Located in West London, Uxbridge is one of the major metropolitan centers and the administrative headquarters of the Hillingdon borough, It is a quiet place and has never made front page news for this borough has always kept a relative low profile. This is probably the reason why it is always the last place I visit in my yearly rounds. Unlike the hassle and bustle in other boroughs, Uxbridge has retained its peace and serenity. Easily accessible; it is only five minutes from the M40, ten minutes from the M25, and 15 minutes from the M4 and Heathrow. With no transportation problem, people worked in the bigger neighboring cities but remained residents in Uxbridge.
Since Uxbridge lies 20 miles west of central London, you pass by its picturesque Canalside setting and many period houses, so many commuters looking for a home to buy or to rent is eager to opt for this place. It was way back in 1793 that the town became prosperous following the arrival of the Grand Union Canal and this trend continued after the arrival of the Tube.
Detached and semi-detached houses and bungalows are found all over Uxbridge while some streets feature the semi-detached Victorian homes with terrace lining Greenway conservation area south of the town center. You can find these period houses in suburban Ickenham center, and in Denham and Iver, the nearby villages. The residence of Sir John Mills that famous film legend used to be in this dream chocolate-box village. a A great place to try Uxbridge finest food is right beside the church on the green and opposite the Swan pub. In Uxbridge, there is no issue of space problems as home owners patronized loft conversion.
Many areas around London including Uxbridge are well-known for homes with loft conversions which are not only cost effective but also a very convenient way of adding space.
We have helped home owners from the design phase, we also tackle planning permission for their loft conversion, as well as, any legal paperwork. Once the plans are drawn, our experts bring them to life.
With many years of experience, our loft conversion construction team don’t just rebuild your space, they create a masterpiece and install design features and facilities you wanted. We complete all loft conversions fast following our effective timescales. Most of our lofts are done in a matter of weeks for we always also include the timeframe in our quote. Our dedicated project manager will explain the process is as clearly and simply to every client. If you have any question, our project manager is always available, and he will keep you updated on the development of your project.
Here is an interesting fact about loft conversion I wish to share with you.
The younger generation used to look at loft conversions as predictable and boring, but today interior designers changed the scenario. They are using conversion to add light, drama and value to many homes. Your converted loft can be the main feature of your home as the lightest and airiest room for conversion moves upward to breathe the atmosphere of the London skyline. For decades, loft conversions used to be expander armory for many homes in London before the rage of kitchen extensions.
Do you know that the loft conversion was the very first home improvement that one saw, going back 30 years? Probably thousands and thousands of designs have been made that they are in their second or third generation. There has been no problem encountered so it lasted the test of time and now ready to face the challenge of the new generation.
One of the versatile methods to add value and space into your home is loft conversion. However, this is not as simple as it sounds but complicated and expensive as well. There are important things to know before starting a stress-free conversion process.
Simple conversion type is the cheapest as it will use the existing space in the loft without any build-out from your roof. On the other side, the more costly will include the Mansard conversion that goes around the entire length of your home. Below is an image of a Mansard Loft Conversion.
No planning permit is required in most loft conversions for homes built in the UK are already inclusive of built-in allowances for permitted developments. However, the extension from the exterior of the original building is the determining factor. In the extreme, you will need planning permission when your loft is extended over the permitted development.
You will still need to match up to the building regulations even if no planning permit is required. The layout determines if you require regulations when you need to install a new fire door on the loft as well as in other rooms. Permission is a lengthy process so it is wise to know what regulations may affect your property.
A minimum of 2.2m at the location of the tallest-part is the needed distance that goes all the way from the ceiling to floor. If the distance of the planned loft conversion is not adequate, you need to make changes to your roof or even lower your floor. But all these changes are extremely expensive.
If you live in a terraced home, you will need to obtain a “party wall agreement” because loft conversion may affect the walls you are sharing with your neighbors. You need this because the walls you are sharing with your neighbors is affected. This agreement gives you their consent to conduct any work on the wall that is adjoining their home.
The following step below will help you to decide and convert your loft into any space as dinette, guest room, home office, reading room and whatever. Before conversion, be sure to know what you need. Most small spaces will appear larger with the right kind of décor and become live able and also eco-friendly place.
Check for compatibility:
The first step is to check the compatibility if your loft is convertible or not. You need a minimum of 2.2m head heights to convert the loft for this height is suitable and perfect for normal height. If the height is below, you need to push up your loft roof and it will be so costly. If there are any obstacle to be removed as water tank or stairway, then the cost will increase. Before work is started, remember all these to consider.
Use the small space:
Some homes have bigger loft space while some have smaller. If your loft is smaller it doesn’t matter because you can use the space. You can convert your small space loft to a small bedroom, bathroom, dining. den or reading room or whatever is your fancy.
Openness and color:
Make sure to maintain the openness of the loft using proper lighting in a natural atmosphere. By adding a couple of windows, air can pass properly and add a fan. Mirrors will provide lighter and make the room appear bigger. Use white or off-white to add bright colors and feel free to make your room brighter. To create a healthy room environment, have more open windows, fans, mirrors, and utilize only brighter colors.
Prepare the design:
Start preparing proper plan for the loft design first and work according to the scheme. You can plan where to put the furniture and other thing based on available space according to available space. Your work will be faster by preplanning where to set up these things.
Make space for storage:
You need to make sure that you are making enough space for storage. Small rooms are hard and tricky for conversion. When you fill the room with storage you feel uncomfortable but all you need to do is apply a few tricks to get the storage space. You can have your storage under your window and use it as a cupboard.
Lighting is one of the important facts for the loft conversion. Thus, you need to give the room more shine. Consider that in a small loft. no big furniture’s are used but you can use instead the smaller and portable ones. Since daylight plays a significant role in the brightness of the room, add windows to the loft to get natural daylight.
Loft conversion cost
Loft conversion is often one of the easiest and cheapest ways to extend the size of your home. Depending on size, type and other factors. the costs of conversion typically range from around £20,000 up to about £60,000. It will be more expensive if you make significant changes to the size of the roof space and are adding a bathroom.
Home owners have several options to pay for a loft conversion.
Most cover costs by using their savings, but for those with no available savings, many used remortgaging as a popular option free funds for the work, although be sure that you can afford paying higher mortgage.
Remortgaging for older homeowner isn’t always the best way to pay for a conversion. So many requirements are demanded by lenders especially the maximum age limits. Just convince your lender that your income after retirement will be stable and can meet all monthly mortgage payments when you stop work.
Older homeowners, with retirement ages of 55 years or above, use their equity funds to pay for a loft extension, which makes them unlock some of their property wealth and resources. According to research; most baby boomers are using their equity release to pay for a property makeover. However, this type of scheme won’t be right for everyone, as it may reduce the value of their estate and could affect their entitlement to certain tested benefits.
It’s always good to consult a professional if you have chosen the right funding for a loft extension or any for other home improvements.
You have finally realized the importance of converting your loft with a suitable environment. Your proper planning and design implementation made the task faster and easier. Though it will be a dent in your budget but think about the cost of moving to another place and building another live able home that will surely use up might use all your savings. So, you can bear the cost of conversion than the huge moving cost. Enjoy using your new space and try to use it best.
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Here is our recent case-study from a Loft Conversion in Uxbridge.
Client goal - Client wanted to add a 4th bedroom in the house and a nice sized office space too.
The Challenges - The client wanted the loft completed in the quickest way possible due to his work commitments. Our client worked from home so he wanted his office back in place as soon as possible.
Our work - We increased our team for this project so as to meet the deadline set out by the client which was completion in 3 weeks.
The Bathroom was finished the highest spec.
The landing in the loft lead to a small office area which lead to the bedroom and the bathroom.
Some useful links for you to read on before starting your Loft Conversion.