Friday, 20 March 2009


"Never pass up the chance to tell someone how good they are"
George Harrison

Monday, 16 March 2009


Plan-It is currently working on its 1068th project and has 33 live projects at various stages of Planning, Construction or completion.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Garage Conversions

This is a very popular way for families to increase their living space in a very cost effective way. The alteration always requires a Building Warrant but usually will not require Planning Permission. One thing to watch for is that the developers very often omit the foundation below the garage door. If this is the case a foundation will need to be formed to infill the garage door. It is not good practice to simply build off the garage floor slab.
Floor levels can sometimes be an issue especially in modern homes built after 2005. Houses since this time need to have a level access which has brought floor levels closer to ground level than in the past. The new floor will usually need 100mm Kingspan insulation and a chipboard floor finish. In some cases the concrete floor may need to be removed to fit it all in.
The conversion cost will range from about 7,000 to £10,000 +VAT (2009)
For further information give us a call, see our website

Scottish Building Regulations

The building regulation now stipulate that all rooms should be accessible through a door with a clear width of 800mm. This can be reduced to 775mm in certain circumstances but not many. The out come of this is wider passage ways, bigger doors and generally less living accommodation or more costs.
The purpose of these doors is a new word "visitability" meaning that anyone may visit any property without being restricted by lack of access.