.
Will planning permission be needed and how does it work?
Planning permission is not always needed for a loft conversion even with dormer extensions but, building regulation approval is essential. Our company handles all the administration associated with planning and building regulations.
I have heard that there is something called the 'party wall act', what is this and does it affect having a loft conversion?
The party wall act has been around since 1996 and was put in place to protect home owners from their immediate neighbours that share a party wall from carrying out any work associated with the shared party wall without their knowledge or permission. A civil agreement is required to be put in place that you negotiate with your immediate neighbour or neighbours that share a party wall. We offer written documentation that clarifies the situation that can be signed by your neighbour and you, once it is clear that no work detrimental to the properties is to be carried out by our company.
Do you have adequate insurance and what does it cover?
Our company has £2 million Public Liability cover and £10 million Employers Liability cover. Our company also subscribes to an independent company (Building Safety Group Ltd) to oversee health and safety of our sites including the general public and our working operatives.
Will scaffolding be required?
Scaffolding is always required in some form for giving safe access to working areas and to protect the public form overhead working. The extent of the scaffolding is dependent on each individual project and site situation.
Will there be much dirt or dust in the house whilst the work is being done?
Our company takes great care to ensure that the work is programmed to ensure the most invasive work (Installing the stairs) is carried out during the later stages of the project when the dirtiest work within the roof space is complete and the property is secure from the outside. Dust sheets and tape are used and the ceiling is removed one day and the stairs are installed the following day. We carry our own vacuum cleaners and make every effort to leave the property as clean as possible at the end of each day but do request the client to removes personal effects prior to stair installations.
Is the work guaranteed?
C & A Johnson Ltd can offer a 'Masterbond Warranty' that is insurance backed and promoted by the 'Federation of Master Builders'
All the work has the back up of drawings and structural engineering calculations that have been passed by building control.
All the work is inspected and passed by building control during its construction to ensure that it is, as detailed by the engineer and as per drawing. A final certificate is then issued to ensure the work has been completed in line with current regulations.
An electrical certificate is also issued with copies given to building control.
We liaise with our clients during the final stages of the project to ensure that there are no evident defects or damage that needs attention prior to issuing a final invoice.
Upon completion documents are passed to the client confirming the project has been passed by building control in the form of certificates.
Our history is testament to the fact that if there any teething problems we always return to site to sort them out. Customer care does not stop when the project is complete.