When looking at a property with a view to renovate there are a number of factors to take into account before beginning. Clearly there is the structural condition of the building to consider because if you're looking at reversing the ravages ageing, neglect, or general decline on the outside then there is always the risk that hidden factors like subsidence may be at play out of sight. Having quality builders who can assess that risk and then give you an accurate idea of the renovation costs is essential if you're going to do the sums and work out whether your renovation project is likely to recoup its value. A lot of that also involves a clear idea of the value of similar properties in that same area, especially those that have also had work done. When you call us in for a renovation project you also get access to our experience with other renovations in the area so before we so much as lift a brick we can help you understand just what's involved, what it's likely to cost, and whether that represents a sensible return on your investment.
Renovation vs Remodelling
Although people often use the terms interchangeably there is a difference between renovation and remodelling and you may find that what you're really after is a mix of both. Renovation means taking the building back to its original state, tidying up the marks left by time and reinvigorating tired and stained features. Remodelling means reshaping or repurposing and what a lot people really want to do is reinforce the strength of the property while renovating some of the more charming original features but also remodelling for modern living; perhaps by expanding living spaces and kitchens. We can help with all of that.
If a house looks neglected on the surface then there's always the risk that it hasn't been maintained with regard to its structure either. One of problems we come across most is subsidence where the house is moving due to soil movement and the walls are under stress as a result but there is also the issue of lateral spread where walls and roofs are no longer aligned. We can repair subsidence with underpinning or piling work and lateral spread in walls can be corrected and stabilised using steel ties or beams and props.
There are a host of renovation jobs that do not need planning permission including loft conversions, conservatories and adding vehicle access but if the project property is in a conservation area then it is still wise to ensure than any required permissions have been sorted. Remember that we can always start work on those jobs that don't need planning permission and that even when permission is required there is work that can be started 24 hours after submitting the intention to comply.
Not all renovation projects are structural since often all you want is to bring those original features back to their full glory. When it's a matter of windows, mouldings, and taking walls back to bare brick there is no permission needed and we can get to work right away so your renovation dream could take less time than you ever imagined possible.