Having had our loft conversion beautifully completed by Asset Lofts in 2013 we decided to approach the director, Terry Richards, to assess the possibility of a single story extension instead of a costly house move.
Asset Lofts visited a few days later to listen to our ideas and explained the various options, including planning processes and timescales. After this initial meeting, its architect visited to undertake a comprehensive survey and to work our ideas into a presentable format ready for submission to the local authority’s planning department. We were very pleased with the drawings and even more delighted with the council’s decision to approve the application. The architect from Asset Lofts even accompanied me to a meeting with the planning officer. A couple of months later we were all approved and ready to build. Asset Lofts appointed our project manager, Chris who met with me at my home on several occasions before arriving on the first day of the build.
Chris was a consummate professional. He understood the vision and explained to us in every day language what to expect, including the likely timescales and aspects we could be actively involved in and so on. Since we were living in the house whilst the extension was being built, Chris completed all external works leaving our original tiny kitchen intact, before knocking through to our new living space. This enabled us to continue living in the house whilst all the work was underway. Chris and the Asset Lofts team were not in the slightest bit phased by the many challenges our extension would pose for them. We had no rear access due to the river, no parking outside because of restrictions, no room for a skip in the front garden thanks to a cherry tree and a sewerage pipe running directly underneath the area to be extended. In addition, all of the materials had to come through our sitting room and out through the back of the house. Furthermore, all the rubble had to be carried back through the house for safe disposal. Chris and his team provided more than adequate protection to my newly laid solid oak flooring and were as careful as possible.
The end result has far exceeded our expectations. We now have a workable and stylish kitchen replacing our old one in which it was impossible to have the dishwasher and oven door open at the same time! We even have a six-seater dining table and a couch with more than adequate storage. We have had many family gatherings since the extension has been completed and we just love the fact that we can now accommodate so many people in our new space. Best of all are the bi-fold doors which let us open up into the garden and dine alfresco. The extension has changed the way we live in the house and has given us many more years of enjoying the house as we no longer need to move to accommodate the needs of our family. The project was completed on budget and within the agreed timescales. Any extras that we had instructed the builders to carry out were detailed separately in the revised specification.
The interior design ideas were expertly executed by Chris and his team of dedicated professionals. This also included the addition of salvaged floor boards that we wanted to use as wall covering.
I am proud of what has been achieved and would have no hesitation in recommending Asset Lofts and its team of contractors to undertake any type of extension or refurbishment in your home. You will be amazed with the results!