Loft Conversions Reigate

Reigate Loft Conversions (RH2): When you are thinking about home improvements that can both add value and living space to your house in Reigate, a loft conversion will definitely be an option to consider. Many industry experts regard this as one of the best ways to add more value to any property. The fact that planning permission is rarely required for a loft conversion, makes this option even more irresistable.

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You'll want to delve deeply into all the costs that may be involved with loft conversion work. The size and layout of the property and the sort of the loft conversion will in the end establish how much it's going to cost. At this stage you might be intrigued to learn that £35,000 is the guideline price for a typical loft conversion in 2019. If this sounds about right and is within your spending budget you can proceed, if not possibly something like a garage conversion would be better for you.

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Don't count on the exactness of these figures though, since so many variables will be involved in the cost. Yet another average figure that may perhaps give you a better idea is that usually loft conversions work out at around £1,250 per square metre (this is for construction work and materials). In addition to that, building control fees, architects fees and planning fees will contribute even more to the final bill.

A property in Reigate with a loft conversion is going to go up in value and you'll need to know by how much. Your area of Reigate will probably have a threshold price on properties. Homes that are appraised above this ceiling price can be tricky to sell on later. This may influence your decision, making a loft conversion poor value. You will not have to be troubled that much if you haven't got any intention of selling anytime soon.

Something you might think about if you're okay at DIY, and fancy a project of this nature, is to opt for a shell loft conversion. This is a basic loft conversion whereby all the key structural jobs are done, including windows/skylights, roof alterations, steelwork, dormers/mansard, staircase and structural floor. The remainder of the project is left for the customer (to be precise you), so it can be completed to your own specifications and in your own time.

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

Many property owners in Reigate prefer to get a loft conversion, since with the use of scaffolding, most of the structural work can be completed from outside. Surprisingly, loft conversions are usually much less disruptive than extensions. There should also be a lot less mess and dust on the interior, meaning that you can pretty much continue your daily routine while the work progresses.

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Mansard Conversions

The Mansard method of doing loft conversions originated in about the 1600's thanks to a renowned French architect named Mansart. He hoped it would be a big space creating procedure which would generate a significant measure of added living space where previously there wasn't any. This kind of conversion is only built on pitched roofs and added space is produced by bringing up one wall (quite often at the back of a home) and also flattening out the top of the roof, and so creating a near box shape. The angle of the raised wall have got to be on no less than a 72 degree incline. It will very often be the situation that you will be seeking to raise a wall that is also your neighbour's (particularly in houses that are terraced), which means that you'll want the co-operation of your immediate neighbour - yet another worry if there's any bitterness!

Loft Conversion Beginnings

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Although the idea of a loft conversion might be considered a "British" thing, the early loft conversions and the initial notions of transforming such spaces began in the United States during the Sixties. The location for this inventive building revolution was New York's Soho district, where trendy, new living spaces were developed by local artists and designers in the upper sections of tumbledown industrial structures. In actual fact those industrial buildings and zones hadn't been allotted for this purpose, and consequently were strictly speaking illegal in those times. It wasn't until nineteen seventy one when the city ultimately made this practise legal, and thereafter many other districts of New York including Greenwich Village, Tribeca, Chelsea and Manhattan joined the revolution, and "loft living" was a no brainer for the wealthy, talented and young. In Britain converting a loft is an attractive concept especially in large population centres such as Manchester, London, Leeds and Birmingham, where land is at a premium and any method by which to develop added space without extending the building's footprint is with good reason popular. (Tags: Loft Conversion Origins, History of Loft Conversions, First Loft Conversions)

Planning Permission

Planning Permission for Loft Conversions Reigate Surrey

Local authority planning permission isn't usually required for loft conversions, although in order for this to be the case a number of conditions should be met. Planning permission will be required in the event that the roof space needs altering and the resulting work exceeds certain restrictions. The following are a few of the stipulations that must be met: existing walls cannot be overhung by roof extensions, raised platforms, balconies and verandas are not permitted, as observed from the road no extension should go beyond the plane of the pre-existing roof slope, no greater than 40 cubic metres added space for terraced houses and 50 cubic metres for detached/semi-detached properties, the uppermost section of the roof structure must not be exceeded by any extension, components utilised in construction need to match pre-existing ones, obscured glass is essential on side-facing windows. Also it should be pointed out that those guidelines apply for houses and not for flats, maisonettes, converted houses or other buildings. Additionally, there are specified areas where development rights are controlled and unique planning regulations exist. Therefore confer with your planning department to ascertain what conditions relate to your property.

What About Building Regulations?

Building Regs for Loft Conversion in Reigate

No matter whether you need planning permission for your conversion, it will still have to abide by the relevant building regs. This is to make sure that the resulting loft conversion is structurally sound and that it satisfies the minimum requirements for energy efficiency, safety and accessibility, as stipulated by building control. Which regulations apply to you will be dependent upon the kind of loft conversion you're planning to have. In most cases loft stairs, sound insulation, walls, electrics, doors, windows, fire safety, drainage and floor joists are among the things that might be affected by building regs when undertaking a loft conversion. Your local Reigate building control office will advise you regarding exactly which building regulations apply to your conversion, or you can talk to your architect or builder for the details of what's needed.

In Conclusion

In Summary

All things considered, one of the simplest ways to add extra living space to your home, is by having a loft conversion. Fundamentally it creates less disruption and mess, it is cost effective, it adds value to your house, it doesn't increase the footprint of the property and it will possibly not need planning permission. The whole idea, does however, depend on the suitability of your house, with older homes in Reigate normally being more suitable for loft conversion. Less suitable, though not implausible for loft conversion, are newer homes with "trussed" roofs (mostly constructed since the 1960s), they tend to have less height and space to work with. If you consider that your Reigate property might be suitable for a loft conversion, why not speak to a specialist for some advice?

Loft Pods

Home Extension Pods, Loft BUDS and Loft Pods

One of the most cost effective sorts of loft conversion are the variously named "loft BUDS", "loft pods" or "home extension pods" . Besides the cost these are also easier to construct and much less disruptive. Loft pods typically fall within the £20-30,000 price bracket, which makes them more affordable for many householders in the UK. Generally attached to the back of a house, above the first floor, a loft BUD (or pod) is a roughly 3 x 3m module extension. A loft pod module can even be attached or added to a preexisting conversion, or it can be used independently as an extension on its own . There are a wide range of uses to which a loft pod can be put including a home office, a home cinema, a mini-gym or a playroom. (Tags: Loft Pods, Home Extension Pods, Loft Buds)
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Ways to seek out loft conversion specialists in Reigate: Of the numerous means available to seek out nearby tradesmen in Reigate like loft conversion specialists, one resource that's been with us for quite some time is online directories. They are the modern day alternative of the now largely outdated Yellow Pages, that everybody in Great Britain used to search out services locally. In recent times customers look in City Visitor, Yell, Thomson Local, Local Life, Touch Local, Cyclex, Mister What, Yelp and 118 118, though having a business listing in one of these does not guarantee you a good quality of workmanship, because practically any business can advertise their "skills" in these mediums A different good resource which you are able to use in order to track down a reliable loft conversion specialist in Reigate is to look on one of the internet trade portals such as My Builder, Rated People, Local Heroes, Checkatrade, My Hammer or TrustaTrader, and as you will very quickly find out, the opportunity to study customer reviews and testimonials is the primary benefit of these portals. Enabling you to select a first rate tradesperson who has been endorsed by past customers. The final and probably even the finest option is to ask family, neighbours and friends if they can kindly endorse a loft conversion specialist they have used.

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When we conducted a quick search for "loft conversions Reigate", we uncovered the following listings on Yahoo: David Rutland & Co.Ltd RH2 9RJ, Allbuild Ltd RH2 9BL, House of Building Ltd RH4 3LW.

A few Reigate addresses served by Reigate loft conversion specialists: Dean Oak Lane, South Road, The Dell, Apley Road, Deerings Road, Church Court, Cranston Close, The Way, St Andrews Close, Doods Road, The Facade, Cliftons Lane, Stuart Road, Arden Close, South Albert Road, Chartfield Road, Albion Road, The Mews, Shellwood Road, Duxhurst Lane, Allingham Road, Albany Close, Trehaven Parade, Cronks Hill, Church Road, Tapners Road.

Places around Reigate include: Sidlow, Lower Kingswood, Horley, Buckland, Merstham, Earlswood, The Acres, Salfords, Irons Bottom, Hooley, South Nutfield, Mickleham, Leigh, Betchworth, Redhill, Beare Green, Wrays, South Park

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