Designing and creating a loft conversion project not only gives you extra space but it could also increase the value of your home. The opportunities are endless when adding a loft conversion.
If you think about it above you sits the largest unused space, and this is probably the easiest of spaces to convert and without much disruption. If you aren’t building then it will be just a case of insulating, strengthening the floor, adding windows and choosing how you are going to occupy the space i.e., office, extra master bedroom. An added bonus is the addition of a quiet, light filled room with amazing views.
Where do I start?
If you want to build a loft conversion, then you are going to need some specialist help. You could go down the route of finding an architect, (have them draw up plans), a structural engineer and then find a builder, all which will be timely. Alternatively, you could come to TN Design and Build, www.tndesignandbuild.co.uk/design.html, who provide the full service from design through to construction.
We will advise on types/styles of loft conversions, i.e., dormer loft conversions, if you require planning permission, advice on building regulations, structural engineers, provide loft conversion plans, loft conversion design and loft conversion costings.
We work with fully qualified and experienced architects and structural engineers who deliver a bespoke and innovative design and planning service. We find that this approach of using the same company for design & build works best for our clients as it provides a seamless flow from design through to construction.
Will it increase the value of my home and what are the costs?
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has suggested that adding a loft conversion could increase the value of your home by 25%.
The costs can be anywhere from £30,000 but this of course depends on the work you carry out and your location, i.e., no extension will be cheaper but if you are thinking of adding a bathroom then you will need to consider plumbing and waste etc. Also, your current boiler might not be suffice. We would also recommend you have a 5% – 10% contingency budget for additional costs you may require.
Is your loft big enough for an extension?
The tallest part needs to be 210cm from floor to roof for sufficient comfortable head height and at least half the space should be this height. The bathroom could be put under a sloping eave, as headroom here is less of a priority.
It is considered suitable if there is a minimum of 2.2m (from top of existing ceiling joist to underside of ridge board. (If you don’t have that you’re looking to drop ceilings or have a more complex and expensive solution).
If you a converting a pre-war building they are generally easier but there will be structural considerations and nearly all lofts will need additional support from steel beams to strengthen the floor and roof.
Building Regs only actually require a minimum of 2m head height over the stairs and don’t specific head height for the room.
TN Design and Build will be able to support you with this and any other questions.
You can read about our permitted development in our previous blog here www.tndesignandbuild.co.uk/blog/designandbuild/what-is-permitted-development/
Let there be light!
With the addition of a loft conversion comes the addition of light but you need to choose the right windows for you.
Skylights fit better into a flat roof so if you are looking for an easy option then this is the one for you.
Dormer windows give you extra headroom along with the extra light you may crave. Be aware though that they may change the appearance of your house so planning permission may be required.
How long is my loft Conversion going to take?
A straightforward loft conversion could take anywhere from 6-8 weeks; more complex projects will be discussed in depth at the design phase with our architect and builder.
But don’t forget your dedicated site foreman will keep you updated throughout your project.
Is a loft conversion disruptive?
Scaffolding will be used so materials are not traipsed through the house and a chute connected so waste can be sent directly to a skip outside. Once the internal stairs are connected this is usually removed. You may find it noisy but there should not be many disruptions to the floor’s downstairs.
Does the work need to be signed off?
TN Design and Build will manage and guide you through this process. Your dedicated site foremen will manage Building Control at the relevant stages throughout your project on your behalf. Building Control will carry out a final sign off and all final certificates will then be issued.
With over 18 years in the local Surrey building trade, we provide a bespoke and personal experience. Whether you wish to create an open plan living space, a kitchen extension, loft conversion or a complete new build we want to get to the heart of what you want to achieve.
Start your journey with TN Design and Build and call a member of our friendly team today.
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