Loft Conversions Hitchin

Hitchin Loft Conversions (SG4): In general the most commonplace method by which householders generate a little extra liveable space in their houses these days is by getting an extension built onto the property. This may be added to the front, the back or the side and whatever may be the case you will be extending your home's footprint. You can generate much more space for much the same price converting your loft, and even better you'll not increase the footprint at all. Another option of course that might be open to you is to have your garage converted, however this is dependant on your having a spare garage that isn't required for putting your car in. Generally a nicely converted loft will allow you to preserve your invaluable outside space, be much less disruptive and messy than a conventional extension, add considerable value to your property and is not going to need planning permission.

Quotations for Loft Conversions in Hitchin Hertfordshire

You'll probably be curious about what level of costs might be involved in getting a loft conversion done. The final costs will of course be determined by the type of property you live in and the design of loft conversion you're having. In the United Kingdom (2019) the typical cost of a loft conversion computes to approximately £35,000, giving you a rough idea of the sort of costs that are involved. If costs like this beyond you then perhaps you need to consider something different, perhaps a garage conversion?

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You'll need to get two or three in-depth quotations so as to make an informed decision. Each m2 of your conversion will cost about £1,250 for materials and construction work. When you add this to planning fees, architect fees and building control fees, you may get a notion of the overall cost.

You will want to ascertain precisely how much your house in Hitchin will go up in price as a result of a loft conversion. The "ceiling price" is the limit on just how much houses in your neighbourhood of Hitchin will fetch. Taking the value of your house above this figure can make it difficult to sell when the need arises. Loft conversions can be poor value for money in such situations. You ought to give this some consideration, even if you don't have any plans to sell up.

Something you might give some thought to if you're good at DIY, and are eager for a project like this, is to get a shell loft conversion. Also known as a first-fix loft conversion, this is where the main structural tasks are undertaken, such as structural floor, steel beams (when needed), roofing, dormers, external windows and doors and staircase. The interior finishing work will be left for the customer to complete in their own time. Shell loft conversions can in fact be less expensive, so if money is an issue, this may very well be a better solution.

Loft Conversion Hitchin

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

The marvelous thing about a loft conversion is that most of the work can be carried out from outside using scaffolding. This is actually reassuring for homeowners since chaos and disruption leads to stress, and we're certainly better off without that. The ability to go on living normally is essential and keeping your house free of mess and dust helps to achieve this.

Loft Conversion Quotations Hitchin Hertfordshire

Loft Stairs Hitchin

Loft Stairs HitchinIf you choose to get a loft conversion done on your home in Hitchin you will need to include some good access for getting up to and down from your newly built living space. This means installing a loft staircase or possibly a loft ladder. There are a variety of different designs of loft stairs to pick from, and they are typically constructed from metal or wood. Which style you opt for could be dependant on the layout and shape of your house, but you're able to purchase them in space saving designs for added convenience or in spiral form if you want elegance and style. No matter which you decide on, you want to end up having convenient, safe access which doesn't interfere too much with your pre-existing living space. It has to also abide by the current Building Regulations, and provide an escape route in case of fire. (Tags: Loft Stairs Hitchin, Attic Stairs Hitchin, Loft Ladders Hitchin)

History of Loft Conversion

Converting Lofts Hitchin Hertfordshire

Although doing a loft conversion may seem like a very "British" thing, the early loft conversions and maybe the first ideas for converting lofts started in 1960's America. The location for this ingenious building phenomenon was the Soho district of New York City, where cool, new living spaces were developed by designers and artists in the higher parts of decrepit industrial structures. In actual fact these industrial buildings and areas had not been allotted for residential purposes, and thus were illegal at the time. It was not until nineteen seventy one that New York City ultimately made this practise legal, and subsequently various other parts of the city such as Tribeca, Chelsea, Greenwich Village and Manhattan jumped on the bandwagon, and "loft living" was a fashionable thing for the wealthy, young and talented. In Britain doing a loft conversion is an extremely appealing concept in huge cities such as London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester, where space is hard to come by and any method by which to acquire additional space without extending the footprint of a building is popular.

What About Building Regulations?

Building Regulations Control for Loft Conversion in Hitchin

No matter whether you need planning permission for your loft conversion, it must still abide by the appropriate building regulations. This is to ensure that the resulting loft conversion is structurally sound and that it satisfies the minimum requirements for accessibility, safety and energy efficiency, as laid down by building control. Exactly which building regulations apply to you will be dependent upon the type of loft conversion you are planning. There are numerous factors to be considered and just some of the elements which may be subject to building regs include: fire safety, sound insulation, doors, walls, drainage, floor joists, windows, electrics and loft stairs. Your local Hitchin building control office will advise you about exactly which building regulations apply to you, or you can talk to your builder or architect for the low down on what's required.

House Extension Hitchin

Home Extension Hitchin Hertfordshire

Needless to say loft extensions are not the only means by which to develop some additional living space in your house. Possibly the most common way that homeowners do this is with a house extension. House extensions in Hitchin are only possible if you have adequate space surrounding your property. Planning permission will also be necessary, and there could be some aggravation linked with this procedure. All house extensions must have planning permission as immediate neighbours might be impacted by the procedure. House extensions will often be carried out by the same Hitchin construction firms who carry out loft conversions. Understand that the footprint of your property will increase with a house extension and the process is likely to be disruptive and messy. You'll have to be aware about several things when planning a house extension in Hitchin, including: rights of way, soil conditions, shared walls, site access, demands on services, the existence of trees and the chances of flooding. The average cost of house extensions Hitchin when writing this (2020) was roughly £1,700 and £2,000 per square meter. (Tags: House Extensions Hitchin, Home Extension Hitchin, Home Extensions Hitchin) Click for Hitchin Home Extension QUOTES

Loft Pods

Home Extension Pods, Loft Pods and Loft BUDS

If you happen to be on a limited budget and would like to find the cheapest alternative for a loft conversion a "loft BUD", "house extension pod" or "loft pod" could be your best answer. These are furthermore typically quicker to complete and less of a disruption to put in place. Falling into the 20,000 - 30,000 pound price range, makes loft pods more attractive to a lot of property owners in the area. Usually added onto the rear of a property, on top of the first floor, a loft pod (or BUD) is an approximately three metre by three metre module extension. There are 2 choices with loft BUDS (or pods). They can be employed independently or attached or added to pre-existing conversions as an extra extension. Therefore if you're seeking to create a new mini-gym, kid's playroom, home cinema or home office, a loft pod may be just the ticket.
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Ways to seek out loft conversion specialists in Hitchin: There are numerous techniques you can use to find a loft conversion specialist in Hitchin, and the first one we will look into is online directories. As an example, you might take a look on 118 118, Mister What, City Visitor, Touch Local, Yelp, Local Life, Thomson Local, Cyclex and Yell, although listings in such directories are available to anyone willing to shell out the listing fee, which is not a guarantee of quality One other convenient resource that you'll be able to in order to identify a decent loft conversion specialist in Hitchin is by searching on trade portals like My Hammer, Local Heroes, Checkatrade, TrustaTrader, Rated People or My Builder, and the wonderful thing about such trade portals is the fact that it is possible to examine testimonials and reviews by former clients with regards to the tradesmen and the standard of their work. The final and probably even the most effective solution is to ask fiends and neighbours to recommend somebody they have used.

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When we conducted a quick search for "loft conversions Hitchin", we uncovered these useful listings on a business directory: BDH Builders SG5 1LA, Stoeri Plastering SG5 1NB, J W Carpentry & Home Improvements SG4 0TY.

Some Hitchin areas served by Hitchin loft conversion specialists: Tall Trees, Ashbrook Lane, Bradway, Station Terrace, Chennells Close, Colemans Close, The Mixies, Brook Street, Chaucer Way, St Marys Avenue, Claggy Road Industrial Estate, Canham Close, Trinity Road, Blacksmiths Close, Church Road, Swinburne Avenue, Byron Close, St Giles Road, Traherne Close, Codicote Road, Sandover Close, Balmoral Road, The Close, Spencer House, Chapel Road, The Valley, Sycamore Close, Deacons Way, Coopers Close.

Places close to Hitchin include: Lower Stondon, Ashbrook, Pirton, Offley, Walsworth, Lilley, Letchworth Garden City, Pegsdon, Weston, St Ippolyts, Preston, Kings Walden, Gosmore, Ickleford, Holwell, Little Wymondley

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