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How do I start a Loft Conversion?

Converting your loft needn’t be difficult. As one of the most favoured types of home improvement, loft conversions are an ideal way to create extra space inside of your home. But carrying out a loft conversion isn’t a straightforward process, so finding the right people for the job is vital. Thankfully, Bark makes it easy to connect to experts so you can start planning your loft conversion today.

The cost to convert

So how much are loft conversions?

Due to the effort required when converting a loft, the difference in price can be quite large and will vary depending on the options you go for. Before proceeding, you should set a budget and a timescale for your project.

Do I need planning permission for a Loft Conversion?

In the majority of cases, carrying out a loft conversion is fine, as it is recognised as a permitted development. The design of the conversion does need to fit specific parameters, however.

If you want to convert your loft past these parameters (or you have a home located in an area of conservation), you need to make sure to apply for planning permission. This also goes for any instance where you wish to change the height or shape of the roof.

What are the benefits of a Loft Conversion?

There are a few great benefits to converting your loft into a new room.

Out of these benefits, boosting the market value of your home is particularly favourable. In some cases, a loft conversion can add up to 25% to the original value of your home - which is something to consider if you plan on selling your home in the future.

Building an extension outwards can be a great way to create a recreational space such as a conservatory, but can also take up a lot of room. Converting your loft enables you to build upwards rather than outwards, while simultaneously insulating your home.

And of course, having an entirely new room is always a plus. This can become the basis for anything you imagine – maybe you’d like another bedroom, or how about a home gym?

What kind of Loft Conversion should I choose?

There are a variety of options to choose from when deciding on a loft conversion. Of course, the type of loft conversion you opt for will affect how much you can expect to pay and how much time it will take, too.

Hip to Gable

This type of loft conversion is recommended if you own an end of terrace, detached, or semi detached house. It is a type of conversion carried out on roofs that have three slanted sides. Aside from opening up the loft, Hip To Gable conversions allow for the staircase to join seamlessly in the process. They can also be fixed to a dormer loft at the rear side of the roof.

Mansard

Mansard loft conversions take a little more work and effort than the other types of conversion mentioned above. In most cases, Mansard conversions require planning permission because of the complexity of the changes needed. However, all of the work put into a Mansard conversion, the results are the most aesthetically appealing - creating an abundance of space, light and headroom.

Shell

Shell conversions are most useful for those on a set budget, or homeowners that want to be involved in the construction process. Shell conversions are unique in that they enable you to add their own finishing touches to the design. It is a heavily structural work that enables great collaboration with the tradespeople involved.

Dormer

The most popular type of loft conversion, dormer conversions are an extension of an existing roof. While they are straightforward, a dormer loft conversion is an efficient use of space and can quite easily become the biggest room in your house once finished. They are quite versatile and can be constructed on a variety of structures and in varying configurations.
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How can someone tell if their loft is suitable for conversion?

There are many factors involed to see whether your loft is suitable for a conversion or not. The good thing is, most are!

One of the primary factors is height. The ridge line is usually the highest point in most lofts, if the height from the top of the ceiling to the underside of the ridge is 2300mm (230cm) or higher, this would usually mean the height is sufficient.

If your lower than 2300mm then if height is sufficient on the first floor, the ceilings can be lowered to obtain the height within the loft.

Are you in a conservation area? This can sometimes be a restiction on the size of the dormer allowed of any. If you are unsure, here at Loft Guru we can undertake a survey and let you know.

95% of loft conversions do not need planning permission but building regulations are always required, along with working drawings and structural calculation which are subbmitted to the local authority.

Run us through the different stages in the loft conversion process - what’s involved?

The first stage would be to make an appointment, this would enable us to carry out a full survey, discuss options, your requirements and budget.

Once costs are agreed and a deposit has been made, our architect will visit, measure and produce drawings for your approval. Once approved these are then submitted to both the local authority and oir structural engineer.

On an agreed start date the scaffolding will be erected and work will commence. The installation of the steel beams is usually the first structural element undertaken as its these steels beams that will bare the weight of your new loft conversion. The structural floor is then installed followed by the dormer.

The roofing works are then undertaken to ensure the elements are kept outside the building, while the qualified electrical engineer and plumbing first fix are installed.

The new space can now be insulated to meet current building regulations, plasterboarded, plastered and the bespoke made staircase installed.

The second fix electrical, plumbing and carpentry works can then be completed, all finished to a high standard ready for any decoration.

The process generally takes 6-8 weeks.

What do you love most about your job?

What do I love about my job.? As well as actully being proud of what I do and running my own business, it has to be the job satisfaction, I love it when my clients come home from work to see the progress we have made and just how happy people are when the job is complete.

Nothing better than putting a smile on peoples faces and making a difference in someones life.

I also take pride in knowing the job has been done correctly and to a high standard, but above all is saftey, especially if children live in the property.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Ive always admired people who run their own business, or generally successful. Im a stong beliver in helping everyone to succeed, again i think this is me wanting to help put a smile on peoples faces.

If your wanting a loft conversion, let me help you succeed with all the right knowledge and exprience to back it up.

Why should our clients choose you?

Ive been building loft conversions for over 20 years and have completed 100’s and 100’s over that time.
We are a family run business who are
reliable, hardworking and all my team are totally trustworthy people, all of whom I have been working alongside for many many years.
We finish all of our work to a highest of standards and assure you of our best intentions at all times.

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Converting your loft into liveable space is typically much more cost effective than building an extension, with prices starting from just £15,000 for a basic loft conversion. However, this depends on how complex the design is. A loft conversion can be as simple as a room in the roof, or it can involve adding dormer windows or even altering the roof. The more sophisticated the design is, the higher the cost will be.

According to research carried out by Nationwide Building Society, converting your loft can increase the value of your home by up to 20%. With the average price of a house in the UK currently standing at £235,000, a loft conversion could increase your home’s value by up to £47,000. Of course, this depends on the design of your loft conversion and the amount of extra space that you’re adding to your property.

Most loft conversions will take around 10 weeks to complete. However, this is dependent on the design of your loft conversion. How long it takes to convert your loft will depend on the type of loft conversion being done, the materials used, whether plumbing is required, the type of staircase being installed and how many windows are being added.

The average price of a Loft Conversion Specialist is £1,500

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£760
£1,500
£27,000
London
£800
£1,500
£35,000

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