How We Work

When you get in touch, we will take some initial details about the size of your project and intentions.

The first step is to then book a complimentary 2 hour consultation. You are about to make an investment in your home - you need to know you are hiring the right team. During this first meeting information gathering will explore feasible ideas with you.

Attention to detail

Process and costs can be baffling when it comes to home extensions. We take pride in an exhaustive attention to detail at the outset. Our quotes are extremely detailed and clearly show where money’s being spent, not only allowing clients to better budget, but to work out their own project priorities.

Bespoke design

Trendy Spaces has a team of trusted architects on hand to design your project exactly to suit your requirements. Alternatively, if you have already been through this process with your own architect or designer and are looking for the right company to bring your dreams to life, then look no further.

Customer care

We know that building work can be invasive, which is why our teams ensure that your home is kept as clean and tidy as possible while your project is brought to life. Trendy Spaces goes the extra mile and, if necessary, a temporary kitchen will be provided for extension projects until the new one is ready to use.

Guarantees

Our projects are protected by a 10 year insurance backed guarantee in order to give you peace of mind. Our excellent track record of great workmanship has made this possible.

Industry relations

Our great relationship with our trusted suppliers enables us to provide you with beautiful sanitaryware and kitchen fittings should you wish us to assist you with this aspect of your project.

Professional service

Our dedication to customer care, health and safety and professionalism is what has allowed our business to grow and has been the driving force behind our clients recommending us to others.

Our processes

At each stage of the project, we strive to minimise disruption to your life - and keep you fully informed of progress. Our transparent costings and clear explanations of exactly what needs to happen at each stage gives you a sense of control and confidence throughout the process.

How we quote

We have built up a fantastic reputation for our unparalleled detail when it comes to build estimates.

We break down exactly where the money is being spent to give you far greater control from the outset. Transparency is key to our approach. This is a big investment. You need to feel 100% comfortable with how and where your money’s being spent.

2 hour personal consultation

We will visit you to gather information to discuss design options for your home and the relevant planning and building regulations requirements.

We will then provide a comprehensive fixed price quotation so you know exactly where your money is being spent and a sketch of the proposed conversion/extension where applicable. We can also arrange for you to view a similar project in your area, to give you an opportunity to see the standard of work and to help you realise the potential for your own home.

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Design phase

We’ve been doing this for 16 years so we have developed excellent relationships with a number of architects with whom we have a proven record of working.

But you might already have a trusted architect or the drawings themselves. We’re very adaptable and work around whatever you’re more comfortable with.

Start Plan Process

A small initial payment is needed to confirm your booking and to get the planning process started. Payment for this can be made by cheque, credit/debit card or by bankers’ draft. We then allocate your project to one of our designers and give you a proposed start date. Due to the structure of our payment schedule, which is quite unique within the industry, payments are only taken in arrears of work, and therefore no further payments are required until work has begun.

Full Measured Survey

One of our in-house designers visits your property to undertake a full measured survey. This takes approximately one and a half hours. Trendy Spaces then draw up the relevant architectural plans. It normally takes 2-4 weeks to draw up the plans and to get them registered with the local council.

Architectural Plans

Trendy Spaces send you a copy of the architectural plans for your approval. A copy is then sent to the local council in conjunction with your planning/lawful development application. It takes approximately eight weeks for the council to decide the application.

Party Wall Surveyor

During the planning application period you are required to serve party wall notice(s) on your neighbour(s), to which they must consent prior to the commencement of the work. We will put you in touch with a party wall surveyor who will supply you with the notice(s) free of charge. We strongly recommend you serve these notices at your earliest opportunity in order to ensure works starts promptly after planning consent has been obtained.

Planning Approval

A few weeks before the build starts, Trendy Spaces will apply for building regulations on your behalf. Once planning approval has been obtained construction normally commences within 2-4 weeks.

Working with you

The week before work commences, you will have a “pre-start” meeting with your consultant and the site foreman. The site foreman will be managing the team constructing your development. This meeting is an opportunity to fine-tune any details of your impending project. The site foreman will run you through the build process, explaining how they intend to tackle the project, the best channels of communication and how they will protect your home and minimise disruption to your family.

The Build

The building team arrive on the agreed start date and construction begins. Prior to this, preparation of the site along with the protection of key areas will have already taken place; skips will have been delivered and scaffolding erected where appropriate.

Our team is known for its friendliness and ability to fit in with the needs of family life. At the end of every working day the work area is left scrupulously clean and temporary kitchens are provided if required.

Check-up Visits

During the construction stage of your project your dedicated consultant will visit your site 2-3 times a week to ensure works are progressing according to schedule. If you need to contact us at any stage of your project, we have a fully functioning office, open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. so there will always be someone available to take your call.

Completion

You can expect construction work to last approximately 5-7 weeks for a loft, 7-10 weeks for an extension and 3-6 months for a basement. Upon completion of your project you will receive a ten year guarantee for the works, your building regulations certificate, a copy of your planning approval and most importantly some precious space.