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Here at Create, we are excited to introduce you to our Architectural Planning services… and, as part of that, to let you know some of what you really must consider, before you embark on any building project.

To begin, it’s good to know that many extensions or lofts can be built under the lawful development regulations, while others do need full planning permission. Always, before you embark on your project though, you will need to take into account all statutory and technical aspects, and consider, and adhere to, building regulations, including structural calculations, party wall matters and the new health and safety legislation covering domestic works.

At the outset, it will greatly support you in budgeting for the build phase of your project, if you have a detailed specification for the works with estimated costs. Also, we know that having those documents will also facilitate more consistent prices from tendering builders.

Smooth running, efficient and timely, are not always words that are used to describe building projects. Having a professional, to manage the project on your behalf, may not be something you have considered, and yet it could be one of the best investments you make. Having someone alongside, who can look after everything, makes for an easier process, for sure. That could include, things like, the agreements (Party Wall Agreements) you would be wise to have in place with any neighbours, and also, what, as a householder, you are now required to provide in terms of health and safety for all who might be affected by the work.

To give you a little more information here, Party Wall Agreements are not a legal requirement, but rather act as a formal agreement between you and your neighbours that facilitate works and protect both parties equally, minimising any potential for disagreement or conflict in relation to your works.

Along a similar vein, when you are employing your own contractor, and to ensure your expectations as a client are met, having a Contract Administrator, to take care of both of your interests with regard to the contract between you and your builder, will ensure your expectations within that contract, are met.

It’s not possible for us to include here, everything you need, and that we advise you, to consider before embarking on your building project, so, if you are reading this and would like to find out more, please do check out our website. The link to us is >>HERE Create For You<<




Here at Create, we are delighted to be launching our new website very soon…we’ll keep you posted on when it goes live. Also, we are excited to have some addtional services to offer.

As well as our Full Building Service, we offer  Architectural Planning, Project Management and Contract Administration Services.

Whether you are considering enhancing your home with a loft conversion, extension or refurbishment, the first step is always to consider what you need to do regarding planning and building regulations.

Many extensions and lofts can be built under the lawful development regulations, while others need full planning permission. At all times, building regulations will need to be considered and adhered to, including structural calculations, party wall matters and the new health and safety legislation covering domestic works.


Our team has the complete range of skills and experience to take your ideas and help them blossom in to glorious reality. After receiving your instructions, we will develop the design for your approval and submit it to the local authority to achieve the necessary consent, before further developing the scheme to ensure that the building regulations will be satisifed. We will support you throughout by dealing with all the statutory and technical aspects.

You can appoint us to draw up a detailed specification for the works with estimated costs. This enables you to budget for the build phase and provides you with a set of documents with which you can facilitate more consistent prices from tendering builders.

Our project management team is on hand to ensure that your project runs smoothly and efficiently, whether or not you decide to appoint us to deliver the build phase.

Here, in our blog, we intend to support you with information, ideas and inspiration with all the building projects you embark on. Please feel free to ask us any quesions here, and, as well, you might like to join us on our Facebook page to see more of what we’re up to.

Last month, we told you about a loft conversion we had just begun, across the road from where it all began for us, with our first big extension. We’re moving on with work and here’s a couple of photos of how it’s taking shape.

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At our other loft conversion in South East London, we are further on with the process. These are some photos of the work in progress there.

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The roof lights from Glazing Vision are their VisionVent Access Hatch Rooflights, They are electrically operated, the press of a button gives easy access onto the roof for maintenance and cleaning.


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And now, some photos of the work in progress on the luxury bathroom refurbishment we are project managing…finished photos to follow soon.

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Until next time, if you’d like to see more photographs of our past creations, here’s the link to our portfolio website.

Remember also, we can do your planning application, we have several applications going through at the moment. Please do get in touch if this is something you’d like us to do for you,

Following on from our last post all about what to consider when converting your loft, in the forthcoming weeks we will be writing about one of current projects. We’ve recently begun works to add an extension to a house in South East London and have decided to write a diary about the project here. Our aim is to give you a step by step, week by week account of what we’re doing, the challenges we encounter along the way and how we resolve them and so you have a real time insight into what’s involved in building an extension. We know it can be a daunting task if you’ve never done it before and so we want to give you a first-hand view of what’s involved from start to finish.

It all began when our clients came to us and told us about the plans they had for their home. They currently have a three bedroom semi detached house in Mottingham, with a lounge, dining room and kitchen. They told us they wanted to add more downstairs living space by increasing the size of the kitchen and making it a larger kitchen/living space, as well as taking out the wall between the existing lounge and dining room to make one larger area. This is what their home looked like just before we started work on the project.


The first part of the process was, as always, to have detailed planning drawings done and we were able to provide these for our clients. The drawings have two purposes as well as showing what the extension will look like, they can be used as part of a planning application and they also provide a basis for costing the works. Detailed drawings and plans are essential to ensure that everyone knows what’s what right from the start. You can expect to pay in the region of £1200 for planning and construction drawings for an extension such as this one. The other costs you will need to consider before you start your project are the planning application fee, structural engineer’s costs and build over or build near to agreements if your home is near a public sewer, click here for more information about Thames Water build over and build near to agreements.

It’s important to know whether any works you are starting require planning permission. In this case we needed it because it didn’t fall within the limits of permitted development. For more information about planning and permitted development consider having a look at the planning portal website, click here to read more.

Next time we’ll tell you about the first hurdle we had to overcome as we began work. In the meantime here’s a link to the drawings for this project so you can see the plans of what we’re creating!

After a busy Summer we’re back with our blog and we’re making a change to our usual format. Instead of our regular ‘ideas, information and inspiration‘, we’re concentrating solely on what’s involved in converting your loft.

We receive lots of enquiries and questions from people who would like to add additional rooms to their home by converting their loft space. It’s a big (and exciting!) project to undertake. We’ve created a quick guide for what to consider and think about before you begin.

If you’ve already had your loft converted, are in the midst of doing it or are thinking about it for the future, we’d love to hear your thoughts.

The first thing to do is get some plans drawn up. Here at Create we can do this for you and we do this in a two stage approach. Initially we do outline planning drawings to show you the design and to make sure you’re happy. These plans then go to the council to obtain your Certificate of Lawfulness (COL). The next stage is to do the construction drawings showing the build detail and it’s what we pass to the structural engineer to get the correct calculations for the steel beams. Once we have all the information it enables an accurate costing and schedule of works to be prepared. It’s advisable to factor in the cost of putting a cover up above the roof so that you ensure you are weather proof during the works, particularly as you are likely to have to take off at least part of the existing roof and likely all of it. If you’re home is attached to your neighbours then you must ensure you draw up Party Wall Agreements before you begin. Your loft conversion should be able to be carried out under Permitted Development (PD) but in certain circumstances you may need planning permission. Below are links to more information about both Party Wall Agreements and Permitted Development Rights.




The drawings will tell you whether your home will need additional steel joists to support the additional weight. It’s likely it will.


The new floor hangs from the steel.


In this loft, we added a shower room to the rear of the house. It needed to be built onto the existing pitched roof.


The internal rooms are built from timber frames and you must ensure you consider fire regulations and use the appropriate materials such as fire resistant plaster board. You will need to change other internal doors within your home or install additional smoke alarms so that you meet with requirements.



We only intend this to be a quick guide to what’s involved and have highlighted what we consider some important actions and information when you’re planning your conversion. When it’s done well, a loft conversion brings great new space to your home. It should always be done to work with the existing age and style of the building.

For more photographs of what’s involved in converting your loft, please click on the following link and we hope you enjoy planning your new space!            Converting a loft         

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Are you curious about what’s involved in building buildings?

Have you got a project in mind and would like to see what’s possible and what you can create?

Would you like to know about the latest products, materials and regulations, so you’re best placed to make choices that work for you in your own home?

If you’re saying ‘yes’, then you’re in the right place. Our blog is here to give you an insight into the world of building here at Create.

Here’s an idea, some info and a touch of inspiration to get started…

Idea – Exciting new worktop for your kitchen


These half-inch thick, 100% acrylic based surface products are solid, nonporous and do not require sealing. They’re naturally resistant to hea, mold, mildew and most stains, even tought stains are easily buffed away. They’re renewable and repairable – scratches are easily repaired. This is a worktop we have fitted recently. The product is called Solid Surface and it’s from a company called Wilsonart.

Info – Permission needed to do buidling works to a leasehold flat

If you’re the owner of a leasehold flat you may need to get permission from the freeholder before you can do building works or alterations to your property. Check the lease and find out before you do anything.

Inspiration – Some before, during and ‘what it will look like after’ photos

The kitchen extension and new garden we are working on are progressing well. Inside, the plastering is all finished and now it’s time for the decorating. Outside, the patio area is ready for tiling and the new shed has been ordered.

These photos are from before we began work, during the works and also a quick preview of what the finished kitchen will look like.

The kitchen before

The kitchen before

Inside the new kitchen, all plastered and ready for decorating

Inside the new kitchen, all plastered and ready for decorating

An image of the finished kitchen

An image of the finished kitchen