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Bespoke loft conversions in Sawbridgeworth

We specialise in high-quality custom Loft Conversions across Sawbridgeworth and around Hertfordshire. We have built numerous bespoke loft conversions in Sawbridgeworth which are fully tailored to the client's personal requirements and preferences. Our Loft Conversions in Sawbridgeworth allow families to add habitable space to their homes without the need to move home.

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Sawbridgeworth Loft Conversions

We offer a range of Loft Conversion types in Sawbridgeworth, which include, dormer, mansard, hip to gable, L-shaped and velux loft conversions. Our team of builders will transform your house, giving you more living space and thereby increasing the value of your property.

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Browse through our latest loft conversions and extensions in Sawbridgeworth to get an idea of what our specialist Loft Conversion team can build for you.

Loft Conversion Process

Our step by step process for Loft Conversion in Sawbridgeworth

We try to keep the Loft Conversion process as simple as possible from conception to completion, always keeping you informed and involved in every step. Our process includes an initial survey and design followed by architectural drawings and structural calculations. Thereafter, we will quote based on the drawings. Once happy with our quote, our architects apply for planning permission and commence your building work and finally the completion of your new loft conversion. Our team is ready to discuss any aspect of the project in more detail at all times.

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Creating More Space For You

Whether your family is growing, renting out a room in your property, or simply want a new study or office, a loft conversion is an ideal solution to maximise space in your house. This is a cost-effective alternative to moving and will increase the value of your property when you decide to sell in the future. No matter the project size, we will build you a loft that reflects your style and meets your lifestyle’s needs.

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What can we do for your Property in Sawbridgeworth?

If you would like to discuss the ways in which a Loft Conversion could enhance your Sawbridgeworth home, call us on 020 3951 8426 or email info@loftconversionlondon.com to ask us any questions. For a free site survey and design consultation please fill out the form on the right and our team will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Loft Conversion Sawbridgeworth

Sawbridgeworth is a town in Hertfordshire situated close to the border with Essex. It is located approximately 12 miles east of Hertford and nine miles north of Epping. It is the northernmost area of the Greater London Built-up Area (GBUA). In fact, it is one of the most prosperous towns in the country.

During the Norman conquest, the rich farming land of Sawbridgeworth was developed fully, making it one of the most prosperous village communities in England. Sawbridgeworth town became home to many important mediaeval families who held estates in the area. As a result, many manors were created in the later ages, such as the de Mandeville manor in 1189. Some of the great landowners of the area are buried in the parish church. The parish church contains the finest collection of church monuments in the country.

Construction Ideas For a Loft Conversion in Sawbridgeworth

There are various construction ideas for a loft conversion in Sawbridgeworth. For a modern look, go for a contemporary design that makes the most of the space. A good loft conversion should have a high ceiling - around 2.2m at the midpoint. While this is not a legal requirement, it is needed for access and staircases. If your loft doesn't have a high enough ceiling, you can lower the existing ceiling in the room below. If you're renovating a historic building, you may want to use the existing floor as a working space.

The best location for a bath or shower room is directly above the current bathroom in your Sawbridgeworth home. This will allow for the bath or shower to connect to the existing water and drainage. It's important to install an extractor fan to help improve ventilation. When planning a loft conversion, it's important to determine the size and location of the bathroom and WC. If there's going to be a WC, you'll need to install a new soil stack, unless you're building an off-site modular conversion.

How Do I Choose Which Type Of Loft Conversion To Have?

Understanding the various types of loft conversions can help you make the best design decision for your loft conversion project.

The type of loft conversion you need and how much more head height you need to create a usable area will be determined by the kind of home you have, whether it is detached, semi-detached, or a terrace, and the style of the existing roof.

Types of Loft Conversion -

1. Dormer Loft Conversion - Dormer conversions are the most common type since they are suitable for a wide range of properties. It's an excellent alternative for people who want to expand their homes. The dormer loft is vertically designed and will require planning approval because it is erected on top of an existing sloping roof. It will also demand some real building work.

Pros:

●       Increases headroom in a small attic.

●       Leaves walls that are straight and flat ceilings.

●       Creates a lot of extra internal space with plenty of light and ventilation

●       When compared to other options, it's a bargain.

●       Suitable for the majority of housing styles in the United Kingdom.

●       Permitted growth is frequently the case.

Cons:

Not always the most aesthetically appealing alternative

2. Hip to Gable Loft Conversion - Hip to Gable loft conversions increase the amount of headroom and usable floor space in a loft. Stripping the roof down to the tops of the hip ends, incorporating the flank wall into a roof, and elevating the ridge to reach the gable are all examples of this type of conversion. 

Pros:

●       It is attractive to the eye because it merges with the existing home.

●       For complete room, combine with a rear dormer loft.

●       It is ideal for Bungalows and chalets.

Cons:

●       Not suitable for terraced houses.

●       More expensive than converting a dormer

 

3. Mansard Loft Conversion - Mansard loft conversions are suitable for practically all types of buildings, including detached, semi-detached, and terraced houses. Mansard loft conversions require more construction effort than other types of loft conversions.

Pros:

●       ​​It is considered to be more attractive than a dormer.

●       Fits in well with older homes.

●       There is more headroom in this conversion than any other form of transformation.

●       It tends to let more light into your loft.

Cons:

●       Planning authorization is almost always required.

●       Construction time may be longer than for other types of loft conversions, and the cost may be higher.

 

4. Velux Loft Conversion - Velux Loft Conversion transforms your loft without changing its original appearance. Suitable for roofs with a higher pitch where head height isn't an issue. A Velux loft conversion is the best alternative if you have plenty of headroom, and it isn't easy to acquire planning permission. Even if planning approval isn't required in most circumstances, we'll nonetheless provide you with advice based on a site survey.

Pros:

●       Planning permission is not required for a Velux loft conversion. This is because the roof structure's size will not be altered.

●       These conversions are the most cost-effective option to convert a loft space.

●       Can complete Velux loft conversion in a matter of hours.

●       Can use Velux windows in conjunction with ordinary casement windows to change the contour of your roof.

Cons:

●       Despite their low installation cost, Velux loft conversions do not provide much usable area.

A high quality loft conversion is a valuable addition to any home. It can add value to your home while also providing an extra functional room. On the other hand, a poorly converted loft can lower the value of your home and, in some situations, jeopardize your safety and the structural integrity of your home. So, when it comes to a loft conversion, we will help you from design to building it.

 

Victorian and Edwardian Houses

The most common loft conversions are done on these types of houses across London. These houses mostly have high ceilings and large rooms and a conversion works best when the design retains the natural character of the building.

End of Terraced and Semi Detached Houses

If you live in an end of terraced or semi-detached house, your property is ideal for a loft conversion. There are two main types of loft conversion that are suitable for semi-detached and end of terrace homes: hip to gable loft conversions and dormer loft conversions.

1920s and 1930s Houses

Many properties in the UK were build in the 1920s or 1930s (pre-war period). Such houses are great for loft conversions, you can easily add either a dormer loft conversion, a hip to gable loft conversion or a Velux loft conversion. The type we build will depend on the structure of your home and roof we can guide you on the best approach.

Flats, Maisonettes and Conservation Areas

If you happen to live in a conservation area, the local council may not permit you to have a rear dormer, but they might let you have a mansard or a combination of Velux roof windows and small dormers. Loft conversions in flats and Maisonettes are the ultimate way of gaining that precious extra space.

FAQ's about Loft Conversion answered

Do you have a question about Loft Conversions? We're here to help. Contact our team at Loft Conversion London

  • How can I find out if my Loft in Sawbridgeworth can be Converted?

    The minimum height required for a Loft Conversion is 2.2m (from the floor to the highest point in your loft). If you do not have the required height, your ceilings can be lowered on your first floor.

  • How long does a Loft Conversion take to Complete?

    This depends on the size and type of Loft, most loft conversions take around 10-12 weeks. We can give you a more accurate estimation when we see your property.

  • How much does a Loft Conversion in Sawbridgeworth Cost?

    Loft Conversion cost is determined by the size and type of the project, the features you would like, etc. Our architect will help you achieve the best use of your space within your budget. Most Lofts cost between £25,000 and £60,000.

  • Will I need to move out during the Loft Conversion?

    No - it's safe to carry on living in your house. Our team starts from the scaffolding before the stairs go in. We always try to limit the disruption during the construction process.

  • Do I need planning permission for a loft conversion in Sawbridgeworth?

    Loft Conversions usually fall under the permitted development category therefore planning permission is not normally required. There are some exceptions like conservation areas, flats, or listed buildings. Our in-house surveyors can advise further on planning permission. For more info read our Planning Permission blog.

  • What is a party wall agreement and will I need one for a loft conversion?

    A party wall agreement is also known as PWA is required if you own semi-detached or terraced property. In simple words, if you are working within or near your neighbor’s boundary then you will need a party wall agreement in place. Click here for more info.

  • Does a loft conversion add value to my Sawbridgeworth home?

    Yes - it will add from 15% to 25% upwards depending on the size, design, and type of Loft. Read more about adding value here.

  • Will my Loft Conversion be subject to Building regulations?

    Yes, all Loft conversions require building regulation approval from the local authority. These regulations are important to ensure the safety measures are in place and they set a protocol of construction and design to follow.

  • Can I use my own plans?

    Absolutely yes, we will work with you to achieve your dream new living space.

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