Loft Conversions Braintree

Braintree Loft Conversions (CM7): By and large the most popular method by which house-holders create some additional livable space in their houses these days is by getting an extension built onto the property. This could be added to the side, the back or the front and no matter what may be the case you will be extending your home's footprint. It is possible to create far more space at a roughly similar cost by doing a loft conversion, and even better you'll not extend the footprint at all. Another option of course that could be open to you is to have your garage converted, although this is dependant on you having a spare garage that you don't require for your car. In most cases a nicely converted loft will add a good amount of value to your property, allow you to preserve your much needed outside space, will likely not need planning permission and be much less messy and disruptive than a typical extension.

Prices for Loft Conversions in Braintree

Keeping abreast of the costs associated with a loft conversion is very important. The ultimate cost will be determined by the style of loft conversion you have and the kind of property you live in. As a guideline a typical Braintree loft conversion will likely cost around £35,000 (in 2019), it could be a little more, it could be a bit less. If this sort of figure is within your spending budget you are ready to go, if it is not feasible for you, you may have to come up with an alternative solution.

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These numbers should not be taken as gospel, they're merely intended as a rough guideline. The major costs will be materials and construction work and this approximately works out at £1,250 per m2 at the time of writing. That isn't the end of it, since you will need to add architects fees, building control fees and planning fees at least.

It's vital to check into what the value rise on your house in Braintree is going to be, due to the loft conversion. There is likely to be a threshold price on homes in your area. Homes that exceed this price could prove to be tricky to sell on later. This could mean that in doing a loft conversion, you aren't getting the best value for your money. For people who don't have any plans to sell up in the near future, this mightn't be an issue.

Although normally it is not always necessary to get planning permission for a loft conversion in Braintree, there may be conditions. Before any work begins you must call and speak to your local planning office. The Braintree loft conversion company you have selected will certainly help you with this procedure. It is still necessary to stick to the relevant building regulations, which are totally different to planning permission. So, your last port of call will be the local building control office, to get the low down on how the legislation affects this type of development.

Braintree Loft Conversion

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

If this turns into a reality, instead of merely a dream, sniffing out a builder who's skilled at doing loft conversions in Braintree is going to be your next step. There'll be a number of builders to choose from in the Braintree area, so attempt to get referrals from anybody you know. There are a number of sites online who'll help you locate tradesmen you could try Rated People or Trustatrader, better still try Bark. Such methods should give you a short list of suitable loft conversion contractors around and in Braintree.

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Loft Stairs Braintree

Loft Stairs BraintreeIf you decide to get a loft conversion done on your Braintree home you will need to have decent access to get in and out of this newly found living area. This involves putting in loft stairs or maybe a loft ladder. You can find a number of different loft stair designs to pick from, and they are generally manufactured out of wood or metal. The kind of loft stairs you go with could be dependant upon the layout of your house, but you're able to obtain them in spiral form if you want elegance and style or in space saving variations for more convenience. Whatever you choose, you want to end up having safe, convenient access which doesn't excessively interfere with your pre-existing living area. It must also satisfy the latest Building Regulations, providing a safe escape route in case of fire.

Mansard Loft Conversions

The Mansard form of doing a loft conversion began in the Seventeenth Century the brainwave of a well known architect named Francois Mansart (yes Mansart not Mansard!). He hoped it would be an effective space creating process which could generate a large amount of additional living area where there previously was none. The Mansard conversion can only be applied to roofs that are pitched and added space is generated by elevating one wall (quite often at the back of a property or home) coupled with flattening out that section of the roof, subsequently creating an almost box contour. The finished angle of the built up wall has to be on not less than a 72 degree incline. It will very often be the situation that you will be planning to lift a wall that is a party wall (particularly in a house in a terrace), meaning you will have to get the collaboration of your immediate neighbour - an extra worry if they are difficult to get on with! (Tags: Mansard Roof Extensions, Mansard Loft Conversions, Mansard Conversions)

Dormer Windows

Dormer windows are one of the best ways to introduce both space and light to your attic or loft, and as there are different types of loft conversions in Braintree, there's also different forms of dormers on the market. The most widely used kinds of dormer style include: flat roof dormers, shed dormers, hipped dormers, gable dormers and eyebrow dormers. The simplest of those to put in and perhaps the most popular and widely used in Braintree is the flat-roof dormer. This design also generates more additional space than the other types, so it's functional as well as economical, although it could be considered slightly less appealing than some of the other styles. Eyebrow dormer windows can be really attractive in the right setting and comprise a curving roof atop a wide, low window, they don't have any straight sides. Gable dormers tend to be more attractive with simple pitched roofs more suitable for traditional homes, gable dormers can also be known as dog-house dormer or gable fronted dormers. Shed dormers are very similar to flat roof dormers, featuring a roof (on a single plane) inclined at an angle less than that of the house roof. Hipped dormer windows are eye-catching, having 3 sloping surfaces much like those of the existing roof, these are sometimes called hip roof dormer windows.

Conversion Planning Permission

Planning Permission Braintree Essex

Whilst a number of conditions are linked to this type of undertaking, planning permission is not usually needed for a loft conversion. Specified restrictions must not be exceeded if your roof space has to be altered, if they are exceeded then you will need to seek planning permission. Planning permission will not be required so long as the following stipulations are adhered to: materials used in construction must complement existing materials, at most 40 cubic metres extra space for terraced houses and 50 cubic metres for semi-detached/detached houses, the uppermost a part of the existing roof structure should not be exceeded by any extension, pre-existing exterior walls cannot be overhung by roof extensions, as viewed from the road no extension should exceed the height of the current roof slope, balconies, raised platforms and verandas are not permitted, obscure glazing is necessary for side-facing windows. Also it should be mentioned that those guidelines are relevant to houses and not to flats, converted houses, maisonettes or other structures. There are also specific areas where development is restricted and exceptional planning rules apply. So seek the advice of your planning office to ascertain which conditions affect your property.

House Extensions Braintree

Home Extension Braintree

There are naturally other means by which to to add more liveable space to your house in Braintree. Home extensions are perhaps the most favoured way to do this. Space is a big issue when thinking about house extensions, not every property will have sufficient space to do this. Planning permission will also be required, and there might be some hassle attached to this procedure. Extending your house might affect close neighbours and this is why obtaining the correct planning permission is vital. Home extensions are often done by the same Braintree construction companies who offer loft conversions. Remember that your property footprint increases with a house extension and the procedure could be messy and disruptive. You will need to be aware about several points when thinking about a home extension in Braintree, including: shared walls, demands on services, rights of way, close by trees, site access, the likelihood of flooding and soil conditions. In the year 2020 the average cost of building house extensions Braintree are roughly £1,700 and £2,000 per square meter. Click for Braintree Home Extension QUOTES

Summing Up

In Summary

Taking all things into account, a loft conversion is a really good way to add some additional living space to your house. Essentially it causes a lot less disruption and mess, it enhances the value of your house, it will probably not need planning permission, it's economical and it does not affect the property footprint. The whole concept, does however, hinge upon the suitability of your house, with older properties in Braintree typically being better for loft conversion. Modern homes (in general those built since the 1960s) with "trussed" roofs most likely won't have adequate height or space to do a loft conversion, though it is not implausible in certain cases. If your Braintree property is suited, why not contact an expert to take a look?

Cellar/Basement Conversions

Basement/Cellar Conversions

A basement or cellar conversion is another superb way to add additional liveable space to your property. Only certain sorts of house are suitable for this form of conversion, normally Period or Victorian properties, as opposed to contemporary ones. Some post-war properties could also have basements and if you're lucky enough to have the luxury of a cellar, why don't you make the most of it? A cellar conversion doesn't only provide additional space but will also help solve dampness troubles. More often than not cellars/basements are merely a waste of space with the tendency to simply use them as dumping grounds for household garbage. Your basement/cellar could be much more than merely storage, with a home office, a home cinema or a play room being among the more favoured alternatives. When you've got enough space an additional bedroom or perhaps even a self-contained flat are amongst the other options.
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Ways to find loft conversion specialists in Braintree: There are obviously various ways open to you for tracking down loft conversion specialists and other local tradesmen in Braintree and the chief technique that folks used years ago was to check in the free local newspaper or Yellow Pages. These days papers and such like are based on the internet along with a number of handy web directories like Local Life, Yell, Yelp, Cyclex, City Visitor, Touch Local, 118 118, Mister What and Thomson Local, whilst being mentioned in these kinds of web directories is not a guarantee of the reliability of any particular company since any loft conversion specialist ready to fork out the fee may be found in them Also useful these days is to uncover quality loft conversion specialists in Braintree by utilizing online trade portals, some of the favourite of these are Rated People, Local Heroes, TrustaTrader, My Builder, Checkatrade or My Hammer, and the main benefit of these is that they feature client reviews regarding each tradesperson on their site. Lastly, you can ask neighbours, acquaintances and family members to recommend somebody they have previously used.

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A recent browse on Google for "loft conversions Braintree Essex" returned these results: JSC Plastics & Construction Ltd CM7 2NY, Global Green Builds CM7 5SD, completeloftplans.co.uk CM7 9LH.

A few Braintree roads serviced by Braintree loft conversion specialists: Milton Avenue, East Street, Hay Lane South, Brunel Road, Forsyth Drive, Austen Close, Rifle Hill, Tennyson Close, Beadon Drive, Galsworthy Close, Rose Hill, Mill Park Drive, Angle Side, Johnson Close, Challis Lane, Worcester Close, Buckwoods Road, Woodrush Close, Penn Mews, Camulus Close, Longleaf Drive, Browning Road, Swift Close, Albert Road, Putter Court, Nineacres, Stephenson Road.

Places close to Braintree include: Witham, Gosfield, Silver End, Shalford, Halstead, Great Dunmow, Great Notley, Black Notley, Bocking, Panfield, Rayne, Chelmsford, Bradwell, Finchingfield, Cressing, Stisted, Coggeshall, Great Leighs

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