Planning Your Loft Conversion or Property Extension in Woking

At EGB Builders, we understand how vital the planning phase is for successful home improvements. To ensure we meet or even exceed your expectations, we handle the planning of your project in Woking or the surrounding areas in a proper and professional manner. This includes taking as much time as necessary to avoid mistakes and keep your property extension, garage conversion or loft conversion on track and delivered to an exceptional standard. Using our expertise as time-served local builders, we implement all mandatory and optional features and establish an order of works to keep your project running smoothly.

So you have an idea of what to expect, we’ve run through the typical planning phase of extension and conversion projects:

Property Extensions

When planning an extension, there are many structural factors we take into account, such as:

  • Foundation requirements and ground conditions

  • Wall dimensions and strength

  • Heat and sound insulation requirements for walls and floors

  • Whether a flat or pitched roof will be most suitable

  • How to maximise headroom and ensure sufficient support is in place in the form of beams and struts

Once our local builders in Woking have planned these vital structural components in detail, we work on incorporating drainage, electricity, heating, windows, doors and ventilation. During this stage, it is also important to think about how your property extension will meet all relevant building regulations, including fire safety requirements.

Garage Conversions

When converting a garage, we need to ensure appropriate foundations are in place because existing foundations may not be deep enough or strong enough to support the added weight of new floors, walls or ceilings. We also take the same considerations with existing walls, which may not be able to cope with an added floor or new roof.

Further aspects of planning a garage conversion include incorporating sufficient weatherproofing and insulation, as well as windows and ventilation, to meet building regulations and energy efficiency standards.

Loft Conversions

Perhaps the most important part of planning a loft conversion is ensuring the existing roof offers enough headroom for the new space to be practical. However, if there isn’t enough headroom don’t panic, it just means our builders may have to make structural alterations, as they have done many times on projects in Woking and the surrounding areas. While this may mean your project no longer falls within permitted development, it will ensure your conversion is suitable for its intended purpose.

Planning a usable entrance/exit to the conversion is also essential because new staircases must meet certain criteria and need careful placement to minimise their impact on the floor below your loft. In addition, most attic conversions we construct also need new electrics, heating and/or plumbing and it is important to incorporate systems into plans to ensure proper installation at the correct stage.

We know this sounds like a lot to consider, but there’s no need to worry. As trusted local builders who have delivered countless property extensions, loft conversions and garage conversions in Woking, we handle every aspect of your project. We listen to your needs and ideas, tick every box and take the burden of planning off your shoulders.

To discuss your property extension or conversion project with the local builders in Woking and the surrounding areas, call 07872 908246.

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