Loft Conversions Brighton UK

Brighton Loft Conversions (BN1): Moving home because you need an additional room or two might be avoidable in today's housing market in Brighton. Bear in mind the aggravation, the expense, and the stress associated with the whole process of moving. However, with a loft conversion, it will be possible to generate that additional space whilst continuing to live in the house you love. Should you ever elect to move, you may expect that the value of your home will have increased by perhaps as much as twenty to thirty percent. No wonder that the popular course of action in Brighton nowadays is to have a loft conversion put in.

When it comes to calculating the costs for doing a loft conversion in Brighton, there are three or four things to take into account. Among these factors will be, the sort of loft conversion you are having done, the intended use of the created space, the layout and size of your property and the amount and type of windows to be used. You should invariably get a handful of quotations and with luck the majority of loft conversion companies in Brighton will supply free quotations. Although your conversion will be dependent on the criteria mentioned above, the average cost at the moment (2019) for a loft conversion in the United Kingdom is thought to be approximately thirty thousand to forty thousand pounds.

Loft Conversions Brighton

Don't rely on the exactness of these numbers though, because so many factors will be involved in the price tag. An additional average number that may well give you a closer idea is that generally loft conversions work out at roughly £1,250 per m2 (this is for construction work and materials). You must also allow for architects fees, building control fees and planning fees before you arrive at a final figure.

You will want to do a little research as to how much value a loft conversion is likely to add to the value of your home in Brighton. You need to understand that most neighbourhoods of Brighton will have a ceiling price for homes. If you have to sell in the future, your house could be hard to sell on if it is valued above this ceiling. This can mean doing a loft conversion poor value for money. This may be worth deliberating on even if you don't currently have any intentions to sell on your home.

Even though the majority of loft conversions in Brighton won't call for planning permission there are a few exceptions. Before any work begins you should call and speak to your local planning office. This is something that your selected Brighton loft conversion company will be able to do in your stead. There are still building regulations to adhere to, because these have nothing to do with planning permission. The building regs are the responsibility of the building control department, so that would be the next port of call.

Brighton Loft Conversion

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

One of the reasons why loft conversions are so popular in Brighton, is that a lot of the work can be done externally. Surprisingly, loft conversions are generally significantly less disruptive and annoying than are traditional home extensions. There should also be less mess and dust internally, which means that you can pretty much carry on your daily routine while the work proceeds.

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Roof Light Conversions Brighton

With "roof light conversions" there's no need to alter the angle and shape of your roof, making it by far the least disruptive and cheapest type of conversion. All that needs doing in this case is installing an appropriate floor, putting in windows, and building stairs. If you've already got the required amount of roof space, this could be a possibility. (Tags: Roof Light Conversions Brighton, Roof Light Loft Conversions Brighton)

History of Loft Conversions

Converting Lofts Brighton East Sussex

Whilst the concept of a loft conversion might be thought of as very "British", the first loft conversions and possibly the initial notions of converting such spaces started in nineteen sixties America. The precise location for this innovative building fad was the Soho district of New York City, where new, trendy living environments were created by artists and so on in the upper parts of tumbledown industrial buildings. In reality those areas and buildings weren't allocated for this purpose, and as such were considered illegal at that time. It was not until nineteen seventy one that New York ultimately made this practise legal, and after this many other districts of New York such as Tribeca, Chelsea, Manhattan and Greenwich Village followed suit, and "loft living" was popular for the young, wealthy and talented. In the United Kingdom doing a loft conversion is an exceedingly attractive undertaking in huge metropolitan areas such as Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and London, where building land is scarce and any way to gain extra space without the need to extend the structure's footprint is favoured.

Planning Permission

Planning Permission Brighton East Sussex

By and large a loft conversion doesn't require local authority planning permission, although there are a few stipulations that have to be satisfied for this to be true. Specified limitations should not be exceeded if your roof space needs to be remodeled, if they are exceeded then you'll have to seek planning permission. Most of the stipulations which have to be met are: pre-existing walls should not be overhung by roof extensions, verandas, raised platforms and balconies are not permitted, the highest part of the roof structure should not be exceeded by any extension, privacy glazing is necessary for side-facing windows, a limit of 40 cubic metres additional space for terraced houses and 50 cubic metres for semi-detached/detached homes, building materials used in the conversion should match pre-existing materials, as observed from the main highway no extension should exceed the plane of the pre-existing roof slope. You should also understand that it is houses that these regulations relate to and not converted houses, maisonettes, flats or other structures. For folks that live in certain areas there might be additional regulations whereby special planning stipulations exist and development rights are restricted. To find out what regulations affect you, confer with your local planning office.

Home Extension Brighton

House Extension Brighton East Sussex

There are of course other means by which to to add additional space to your house in Brighton. House extensions have become probably the most favoured ways that this can be achieved. Home extensions in Brighton are only achievable if you've got ample space on your property. It will also depend upon gaining planning permission from the local council. Extending your property might affect immediate neighbours and this is why gaining the appropriate planning permission is essential. Generally the same construction companies who do loft extensions will also do home extensions. Extending your home is likely to be disruptive and messy and also increases the footprint of the property. Factors like shared walls, access to the site, soil conditions, demands on services, rights of way, nearby trees and the likelihood of flooding, will all have to be looked at when planning on having a house extension in Brighton. The typical cost of home extensions Brighton at the time of writing (2020) was in the region of £1,500 and £2,000 per square meter. Click for Brighton Home Extension QUOTES

Cellar Conversion

Another good method to add additional living space to your property is to get yourself a basement/cellar conversion. Generally speaking, only older residences (ie: Victorian or period properties) are suitable for this form of conversion. Some post-war homes may also have basements and if you happen to be lucky enough to have the luxury of a cellar, you will want to reap the benefits of it? Doing a high quality cellar conversion may also help to address dampness problems which are common in basements. Oftentimes basements/cellars are just a waste of space with the habit to simply use them as a dumping ground for household rubbish. With a bit of investment and effort you could potentially turn your basement into a kid's play room, a home cinema or a workshop. A self-contained apartment or an extra bedroom are amongst the other possibilities if your cellar is sufficiently large.

Loft Pods, Home Extension Pods and Loft BUDS

Home Extension Pods, Loft BUDS and Loft Pods

If you have received some quotations for loft conversions and find that they're much too expensive for you a "loft pod", "loft BUD" or "home extension pod" may be more economical. Aside from the cost benefits they're also easier to put in place and considerably less of a disruption. Loft pods generally sit in the £20,000-£30,000 price range, which means that they're more attractive to the average homeowner in the United Kingdom. Essentially a loft BUD (or pod) is a 3 x 3 metre (approximately) module added to the back of a house, above the 1st floor. There are 2 possibilities with loft pods. They can be employed independently or attached or added to pre-existing conversions as an extra extension. A loft pod (or BUD) could have a wide variety of uses, favorite choices being a mini-gym, a playroom, a home cinema or a home office.



Taking all factors into consideration, a loft conversion is an effective way to add some extra living space to your home. Basically it adds value to your home, it will most likely not require planning permission, it won't affect the property footprint, it causes a lot less mess and disruption and it is economical. This will obviously be determined by whether your property is suited to a loft conversion, with older properties in Brighton normally being more suitable because of the roof construction. Modern homes (typically those built since the 1960s) with trussed roofs most likely won't have enough height or space to do a loft conversion, though it is not impossible in some instances. If your Brighton home is suitable, then why not get in touch with an expert to check it out?

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Current East Sussex loft conversion requests: Zahra Duggan in Ewhurst, East Sussex needs someone to give a price for a loft conversion in her farmhouse near Ewhurst, Hashir Bryant in Camber wants to find someone to give a price for a conversion in his property just outside Camber, Olivier Mcnulty and Hafsah Coll from Herstmonceux, East Sussex want someone who will board out their loft and renew the insulation, Mr and Mrs Everett are hunting for a builder or loft conversion expert in East Dean to determine if their home is suitable for converting, Joanna Palmer from East Hoathly wants to find someone to give a price for a conversion in her property, Ronald Jeffery from Horam, East Sussex needs somebody to give a quotation for a conversion in his house, Miss Macfarlane wanted a loft conversion company or builder to supply a quote for a conversion in Withyham, East Sussex, Mr Taylan Rossi from Nutley, East Sussex needs somebody to do a conversion on his garage, Ralph Bamford wanted a builder or loft conversion expert in Ninfield, East Sussex to give a price for a loft conversion, Mr and Mrs Martin are looking for a loft conversion expert in are looking to get a dormer conversion carried out on their cottage just outside Brede, East Sussex.

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Ways to track down loft conversion specialists in Brighton: There are not surprisingly a lot of different ways at your disposal for finding loft conversion specialists and other local tradespeople in Brighton and the foremost method that people used years ago was to finger through the free local newspaper or Yellow Pages. Nowadays local rags and the like appear to be on the internet along with a number of web directories such as 118 118, Mister What, Cyclex, City Visitor, Yell, Thomson Local, Local Life, Yelp and Touch Local, however entries in these are open to any loft conversion specialist willing to shell out the fee for listing, which is no guarantee of craftsmanship Also very popular these days is to track down the best tradesmen in Brighton by making use of trade portals, amongst the favoured of these are My Hammer, Checkatrade, Local Heroes, My Builder, TrustaTrader or Rated People, and it is on these that clients are able to publish reviews and testimonials concerning the quality of work accomplished and the tradesmen who did it. And finally you could give some thought to asking neighbours, family members and friends to suggest a loft conversion specialist they've previously used.

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Some Brighton locations covered by Brighton loft conversion specialists: Barrhill Avenue, St Aubyns Road, Baranscraig Avenue, Draxmont Way, The Excelsior, The Crestway, Cliff Approach, De Montfort Road, Shipley Road, Chepstow Court, Dyke Close, Crawley Road, Bentham Road, Beckley Close, Aldrich Close, Albourne Close, Barnes Road, St Peters Place, Applesham Way, Bloomsbury Street, Boyces Street, Church Road, Cavendish Place, Clifton Street Passage, Arlington Gardens, Chichester Terrace, Tilbury Place, Beresford Road, Torcross Close.

Places close to Brighton include: Withdean, Preston, Saltdean, Portslade, Hove, Rottingdean, Shoreham-by-Sea, Stanmer, Bevendean, Lancing, Patcham, Kemp Town, Southwick, Falmer, Moulescoomb, Peacehaven

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