Step 1: Consultation
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 can visit your property at a time which suits you, to discuss your ideas and requirements, helping us to better understand your needs. We offer you current and accurate advice of what to consider when converting your loft.
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 various, competitive costs to make your chosen options happen and become 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.
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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
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
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.