With a broad range of engineering and construction expertise, London Elite Trades are your one-stop solution, if you are looking for an extension on your property, across London and the Greater London area.
Our team of professional tradespeople includes highly experienced architects, designers, planners, quantity surveyors and site managers, whose job it is to ensure your planned house extension is completed in a timely and quality-assured manner.
Thus, from the initial consultation stage, through to planning, construction and completion, you can rest assured that the project is in the hands of experienced and vetted tradespeople.
At London Elite Trades, we have extensive experience in the development of a range of extensions built in conformance with the building regulations of numerous local authorities.
These include front extensions, side extensions, rear extensions, loft extensions and basement extensions. With our team, we are able to take responsibility for every aspect of the build, giving you added peace of mind.
Loft extensions and renovations are a cost-effective way of adding functional space to your home, with minimal hassle. London Elite Trades offer loft extension services across London and the Greater London area.
Some things to think of when deciding if this is for you are the amount of space you will have, the cost of potential added supports and insulation, and then access to the loft. Building Regulations will also have requirements for renovating lofts that will need to be met, so we will discuss all these aspects with you before design and construction is commenced.
- Front Extensions
- Side Extensions
- Rear Extensions
- Loft Extensions
- Structural Changes
If certain limits and conditions are met, a single-storey extension will not require an application for planning permission as it is considered a permitted development. The conditions are varied, so we will go over those with you to see if they fit within the boundaries of the type of extension you want.
A two-storey rear extension is also considered to be a permitted development, but again, certain conditions and requirements must be met. Some extensions needing approval are:
- New windows when the opening is altered
- Extensions that are for kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms
- Anything involving new drainage or waste plumbing
- New heating, chimneys or flues
For an extension, a new foundation will need to be added. If you are adding a strip foundation for supporting the load-bearing walls, the foundations are usually somewhere around 200mm deep and 450mm wide for a single storey build. Two-storey strip foundations are around 200mm deep and 600mm wide.
There are specific thicknesses and widths depending on the ground and what you are building. A full foundation will require a survey before you dig to find the actual corners of the foundation. Then excavation to remove the top layer of dirt to the depth of the foundation being used. We install the footings if needed and seal them, so they are protected against moisture. We then pour the foundation to the size required.
One thing that will need to be kept in mind is what you will be affecting, depending on where you want your extension and if it is a one storey or a two-storey extension. You will need to consider things like ‘right to light’, easements and views for your neighbours. You do not have the right to infringe on any of those areas with your extension, so we make sure you plan accordingly with these issues in mind.
Another thing to consider is insurance. Will your insurance company cover the extension, and still cover your house if you add one? You will need ‘site insurance’ during the building process as well, which we are fully covered for.
Also if you intend to leave the property during the building process there are insurance considerations there, too. Most insurance companies will only provide you will liability coverage, so talk with your insurance first before planning to add on to your home or business.
Also, if you are renovating a listed building or a previously empty house, to benefit from VAT relief you must use a VAT registered builder. London Elite Trades are fully covered for all of these types of requirements.
London Elite Trades will also renovate interior lofts for you. Some things to think of when deciding if this is for you are the amount of space you will have, the cost of potential added supports and insulation, and then access to the loft. Building Regulations will also have requirements for renovating lofts that will need to be met, so we will discuss all these aspects with you before design and construction is commenced.
Other considerations are; should the loft be open to the rest of the house or closed, support will usually need to be added with the floor joists and support posts, do you want to have a flat ceiling or follow the angle of the roof and have a vaulted ceiling.
These choices are usually determined by how much room you have available to use. Lofts can have many uses, typically they are used as extra bedrooms, playrooms, study or workspaces and lounges. The only limit is your imagination, we can build custom lofts per your requirements.
Another area London Elite Trades specialises is structural changes and repairs. We will do both removing and rebuilding to repairing damaged areas. Once again, some structural changes will require permission from the local council, so our professionals will be sure to let you know what those are and have them in hand before any construction is started.
Repairs can be anything from replacing sheetrock that has been broken to damage done from wear and tear. A member of the team will personally come to meet with you to assess the work and discuss all necessary requirements.
We have a team of structural engineers, planners and architects all with a wealth of experience and ready to assist with your project!