One of the suburbs in London that I love to visit is the peaceful borough of Perivale that is 9.5 miles (15.3 km) west of Charing Cross, central London. I always admire its Landmarks found in the suburb including the gigantic Art Deco Hoover Building, the magnificent Church of St Mary (circa:.12th century), the River Brent that travels SW to join its mother Thames and Perivale Wood Local Nature Reserve, one of the oldest nature reserves in Britain, run by the Selborne Society.
I agree that Perivale is a family perfect place with its safe roads, large & lovely homes and fast commuter line. Families in Perivale, Ealing live in comfort without any space problems as most homes have loft conversions.
During my initial visit to this place, people were new to idea of loft conversions so most of my time was spent in explaining the value of transforming their homes to bigger place and at the same time, add value to their property. My company, being the top loft converter in London, was able to deliver excellent work at the most affordable price offering them quality materials and constant controlling and monitoring of the building process.
This is always the first question I had to answer. Why not? Then I ask them when was the last time they really used their loft? I found out that people love the idea of converting their loft to add home space. When I mention the loft, they all imagined an empty space at home filled with cast-away clothes, dusty toys, old books, cobwebs and more. The loft is a great place for the kids to play, and the perfect location to hide the old junk. But when the children grow up, what is then the use of the loft? Or do you want your loft to be a permanent storage of all your junk that you eventually have to donate so some charities or throw away. On the other hand, an extra space like a loft conversion will always be useful in every household.
It would be a wonderful idea of transforming your loft into a home office? or a spare bedroom for guest? Considering the cost, it is so much cheaper than having a building extension. Aside from utilizing unused space, you also enhance the value of your property.
A loft conversion is a very economic decision. According to most mortgage lenders, at least half of homeowners cannot afford the cost of moving when their residences become too small for the family, so they decide to stay put. They realized that converting existing space offers an affordable way to gain that extra space.
1. Dormer loft conversion has many styles and is categorized as, double, full, L-shaped, rear, and single dormer loft conversions. Compared to other types, the dormer has vertical walls and horizontal ceilings. They could be shaped as flat, hipped, or L-shaped.
2. Mansard loft conversion is best for urban or conversation area for the featured walls on either side are raised as a brickwork. Its roof with the back wall has an inward slope at approx. 70–72 degrees.
3. Hip to Gable loft conversion is most suitable for detached or semi-detached homes. The three slanting sides to the roof is then extended to the outside wall where the gable end is built up. The completed rear dormer and Velux windows to the front slop build up the loft conversion. Both of the sloping sides are extended.
4. Velux loft conversion is one of the great choices, Velux is available if you need a smaller loft conversion. You achieve keeping the original style of the roof by installing the Velux windows and roof lights.
5. Piggy back loft conversion is the existing brickwork walls perimeter prevailing to make a space within. Space is refurbished by using Velux windows on either side of the sloping roof.
You have to decide some crucial things for a suitable loft conversion like an elegant loft room to add space, as well as, add value to your home for making a wrong decision is detrimental
1. A loft conversion adds value
It does not come from us, but most property experts say that adding a loft in your place is one of the best ways for adding value to your home. Market research stated that the value of your home is increased by 20% after adding space like this to your property. According to Nationwide study, on the average, your home can increase by around £37,000.
So much amount is added to your property by using this type of home improvement with little comparative cost. After building the conversion, you can immediately earn money by renting the new space out to a student or lodger, which makes money for you before you come sell your home in the future.
2. Avoid the cost of moving
Moving cost is going up year by year as you consider the increased in property cost, stamp duty and solicitor fees. With a loft conversion, you do not need to move out and continue to stay in your own home since you have added space. Since you stay in the same place, there is no need for you to find a new job or search a new way of commuting to work. Your kids do not need to transfer to a new school and you save yourself the stress of packing.
3. Added space for storage
Aside from gaining an extra room that comes with a loft conversion, you have been added storage space found under the new stairs if the conversion is planned properly. Any” dead” space at home can be used to extra room since a conversion doesn’t use any of the your outdoor space.
4. Conversions with a view
If you live in a bungalow, your view is blocked by other homes on your street, so you do not have a panoramic view of the outside. Being higher, a conversion gives you an entirely new perspective on your surroundings.
5. Adding natural light to your property
Loft conversion gives you more natural light in the properly converted. If you installed the right windows, maximum light will enter that can improve your mood and general wellbeing.
6. Saving time and money with a loft conversion
Loft conversion provides more value for money as you have added increase upper space, widen your storage space while increasing the price of your property.
And these are not all, here are more benefits of loft conversions if you do not bother your neighbors by overshadowing of adjacent properties.
*A loft conversion, work can continue in any conditions, it’s not dependent on weather conditions. So, your loft conversion work is not affected by frost, snow or rain.
*Many loft extensions do not need planning permission.
1. Cost of room in roof loft conversion
The price of a room in the roof loft conversion starts about £15,000 which is the cheapest and most straight forward option. This will cover the cost of reinforcing the floor, installing several skylights plus installation of a staircase to the loft electrics, lighting and heating observing fire safety measures to comply with the Building Regulations of fire doors and smoke alarms.
Other factors might affect cost to convert your loft such as your roof structure, the existing available space or whether you need some chances to accommodate the staircase
2. Dormer loft extension
This is space added above with the addition of dormer windows. This increases the useful floorspace and that can be used to add head height which gives you more options where to place the stairs. This type of dormer loft extension cost upwards to around £20,000. However, the average cost for a dormer loft conversion is about £35,000–£45,000.
3. Raising the roof or changing the roof structure
This alternative is the most expensive as it requires the complicated removal and rebuilding of the existing roof. You have to hire a designer for this type conversion requires planning permission approval and you will need to factor in the design cost, as well as. the cost of the planning application. The cost of this type will likely be around £40,000. It still cost less than ready-made room options that is up to around £55,000 for the average home. These are fabricated off-site and then craned into position
4.Can any loft be converted?
Yes. nearly all lofts or attics are convertible if they are not breaching any guidelines in planning or conservation.
What matters most will be the height of your roof ridge. If you were to stand in the center point of the roof and measure from the top of the existing ceiling joists in the inside of your loft, to the top of the ridge board at the apex of the roof, and you have a minimum of 2.2 meters, then the loft is suitable for conversion. If the measurement is less than 2.2 meters, even though the regulation on height has been relaxed in loft conversions, it is unlikely you would have enough useable headroom clearance.
Aside from a couple of exceptions, planning permit is not normally needed in loft conversion. This is required if you live in a conservation area, or if you intend to extend the roof space. To be sure, check with your local planning department, or contact a home improvement company who can do the work for you.
The head height should be at least 2.2.m to ensure the right height. Although some professionals prefer to work with a minimum of 2.5m; it depends on the company. It should be taken between the underneath the ridge board (in the apex), and the top of the ceiling. Or request a loft conversion installer to help, and save you from any hassle.
The main choice of windows for your new loft conversion will be between roof and dormer windows. The best classic style comes from Velux. The latter has vertically beyond sloping roofs, while the roof windows are placed directly into the pitched roof. Both styles of window will flood your loft conversion with light, and make the room feel bright and airy. Dormer windows provide further usable space and are therefore may be more likely to need planning permission. The room will be flooded with lots of lights from both styles of window since this loft conversion makes the room feels airy and bright.
Before you enquire with a home improvement company, you will want to think about what the room will be used for, whether it be for an extra bedroom, a play room, or another usage. Knowing this when you are asking for quotes from local tradesmen will ensure that they can design a loft conversion specifically for your needs – and tailor it towards how you intend to use the room.
Loft conversion cannot be a DIY project since it is very complicated and only for experts. If you plan a loft conversion and the plan caused you lots of anxiety and hassle, why not give your planning to us? We are going to relieve you from all the big and small problems encountered in loft conversions. Meanwhile, we want you to sit back and relax while we do everything for you. We offer you a complete design and installation service that ensures you all the benefits from a loft conversion that is completely tailor-made to your needs. Wherever you are based in London and the surrounding regions, we are just a click away. Your perfect loft conversion at home awaits you, call us, as soon as, possible so we can present you or send by email a no-obligation and free loft conversion survey and quotation.
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