Loft Conversions in London – Cost & Stages

Loft Conversions in London - Cost & Stages

Examples of Loft Conversions in London

While most people use their loft wastefully for storage, wouldn’t you rather have an extra bedroom, playroom, spare room for guest or a spacious office?

There are countless reasons why you might need extra space in your home. Not only a loft conversion could improve your lifestyle it can significantly increase the value of your home!

Benefits of Loft Conversions:

  1. A Loft conversion is the most cost effective way of enhancing your property;

  2. The easiest and quickest way to extend your house;

  3. No upheaval moving house, so you don’t need to pay  estate agents fees, legal cost or removal expenses;

  4. Simply turn your wasted roof space into valuable asset with long lasting satisfaction.

The Loft Conversion Process

Whatever requirements you’ve got, LLAC –  London Lofts and Construction can help you to improve  your life style and add real value to your biggest investment.

Mansard Loft BedroomContact us by using free quotation form or via the phone to discuss your requirements. We will then arrange an appointment to visit your property.

We visit you at home to take to discuss your project in details and take the measurements required to begin the process.

We will put together a work proposal specific to your requirements and give you a quote. We will revisit you at home to talk it all through or send it via email if its more suitable for you.

Time for your decision. If you wish to go with us, we do all paper work ensuring that all permissions are in place before proceeding.

You approve.  Architectural plans are put together by our architect and sent to you for your final approval. If agreed we will start building process

We Build. When you’re ready, the work begins. Small, enthusiastic team will work on your loft conversion from start to finish. We can guarantee that your loft will be converted quickly and efficiently by a skilled work force.

Your loft is finished to the highest standard. You receive all needed documentation and certification from us and from your independent building inspection team.

The Loft Conversion Process – The Detail Steps Involved

Over the last few years, loft conversions have risen by over one hundred percent (100+ %). According to the local authorities, applications received for planning permission has more than doubled compared to previous year. Many of the applications received are from homeowners, which make up fifty five percent (55%) of their workload. This could only mean one of two things; homeowners and property developers are extending their homes hence adding extra value to their property in preparation for when the housing market is better for selling. Alternatively, homeowners see improving their homes and expanding the space as an alternative to moving since they would make a lost selling their house in the current market.Property developers are also adding value and saleability with relatively little spend.

Overall, Loft Conversions has been the selected method of extending their property and based on a research report from Nationwide, it adds up to twenty-one (21%) to the value of one’s property. In addition, quite fortunate for many homeowners with unreachable roof spaces, for example trussed roof, new procedures means converting a trussed loft is possible.

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The process of converting a loft can be broken down into five essential phases.

Phase One – Establishing Your Current Roof Type

The type of roof a property has determines what types of conversions can be carried out on it. A specialist in this area will be able to make a judgement for you as to what you can do with the available space. Roof types with rafters in a triangular pattern – having joists at the bottom – are by are the easiest to change but the most uncommon. The most common are double roofs (Purlin, as referred to by the professional) which have V-shaped struts at set intervals from corner to corner and timbers running horizontally to support the rafters. Just over a decade ago, it was impossible to have a Trussed or ‘W’ roofs converted. They were too complex to construct a proper living. Today, new building procedures have allowed this to become possible. One thing that is required though, is that all roof types must be of minimum height of 2.3 metres before any conversion is carried out.

Phase Two – Look Into Whether Planning Permission Is Required

The second stage of any home improvement project should always be to check its feasibility. Following on from phase one, you may want to ensure that your assumptions of the meeting the basic prerequisites for converting your loft is at all possible. One of the key requirements is that it meet the requirements of building regulations and that if planning permission is required that you have obtained any necessary planning permission. To proceed with your renovations without getting this ‘red tape’ out of the way could mean knocking down what you built, if they do not comply with local authority’s policies.

Building regulations: All renovations and other building work carried out need to be regularly scrutinized by the Building Control Surveyor. Building regulations cover stairways and insulation, fire escapes to things like structural stability, resistance to fire and damp, ventilation. If you sell your property, you will need necessary documentation (certificates) to add to your HIP pack signifying any renovation or addition to the house meets building regulations. The Building Control Surveyor will provide the HIP pack for you.

Planning Permission: Normally, planning permission is not required for loft conversions. Thanks to the passing of new laws, homeowners have the rights to build extensions, install wind turbines, solar panels convert lofts, attics, basement and garage without requesting planning permission, provided that they do not have an impact on their neighbours. Large extensions however, which are over fifteen per cent (15%) of the total size of a property need permission. Buildings in conservation areas and those Listed will definitely need planning permission. According to the panning authority, any neighbours who may wish to object to any changes that directly affect them due to renovations or extension work from a property have 21 days to do so. Objections could be attributed to any change which may directly affect them Change which cam impact or cause noise disturbance, loss of privacy, loss of sunlight and alike may be reported.

Phase Three – Call A Loft Specialist – Not Just A Builder

A professional loft conversion company is a must – they will plan out your whole design for you, and will know what will work best in the space you have. Specialists will also take care of all the paperwork for you when it comes to dealing with planners and building inspectors, and will sign it all off for you to include in your HIPs pack. It is important to shop around for loft specialists – always try to get at least three quotes to compare and try to see examples of their previous work. A loft conversion is a massive undertaking, so make sure you agree everything with your builder – timescales, cleanup processes (you do not want to live in mess for the duration!) and also check their insurance policies. The Federation of Master Builders can help you to verify that the company you have chosen is reputable.

Phase Four – How It All Works

The next stage following approval from the planning authority and building regulators is to get the builders on site. The type of loft conversion you selected or which was recommended based on your roof type will influence the time it taken to complete the build. Generally converting a loft could take anywhere between four (4) to eight (8) weeks for the work to be completed.

The first part of the build will require access to the roof – and the loft – from the outside. This will mean that the building contractor will have to put up scaffolding around relevant sections of the building to access the roof. The contractor will normally advise that you inform your neighbours of this. A good company will remind you of this. Even if they do not, it is imperative you let your neighbours know and the duration of the project. For the first half of the build, contractors are going to need to access the loft from the outside of the roof. Usually, your existing roof joists are not strong enough to sustain a liveable room, as in one hold the necessary furniture and the people who will live in it. Hence, the old joist will have to be replaced with steel joists. Structural elements such as partition walls and roof (Velux) windows are installed in the first half of this phase. Any amendments should be thought about prior to still as these core structures installed are not easy to change, afterwards. After this stage, structural such as roof windows or partition walls will need to be added in the first round of building, so you need to think about these early on. Once the preliminary structure is in position, the loft specialist begins installing plumbing, electrics and staircases.

Trussed roofs will involve using new techniques for the loft conversions process, which is using new techniques purposely designed for renovating previously inaccessible spaces. The work involved here is complex but quite intriguing. The truss roof is able to carry its unique load and the extra floor load with the support of a ‘Load-Sharing’ structure, which consist of two new beams erected as part of the conversion. For a truss loft, the beams will adjust to the length of the property extending between the outer walls without the need for internal support. These new technique cause minimum disruption typically only require the removal of three rows of roof tiles so that the systems usually only require three rows of roof tiles to be removed in order to insert the beams.

Phase Five – Application of The Finishing Touches

The plastering process is the next step following erection of basic structure. This is by Finishing and decorating is the follow on process. The new room or rooms, created as part of the loft extension, are generally decorated to match the original finish of your property. Hence, all rooms should blend in as part of your house. With any renovations, many home owners try to minimise the spend associated with it and take the cheapest option, which sometimes involve disregarding overall safety and adding essential value to their property. When selling your home the resale value is potentially much higher if, you sell it as a three-story property. To achieve this, an appropriate staircase has to be installed. If a flip-down ladder is installed as an alternative this would not be possible. If there is inadequate, space is available on the landing then an alternate-tread stairs or spiral staircase can be installed in its place this giving you much more floor space.

There are many lofts furnishing specialist who make low-rise furniture to fit up in your loft space where ceiling height is uneven. This will make the new room less crammed and appear much higher than it is. Chair and beds would need to be positioned in a way that getting up with being aware of head height does not result in anyone banging their head. The advancement of 21st century technology has allows us to enhance our lofts with the latest gadgets to make life that much easier. These devices allow you to install remote controlled windows and remote controlled roof domes which are designed for those installed high up in the rafter. They allow you to enjoy both natural light, air, and control the flow. Special remote controlled blinds can be installed as well so you can open and close them with ease. Blinds are essential for loft windows because they control the sunlight into the loft, whether remote or manual. Without the blinds, your furniture can fade. In summer months where daylight comes much earlier, a rush of sunlight into the loft is sure to wake you much earlier.

When the room is finally furnished and decorated, the loft conversion is complete. Your home is now larger! Whether you decide to sell later on or not consider it money well spend as it is an investment in your property that added value, space and comfort to your property!

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