Loft Conversions Newton Abbot

Newton Abbot Loft Conversions (TQ12): The way the housing market is in Newton Abbot nowadays, moving home simply because you need another room or two may not be the best solution. Give some thought to the expense, the hassle, and the stress involved with the process of moving. If your existing house is suitable you might be able to get a loft conversion in order to create that additional space. Should you ever elect to move, you may expect that the market price of your home will have gone up by something like twenty to thirty percent. No wonder that the popular course of action in Newton Abbot nowadays is to get a loft conversion.

Prices for Loft Conversions in Newton Abbot Devon

I guess one of the questions that will be foremost in your mind at this point is "what will it cost"? The layout and size of the property and the design of the loft conversion will in the end determine how much it is going to cost. While your planned loft conversion could cost more or less than the average, the typical cost in 2019 is about £35,000. If your budget stretches to a number such as this, then you may be set to go ahead with your conversion project, otherwise you might need to have a rethink.

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Since there are many criteria involved in the costs, you must only take this as a rough guideline. The majority of the cost will be taken up by materials and construction work, and at the time of writing this equates to about £1,250 per square metre. Plus there are other costs to think about including planning fees, building control fees and architect fees.

It is important to check into what the value rise on your property in Newton Abbot is likely to be, as a direct result of the loft conversion. The "threshold price" is the limit on how much homes in your area of Newton Abbot will sell for. If you have to sell later on, your house might be hard to sell if it's valued above this ceiling price. This will mean that it's not such a good investment doing a loft conversion. You will not have to be troubled so much if you haven't got any intention of selling up anytime soon.

Something you might think about if you are competent at do-it-yourself, and you are willing to take on such a project, is to get a shell loft conversion. That's where all of the main structural work, for instance structural floor, windows/skylights, dormers, roofing work, stairs and steel beams (when needed) is completed. All the finishing work can then be done by the home owner (in other words you) or by your own tradesman. If you happen to be on a limited budget, a shell loft conversion may be perfect for you.

Newton Abbot Loft Conversion

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

It's vital that you sniff out a dependable building company that is carrying out loft conversions in the Newton Abbot region, as soon as you've made the decision to go ahead with this plan. You might be able to extract a recommendation from somebody you know who has recently had this work done. Submit a free quote form to a lead company like Bark and see what rolls in, or maybe check reviews and feedback on Rated People or Trustatrader. Such strategies will provide you with a short list of acceptable loft conversion contractors around and in Newton Abbot.

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Roof Light Conversions Newton Abbot

Undoubtedly the least costly and disruptive sort of loft conversion is the "roof light conversion", where it's not necessary to alter the slope or shape of your roof. Instead, it's solely a case of putting in skylights, installing an appropriate floor, and fitting stairs for easy access. Only lofts that have already got the required amount of roof space and don't need to be extended, are suitable candidates for roof light conversions.

Mansard Conversions

The Mansard form of creating a loft conversion was developed in around the 17th C due to a famous architect known as Mansart. He thought it would be a huge way of creating living space that would generate an appreciable amount of added living space where previously there wasn't any. This style of loft conversion is only used on pitched roofs and the space is generated by raising one of the walls (almost always to the rear of the home) and then leveling out the roof, hence creating a pretty much vertical profile. The finished angle of the wall that's raised have got to be on at least a 72 degree incline. It will quite often be the case that you will be looking to raise a wall that is a party wall with a neighbour (especially in terraced houses), which means that you'll need your immediate neighbour's collaboration - an extra concern if you don't get along that well! (Tags: Mansard Loft Conversions, Mansard Roof Extensions, Mansard Conversions)

Conversion Planning Permission

Loft Conversion Planning Permission Newton Abbot Devon

On the whole loft conversions don't need local authority planning permission, nevertheless there are a few conditions which should be satisfied in order for this to be the case. Planning permission will be necessary if the roof space has to be changed and the resulting work exceeds certain specified limits. Some of the stipulations which should be observed are: pre-existing walls cannot be overhung by any roof extension, components employed in construction should match pre-existing ones, frosted glass is necessary on side-facing windows, the uppermost a part of the roof structure should not be exceeded by an extension, no greater than 40 m3 added space for terraced houses and 50 m3 for detached/semi-detached houses, as observed from the main highway no extension must go beyond the plane of the pre-existing roof slope, balconies, verandas and raised platforms are not permitted. These rules apply to houses and not converted houses, maisonettes, flats or any other buildings. Additionally, there are certain areas where development rights are restricted and exceptional planning stipulations apply. To see what conditions affect your house, consult with your local council planning office.

Loft Conversion Building Regulations

Building Regs for Loft Conversion in Newton Abbot

No matter whether you need to get planning permission for your loft conversion, it must still adhere to the relevant building regs. This is crucial to make sure that any work carried out on your loft conversion is safe and structurally sound and satisfies the minimum requirements for accessibility, energy efficiency and safety. Exactly which building regulations apply to you will depend upon the form of loft conversion you're planning. The elements of a loft conversion that may be subject to building regulations include walls, sound insulation, fire safety, floor joists, loft stairs, windows, doors, electrics and drainage, although there might be others. To figure out which of the building regulations apply to your conversion, you can either talk with your architect or loft conversion contractor or contact your local Newton Abbot building control office.

In Conclusion

Summing Up

Considering all the factors, one of the best ways to add extra living space to your home, is by means of a loft conversion. Essentially it will most likely not require planning permission, it adds value to your house, it creates less disruption and mess, it's cost effective and it doesn't enlarge the footprint of the property. The roof construction might be a deciding factor, with older houses in Newton Abbot generally being more suitable for loft conversions than more recent properties. Lots of homes which were constructed after 1960 tend to have trussed roofs, making them predominantly unsuitable (although not implausible) for the loft conversion procedure. If you feel that your Newton Abbot home may be suitable for a loft conversion, why not speak to a specialist for a bit of advice and guidance?

Loft BUDS, Home Extension Pods and Loft Pods

Loft BUDS, Loft Pods and House Extension Pods

If you have obtained some quotations for a loft conversion and find that they are too costly for you a "house extension pod", "loft pod" or "loft BUD" might be far more cost effective. These are also usually completed in a shorter timeframe and less of a disruption to install. Loft pods commonly come within the 20,000 - 30,000 pound price bracket, making them more affordable for the average homeowner in the United Kingdom. Basically an approximately 3 metre by 3 metre module extension, a loft BUD (or pod) is usually attached to the rear of a house, above the 1st floor. There are 2 options with loft pods. They can be used independently or attached to pre-existing conversions as a supplemental extension. Therefore if you are looking to create a brand new mini-gym, home office, kid's playroom or home cinema, a loft pod might be just the ticket.
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Ways to find loft conversion specialists in Newton Abbot: There are naturally a number of ways out there for finding loft conversion specialists and other local tradespeople in Newton Abbot and the main method which folks used a few years back was to finger through the free local newspaper or Yellow Pages. In these modern times newspapers and such like seem to be online along with quite a few handy directories like City Visitor, 118 118, Yell, Touch Local, Yelp, Thomson Local, Mister What, Cyclex and Local Life, however there aren't any guarantees using this tactic simply because pretty much anybody can advertise in these resources and being listed is not an assurance of the standard of their work Another very popular solution for tracking down tradesmen these days is to check out web portals like Local Heroes, TrustaTrader, Rated People, My Hammer, Checkatrade or My Builder, and the primary advantage of these is that they highlight customer reviews and testimonials relating to each tradesman on their site. The last proposition is you ask next door neighbours, acquaintances and family to suggest a loft conversion specialist they've previously used.

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Some Newton Abbot areas serviced by Newton Abbot loft conversion specialists: Waltham Road, Union Street, St Marychurch Road, Haldon Close, Redstart Close, Meadowside, Stoneleigh Close, Penshurst Road, Ashburton Road, Courtenay Street, Paynsford Mews, King Street, Laureston Road, Littlejoy Road, Netley Road, Brownhills Road, Flete Avenue, Ringslade Road, Elizabeth Square, Powderham Terrace, Pinewood Road, Wolborough Street, Berrys Wood, Aller Brake Road, Lower Budleigh Meadow, Ringslade Close, Rowan Tree Road, Whitehill Road, Wood View, Lonsdale Road.

Places close to Newton Abbot include: Highweek, Two Mile Oak, Netherton, North Wilborough, West Ogwell, Wolborough, Ogwell, Abbotskerswell, Kingsteignton, Combeinteignhead, Milber, East Ogwell, Wilborough, Penn Inn

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