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Guide to loft conversions

Why a loft conversion?

A loft conversion can be an extremely practical way to add additional space to your home. Whether you are planning on increasing your living space, adding an extra bedroom, play room or making the most of your study and office space, most experts agree that this is a relatively simple project that increases the value of your property. In terms of space, the slope of your roof provides a guide to how much extra room area a loft conversion will provide. If you require any advice, it is worth calling Bromley & Gaines to offer an expert opinion on the options available.

This will allow an opportunity to measure your loft and to give you an accurate assessment of how much practical space can be created and to offer you a quotation on the cost of completing the work, without obligation.If you feel that converting your loft will provide a solution to your desire to have more room space, fitting Dormer windows can make the loft space brighter, lighter and more attractive. These can be built to extend out from the roof and provide a sizeable additional space that will extend your loft further. Dormer windows can also enhance the external appearance of most properties.There are several benefits of adding a loft conversion that are discussed below.

Low cost

A loft conversion, because much of the structure is already there, can be the most economical way of adding value to your existing property. It is also one of the most cost effective ways of adding extra living space to your home. If you are proud of the home you have created, but find you are in need of extra space but do not wish to move, then extending your current property can often provide a worthwhile solution. Compared to the relative ease of converting a loft; alternative ways of extending your home can become both costly and, at times, impractical.

If you have a suitable property, it may be feasible to build an extension beneath your house to create a basement or by converting an existing sub-basement. However, this can be an expensive option and it is usually only feasible with larger properties and will generally involve major excavation and structural engineering work. If you have space beyond your existing structure of your home, then a single or two-level extension might be another option. Many houses, particularly many older terraced and semi-detached properties, were originally built with part of the structure constructed as a single storey extension that contained a kitchen, bathroom or a utility room. Homes of this type are often the simplest to convert by building an extra room above an existing single storey.

Adding value

As house prices continue to rise, creating extra living space within your property can add still further to the overall value. Although the housing market can change almost at a moment’s notice, your home, nevertheless, is likely to remain the best and most secure investment most of us are ever likely to make. It therefore can make sense, when possible, to build on your investment by increasing the floor space you have available. Generally speaking, when it comes to buying or selling a house, the deciding factor can often be down to the number of bedrooms the property contains.

A loft conversion, can be an ideal way of increasing the number of bedrooms by one or more, depending on the size of your home. Even if you do not intend to use a loft conversion as a bedroom once it is completed, the option always remains to do so at some point in the future. In any event, should you ever consider selling your home, a solidly built loft conversion will usually be viewed as a worthwhile selling point. When compared to converting a basement or sub-basement into a bedroom, as some people are averse to sleeping below ground, this could be disadvantageous.

Extensions to a property that are built as a separate annexe can also have a certain negative aspect, as they can be regarded as being detached from the main building and therefore less part of the home. In most ways a loft extension can be more appealing, especially if there is also a likelihood that it can provide a commanding view across neighbouring countryside, for example. Even if you are not looking to sell, a loft conversion provides one of the best ways of adding value to your house for inheritance purposes.

The value of your asset could rise considerably, or at least should maintain its value more robustly should prices fall. This is achieved by our commitment to work closely with you through every step of the process – from the moment you pick up the phone and make an initial enquiry – through to hand-over of the completed project. Throughout the process we will personally cooperate with you – sometimes offering positive suggestions that perhaps could save you money; add value to your property, or to improve its visual appeal – all the while assuring you that the completion will be achieved on time and within budget.It is one our roles to have a thorough understanding of planning applications & building regulations, we can confidently advise you on the proposed undertaking being approved or rejected.

At Bromley & Gaines we have built our business firmly on trust.

Cheaper than moving

When you weigh up the monetary aspects and other advantages of a loft conversion, it can be difficult to argue against the benefits as it is a thoroughly practical way of extending your useable space while at the same time adding value to your property. It can also present a viable and economic option than having to move house when a lack of space becomes a problem. Moving home can also be extremely stressful, emotive and upsetting for everyone concerned. If you have children, this could involve disrupting their education by having to change schools as well as damaging their friendships.

Relative ease of work

When compared to other forms of home enlargement, converting a loft space can be far more practical than other types of home improvements that may require large and sustained building works and plant on site. A loft conversion is relatively easy to achieve and the work can usually be completed in far less time than building an extension or separate detached annexe.

Planning permission

You need to ensure, prior to the commencement of any work, that full planning permission has been granted. As Bromley & Gaines has developed excellent relationships with the planning departments at many local authorities, we can deal with your planning application with confidence as part of our service. You can expect that the local authority planning officer may visit your property as part of the planning application process, but this will be in your interests and will help ensure the process is handled smoothly.

It will also ensure that what is planned complies with current building regulations. Anything that impacts upon the exterior appearance of your property, particularly if your building is in a conservation area, will be considered by the local authority as part of your planning application.If you live in a property that is attached to a neighbouring house, you will be subject to the 1996 Act which covers connected walls (known as The Party Wall Act). This piece of legislation requires you to ensure that any work you intend to carry out does not adversely lead to a downgrading of adjoining walls.

This could be in terms of the strength of the party wall, but it can also cover noise levels and other features.There is no doubt that planning a loft extension can be a legal minefield, but Bromley & Gaines are here to provide the necessary expertise to help you steer smoothly through the process. It is all part of our guaranteed service, after all.

Managing the project from start to end

Once you commission Bromley & Gaines to create your loft conversion, you will be assigned an experienced project manager that will oversee and keep you updated throughout every stage of the project. They have completed many varied home loft conversions in the region and can provide unbiased advice and suggestions on ways of making the best practical use of your available loft space.

With Bromley & Gaines you are assured of being in safe, professional hands, and once we have been commissioned, you will soon be enjoying all of the benefits of your new loft conversion.

A Loft Conversions Guide

There are various factors that must be considered before you begin your loft conversions. It is advisable that you follow these points carefully before making any decisions.

First of all, it’s important to decide exactly what you wish to achieve by your new loft conversion. For example, do you want an extra living area in your home, or perhaps an extra room for family or friends to stay for a short while? In any case, the loft conversion must be planned from the outset so that you have a clear idea about how much room you want.

Also, in most cases you will not need planning permission unless you live in an area that is highly protected. Usually, if the additional space of your new area does not exceed 50 square metres (40 square metres for detached houses) and does not extend over the height of your roof, you will not need planning permission. If you live on a property with a high ceiling, then you might require planning permission, but you should check this with the local planning authority first.

Loft conversions can also be very economical, as the finished products are often very low-cost compared with the cost of purchasing and converting an entirely new home. You may also be able to buy ready-made kits or pre-fabricated sections, although the finished result will not always be as well constructed or installed. If you are planning on building from scratch, then your costs could be substantially higher.

The location of your loft conversions must also be carefully considered. The best locations are on the lowest floor, in order to maximise your floor space, as well as the most unobstructed views of your house.

It is important to choose a qualified builder for your loft conversion. You will be working closely with him or her and you don’t want to end up with a poorly constructed loft. Take your time to find a good builder and discuss your plans with him or her before making your decision.

In order to complete your conversion project properly, you should consider using a qualified engineer. A qualified engineer will know what to look for in a loft conversion, how to assess the site and where to place all the components and fittings. If you hire a professional, the finished result will also be extremely well constructed. In fact, in some cases an expert will come to your home to look at it and advise you about any issues that you may have missed, which can save you time and money.

It is not unusual for a homeowner to spend more than they should on their loft home improvements. If you are spending money on an extension to your home, consider whether you actually need it or not. Most homeowners are tempted to make minor changes, such as changing the light fittings or painting their existing wall, however this is usually a poor idea. If you decide that you do need to have a loft extension, then you should also consider the possible costs involved in repairing or renovating the existing house.

Finally, it’s time to consider your budget and start saving money. If you make an informed decision, then the entire process should be very simple and cost-effective.

Using A Loft Conversions Guide To Plan Your Loft

If you’re considering loft conversions to make your new living space more spacious, this article will explain why. While there are plenty of reasons to make changes, there are also some things you need to think about before you begin the process. Read through this guide to get an idea of what’s involved and how to go about it.

Before you start, you’ll want to make sure that you’re in the right place. There are lots of places that you could be looking at for your new living area, but it’ll likely be a lot more expensive if you live in a flat or small flat. If you’re buying a new property that has already been constructed or is still being built, you should consider making changes on it yourself before you bring in the contractor. This will save you a substantial amount of money and give you more time to spend doing the other work.

Next, you need to find out where you need to work. It could be that your loft conversion needs to be part of your attic, or you could have to move the furniture to somewhere else in your house. In this case, you should know exactly where to look for the materials. You can use your existing plan, or you could hire a professional to come out and take a look at your loft before you start.

The next thing you need to do is gather the necessary equipment. You’ll need a hammer and saw, tape measure, screwdriver, pliers, wire cutters, a screwdriver, some nails, screwdrivers, a socket wrench, and the correct amount of insulation for your needs. Make sure that you know exactly what you’ll need before you start so that you don’t end up spending a fortune on tools you won’t really need.

Once you’ve gathered your tools and materials, you’ll want to start building your loft conversions. While you can do most work by yourself if you’re not confident with what you’re doing, you should probably consider hiring someone to help out with this task. There are lots of handymen out there that are good at making the job easier, but you’ll often find that they have limited experience in loft conversions. So, before you start, find out if your local handyman can make the task easier for you.

By following the tips in this Loft Conversions Guide, you should have a much better chance of successfully converting your loft conversions. So, get started and get going!

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What is included

As stated above, your project manager will be there to assist and support you through every aspect of the process. However, we like our clients to feel they are also an integral part of the overall undertaking so like you to remain involved. As an integral part of this process, we try to eradicate any disruption that working in your home can cause to your daily routine, therefore we do not suggest you vacate your home during the build process. It is vital to us that the project you have dreamed of, is the reality with which you live.

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