Choose The Right Type of Loft Conversion For Your Home
There are several types of loft conversions that you can choose from be it velux, dormer, gambrel, mansard, hip-to-gable, hipped or flat roof. Here, at TEL Constructions we have successfully delivered countless loft conversion projects that have given us the expertise to give you seamless services.
You may have to consider several things before starting your project like the age of your house, whether your building is detached or terraced and of course your budget. Book a free consultation to let our experts guide you on the type of loft conversion that suits your requirement the most.
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Do you think that a loft conversion in London can be the best solution for garnering more space in your home? Our genius architects and structural engineers are here to give you an incredible loft conversion. We make it our priority to give you a useful and beautiful loft room. Create the ultimate space in your home where you can unwind without any hefty costs and with minimum fuss.
Our affordable small loft conversion solutions are completed within the given time-frame and definitely give you the maximum value for your money. Get the right guidance and build expertise to create a well-finished loft with our loft conversion company in London.
TYPES OF LOFT CONVERSION
A dormer loft conversion is a box-like structure sitting atop the roof and it juts out easily from the slope of the same roof. These types of loft conversions vary greatly according to the space of your home and your budget. For example, the L-shaped dormers are spread across the body of the house and are specifically made for Victorian houses which already have a rear extension.
The dormer loft conversions add plenty of space and are easy to perform, one reason why they are so popular. They also offer a lot of flexibility meaning you can easily add a skylight, windows with a material of your choice or perhaps even a small Juliet balcony. These conversions don’t always require planning permissions and so they are a very versatile and suitable option for several houses across the UK.
Book us for a free consultation today so that our dedicated team can assess the suitability and viability of a dormer loft conversion for your home.
Best suited for a detached or semi-detached property, the hip to gable loft conversion is suitable for chalets and bungalows. This means that you need a reasonable amount of space which is more than a simple roof-light loft conversion but still not as expansive as a dormer loft conversion. The main advantage that loft conversions have over the others is they are very aesthetically pleasing and thus guarantee that your house looks more natural and seamless regardless of how old it is.
A hip and gable loft conversion can only be built on a terraced home which is why it is suitable for only a few type of properties. This kind of loft development falls under ‘permitted development’ and so we look out for a Certificate of Lawful Development from the council to make sure your project runs efficiently without any hassles.
Call us for a no-obligation visit to check whether your house is eligible for a hip to gable loft conversion.
A velux loft conversion is your best friend as these are the easiest to build and can be completed in a very short time-span. This type of conversion derives its name from the Velux windows which are commonly used in these loft conversions. Also known as roof-light loft conversion, the design is easily installed as only one of the existing rafters is trimmed out per window.
Because of the easy design, the roof remains intact and results in a shorter build time with minimal invasion. You can think about this kind of loft conversion if your roof area has plenty of available headroom or if you don’t want to work after acquiring a planning permission. As the design and build technique causes minimal intervention the cost for a velux loft conversion is considerably lower and allows you to create space out of nowhere in the minimal time period.
Ask us for a free site-survey today to see if a velux loft conversion can be added to your property.
A mansard loft conversion takes a traditional sloped roof and then extends one side in a way that it is almost horizontal at the top and vertical at the walls. These types of loft conversions may be tedious and time consuming but they definitely offer a drastic increase in space similar to adding an extra entire floor to your house. Some people have their roof extended to just one side of the house while others opt for a roof that has been extended fully as a mansard extension.
Additionally, a mansard conversion almost always requires planning permission as it changes the exterior of the house from the street view. While a mansard loft conversion does add an extra storey to your house, the process can be quite disruptive and requires a lot of architectural input along with an intense build process which results in increased costs.
If you are unsure whether a mansard loft conversion is the right choice for your house; book a free consultation with us to get started on that dream loft that you plan to build.
A gambrel roof is a two-sided roof with a double slope on each side. The lower slope has the steeper pitch. It is quite similar to a mansard roof but is not hipped and has vertical gable ends instead. Quite similar to a mansard conversion, a gambrel roof design allows you to insert single dormers and create a new roof structure. You get increased head space without adding a full height box dormer to the exterior of your house.
As a gambrel roof slants only on two sides, this type of loft conversion is cheaper to design and construct in comparison to hip roofs. It also looks very attractive on the outside and adds elegance to your house. Although you get a lot of extra space after a design job, you will definitely require planning permissions and also a party wall agreement in some cases.
Call us for a no-obligation visit to check if your property qualifies for a gambrel roof design right away.
Many homeowners feel that there is not much to be done when it comes to a flat roof loft conversion. But that simply is not true. As long as you are open to a little creativity and work there are quite a few things that can renovate a flat roof. Adding a pitched roof can give you a new room or a new set of rooms with windows.
You can also work with the flat roof and add a feature room otherwise. This type of a flat-roof conversion is typically suited to the 1920 homes where the flat roof is a part of the overall look. A conversion only enhances the looks of your property and allows you to gain some extra space at the same time. You can also convert over a garage or a flat-roofed extension. We make sure to check the foundation of your house before beginning any work so that the existing structure can support the extra pitched roof.
Schedule a free visit from our specialists to see if you can opt for a flat roof loft conversion.
A hipped roof loft conversion converts the attic into a loft room creating extra space. The side hip is changed and turned vertical which results in this type of a loft conversion. It involves a primary installation on terraced, detached and semi-detached houses. If you are looking to invest in a hipped roof loft conversion then make sure that your house has sloping roofs to the side, front and rear.
Choosing this type of loft conversion is a great investment in both the long and the short term as it not only increases the space in your house but also significantly adds to the value of your property. The end result is a new loft with abundant natural light and a weather-tight space. You can also opt for an en-suite bathroom provided the plumbing locations are considered beforehand.
Plan your journey to a new hipped roof loft conversion with our in-house specialists at TEL Constructions.
How Much Does a Loft Conversion Cost?
When you are looking for more room at an affordable cost then a loft conversion might just be your best bet. Most loft conversions do not require a planning permission so you can omit these lengthy processes and don’t have to sacrifice the use of your garden. Any loft conversion cost will vary depending on the size, structure alteration and the type of conversion that you are going for but the average costs come up to anywhere between £20000 – £50000. Adding a basic room in the roof with floor reinforcement, insulation, lighting, electrics, a skylight, heating and fire safety measures can cost around £15000 or £1200-£1350 per square meter.
Consider These Things to Invest in The Right Type of Loft Conversion
Choosing the right loft conversion can not only save you money but also helps you get a bigger home. With just a few weeks work you get a new bigger space without having the need to move, consider these few factors to understand how a loft conversion will affect your property and which type is the right option to add more space to your house.
|Head Height||Make sure that your loft is high enough to support the type of conversion you want. A standard loft has to be at least 180cms from the floor but if you are looking for something more spacious or convenient; your loft should exceed around 230cm from the floor. Don’t forget to consider the space for water tanks and plumbing.|
|Structural Integrity||It is very important to ensure that your house structure can bear the weight of the added loft conversion. You can expose the foundations to estimate their depth and strength.|
|Building Regulations||Most loft conversions are considered as a minor project so they do not require any approval from building regulations but still having one takes the risk out and makes it easier for the builder to give you a fixed quotation.|
|Stairs||This can be a tricky aspect as lofts are usually tight and narrow so creating stairs can be a problem sometimes. Make sure you understand that narrow stairs will not allow you to move big pieces of furniture to your loft space. Always remember to thus include a preferred staircase design in the conversion plans.|
|Storage Space||Be prepared to lose some storage space in the process of building a loft. Be creative in creating new spaces that can serve as storage areas in your house.|
|Insulation||Changes in energy efficiency standards have made the insulation process quite difficult these days. The insulation is fixed between the roof covering and the rafters and eventually makes the loft airtight and more comfortable.|
|Natural Light & Windows||There are several options to choose from if you love natural light and want to save on energy bills. You can choose between dormer windows, a skylight or even a Juliet balcony depending on your preference. If you are planning the build during the rains, consider using plastic sheeting to protect your house against moisture and wind|
|Fire Safety||The windows of your house should be large enough to serve as an emergency exit. Your electrical installation can include smoke alarms on each floor. Ask for a professional fire-safety advice when planning a loft conversion.|
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