Loft Conversions Bolton

Bolton Loft Conversions (BL1): One way to add a further room to your house and significantly improve the value of your property in Bolton is to do a loft conversion. This is viewed by professionals to be amongst the best ways to increase the worth of a property. The fact that planning permission is rarely required for a loft conversion, makes this solution even more tempting.

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When it comes to calculating the cost of doing a loft conversion in Bolton, there are a number of variables to account for. The eventual cost of your loft conversion will certainly be impacted by, the planned use of the created room, the layout and size of your property, the number of windows or skylights to be used and the design of loft conversion you're putting in. Acquire as many estimates as you can for your project, nearly all Bolton loft conversion companies will provide a free quote service. An amount of £30,000 to £40,000, is estimated to be the average cost of doing a loft conversion in the UK currently (2019).

Loft Conversions Bolton

Don't count on the accuracy of these numbers though, because so many variables will be involved in the price tag. Each m2 of your loft conversion should cost approximately £1,250 for materials and construction work. You must also allow for architect fees, building control fees and planning fees before you come to a final costing.

It is essential to evaluate what the value rise on your house in Bolton is going to be, due to the loft conversion. The homes in most neighbourhoods of Bolton will have a threshold price. Houses that exceed this figure could prove to be difficult to sell on. Loft conversions can be poor value for money in such situations. This will be less of a concern for you if you're not intending to sell up.

If you are okay at DIY and are looking for a project such as this, you could prefer to get a shell loft conversion. This is a service where the contractor will execute all the key structural tasks (also known as a first-fix loft conversion), for instance roofing work, skylights/windows, steelwork, staircase, mansard/dormers and structural floor. The finishing work is left for the home owner to do at their own leisure. For skilled householders or those of you with a limited budget this can be a possibility.

Bolton Loft Conversion

Types of Loft Conversion: The main styles of loft conversion that you'll come across in Bolton are: roof lift loft conversions, velux loft conversions, mansard loft conversions, dormer loft conversions, roof light conversions, loft pods and hip-to-gable loft conversions.

Locating an established building company renowned for doing loft conversions in the Bolton district, needs to be your priority if you do opt to go down this course of action. If you are aware of someone who has fairly recently done a conversion, ask if they can recommend a particular contractor. An online company called Bark will help you to get a few free quotes, or try others such as Rated People and Checkatrade. The result of this research should be a useful short list of prospective Bolton loft conversion contractors from which to make your selection.

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Loft Stairs Bolton

Loft Stairs BoltonIf you do end up getting a loft conversion built on your property in Bolton you'll need proper access for getting in and out of this new living space. This means installing a loft staircase or at the very least a loft ladder. There are a number of different loft stair designs available, and they might be constructed out of wood or metal. The kind of stair you go with may be determined by your house's shape and layout, but you're able to purchase them in spiral form for elegance or in space saving variations for added convenience. Whichever you decide on, you want to end up with safe, easy access that does not overly interfere with the existing living space. It must also abide by the latest Building Regulations, and provide a safe escape route if there is ever a fire. (Tags: Loft Stairs Bolton, Loft Ladders Bolton, Attic Stairs Bolton)

Mansard Loft Conversions

The Mansard style of loft conversion started off in about the 17th Century thanks to a well known architect known as Francois Mansart (yes Mansart not Mansard!). It became a useful way of creating space which would yield a sizable level of additional liveable space where previously there wasn't any. This style of attic conversion is only built on roof which are pitched and additional space is produced by elevating one wall (normally at the back of a property) and also flattening out that section of the roof, thus creating a pretty much box contour. The finished angle of the wall that is built up should be more than seventy two degrees. It is quite often the case that the wall needing to be built up is a party wall with a neighbour (especially with terraced houses), so this means you will need your immediate neighbour's co-operation - an additional worry if you're not on friendly terms! (Tags: Mansard Conversions, Mansard Loft Conversions, Mansard Roof Extensions)

Loft Conversion - The Origins

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Although the concept of a loft conversion may be considered a "British" thing, some of the earliest loft conversions and possibly the first ideas for remodeling such spaces began in the United States of America during the 60's. The location for this new building revolution was New York's Soho district, where trendy, new living spaces were created by local artists and designers in the upper levels of tumbledown industrial buildings. In reality those zones and properties had not been allocated for residential purposes, and subsequently were to all intents and purposes illegal in those times. It wasn't until the early 1970's that New York ultimately made this practise legal, and thereafter many other districts of New York including Manhattan, Tribeca, Greenwich Village and Chelsea joined the revolution, and "loft living" was a no brainer for the wealthy, talented and young. In the UK doing a loft conversion is an especially appealing undertaking in huge population centres like Manchester, Birmingham, London and Sheffield, where building land is hard to come by and any means by which to get more space without having to extend the footprint of a structure is favoured. (Tags: First Loft Conversions, History of Loft Conversions, Loft Conversion Origins)

Planning Permission for Loft Conversions

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Planning permission isn't usually required for a loft conversion, although in order for this to be the case a few conditions must be observed. Planning permission will be necessary if the roof space needs adjusting and the outcome exceeds specific limitations. Planning permission will not be needed as long as these restrictions are fulfilled: the uppermost a part of the existing roof structure mustn't be exceeded by any extension, verandas, balconies and raised platforms are not permitted, no more than 40 m3 added space for terraced houses and 50 m3 for semi-detached/detached homes, as observed from the road no extension should go beyond the height of the existing roof slope, pre-existing exterior walls must not be overhung by roof extensions, privacy glazing is essential on side-facing windows, building materials used in conversion need to match up with pre-existing materials. Also understand that it is houses that these guidelines relate to and not converted houses, flats, maisonettes or other structures. The rights for development are limited and exceptional planning conditions are enforced in some areas. Therefore you must consult with your local authorities to see which regulations apply to your property.

Summary

Conclusion

All things considered, one of the optimal ways to add extra space to your property, is by having a loft conversion. In essence it will possibly not need planning permission, it's economical, it does not affect the footprint of the property, it causes a lot less mess and disruption and it enhances the value of your property. The overall concept, does however, depend upon the suitability of your property, with older properties in Bolton generally being better for loft conversion. Modern homes (typically those built since the 1960s) with "trussed" roofs are unlikely to have enough height or space to undertake a loft conversion, although it is not implausible in some cases. Why not get an expert in to take a look if you consider that your home is suitable for a loft conversion?

Loft Pods

Home Extension Pods, Loft Pods and Loft BUDS

If you have obtained several estimates for loft conversions and find that they're too costly for you a "loft pod", "loft BUD" or "home extension pod" will be a lot more economical. They are also normally quicker to complete and less of a disruption to set up. Loft pods generally sit in the twenty to thirty thousand pound price bracket, making them more attractive to the average homeowner in the UK. Basically an approximately 3m x 3m extension module, a loft BUD (or pod) is normally added onto the back of a property, above the 1st floor. A loft pod can be used independently as an extension in its own right or even added or attached to a pre-existing loft conversion. So if you are hoping to create a new mini-gym, home office, kid's playroom or home cinema, a loft pod (or BUD) might be the perfect choice.
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Ways to find loft conversion specialists in Bolton: Of the different techniques on hand to look for nearby trades-people in Bolton like loft conversion specialists, one that has been with us for quite some time is web-based business directories. They're the contemporary alternative of the old Yellow Pages, which everyone in the United Kingdom used to look for all kinds of local services. Today customers look in Thomson Local, Local Life, City Visitor, Yell, Yelp, 118 118, Cyclex, Mister What and Touch Local, though there aren't any guarantees by using this technique simply because almost anybody is able to advertise their businesses in these mediums and being listed does not assure the standard of their work Trade portals are another way that you can use to look for a first rate loft conversion specialist, try Checkatrade, My Builder, TrustaTrader, Rated People, Local Heroes or My Hammer, and the primary benefit of such trade portals is that they feature customer testimonials and reviews about each tradesman signed up to their site. The final suggestion is you ask fiends and neighbours to recommend somebody they have previously used.

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Bolton Loft Conversion Services

A quick browse on the web for "loft conversions Bolton" turned up the following results: C&L Brickwork & Construction Ltd BL1 3NR, Newhey Loft Conversion BL2 1NU, Holts Plastering BL1 3DU.

Some Bolton addresses served by Bolton loft conversion specialists: Catterall Crescent, Siemens Street, Sedgley Drive, Balmore Close, Chesham Avenue, Talbenny Close, Sadler Street, Cairngorm Drive, Danebridge Close, South View, Canute Street, Tanworth Walk, Sharples Vale, Cherrywood Avenue, Dobson Road, Ashton Street, Cherry Tree Way, Sharples Hall Mews, Trawden Avenue, Barker De Lane, Duncombe Road, The Folds, Cartmel Crescent, Ashworth Street, The Close, Berrington Walk, Central Drive, Arthur Lane, Chester Close.

Places near Bolton include: Markland Hill, Horwich, Lostock, Radcliffe, Walkden, Edgworth, Barrow Bridge, Heaton, Chapeltown, Halliwell, Breightmet, Tottington, Farnworth, Great Lever, Tonge Fold, Eagley

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