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What exactly Is A Loft Conversion?
A loft conversion is a process of redefining an unused loft into usable, liveable space, for example, you could have an extra bedroom with an ensuite, study and office area, children's playroom or hobby room, there are so many possibilities. The loft conversion process allows homeowners to increase the value of their home over time. Most often, homes that build loft conversions in Derby experience a around a 20% increase in value after the completed construction process.
How To Do A Loft Conversion?
We offer a bespoke streamlined loft conversion service in Derby and surrounding areas. You can call us to book a free consultation and quotation. We can visit your home, analyse, and discuss your conversion options that are available to you, and guide you through the whole process.
Do you need planning permission to convert a loft into a room?
A lot of people ask this question, Can I convert my loft without permission? In some circumstances, a loft conversion can be carried out without having to apply for planning permission. In other cases, the same works would require a full application and approval from your local authority - this is known as "permitted development". This article sets out which types of loft conversion will need planning permission and which will not.
The government's Planning Portal has a very useful article on permitted development here, which explains how this process works in more detail.
The key points are summarised below:
Loft conversions (both single storey and two storey) are automatically included within 'Permitted Development' rights . As long as you abide by certain restrictions (see below) there is no requirement to submit a planning application to your local authority.
In most parts of the UK, this means that a loft conversion is very unlikely to need formal planning permission.
As long as you do not exceed rateable value limits for the area you live in, and as long as you don't change what would be classified as an "outbuilding" into a habitable room, then no planning permission is needed . An outbuilding is something that lies beyond the main building envelope (i.e. beyond the walls - think conservatories or garages). Converting a piece of outbuildings space into habitable rooms will usually require full planning permission from your local council . In simple terms it's ok if you don't make permanent changes to what was previously an outbuilding.
Building regulations, do I need them?
All Building regulations are set in place by the government for a very good reason. They are designed to assure that you and your family are kept safe by preventing any damage occurring to your property due to unsafe and dangerous building work. So if you happen to construct a loft conversion without the proper building regulations, then the local authority could take appropriate actions. Building regulations are there for your own safety and cover the essential factors, which include the existence of fire escapes, the roof structure is safe, and the flooring has been strengthened to take extra weight. To be honest would you want to risk your families health and safety due to any unsound building work?
Don't worry too much, as we can guide you through the do's and don'ts of planning permission rules and regulations and permitted development.
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How much value does a loft conversion add 2021?
When considering loft conversions, we think of creating extra space for our home. But there is also an added bonus to this home renovation project, and that is the increased value to your home in Derby. The Nationwide building society research backs this claim when they conducted and completed an in depth survey. They estimated through their calculations that a loft conversion that adds sufficient volume and liveable space to a home can indeed add up to around 20% value to a house. The larger the conversion the higher the value!
Do you need an architect for a loft conversion?
Loft Conversions can be created by architects who understand how much work goes into making sure everything fits together well, when creating something functional yet beautiful from scratch. It all depends on the complexity of the conversion and what you want to achieve.
Our team of Derby builders at Building has a panel of trusted architects that we can call upon if needed for your loft conversion, because they have experience with overseeing construction projects and managing the entire process from planning permission all the way through the design and build. When it comes to converting lofts, no one in the Derby area is more dedicated than our team, you'll be in great hands here thanks our expert designers, builders and professional tradesmen, all working together, to make sure everything runs smoothly .
How long does a loft conversion take in Derby?
The average length of time for a loft conversion can vary depending on the overall size, how complex of a conversion, and the type of finish and specifications required. Derby House Extensions has had the pleasure in converted all kinds of lofts within the local area, and we find that 8 weeks is around the average time, with anything of about 2 weeks more on difficult and more complex projects. Once we have surveyed your property, we can usually get a good idea on the timescale of a loft conversion, as we have completed so many now!
How can I convert my loft cheaply?
The cheapest way to convert your loft would be an attic type Velux loft conversion. This can be a good way to create some space on a budget. By introducing a couple of Velux roof light windows, strengthen and insulate the floor, and make some structural changes to the roof rafters. As long as you have a good existing height of 2.2 metres, this will be your most cost effective solution for a cheap loft conversion. How much for Velux loft conversion? This all depends on our free survey, as there are a few things we need to confirm beforehand. Our quotations are free!
Dormer Loft Conversion
Dormer conversion are available in a variety of different designs so you can choose one that is most appropriate to the style of your home, whether it's classical or modern. The dormer loft conversion has become very popular because it allows homeowners to convert their attics without making too much impact on the exterior appearance of their house. A dormer loft conversion is a building project that turns the roof of an existing property into additional living space. There are many types of loft conversions but almost all consist of building a new floor on top of the existing house which often consists of making some structural alterations to strengthen the original building, installing staircases and then finishing with plastering, tiling or wooden boarding along with insulation. Derby House Extensions specialise in converting lofts to ensure they are done properly and give homeowners exactly what they want.
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Mansard Loft Conversion
A mansard loft conversion is a popular alteration for ceilings that are 8 feet high or lower, since the French-style design features two slopes on each side of the roof which allow more light to enter while providing enough space for more rooms, windows and dormer windows. Some homeowners choose this type because they want to make their attic spaces multi-functional, adding windows or skylights so they can use them as workroom/dressing room combos while also making some extra room for guests who wish to stay over at their homes. When preparing for a mansard loft conversion, homeowners should first discuss their plans with an architect. Whether it's designing around structural limitations or weighing the pros and cons of different layouts, this professional is trained to develop creative solutions to meet every homeowner's expectations. Homeowners are never limited by what they can do, but if they are on a tight budget then certain options may have to be considered as not all of them are inexpensive. For example, infrastructural elements that provide future privacy will increase the cost of the project.
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Hip to Gable Loft Conversion
Although this type of loft conversion might be simpler than others due to its smaller size, there are still some important considerations to make. Here we'll look at the hip to gable loft conversion and show you how it works. First things first: Can your roof take the weight of this additional storey? If your answer is no, don't worry! There are many different ways homeowners can deal with this problem; one common way is by attaching lightweight trusses which run along the length of the existing rafters (the beams that support your roof). If you can attach these and they can handle the weight (usually about 30kg per square metre) then you're good to go!
What Does It Involve? The hip to gable loft conversion is a loft conversion which takes place on either end of your roof. As such, it only requires the addition of one small storey as opposed to multiple storeys. This type of renovation also has the benefit of retaining some sense of symmetry with your house or property, because both ends are being worked upon. This makes it preferable for homeowners who love their existing structure but just want more space.
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L-Shaped Loft Conversion
The L-shaped loft conversion is an ideal solution for period properties back addition's, as it's also possible to extend up the top of this back addition to produce even more usable space. Effectively, this type of modification and constructing another floor at the rear was just unheard-of just ten years or so ago. Now converting these older properties can certainly be a financial bonus. L shaped loft conversions are just like any other loft conversion, however it does allow you to have multiple rooms which means you can even use the space for holiday letting or renting out rooms when needed. You'll also find that having one of these types of lofts will actually increase your property's value especially if you ever wanted to sell it on later down the line.
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Bungalow Loft Conversions
There are different types of loft conversion for Bungalows, from simple dormer windows to full height conversions with balconies and glass walls looking out at the surrounding countryside. Here we will look at how a bungalow loft conversion works and what sort of views you can expect from your completed project. One thing that puts people off loft conversions is the cost, although they are expensive it is possible to cut costs by not changing the exterior of your house; simply adding dormer windows on top of an existing roof will give you extra rooms but avoid the need to readjust beams and sills.
Types of bungalow loft conversion
The most common type is called a "Gable End Extension" which involves removing two opposite end-gables (A gabled end of a building) at either end of your bungalow and replacing them with pitched roofs that meet in the middle. This then leaves you with enough room for 2 or more bedrooms (or one bedroom with en suite). There can be some problems adapting old properties to incorporate kind of development because often there is no spare land to build on.
To help overcome this many people in Derby are converting the loft space of their bungalow into an extra bedroom, study or en-suite bathroom. This does not involve any disruption to the ground floor layout and provides more living space without any great increase in cost.
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Can I do a loft conversion myself?
This type of house renovation project requires a certain amount of expertise – it's more complicated than simply adding an extra room. It might save you money at first but could lead to problems later on or even safety issues which would have been avoided by bringing in skilled loft conversion professionals.
If you are thinking about the idea of having a loft conversion, house extension, or any major building work, including renovations and restorations added to your property in the near future, then call us for any help and guidance with the architectural design and build Ideas. We can point you in the right direction and recommend a panel of architects that we work closely with, should need their professional services beforehand.
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