|Posted on April 14, 2013 at 2:55 PM|
When your home in Bristol becomes too small or doesn’t meet your needs any more, you have three options. Two of them are- do nothing (leave everything as is – somehow we will survive) or relocate and move into a bigger, better property. However, the latter option very often is not available given the economy situation.
The third option is do something with your current home to add more space or just to modify it to meet your demands better. Generally speaking, a house is a box, partitioned into separate rooms with doors allowing us to go from one room into another, windows are the source of light and fresh air.
There are of course many things the home owner can do to improve the home when also doing an internal construction project, perhaps replacing windows and maybe the addition of a high quality composite door might help bring the whole property look up to date from the outside, as well as the work about to commence inside.
When it comes to any building alterations, you always have to think about two things. Is it structurally possible and is it legal? You always have to check with local authorities and building regulations whether you need a planning permission or not.
What home improvements can Bristol builders 4u do?
The house layout can be modified in two ways.
First – building an extension to provide more living space.
Second – the alteration of the existing layout and improvement.
We will look into few options – loft conversion, splitting one room into two rooms, joining two rooms into one.
Build an extension – major home improvement project. There are many factors that you have to consider before proceeding with the actual work. Firstly, you will have to get initial designs for layout and apply for planning permission. To get a good final result, increasing the value to your property, you have to try to maintain the same "look and feel" of your existing property such as roof type, wall finishing materials, windows and doors, etc. The Best extensions are those that do not stand out and look as if they were built originally. You will need an architect who will help you deal with the authorities and builders throughout the extension project. After the plans are approved you will have to get at least a few quotes to compare the price, and choose the right builder in Bristol for your project, and carefully plan the payments.
Loft conversion – unused attic space under the pitched roof, could easily be converted into a living space. Firstly you may have to get rid of all the rubbish accumulated over many years. And, don’t forget, you will lose some of the existing space for the staircace. We will talk about loft conversions in more details in other articles.
By repositioning the wall partitions on the upper floors Bristol builders 4u can create an extra bedroom, add a bathroom or extend one room on the expense of reducing another room. Usually there are ways of relocating a bathroom, a bedroom or a kitchen into another space in the house. If there is a garage in the property, you could consider converting it into a bedroom. You could also think of changing any room designation, especially if your family increased or decreased. The options of home improvement in bristol are discussed below and may not need planning permission but may need building control approval.
Splitting one room into two. For that purpose you will have to construct a new partition. New partitions are usually built with studwork, plasterboards and insulation inside although sometime we build solid type walls bricks or blocks, solid type walls there has to be a foundation done first – possible on ground floors.
Most likely a new window in one of the rooms will have to be installed. That means making a new opening in the structural wall and will require lintel installation to support the brickwork above the opening, some
plastering will have to be done. You will also need a new door installed, Always there is a need of electrical installation, heating system adjustment for new sockets, lights, radiators. In other words such projects transform your old home into a very new space.
Joining two rooms into one, first of all the partitions have to be removed. Before you do that you have to make sure that the wall to be removed is not structural (supporting the floor above). Even when it seems that partition is not bearing any load, it may have inherited some of it over many years. And after removing such partition you may discover some cracks in walls appearing on the floor above that may need some decorating work done. If the partition is structural,an engineer has to come in and do his calculations of what load the wall is bearing and what type of lintel needs to be installed. Another issue you may face very often, floor levels do not match in different rooms and that also would need to be addressed by Bristol builders 4u. Again, electrical installation, central heating system will have to be adjusted, plastering and painting decorating. Flooring installation always comes last.