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Converting your dead loft space into an appealing and functional living space is undoubtedly the most simple and effective way to add both space and value to your existing home.
Whether you’re in need of an additional bedroom and bathroom to accommodate a growing family, or excited about the prospect of creating a personal sanctuary in the form of an office or gym, we can help you make your loft space perform to its optimum capacity whilst ensuring it fulfils all your essential needs.
As well as adding both space and value to your home, converting your loft negates the necessity of a house move, meaning you can avoid all the hassle, upheaval and expense of relocating your family and everything that entails – new schools; longer commutes; as well as packing and unpacking an entire life’s worth of belongings – whilst still gaining all the benefits that a move would bring.
The actual cost of a loft conversion is often equivalent to what you might expect to pay in solicitors fees and stamp duty alone, before you’ve even thought about the property costs of upsizing. So, when you consider that converting your loft could add as much as 20% to the value of your property, along with the fact that we can execute the entire project within a mere matter of weeks, it is immediately apparent that a loft conversion is easily the most viable way of creating all the space you need with minimal inconvenience to you.
Is your loft suitable?
You’ve decided you want your loft converted, but can you actually achieve it?
Generally, if the headspace up there is in excess of 2.2m, there should be scope for you to convert your loft. The vast majority of people are able to convert their lofts under permitted development, without the need for planning permission, however there are exceptions to this and situations where conversions can become a little more complicated, such as if you live in a conservation area.
NB. Even if your loft conversion is authorised under permitted development, you may wish to consider applying for a Certificate of Lawfulness to give you complete peace of mind. It is also important to note that permitted development allowances encompass all changes made to your property; so it is worth checking whether previous owners have already made adjustments under permitted development as this will affect the scope of modifications you can make to the property.
If you are unsure about whether your loft is suitable for a conversion, we will be able to assist you with this, so please do not delay in getting in touch with us. Alternatively, you may be able to find additional information by visiting the planning portal.
Once you have confirmed that your property is suitable in the first instance, you need to consider the type of conversion that you are going to want to achieve. Conversions tend to be one of four types: Rooflight / Velux®, Hip-to-gable, Dormer, and Mansard, although you could opt for a combination of any of these.
The one you chose will often be dictated by a number of components such as, your budget, the type of house you live in, and the amount of space available. If you require help and advice about how best to convert your loft space, we will be more than happy to discuss this with you and further assist in getting your plans drawn up by an architect.
Perhaps you already have the architect drawings of the loft design you want? Once you are at this stage, we will be able to provide you with a fully comprehensive and transparent quote of the works required for the completion of your project and this price will be guaranteed for a period of 30 days.
We can offer you a free no obligation consultation at any point during this process.
Once a price has been agreed based on the specification of your plans, a schedule of work and payment will be contracted and we will ensure, before any works start, that all plans are compliant with planning, building regulations and that any party wall agreements have been effected.
Works will start on your property in accordance with the schedule agreed, but should progress roughly as follows:
We will start by introducing ourselves to your neighbours to inform them about the schedule of works so that they also know what to expect while the work is going on. We find that this generally enables them to feel more comfortable about raising any concerns they may have with us directly, which means we can alleviate their worries, as well as the burden that those worries may have inadvertently caused you.
Once we have appeased any concerns your neighbours may have had about the disruption to them, we will then get the scaffolding up and make safe the site.
We will arrange access via the roof for all first fix building works, so that these works have minimal impact on your living conditions for the time that they are being carried out.
We will arrange for a skip to be positioned as near to site as possible without impinging on any access rights and will provide a portaloo for all workers to use.
Once the staircase goes in after all first fix building work has been completed, all second fix works will take place within the shortest possible timeframe to ensure minimal inconvenience to you. We will also take all necessary steps to guarantee that all your furnishings are properly protected while work continues.
We are on-call 24/7 whilst all works are ongoing in the unlikely event of any problems or concerns.
Building control will visit the site three times at different stages of the project to certify that all works are compliant with the current regulations.
The final payment will not be due until you have approved and signed off on the completed work yourself.
And finally, because our work is fully insured and guaranteed, all that would remain is for you to start enjoying your beautifully transformed living space, with complete peace of mind.
A word to the wise
Converting lofts is a specialist skill, unlike basic house extensions and adaptations. With this in mind, whoever you eventually employ to create your new and enhanced living space, we implore you to opt for a qualified and experienced loft expert rather than a general builder. Every job we have been called upon to ‘put right’ have all been constructed by general builders who are either obviously not familiar with the building regulations specific to loft conversions, or have followed the architects drawings to a fault (where they are not building reg. compliant either).
Using a general builder might be cheaper in the first instance, but it could cost you time and money in the long run. We have 15 years of expertise in this field alone and can guarantee you will be over the moon with your end product given that no job is ever signed off without the client’s approval. You can also be safe in the knowledge that our work is fully guaranteed. However, if you do choose to use another company to complete your project, do ensure that they are specialists in loft conversions too.