The Next Steps in Carrying out a Loft Conversion

Initial Contact
Once you are satisfied that Access is the company for you, contact us and we will be happy to send out one of our consultants free of charge, to discuss things further. Once there we can discuss all the options available to you, explore your ideas and listen to your requirements.

Getting The Quote
On gaining a clear understanding of your requirements we will put together a free no obligation quote which we aim to have posted to you within a week. The quote is a fixed price and will not escalate as the job progresses unless you request changes. Once you are satisfied we have covered all aspects of your project you can sign the proposal acceptance form and return it to us.

Informing Us You Wish To Proceed, Surveys & Plans
On receiving your proposal acceptance form we will contact you and arrange a full structural survey of your property. During this time we take the opportunity to answer any queries you may have regarding the service and discuss time schedules, payment schedules and start dates. A deposit of £625 will be required at this stage to administer Building Regulations and Architect’s fees. On completion of the survey we will have your plans drawn up by one of our Architects and sent to you for your approval. At this point we can make changes to the plans if you wish to alter anything. Once you are happy with the overall proposal we will then commence with Planning and Building Regulations Approval.

Planning Permission
If Planning Permission is required we will submitted them to the Local Authority for determination under the Section 63 of the Town and Country Planning Act General Development 1990 (Approx 4-8 weeks should be allocated for a decision. This time scale varies depending on the Local Authority). This process is only necessary if the construction requires planning permission.

Building Regulations
Once planning has been approved or if planning is not required we will prepare Building and Fire Regulation plans and submit them to Building Control for design appraisal and obtain structural calculations. We will then obtain the following permits from your Local Authority prior to the works commencing.
a) Skips and material use and storage on the highway (Local Authority Highways Section)
b) Waste disposal containers (New Roads and Street Works Act 1991).

Starting Work and Completion
Once we have obtained all the necessary paperwork we will arange for scaffolding to be erected and the Building Inspector will be informed that we are about to commence work. As the job progresses the Building Inspector will visit site between 2-4 times to check on progress and ensure the correct methods are being carried out. On completion of the works we will arrange for the skips to be removed, scaffolding to be dismantled and clear the site of debris. We will then inform the Building Inspector that the work is complete and arrange for an Electrical Inspection. The Building Inspector and Electrician will both contact you independently to arrange a final inspection. On completion of the inspection we will be issued with Electrical and Building Regulation Certificates which will be forwarded on to you.