Initially, the floor plan required was challenging as we had to have enough space in the kitchen/diner to ensure that the property would facilitate a HMO that would satisfy building regulations and HMO thresholds required to meet to minimum height, room and floor dimensions.
We adopted a floor plan that we suggested to the client would work, as they didn’t want any shared bathrooms but exclusive en-suites only, to future proof their HMO. After their agreement of the revised floor plan, we worked towards a chosen design specification, by also building a fully compliant building regulations & satisfactory Fire Risk strategy into the build. This was to satisfy the FSO Order 2005 & building completion certificate. The design incorporated splitting a main bedroom on 1st floor into two separate bedrooms, each with en-suites. The existing ground floor kitchen utility area was also moved thus allowing for an additional bedroom with en-suite.
The design was based on our clients’ thoughts and wishes, but also the regulations that would allow the property to meet full compliance. The client was on a tight budget, so working with this we ensured that shower panels were used instead of full floor to ceiling tiles. In order to save waste and labour, we mounted larger wall tiles in en-suites. The client also wanted small, mini kitchen units to fit within the larger rooms so tenants could use them for dry storage.
Once the property had been fully developed, all 2nd fix plumbing and electricals were carried out, along with satisfactory Certifications produced to meet building & structural control Certificates. This included fire detection Certificates, emergency light test Certificates, EICR, Gas, PAT and EPC Certificates. We also produced a satisfactory Fire Risk Assessment report. We then handed this over as a turnkey HMO investment property ready to let, back to our client. As part of our “handover package”, we acquire a 5 year HMO licence on all properties on behalf of the licence holders.