Loft Conversions Kent & Loft Conversion Specialists Kent
LOFT CONVERSION SPECIALISTS IN KENT – LOFT EXTENSION BUILDERS KENT
Having a loft conversion enables you to make the most of the unused space you already have in your home while providing you with some much needed additional living space for you and your family. Whether you are looking for an extra bedroom, a new master suite or even just some separate living space, a loft conversion can give you this extra space and change the way you use your home. A loft conversion can also significantly add value to your property, which makes it one of the top investment homeowners consider. Loft conversions are the perfect property investment for the best capital gains.
We cover all areas in Kent including but not limited to: Ashford, Broadstairs, Canterbury, Chatham, Deal, Dover, Edenbridge, Faversham, Folkestone, Gillingham, Gravesend, Herne Bay, Maidstone , Margate, Ramsgate, Rochester, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Sandwich, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Sittingbourne, Swanley, Tonbridge, Whitstable.
THINKING OF HAVING A LOFT CONVERSION IN KENT?
Are you thinking about having a loft conversion? Wondering how much does a loft conversion cost? If you are thinking about converting your loft or looking for loft conversion costs, we can guarantee you the lowest loft conversion price. If you have any questions or would like to find how much your loft conversion would cost, please contact us on 0800 622 6722.
CONTACT US TODAY TO SEE HOW WE CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR LOFT CONVERSION
Free No Obligation Survey
One of our experienced Create Room surveyors in Kent can visit your property at a time which suits you, to discuss your ideas and requirements, helping us to understand your needs better. We offer you current and accurate advice of what to consider when converting your loft, whether it’s a hip to gable loft conversion or dormer we can help.
Want To See Our Work?
If you would like to see some examples of previous loft conversions that we have carried out, we would be happy to arrange for you to talk to one of our previous customers to see a completed loft conversion that we have carried out. Just ask, and we can arrange this for you.
Cost Of A Loft Conversion
We can provide you with a written personalised and tailored quotation, which will be sent out to you. This quotation will clarify the various options which are available to you and the different, competitive costs to make your chosen options happen and become a reality.
Can My Loft Be Converted?
The short answer to this question is YES. All lofts can be converted; the question is can it be done within the existing roof space or will more space need to be created, altering your existing roof or living space. Once you have contacted us, one of our Create Room team can further advise you on a loft conversion.
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- Conversion Types
VELUX LOFT CONVERSION
Velux are the leading manufacturer of roof windows with over 60 years experience. The name Velux has become synonymous with this type of conversion, which is generally very cost effective and does not normally need planning permission.
Velux windows are installed to fit flush with the line of the roof, leaving the existing roof structure untouched. As they do not require extensive alterations, this option helps to keep costs down. As the loft is not extended beyond the original roof line, planning permission is not normally required (but you should still check with your local planning department before proceeding with any works).
A Velux loft conversion works very well for lofts where there is a good amount of headroom, or if there are constraints on planning, for example if you live in a conservation area. If headroom is going to be limited then either a dormer or mansard conversion may be a better option. Velux roof-lights can be fitted quickly and easily meaning there is minimal disruption, or delays due to bad weather.
As Velux windows are installed at the angle of the roof, rather than vertically, they can let in a surprising amount of light. This is great during the day and will give you a light and airy room. For optimal use during the summer and at night you may wish to consider installing tailor made thermal blinds. If this is something you would like to take forward, let us know and we can work with you to achieve your desired finish.
FLAT OR PITCHED ROOF DORMER LOFT CONVERSIONS KENT
A dormer loft is an extension to the existing roof, allowing for additional floor space and
headroom within the loft conversion. Dormers protrude from the roof slope, normally at the rear of the property and can be built in a variety of styles. Internally, a dormer will have a horizontal ceiling and vertical walls compared to the normal diagonal sides of a conversion. In lofts that have limited space or headroom, a dormer will provide the additional space that can make a conversion feasible.
Flat roof dormers tend to give the maximum amount of additional internal space, although they do not look as attractive from outside the property. Gable fronted and hipped roof dormers look much more attractive but they often do not give as much internal space and will cost more to build due to the extra complexity.
There are different types of dormer:
– Gable fronted dormer – these are sometimes called a dog house dormer
– Hipped roof dormer – a dormer with a hipped roof
– Flat roof dormer – you guessed it – it has a flat roof!
– Shed dormer – a single planed roof that is pitched at a shallow angle to the main roof
This option is most suitable where the existing loft space is too small for the proposed conversion. It creates additional headroom for the staircase and new room(s) desired. If an additional bathroom is proposed along with the rooms, the increased height created by the Dormer provides the additional height required for the bathroom fittings.
MANSARD LOFT CONVERSIONS KENT
A mansard loft roof has two slopes. The lower slope is close to vertical at 72 degrees and the top section of the roof is almost horizontal. This style of roof is named after the 17th-century French architect Francois Mansart (1598-1666) who used this roof design on many of his buildings. A mansard roof has the advantage of maximising the available space within your loft.
Mansard loft conversions are commonly built by raising the party/gable walls either side of your house to make the profile for the mansard and then creating the timber frame. Although common on older properties, especially in cities like London, Mansards are not often seen in the suburbs. Flat roof dormers tend to be a more popular choice for the ‘average’ 3 bed semi or terrace house due to the reduced cost and simpler construction. A mansard loft conversion will almost certainly require planning permission.
This type of loft conversion is generally designed within the countryside areas of the North West, where clients are following the Mansard Loft trend of similar conversions within their locality. This type of conversion was the preferred design a number of years ago and is most likely to be the preferred option from a planning perspective in sensitive areas.
- Why Convert Your Loft?
Things change. It’s a fact that our needs and expectations don’t stay the same. There may be a reason or a desire to create more living space.
The current economic situation has made moving properties increasingly difficult and expensive. You don’t have to leave the place you call home to gain the additional space you want. The unnecessary disruption of relocating, Estate agents fees, legal costs, stamp duty and removal expenses can be avoided.
Your existing loft space could become the additional bedroom you need, a playroom for the children, a working space at home or an additional shower room for your teenagers or guest. The list is endless.
“In addition, the men in overalls attack the conversion from the outside, via scaffolding, so you can continue to live at home during the process. Try that during the grind of a basement extension. Provided it is quick and relatively hassle-free, a loft conversion is a good investment, too. Spending up to £50,000 on a standard job is, according to Cuthill, “a bargain”, considering the extra space you get and London property prices. It could add up to 20 per cent to the value of your home.
“It has been proven that by converting your existing loft area in to a habitable room adds value to your home. Loft Conversions are ‘biggest boost to house values’.
“Homeowners looking to add significant value to their properties should consider carrying out a loft conversion. A new study by Halifax Bank found that loft conversions are the biggest value-boosting projects, with experts saying they can increase a property value by an average of £20,876, at a cost of about £10,000.
“In times of rising property prices, more and more people are turning to loft conversions to solve the problem of extra living space. Loft conversions are a significant investment and can cost from £20,000 but research shows that in the majority of cases they do add more value to the property than the initial outlay.
“It’s estimated a loft conversion can add an extra 10% to a property’s value.
- Design & Planning
The team at Create-Room can originate full working drawings and structural calculations for your proposed loft conversion.
We will demonstrate our experience when preparing your plans. They will be originated to provide you the maximum space achievable while being considerate to the existing property. We will consider all relevant approvals required so that they are considered in the design of your loft.
Loft design is specialised and many draughtsman do not consider ambiguous elements such as creating adequate head height, the positioning of staircases and structural steel formation when designing the loft layout. We have the experience so that we do consider these factors.
We have numerous lofts that we have previously converted for you to look at. This may help when deciding on a final design for your loft conversion.
An appointment will be made and one of our experienced Surveyors will visit your property. Accurate measurements & dimensions of the existing dwelling are recorded and photographic evidence of your existing property will be taken.
This will enable us to be sympathetic with the existing property when designing your proposed conversion. Preliminary drawings will then be originated in accordance with your specific requirements.
The preliminary drawings will be presented to you for your approval. Any amendments in the design or layout can be made at this point.
Once you are happy with the plans, Full working plans will be originated incorporating a structural layout. Full, working structural calculations will be originated.
- Building Regulations
Building Regulation Approval Kent
All loft conversions need Building Regulation Approval. Either you’re Local Authority or an Independent Building Control Company would be appointed.
Full plans and structural calculations will be submitted to the chosen Building Control authority. These, in turn with onsite, visual inspections will ensure that the proposed design and work is sufficient to meet their requirements.
Once they are satisfied that your loft conversion meets the set Building Control Regulations, a completion letter will be forwarded to you.
Permitted Development Allowance Kent
A loft conversion for your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission. This is because the effect of such developments on neighbours or the surrounding environment is likely to be small.
The permitted development allowances described here apply to houses and bungalows, not flats, maisonettes or other buildings.
If you are unsure, your Local Authority will be able to confirm if your permitted development rights have been removed from your property
The following conditions and limits must be met to ensure your proposed loft conversion complies with Permitted Development:
ADDITIONAL VOLUME LIMITS
Any additional roof space must not exceed these volume allowances:
– Terraced Houses & Bungalows 40 cubic meters
– Detatched Houses & Bungalows 50 Cubic meters
– Semi-detached Houses & Bungalows50 Cubic meters
Please bear in mind that any previous roof space additions must be included within this volume allowance. Although you may have not created the additional space, a previous owner may have done so.
Roof extensions are not permitted if your property is within a conservation area.
An extension beyond the plain of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts a highway is not permitted development.
Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house.
No part of the extension to be higher than the highest part of the existing roof.
Balconies, verandas or raised platforms are not permitted development.
Any side facing window must be obscured glazed and non-opening unless the parts which can be opened are more than 1.7 meters above the floor of the room in which it is installed.
DISTANCE FROM EAVES
Roof extensions, apart from hip to gable ones, to be set back, as far as is practicable, at least 20cm from the eaves.
The 20cm distance is measured along the roof plane.
Work on a loft or any roof may affect bats. You need to consider protective species when planning work of this type.
Certificate of Lawful Use
If you want to be certain that your property does not require planning permission, an application for a lawful development certificate can be applied for at your local authority.
It is not compulsory to apply for a Lawful Development Certificate but you may be required to produce one at a later stage for example when selling your property.
This certificate will confirm that your loft has been converted using your Permitted Development Allowance.
Should your proposed loft conversion not be permitted under Permitted Development and a Certificate of Lawful Use be refused, a Planning Permission Application would need to be submitted to your Local Authority. It is their responsibility to decide whether a proposed development should go ahead. Planning permission takes approx. 8 weeks from the date the validate your application. We will consult with the Planning Officer appointed to your application to check the progress of it and act accordingly should it be visible.
Party Wall Agreement
Walls shared by adjacent properties are usually jointly owned by the two owners and are termed party walls.
The party wall act provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls.
If you intend to carry out any work to the party wall, it is your duty to inform your neighbouring property of your intentions. This should be done in writing before work commences.
The Act contains no enforcement procedures for failure to serve a notice, However, if you start work without having first given notice in the proper way, adjoining owners may seek to stop your work through a court injunction.
An adjoining Owner cannot stop someone from exercising the rights given to them by the Act, but may be able to influence haw and at what times work is to be done.
It would be advisable to discuss your plans with your neighbour first. You may find that they have no objections. Even if they are not 100% supportive of your decision, they will no doubt appreciate being asked and consulted.
We can recommend a Party Wall Surveyor should it be required.
- Construction Info
WE PRIDE OURSELVES ON BEING ABLE TO DELIVER EACH AND EVERY PROJECT ON TIME AND BUDGET
A dedicated Loft Converting team will be assigned to your project. A Principal Contractor will be responsible for the whole of your Loft Conversion, from start to finish. This will be the person you can liaise with on a daily basis and will coordinate the various trades and suppliers needed to convert your loft.
During your Loft Conversion, our Project Manager will visit you. They will ensure that work is progressing in accordance with the work schedule and address any concerns or questions you may have.
Our team will certify each of your weekly stage payment, ensuring that you are paying for the work completed on site.
The Building Control Inspector will also be attending the site periodically throughout the build. They will ensure that all aspects of the work are being carried out in accordance with current Building Control Regulations.
No two loft conversions will ever be the same. Deviating factors will determine the precise way your loft is converted.
- Stages Of Work
Below is a common example of the stages of work and is intended to give you an idea how we will create your loft conversion.
Hand Over Meeting
Our Surveyor, Project Manager and Principal Contractor will attend a meeting at your property. The following issues will be addressed:
Proposed work schedule will be agreed
Any additional work required will be discussed
Anticipated start will be confirmed
Final site measurements for steel works will be taken and confirmed
Any Health & Safety issues or other concerns will be addressed
Independent Scaffolding will be erected to accommodate your proposed loft conversion. This will only be done by an approved company with clear method statements, full public liability insurance and current, company approved Health & Safety policy.
Install load bearing steels, trimmers and steel plates that are relevant to your job. Structural walls of the dormers, hip to gables or mansards are formed. New Structural floor joists are laid.
Plumbing 1st Fix
Old tanks are removed if necessary. Tanks that are in use are disconnected and re-located in the void area within your loft space. At this point, many customers choose to upgrade their existing heating system. New pipe work is laid ready to accommodate fixtures to the loft room.
Electrical 1st Fix
New wires are laid ready to accommodate all electrical fittings to your loft room(s)
New UPVC / wooden double glazed windows are installed. Velux skylight windows and flashing kits are installed. Roofing work including tiling, lead work and flat roof/s is completed. Fascia boards, guttering and down pipes are fixed. New external walls are tiled, rendered or pebble dashed.
The whole of the loft is insulated to comply with building regulations. Internal walls are formed. Flooring is laid creating loft room floor. Stairs to loft area are installed. Whole area of loft conversion is clad with plasterboards. Two coats of plaster are applied to boarded areas.
Plumbing 2nd Fix
Radiators, sanitary ware and new boilers are installed. Waste connection is connected into your existing drainage system. Existing S.V.P is extended.
Electrical 2nd Fix
Plug sockets, light points, extractors fans etc are connected to the wiring in your loft connection is made to your existing fuse board.
Skirting and architrave is fixed throughout your newly converted room/s and 1/2 – hour fire checked doors are hung.
Scaffolding and skip is removed. Site is left clean and tidy.
Building Control Approval
Inspections from your appointed building inspector will take place throughout your loft conversion. A final inspection will be carried out and a completion certificate issued.
Your whole loft conversion in Kent should be completed within 4 to 6 weeks.
Loft Conversion Company Kent Near You
We cover all areas in Kent & Essex including but not limited to: Ashford, Broadstairs, Canterbury, Chatham, Deal, Dover, Edenbridge, Faversham, Folkestone, Gillingham, Gravesend, Herne Bay, Maidstone , Margate, Ramsgate, Rochester, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Sandwich, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Sittingbourne, Swanley, Tonbridge, Whitstable.