The C. Lillington Carpentry name is well known and respected in the Portsmouth area. We have earned our reputation on core construction services where we either build from new in the form of rear extensions, wraparound extensions and large-scale extensions, or we modify the underused space that already exists in a home with loft conversions and garage conversions.
We started out in business as far back as 2010 and, with 17 years of combined experience behind us, we are now one of the most trusted names for building and construction services in our area; an achievement that makes us feel incredibly proud.
Here, we answer some of the most common questions our company receives from in and around the Portsmouth area.
What are the key skills you bring to the job?
As our name so rightly suggests, we are carpentry and joinery specialists but with an extended team of tradespeople who can assist in all types of building and construction work. We can offer a start-to-finish service on loft conversions and large-scale extensions, managing the project from the outset to ensure everything runs to time and never exceeds the budget.
Our wider team consists of builders, bricklayers, roofers, gas engineers, plumbers, electricians and kitchen installers.
Do you have any business accreditations?
Yes. C. Lillington Carpentry has gained membership to the FMB (Federation of Master Builders) and LABC (Local Authority Building Control). This not only offers a certain sense of reassurance to customers in Portsmouth; it also means we have shown competency in the development of garage conversions and the construction of rear extensions and wraparound extensions.
No matter how big the scope of your project might be, we are here to fulfil your personal needs and expectations.
How are conversions beneficial to a homeowner?
Unlike extensions, which take away garden space to produce an addition to a property, conversions optimise the space that is already inside your home but most likely underused. Loft conversions and garage conversions make good use of space that is normally used for storing clutter. Less than half of all private garages in the UK are used for parking away cars.
Most homeowners in Portsmouth use loft and garage space to store decorations, personal belongings and other types of clutter. We turn them into habitable and functional rooms.
Do extensions usually need planning approval?
Much will depend on the extension style and whether it stays within certain criteria or not. Rear extensions usually fall inside permitted development, but wraparound extensions often require the removal of the original rear wall. The local authority for Portsmouth needs to see architectural drawings and structural calculations before making a final decision.
Large-scale extensions, especially those built over two or more storeys, will usually exceed the maximum criteria of your local authority and will require planning permission.