ABSOLUTE Lofts Good? Bad? Ugly?(8 Posts)
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Hey fellow Mums. My family are planning on converting the loft into a 1 bed and 1 shower room. We have had many quotes from different specialists and they are all in the same ballpark. So after looking at reviews and their website, we have decided that Absolute Lofts are the best company for us.
Has anyone had done work from this company? If so, how was it? Would you recommend them or not?
I would hugely appreciate if anyone could highlight any vital steps I should take in order to have a successful and stress free loft conversion.
Thank you :D
Please dont use them. we have had a nightmare with our conversion which they did last year, repeated leaks and issues. happy to discuss more if that helps
Know this is an older thread but I am hoping you haven't yet signed a contract with Absolute lofts. We had an absolute nightmare with them that still continues. My dad has been in the building industry for 50 years and has never known such an awful company. They caused extensive damage to our property, failed to protect it from leaks, put steels in the wrong positions and took over eight weeks to get less than halfway through a project which we had been told would take eight weeks at the outside. They tried intimidating us and reported us to the planning department at the council for not building in accordance with our LDC which they were aware of before they signed the contract, all in an effort to evade the contract. They then abandoned the job whilst we were not water tight over last Christmas. We had to get another firm to complete and we are still battling them for the money. An unscrupulous firm who sees each job as a chance to make as much money as possible. I could go on with more problems and have an email from the Managing director, [edited by MNHQ], which sums up how much respect they have for their customers! Avoid at all costs!!
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Its foolish to go against planning permission or building regulations. Im a surveyor and have designed many loft conversions myself. They can be one of the trickiest forms of building work you can do to your property and you should never risk it by going against the council. You will almost certainly not win.
Absolute Lofts have asked us to post up a statement on their behalf:
"Lucy whilst you are entitled to place reviews on an open forum we also have the right of reply:
As is sometimes the situation things are not always as they seem. The complaints and accusations that Lucy makes are also not as she portrays them. For instance we terminated the contract Christmas 2015 some 14 months ago and not last Christmas (2016)
Lucy omits to say that although her father worked in the Building Industry for 50 years, he is an Architect who designed the loft. The loft was NOT designed by Absolute Lofts. Lucy via her father sought to make changes to the design of the loft that would have made the loft UNLAWFUL. As a responsible contractor Absolute Lofts made Lucy aware that the late changes to the design would make the project UNLAWFUL. They chose to ignore our concerns, even after we contacted the local council with the same concerns. We were told “you are only the builder and planning issues have nothing to do with you" and to carry on. We were not prepared to build UNLAWFULLY and had no other option than to terminate the contract. The development has now been completed (by another loft conversion company NOT by Absolute Lofts). The completed loft was rejected by the Local Council as NOT being a lawful development. Lucy still dismissed the Council decision and went through the appeals process. The appeal decision found in favour of the Council and Lucy now has no other option other than to DEMOLISH THE UNLAWFUL structure.
Regretfully, Lucy still seeks to make her exaggerated and sweeping statements and unsubstantiated derogatory comments which misrepresent what actually happened. Absolute Lofts asked Lucy to delay posting any comments until the issues had been independently adjudicated upon. Regretfully, for her own reasons, she has declined to do so. Absolute Lofts has offered to engage in mediation, but Lucy has declined. Lucy then threatened to commence arbitration and then proceedings in Court. But rather than have an independent tribunal determine matters Lucy prefers to place blogs on-line, seemingly, in the hope of doing damage to the Company.
Absolute Lofts’ has 20 years experience of designing and building loft extensions. We are happy to provide references to any prospective customers."
Not that it is of importance but I said last Christmas when Christmas 2016 had just gone but not sure what difference that makes?!
My dad designed the loft and the requirements were set out prior to the work commencing and Absolute lofts were well aware the design was not that which had been granted a lawful development certificate some years previously. They were aware of the size of the loft and the requirement to remove volume and signed a contract based on all these requirements some months before commencing work. No changes were made to the requirements after the contract had been signed as absolute lofts have implied. I have all the signed contract drawings which prove this. The only reason the work was found to not be permitted development was due to the order in which absolute lofts chose to carry out the work. Hence they appear to have managed to build something which could have been lawfully built in an unlawful manner. Anyone wishing to use Absolute lofts may wish to contact Fair trades in order to find out whether their explanation in relation to this matter was considered acceptable or whether it has been considered that their actions in relation to this matter has been deemed to be a valid concern recorded against them.
I only wish to warn others of our experience so you can hopefully find a builder /loft company who will make your experience as pain free as possible. Good luck!
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