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Loft conversions are the hottest topic in the UK property development market at the moment, and with demand far outstripping supply, it seems like they're not going to stop anytime soon. Virtually every single home owner who has a roof-space that can fit another room is considering converting it into living space. The appeal of an extra bedroom, study or playroom is obvious: more functionality and added value for your property (and all at a price well short of adding an extension). As house prices continue to rise and people realise they can get more value for their money by creating an extra room in their existing property rather than buying a new one.
Loft Conversion Cost
The cost of converting a loft will depend on many factors, especially the overall size of the space you need to work with, the overall complexity of the conversion, and what kind of property you are working with. Before starting any work it would be wise to speak to our professional team beforehand, as they can guide you through on the best, and most cost-effective solutions for your particular home conversion. We have years of experience in loft conversion installations, and can save you time and money with our cost saving exercises, and steer you in the right direction from day one!
Can my loft be converted?
If you want an easy solution to converting your loft space then it's best not worry about whether it is possible or not. However if you want a loft conversion that lives up to modern standards then you need to know what options are available for making the most of your house's roof space.
The first option is to check with your local council for any restrictions they may have in place regarding loft conversions and whether or not planning permission is needed before getting started. You can also consult with our professional builders, who know all about building regulations and will be able to give you a good idea as to what changes will be necessary over and above those required for simply having a new room built at the top of your house. When it comes to permitting, loft conversions come under building regulations for two main reasons: one being that the structural integrity of the roof has been changed and the other being that there is more of a fire risk with a new room at the top of your home.
As far as what you need to be aware of when it comes to building regs, most loft conversions will require you to have a smoke detector on every floor of the house while some local authorities may also require an additional heat alarm. A new staircase will also be needed, along with a means of escape in case there was ever a fire - so don't forget about having an external door installed from your loft conversion into your garden or yard. Although the space created by loft conversions is typically used for bedroom suites, studies, playrooms and offices, this has been known to vary from council to council so it's best if you contact your local authority to find out their loft conversion guidelines.
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How can I tell if I have enough head height?
To see whether you have sufficient head height within your loft, measure the distance of head room of your existing space. You need to take this measurement from the top of your ceiling joists to the bottom of the floor joists. If this measures at least 2.2 metre, then you are good to go. If not, then other building methods and solutions need to be addressed first by our specialist loft conversion experts, we can discuss your options to create the required space needed for your particular house.
This 2.2 metre height restriction regulation is set in place for the allowance for the fitting of internal ceiling installations, flooring and insulation materials. This will provide finished loft room with a practical and usable ceiling height of approx 1.9 metres in height. This in turn will produce a head height for the converted loft that will be comfortable to walk around and liveable area. This is the reason that if your existing loft is lower than the 2.2m average, we need to work out another way to overcome this restriction.
Could I do building work myself?
You might want to consider having a loft conversion if you have an idle area of your house which could be turned into extra accommodation. But before deciding on going down the road of doing it yourself, there are some things you need to think about first..
It's not hard to see why many people decide to do their own loft conversion, all they need is the space right? Well, actually there are several reasons why you should be very careful before deciding to go ahead with this kind of project. For starters converting your loft will take quite a while if you try and tackle the whole job yourself, don't forget that most building projects have guidelines on how long each stage of work has to take. If the project falls outside these guidelines then it may require an extended planning permission which can delay things further.
The other main reason for doing your own loft conversion is down to cost, however you'll find that once everything is said and done the money that you've saved by not hiring a professional will be paid out for time lost and mistakes made, not to mention the materials. When it comes to putting up ceilings and making sure everything is safe and secure we can think of no better way than having a qualified company do it all.
Another option which you may want to consider is getting an architect or designer in to take care of things for you, they'll make sure that everything passes regulations as well as providing advice on design ideas etc. And if you're unsure about anything it's always good to have someone else involved just in case!
When dealing with companies such as ours, Nottingham House Extensions, who undertake loft conversions all over the Nottingham region, then you can be rest assured that we will be able to take care of all those requirements for you. A loft conversion is a great way to give your property an extra room as well as increasing its value but it's important to choose the best company and one that is reliable as well as affordable. Call us now for free advice and a free quotation.
There are several reasons why you might decide to tackle the job yourself, including:
- It's likely to be cheaper than hiring a contractor to do it for you.
- You want the satisfaction of creating something yourself.
- You can choose exactly what goes in your new space, rather than relying on someone else's design ideas.
However there are many factors involved in an attic conversion which make it difficult to use standard DIY methods, so unless you have experience designing and building loft conversions, this may not be advisable. This article aims to cover some of things that need considering before starting work, while offering advice on how best to go about doing the job yourself.
Do you need planning permission to convert a loft into a room?
Loft conversions are classed as permitted development provided they meet certain criteria. Although your local council will not need to give their consent, you must check that your work follows the relevant building regulations and safety standards.
If you do need planning permission for your loft not only does it involve paperwork but could potentially take years before receiving an answer from the council which can hold up progress during this time. You may also need to comply with the Party Wall Act if your plans affect the party wall shared with a neighbour.
Check out your local council's website for more information, such as planning criteria and whether you live in an area where it's likely that they'll agree to converting your loft without requiring full planning permission.
If you do need to apply for planning permission, this is most often easiest and cheapest with the help of our planner's and local panel of architects, who we can recommend, who can help draw up your design and submit your application on your behalf.
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Planning consent isn't always completely straightforward either:
You might have one element of your plan requiring full planning permission and another needing building regulations approval instead. Permitted development rights might be withdrawn on the grounds of national security or protecting public safety, if your home is close to a defence site, for instance. You might need planning permission and building regulation approval (or even conservation area consent).
If you're not sure whether you require planning permission for your loft conversion, talk to us for advice at an early stage of the project. Or, don't hesitate to contact us at Nottingham House Extensions. We have been involved in loft conversions from simple bedroom extensions to more complicated schemes which include extra floors, basement and garage conversions, new rooms and pools so we know what is needed and the format in each case! Check out our website: http://www.nottinghamhouseextensions.co.uk if you are looking for any other type of house building work in Nottingham, other than loft conversions.
How Long Does A Loft Conversion Take To Complete In Nottingham
There are many reasons why one may consider converting their loft. Perhaps it is that your home does not have enough room for all the family members, or perhaps there is simply nothing to do with the space you currently have. Whatever the reason, converting your loft can be a great decision; it is also a big project which can take up to 6-8 weeks to complete on average depending on the size of the home and how much work needs completing throughout.
Full loft conversion or part loft conversion?
A lot of people are interested in this topic but are sometimes unsure about whether they should opt for a full or partial conversion. For this reason I will give you the run down on how long it takes to complete both!
Partial Loft Conversions
This is where we use only one of the two available levels, for example converting half the attic and leaving the other half untouched - ideal if you don't want to change your roof structure or relocate your water tank. This type of work usually takes between 4-6 weeks depending on size and height, but could be completed in 10 days time if required (this would require our team to work into the night).
Full Loft Conversions
This is when we convert every level making it into useable space; this option really does open up new horizons allowing you to have a larger room, an en-suite bathroom and fitted out storage space. Even once you have added kitchen appliances and furniture, your newly converted loft still provides ample storage for all your belongings. All in all this type of work usually takes between 5-9 weeks depending on size and height, but could be completed in just one week if required (this would require our team to work into the night).
There are many types and designs of Loft Conversions for Nottingham homes, here is some information, and details of each loft conversion:
Roofs: L-shaped, Velux, Dormers, Mansards, Hip to Gable… What does it all mean?
Dormer loft conversion
Loft conversions are becoming increasingly popular as they can be used to create extra living space without having to move home or family out. The simplest type of loft conversion would involve the removal of roof beams and rafters to allow for a completely open plan conversion but this can often lead to cold, dark rooms due to their limited natural light source unless lighting is incorporated into the design at an early stage. Loft conversions that use dormer lofts give far more access to natural light and arguably offer better value for money than 'flat' conversions which do not make use of the pitched roofline. Dormer windows also allow more air circulation aiding ventilation in summer months.
A dormer is an external window projecting from the angled face of a pitched roof. The angled face may be to one side (a mono-pitched roof) or it can run lengthwise down the whole house. A dormer window protrudes through the sloping ceiling, rather than extending sideways out of the wall; thus leaving space below for an attic room (or rooms). Its name originates from its resemblance to a sleeping loft found in monasteries and barns which used full height, unarticulated windows set high, directly above the sleeping area.
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L-shaped Loft Conversion:
There are many different types of roof-top living environments that can be created with the right planning. One such type, an L-shaped conversion involves building two dormers into your home’s design and connecting them at one corner by fitting either end into separate existing structures; this allows for more natural light while also maximising space in any given room or area throughout your house. L-shaped conversions are only possible on certain types of property. This is due to the fact that you need a rear extension in order for these layouts to work. Your Edwardian and Victorian terrace houses and end-of-terrace property with an existing two-storey rear extension set-up most often offer a good solution for these loft conversion. This is because the structure is already present to take an L-shaped conversion.
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Mansard Loft conversion:
Modern building techniques and technology, however, allow for much more than simple attic conversions. Customised mansard loft conversions can add special amenities such as an extra bathroom or a walk-in closet to any residence. Developers can also add small corridors and doors so the space is completely encapsulated in one room without having to go out on the roof. What's more, these "true" mansards offer greater height and volume than their traditional counterparts.
The customisations available with these loft conversions are infinite; there really is no end to architects' imaginations here (and few limitations). Just about anything you can dream up can be added above your little nest: formal dining rooms, playrooms… even gymnasiums or indoor pools! Some of the most popular additions are extra bedrooms and bathrooms, but don't let that stop you - if there's a space to fill, someone will find a way.
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Hip to Gable Loft Conversion:
Homeowners are always looking for ways to improve their homes to gain even more space. One room that is often considered for the conversion is the loft, as it gives a large amount of additional living space without affecting the other parts of the house. There are many different types of loft conversions that homeowners can choose from, but one very appealing option is the hip to gable conversion. This type involves removing part of either the roof or walls on both sides of a property and then rebuilding them at 90 degrees to each other, creating two gables which you can further extend upwards. This creates extra volume space beneath these extensions which significantly increases your floor area. The resulting shape looks like your home has been chopped in half and had an extension added to the top, and it can be used for a variety of different purposes. A hip to gable conversion is usually done in order to add extra space on the upper floors of existing properties such as houses and apartment buildings. It's also possible to integrate a porch into the design.
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Bungalow Loft Conversion:
A bungalow loft conversion is a term given to the renovation of a top floor in a small house, usually including adding stairs and converting it into an open space. This allows for more living space within the same size building thus allowing for people with smaller homes or fewer rooms to make use of their unused attic space.
Bungalow loft conversion companies are able to change the design of your home by adding stairs, which can make your home look contemporary and stylish. The conversions are great ways to turn that wasted space into a usable living area without having to move house or even extend your property. The style of housing nowadays whether it be suburban houses, townhouses or apartments is usually much different than what it originally was decades ago; modern homes usually have smaller floor spaces and a single-storey look.
Due to the rising demand for various lofts to be built into bungalows each year, there are now more architects and building companies that specialise in these types of conversions. There are many different reasons as to why people choose to have an attic conversion done including adding more bedrooms or storage space, transforming a loft into a child's bedroom, or even your own personal living area. Loft conversions can raise the value of your home too which is always great if you ever consider selling it in the future.
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