Flat conversions

Capital Mastercraft Ltd has a wealth of experience in converting Guest Houses, HMO’s, commercial premises and houses to flats.

If you already have planning permission for your conversion we can be your one stop solution provider

If you want to convert a house into flats here are a few things to consider:

Step No 1
Check how many converted houses to flats are in your road.
If there are conversions on your road it should give you an indication there is no reason why you shouldn’t have one. If there are no conversions at all it might mean that either conversions are not feasible in your road or there are planning strings attached that can’t be overcome.

Step No 2
Measure your house.
A lot of councils require to have no less than 120m2 of total area of original house. The term “original house” means the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was built before that date). Although you may not have built an extension to the house, a previous owner may have done so.

Step No 3
Get planning guidance
Check the planning guidance for conversion of flats in your area. This can be done over the council’s web site. If you can’t find it phone the planning department and ask them how to get access to planning guidance. They may guide you where to click on the council’s web site or send you a pdf file with all the guidance which is handy for a feasibility study. In the planning guidance there should be a chapter outlining guidelines for flat conversions.

Step No 4
Make assessment yourself
Read the planning guidance carefully and try to find out what other requirements there are apart from area of original house. These may include provision of parking for the residents of converted flats. If parking is a major headache in your area this requirement might be a stumbling block for getting planning permission. Another requirement might be the ratio of houses to flats in your road. For example if the ratio is 1 to 3 and you know that half of the houses are already converted to flats it might give an indication that your application will fail because the requirement is 1 to 3 not 1 to 1. There may be more requirements that should be taken into consideration

Step No 4

Contact us for Design & Build services which would include:
• feasibility study,
• layout plans,
• submission of planning application
• submission of application for Building Regulations approval
• Submission of applications for new services (water, gas, electricity)
• Project management
• All necessary certification including completion certificate

How much will it cost? Flat conversion is not only additional kitchen, bathroom and a couple of partitions. To comply with sound, fire and thermal insulation requirements a lot of work is involved behind the scenes as it were. Cost of labor and materials for this work is significant and when the conversion is finished it is not visible. All the walls of a Victorian house fail to comply with building regulation requirements and require additional thermal or sound insulation or both. Additional services (gas, water, electricity) may total up to 20% of the cost of a project.

A typical conversion may cost between £25,000 to £50,000 per flat with the cost depending on the size of converted flat, location and specification of finish.

Our team is on call from 8am – 6pm, Mondays to Fridays, so call us now on 020 8478 1904 or email to discuss about your requirements and to arrange your obligation free quote.