conversion story at Sharpe plan
began with the planning for our new arrival Katie and Tracey. we would need space in abundance if were not to
feel like sardines, our neighbours had renovated there home
with a loft conversion that definitely transformed the way the
property felt, providing all that space it could only be
something we could aspire to.
Googled and made some enquiries to loft conversion specialists/
construction companies, some of which were very helpful, banding
about the fact that they could start work immediately using
permitted development rights and building notice application.
wow this would mean that we could start work in the summer
during the fast approaching school holidays. the quotes came in
thick and fast and varied considerably from £27 -75k these
prices were to far apart for me to feel comfortable about
choosing any one company, when i ask why there prices ranged so
far between, the resounding response was that there were no
plans specifying exactly what we wanted. and that they could
have a set drawn up for around £2k.
So I had
gathered that I would need a set of plans to get quotes that
resembled something sensible. so 2k it is then.
whole idea of using Google in the first place was to quickly get
up to speed with planning and building game and save some money
in the process, £2k for a set of loft plans sounded a little
high to me, I spoke to to my father-in-law who recommended that i find an architect, get the plans drawn up and then send them
to the builders for there quote, he said his son had done
exactly that and saved over £8,500 on the best builders quote.
searched for an architect and found that there fees were not far
from what the builders were quoting not only that I would
generally have to pay additional fees for structural
engineers, and coordinate between the two. this was becoming a
full recreation time killer, what with the wife's cravings and
work commitments I felt that the loft conversion project could
wait until i could make sense of all the information I gathered
which amounted to 127 pages of lose sheets 25 website bookmarks
and the topic of conversation of many dinner party's .
one bank holiday and I Googled planning and design service for a
loft conversion and found a company called Sharpeplan , they
provided a one stop planning and design and submission service.
contacted them from there website using short enquiry form , the
next day I received a quote that detailed the services required
and an itemised fee schedule the total was around £950, they covered it all from surveying
, structural calculations, specification, and submission.
sounded like noting for me to do. I called to discuss things
further, I found out exactly what I could and couldn't do.
then booked a site survey and consultation. I had many sketches
and ideas that needed refining. we discussed this in our 2 hour meeting. this included a full property survey much
impressed as I had herd of survey taking the whole day, they had
the latest laser gear which was very quick. and off they went .
later I had a set of draft drawings to discuss and mark up. I
made some changes and discussed additional ideas and was quickly
issued a second rendition with the changes we had discussed. I
confirmed this design and they finalised and submitted both my
planning and full building regulation application.
weeks later I received confirmation that our applications were
validated, 4 weeks later we received our building regulation
approval and 2 weeks after that we received our planning
approval great stuff.
through the specification and details it was clear to see what
materials we would need to use, dimensions, what size timber,
steel, joist hangers, under floor heating, installation of the
new mega-flow heating system, 3d structural drawings these plans
meant business. now back to the builders for the quote.
able to email all the builder on our short list plus a few more.
those that quoted us before had reduced there price considerably
some buy as much as £12,800 that's a huge saving. plus we had
quotes back £7,000 below or previous lowest quote. so we had
reasonable quotes and a set of plans that explored the options
available, I felt very confident that any changes would be