As a county of historical origin, Berkshire has its own place in the country. Berkshire is located in south-East England and was recognized by the Queen as the Royal County of Berkshire in 1957. Berkshire is named due to the presence of Windsor Castle and shares borders with Hampshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire.
If you are staying in Berkshire and craving for extra space, a loft conversion can be the best choice for you. As it just does not add more space and value, it can also be less disruptive than moving home. However, a loft conversion is one of the most cost-effective ways to increase space in your house, before initiating the project, you should be aware of a few essential things. You may know that building can be nerve-wracking, but a loft conversion can be a smooth, uncomplicated and relatively quick project.
Here look at the few tips which we always consider before stating our project and discuss with our client's as well.
Based on the type of roof you have, it may require to extend rather than just having a conversion. So, we examine the roof first and suggest you with the most suitable and more flexible option in the design, which can eliminate or reduce those annoying sloping walls. However, an extension can be a more complicated and costly project than a conversion.
Minimum your ceiling should have 210 cm height for conversion, and 240-260 cm is considered as an ideal height.
Normally, you may need planning permission, unless you are opting to extend your loft. However, being experienced loft conversion professionals, we always recommend our clients to check with the local planning department to understand what you are allowed to do and to avoid any future conflicts. Building regulation allows determining that the loft conversion's structural strength of the new floor is sufficient and not going to endanger the existing structure. Also, you must consider The Party Wall Act 1996, especially if you have an adjoining wall. However, you can leave these all on our experts to take care, as we have years of experience in this field and know which permission is required for which construction work.
A loft conversion is going to be a long process and a bit destructive as well. If you are sharing your wall or have close walls, have a Party Wall Agreement in place before starting work. Also keeping your neighbours in the loop is going to be beneficial for you. As you are going to get their support, they will also be aware of the construction and disruption.
Well, depending on several other aspects, your loft conversion can add 20-25% value in your property. Also, it is going to give you an extra space which you can use as an extra room, living room, bathroom, kitchen or as an entertainment room.
A loft conversion is a great way to show your creativity and experimenting with interior designing. If you are considering a loft conversion but confused how to use it, check out our creative conversion ways to use your loft space.
Master Bedroom: Creating your own private bedroom upstairs, away from all the noise and disturbance can significantly enhance your lifestyle and give you peace of mind. Get your loft converted into a beautiful oasis to spend some quality time.
Office: With increasing work from home culture, many of our clients have opted to convert their loft into their office space. As the loft provides proper ventilation and natural sunlight, you can feel energetic all over the day. And if in future, you do not need a home office, you can convert it into your kid playroom or storage.
Reading room: Convert your loft space into a cosy, tranquil place for you to unwind. You can install a few wall-mounted shelves for any low ceilings or narrow walls. Accomplish it with a comfortable chair and a desk. Even you can keep some small flower plants to keep your mood fresh while reading. Sounds great RIGHT!! We know, and we can turn this illusion into reality.
Children's playroom: Create a room filled with so many toys, and art materials to give your kids a perfect place to hang out. It also helps you to handle any child-related mess, plus, it'll be a great study space too when your kids are older.
Entertainment room: We have observed that most of the people like to convert their space into an entertainment room or into an art room to pursue their artistic or musical interests. You can also make it a little art gallery to showcase your work to others. And can invite your friends to enjoy when needed.
Wardrobe: If you have a small or odd-shaped space, you can turn it into a closet. It can be used to organize your clothes, accessories and shoes. We can incorporate a safe into one of the cupboards to make it safer.
There are four main types of loft conversion, and you can opt any according to your loft structure and requirements.
Dormer loft conversion: Dormer loft conversion has many different styles and one of the most popular types of conversion. It helps in reshaping the roof to give greater internal height and space and generally get located on the side or rear of the roof. In this conversion, the Velux window can be utilized to maximize the natural light. Flat roof dormers offer maximum internal space where Bonnet dormers are the most attractive option but with less interior space.
Velux loft conversion: Velux loft conversion gives an option to get the desired space without making any significant changes in your existing place. It is best for low head roof space.
Hip to Gable: A Hip to Gable dormer conversion process extends the hip of the existing roof into a Gable end. It gives a more ample roof space and enables a more spacious rear dormer to be constructed maximizing the interior space. Hip to the gable loft conversion is most suitable for a traditional semi-detached house.
Mansard loft conversion: Similar to the flat roof dormer, mansard loft conversion gives more aesthetically pleasing appearance with significant space.
We always believe in providing the A-rated facilities for all of our loft conversion work in Berkshire and across London. Our quality work helps you to get rid of any burden as we fulfil all of your requirements and demands. Before initiating any work, we understand your vision and requirement and work accordingly. Our team is incorporated with experienced and well-qualified members who always determine to work towards 100% client's satisfaction.
Also, we always focus on keeping all communication and work transparent to avoid any discrepancy. We understand that loft conversion is a huge step and makes a significant change in your property, so it needs to take care, precisely.
Contact us to know more about our work and reach out to us to schedule a meeting to give your dream house a life!
Hip to Gable Loft Conversion extends your house on the sloping side by replacing the roof with a vertical wall called the Gable. This gives maximum internal head height and floor space. Hip to Gable loft conversions are ideal for Iver homeowners with semi-detached, end of terraced, bungalows or detached properties. We provide full planning, design to build service.
Dormer Loft Conversion is the most popular type of Loft Conversion undertaken by Iver homeowners. This is simply the extension of the existing roof vertically that allows extra additional floor space and headroom. There are height requirements of at least two metres or higher, with no need for planning permission in many cases.
Velux or Roof Light Loft Conversion is the simplest and economical of all Loft Conversions in Iver . The roof of your house remains unchanged, we only install attractive Velux windows that bring in plenty of natural light. As the roof structure remains intact, no planning is required. Velux Loft Conversions require considerably less construction work compared to the others and are less disruptive too.