Archive for the ‘Loft Conversions’ Category

Typical UK Loft Conversion Prices Introduction

Are you thinking of getting a loft conversion? If so, great idea!

Not only will it provide you and your family with more breathing space, but your home should also be worth more after it has been converted.  This article provides you with a rough estimation of how much it would cost, not just in the UK, but various locations around the world.

First of all, you should know what factors affect the cost of a loft conversion.  The cost of your loft conversion will vary depending on many factors.

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What are Velux Cabrio Balcony Windows

A Velux balcony roof window is also know as a Velux Cabrio.  They can transform an ordinary roof window into a balcony in seconds.  Velux balcony roof windows work by opening the top hung window, once the bottom vertical window is opened it allows access to the balcony.  When closed these unique windows allow a lot of daylight to flood any room.

They are purchased as whole units and come with a safety railing.  Being a very nice feature to any house, they are becoming increasingly popular.

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Bungalow Hip to Gable Loft Conversion

Are you considering a bungalow hip to gable loft conversion.  This article describes one of our loft conversion projects step-by-step, using real architect drawings and images of job progress.

The Customers Existing Bungalow

Below are drawings of the customers original property.  It was a 3-bedroom detached bungalow, with a garage.  The height of the roof from inside the loft was approximately 3m, meaning great potential for loft conversion space.

Fig 1.  Existing Bungalow, from the outside

(Image taken from DSB Property Designs Ltd.  Architect Drawings)

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What is a Mansard Loft Conversion?

Are you thinking about increasing the size of your property? If so, then you may be wondering what is a Mansard loft conversion is.

Mansard loft conversions is where a loft roof is modifyed so that the sloping part of the roof is almost flat (between 72 nad 90 degrees), and the sloping front wall being almost vertical.  These types of conversions create the feeling of an extra storey rather than the usual loft conversion look.

Advantages of Mansard Loft Conversions  Is the best method to maximise a loft space. Makes the loft space look like an extra storey, rather than looking like a modified loft.

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What is a Velux Loft Conversion?

Velux (or roof light) conversions is where a loft space is converted into a room, Velux windows are installed between the existing rafters within the sloped roof.  This means the existing loft space is converted without changing the structure of the roof, thus preventing the need for planning permission.

Advantages of Velux Loft Conversions  Velux loft conversions do not require planning permission.  This is becuase the dimensions of the roof structure will not be changed. These types of conversions are the cheapest way of converting a loft space.

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What is a Hip to Gable Loft Conversion?

Are you thinking about increasing the size of your property? If so, then you may be wondering what is a Hip to Gable loft conversion is.

Hip to Gable loft conversions involve the construction of a gable wall, then a roof is created to fill in the gap.  Another way of putting it is to modify the sloping (hipped) part of the roof so that it is supported by a new vertical gable wall.    Usually this results in a dramatic change to the shape of the roof.  The new gable wall will be built either in studwork or masonry, usually with a render to match their existing walls. → Read more

What is a Dormer loft conversion?

Are you thinking about increasing the size of your property? If so, then you may be wondering what is a dormer loft conversion is.

Dormer loft conversions are a popular method of extending the property using the existing roof space.  In order to extend the space of your existing loft, something called a dormer window is installed.  Dormer windows extend outwards from your existing roof, essentially creating additional fully usable space.  All walls on the inside of this space will be above head height. → Read more

Why Have a Dormer Extension?

Are you considering a dormer loft conversion? This article tells you everything you need to know about these type of extensions.

In simple terms, a dormer extension is a type of loft conversion.  The best way to imagine this is a structure in the shape of a box coming out the side of your roof.  This method expands the usable space within your loft space so you can squeeze more rooms into it.

Requirements for Dormer Extensions Do Loft Conversion need Planning Permission?

Planning permission is only required when extending or altering the roof space, and it exceeds specified limits and conditions.  Your architect or building can help you decide what is required.

Do Loft Conversions need Building Regulation Approval?

Yes, all loft conversions require buildings regulation approval.  This also applies even you do not require planning permission.  When you start your extension a Building control surveyor will inspect your work at various stages.  Once approved they will issue you with a certificate on final inspection.

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Top 10 Loft Ideas For Homes 

Loft conversions are the best way to add an extra bedroom or en suite and bedroom in your house. If you are a homeowner, adding an extra room to your property can increase its value. Hence, you will get a good return on your investment. Loft conversions require homeowners to follow specific insulation as a requirement for building regulations. This will make your home more energy efficient, reducing monthly electricity bill. With a loft conversion, you can choose to use it as a chapel, reading room or home office. There are just so many options available for you. Here we are going to look at 10 of the best loft ideas for homes that you can draw some inspiration from.  We provide you with 10 loft ideas for homes: → Read more