This is interesting – a report on the Federation of Master Builders’ website:

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“Sprinklers mandatory in new homes in Wales from 2016″
“Members in Wales should be aware that, under the Domestic Fire Safety Regulations 2013, the installation of fire sprinklers in all new and converted houses and flats in Wales will be mandatory from January 2016. This requirement has already been in place for certain high-risk properties (e.g. care homes, student halls of residence, and certain hostels) since April 2014”

Could be that the rest of the United Kingdom will follow suit in time.



Additional costs to be taken into consideration, outside of building costs.

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When budgeting for a loft conversion, (or any other building project) there are additional costs to take into consideration, aside from the quote from your builder.  The current costs (June 2015) are:

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Frequently Asked Question

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I would like to have a loft conversion. A concern is: as the works are all carried out in the roof and not visible until the stairs go in and we can then go up and have a look at the new space, how do I know that everything has been built properly when the walls are already plasterboarded and plastered?

As an experienced loft conversion company, we have completed hundreds of conversions and each one is built in accordance with plans and engineer’s designs. The process for each project is as follows: from the outset, plans for the loft area are drawn up (whether for planning permission or for submission to Building Control when a project falls within permitted development) and then agreed with the client.

Agreed plans are then forwarded to a Structural Engineer, who will prepare the structural design (ie, steels/beams/materials etc). The plans and engineer’s designs are then submitted to Building Control. At each vital stage of the job (such as joisting, steels, insulation, plumbing etc), a Building Inspector will attend to inspect and sign off each individual component of the project, up to and including the final completion visit, whereafter he/she will issue a completion notice to confirm that all works have complied with strict Regulations/drawings/engineer’s designs.

Thus, the expertise of all professionals concerned, from the drawing board to completion, ensures that the new structure is sound and the building uncompromised.



The need for new housing

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We recently received an interesting newsletter from the Federation of Master Builders, on the need for improvement in access to finance and more availability of smaller land parcels, to enable building companies, such as Brentwood Lofts, to compete in the supply of new homes for our local area, in the future: Read more

Regional Heat Winner for the Federation of Master Builder’s Apprentice of the year 2014

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Red letter day!
We received fantastic news today that one of our apprentices, Ryan, has won the regional heat for the Federation of Master Builder’s Apprentice of the year 2014. Read more

New planning measures gain Royal Assent

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Key changes to the planning regime including a neighbour consultation system for larger household extensions, a new arrangement allowing developers with major schemes to bypass poorly performing planning authorities and the opportunity to renegotiate s106 agreements have all now become law following Royal Assent for the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013. Read more

Praised by Building control – “Brentwood Lofts is a very trustworthy company”

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Yesterday over on our facebook page we received a great comment from one of our clients. here’s the post:

Had a prospective client call today, who we had recently given a quote for her proposed conversion. She said she had had another company in to quote and they had said it wasn’t possible, so she called Building Control and asked why two companies would give different views and that she was totally confused. She said the Inspector asked which company had told her it was possible and she said Brentwood Lofts. The Inspector replied, all I can say is that Brentwood Lofts is a very trustworthy company! Praise indeed!

There were, at the time or writing this post, 11 other comments from clients and friends who were all praising Brentwood Lofts for the way that we work or the work that we have done.

This is really nice to hear and we’d love to hear more!

If you are on facebook please take a moment to Like our facebook page so that you can see what we’re up to.


Building Inspector positive feedback

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We received nice comments from a Building Inspector earlier this week – he attended for the final inspection on a loft conversion that we had completed in Harlow, to facilitate the issue of the completion certificate and as he walked in, he stopped in his tracks and said ‘This is like a Tardis’ and then proceeded to compliment us on what we had achieved in a relatively small loft space.

He also complimented us on the level of quality that he inspected and commented that we are one of the best converters that he has seen!

What a Nice result! We were all very pleased.

We’re a recommended Loft Conversion company on Which

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We’re pleased to say that we hare a highly recommended loft conversion company on the Which website.

You can see our recommendations for the loft conversion projects we have completed recently throughout Essex in the image below, or feel free to link directly to our review page here:

Brentwood Lofts recommendation on Which

If you cant read the above image, here’s what it says:

“An excellent company. The owner, barry ball, certainly knows his job and can help with all the legislation and planning issues. Barry will plan the whole project for you and the work is carried out by his staff and sub-contractors (who you will want to use again and again). My conversion was completed on time and the work is faultless. What is important is that you will get it done at a reasonable price and any problems are dealt with immediately. Highly recommended.”

“Brentwood Lofts are a small business but with much experience in their field. The proprietor, barrie, is trustworthy, honest and open freely discussing all elements of the work and any issues. He inspires confidence.”


Converted lofts kept at the right temperature

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When looking online at various social media sites, I see that there are lots of home owners with converted lofts who are complaining that they are too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter.

There is an air conditioning /warm air panel which can be used to fix this.   We’ve not had any complaints along this line though, I must say.  our lofts are so well insulated, they are extremely warm in the winter and the usual answer in the summer is to make sure enough Velux windows are inserted.

Let us know if your Loft is not at the right temperature and we will be glad to give you our advice…

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