Examples of why we redraw existing loft conversion plans:
Another Level have many a times been asked to quote for a loft conversion from a plan that has been drawn by an architect with little experience in the design of loft conversions and with no experience in the construction of loft conversions.
Each time we have been presented with a plan, we have pointed out design faults, i.e. fire doors throughout the property that are not required under current building regulations, etc. in addition to some very serious and dangerous faults, which other companies have not noticed. Our loft specialist architect has then completely redrawn and redesigned the plan in accordance with current building regulations.
Our customer, Mrs. Hall, paid £300.00 for a flat roof dormer conversion plan. Mrs. Hall asked us to quote for the loft conversion works from her plan. The Local Authority Building Control Department had approved her plan and two other companies had already quoted off the plan for the required works.
We informed Mrs. Hall that Another Level would need to disregard her plan, as we would not construct the loft conversion in the way it had been designed. We explained to Mrs. Hall that there were numerous design faults and structural faults with the plan; one fault in particular was extremely dangerous. The architect had designed the new ridge beam travelling directly through the chimneybreast; this is illegal and does not comply with building regulations.
As the other companies had not picked up on this serious issue, Another Level was awarded the contract. Furthermore, Mrs. Hall opted to use our recommended Independent Building Inspector to carry out the stage inspections on her loft conversion since her Local Authority Building Control department also did not notice this serious fault.
We completely redesigned the plan and we also carried out her flat roof dormer conversion. We informed her original architect about the serious faults with the plan and he refunded Mrs. Hall in full.
Mr & Mrs Smith paid £1,200.00 for their plan. Once their Local Authority Building Control department had approved the plan, they invited companies to cost for the works.
Another Level informed Mr & Mrs Smith that their plan did not comply with current building regulations and went on to point out some very serious design faults. Again, the new ridge beam had been designed going directly through the chimneybreast. In addition, the existing purlin caused a serious headroom issue on the new staircase. If the plan had been followed for the construction, Building Control would have condemned the loft conversion due to these serious faults, regardless of the plan having already been approved during the application process.
Mr & Mrs Smith contacted the architect who designed the plan and informed him of the serious faults. The customer received a full refund.