Loft Conversions Oxford

Oxford Loft Conversions (OX1): In general the most popular way that householders create a little extra liveable space in their houses these days is by having an extension built on their building. This might be added to the side, the back or the front and no matter which is the case you'll be significantly expanding the footprint made by your home. It's possible to generate more room for much the same price by doing a loft conversion, and you'll not expand the footprint at all. An additional option of course that could be open to you is to do your garage converted, however this will be dependant on you having a spare garage that is not needed for putting your car in. In most situations a converted loft will add a fair amount of value to your property, be much less messy and disruptive than a regular extension, will likely not need planning permission and permit you to preserve your much needed outside space.

Prices for Loft Conversions in Oxford Oxfordshire

You will want to delve deeply into all of the costs that could be involved with loft conversion work. This will be based on the style of property being worked on and the design of loft conversion required. 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 involved. If your budget stretches to a figure like this, then you may be set to move forward with your project, otherwise you might need to think again.

Loft Conversions Oxford

While there are many conceivable uses for the additional room resulting from a loft conversion, you'll almost certainly already have an idea as to what you're intending to use it for. Maybe you want to build an office where you're able to work in a calm and tranquil setting, perhaps you need an extra bedroom to accommodate your growing family, or it might be that you like the idea of a playroom where your kids can have their own quality space. A loft conversion is certainly a great solution to deliver that additional living space, whatever you want to do with it.

You may want to do some investigation as to just how much value a loft conversion will likely add to your home in Oxford. You need to understand that most areas of Oxford will have a threshold price for properties. You could possibly price yourself out of the market if it goes past this ceiling. This might influence your decision, making a loft conversion poor value for money. This may be less of a concern for you if you don't have any plans to sell.

Something that you could give some thought to if you are okay at DIY, and are up for a project like this, is to go for a shell loft conversion. This is a basic loft conversion in which all the necessary structural work is completed, such as mansard/dormers, stairs, windows, joists, steel beams (when needed) and roofing work. All the finishing work can then be done by the property owner (ie you) or by a suitable tradesman. Shell loft conversions tend to be quicker and cheaper, so if money is a worry, this may be a good resolution.

Loft Conversion Oxford

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

When you've made the decision to go forward with such a project, it's important that you find a recommended building company who do loft conversions. See if you can get a word of mouth recommendation from a person you know, who has had a conversion done. There are lots of resources on the internet these days, so get the most from them and get free quotations from well known ones such as Bark, Rated People or Local Heroes, to give you plenty of possibilities. These methods should turn up a variety of Oxford contractors who may be ideal for you.

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Loft Conversion Planning Permission

Conversion Planning Permission Oxford Oxfordshire

Planning permission isn't generally necessary for loft conversions, but for this to be the case a few stipulations must be met. Planning permission will be necessary in the event that your roof space has to be remodeled and the resulting work goes beyond certain limitations. Here are some of the stipulations that should be adhered to: at most 40 cubic metres added roof space for terraced houses and 50 cubic metres for detached/semi-detached properties, building materials used in the conversion should complement pre-existing ones, existing walls can't be overhung by roof extensions, privacy glass must be used for windows that are side-facing, when observed from the highway no extension must extend past the height of the existing roof slope, the uppermost part of the existing roof structure must not be exceeded by any extension, raised platforms, balconies and verandas are not allowed. Those conditions relate to houses and not flats, maisonettes, converted houses or other buildings. Development rights are restricted and exceptional planning conditions exist in specific areas. Therefore take advice from your local council planning department to determine which conditions relate to your home.

What About Building Regulations?

Building Regs for Loft Conversion in Oxford

Your conversion will still need to abide by the relevant building regulations irrespective of whether planning permission is needed. This is crucial to make sure that any work done on your loft conversion is structurally sound and safe and meets the minimum requirements for energy efficiency, accessibility and safety. The type of loft conversion that you're planning will impact on which particular regulations apply. There are numerous things to be taken into consideration and just some of the elements that may be affected by building regs include: windows, walls, floor joists, sound insulation, fire safety, electrics, loft stairs, doors and drainage. Speak with your architect or builder for details of what's required, or pop along to your local building control office, where the relevant advice will be available.

House Extensions Oxford

Home Extensions Oxford

Loft extensions are naturally not the only way to add much needed space to a home. Home extensions are perhaps the most popular way to achieve this. Home extensions in Oxford are only achievable if you've got sufficient space on your property. You'll also need to endure the bother of gaining planning permission if you elect to do a home extension in Oxford. All home extensions must have planning permission since immediate neighbours might be impacted by the end result. Quite often the same building companies that do loft extensions will also do house extensions. Extending will also increase your properties footprint and the whole process may be messy. Things such as close by trees, site access, the chances of flooding, soil conditions, rights of way, shared walls and demand on services, will all have to be considered when planning to have a house extension in Oxford. The average cost of house extensions Oxford in 2020 are approximately £1,600 and £2,200 per M2. Click for Oxford Home Extension QUOTES

Summing Up


Considering all things, one of the optimum ways to add additional space to your home, is by way of a loft conversion. Essentially it will possibly not require planning permission, it does not enlarge the footprint of the property, it causes a lot less disruption and mess, it adds value to your property and it is cost effective. This will of course depend on whether or not your home is suitable for a loft conversion, with older properties in Oxford normally being more suitable because of the construction of the roof. Many houses that were built after 1960 tend to have "trussed" roofs, making them essentially unsuitable (though not implausible) for the loft conversion option. If you think that your Oxford property might be suitable for a loft conversion, why not speak to an expert for some professional guidance?

Cellar/Basement Conversions

Cellar/Basement Conversions

Another excellent way to add additional living space to your house is to undertake a cellar/basement conversion. Only particular sorts of property are appropriate for this form of conversion, commonly Period or Victorian properties, rather than contemporary ones. In some instances there are also properties built after the war with cellars that are suitable for conversion. Carrying out a proper cellar conversion will also help to solve dampness issues which are prevalent in cellars. In many cases cellars/basements are merely a waste of space with the temptation to merely use them as a dumping ground for worthless garbage. You could transform your cellar into an office, a man cave or a games room and make it so much more than simply storage. A kitchen/dining room or even a self-contained flat are among the other possibilities if there is sufficient space. (Tags: Basement Conversions, Cellar Conversion, Cellar Conversions)

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Ways you can find loft conversion specialists in Oxford: A few years ago the majority of people used local newspapers or Yellow Pages to look for nearby tradespeople, but today's equivalent appears to be browsing online business directories such as City Visitor, Yelp, Yell, Touch Local, Local Life, 118 118, Cyclex, Mister What and Thomson Local, although being mentioned in these web directories is not a guarantee of the dependability of company mentioned as any loft conversion specialist ready to shell out the listing fee may be found within them A further favorite way for obtaining trades-people in recent times is to browse internet portals like My Builder, Local Heroes, My Hammer, Rated People, Checkatrade or TrustaTrader, and it's on these that clients are able to publish reviews and testimonials regarding the work carried out and the people who were responsible. Last of all, you can ask neighbours and friends if they can suggest a tradesman they have previously used.

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Oxford Loft Conversion Services

A quick search for "loft conversions Oxford", a few days ago produced the following companies on a search engine: Apex Construction OX1 5TP, Oxford Lofts OX3 9QJ, Abbott Building Services OX4 4BT.

A few Oxford roads serviced by Oxford loft conversion specialists: Sparsey Place, Burton Place, Broad Street, Clays Close, Alice Smith Square, Arthray Road, Shotover, Court Place Gardens, Balfour Road, Church Lane, Birch Road, The Link, The Straight Mile, The Triangle, Boulter Street, Delbush Avenue, Turl Street, The Slade, Sturges Close, Baronshurst Drive, Craufurd Road, Bodley Place, Stratford Street, All Saints Road, Collinwood Close, Beta Boulevard, Bladon Close, Chiltern View, Court Farm Road.

Places near Oxford include: Littlemore, Cumnor, Wytham, Sandford, Cowley, Iffley, Barton, Chawley, Sunningwell, Osney, Headington, Garsington, Summertown, Risinghurst, Eynsham, Wolvercote, Whitecross, Kennington, Marston

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