Loft Conversion Sandhurst

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Sandhurst Loft Conversions (GU47): Generally speaking the most typical method by which householders create a bit of extra living space in their homes at present is by having an extension built onto the property. This might be built on the side, the back or the front and whichever holds true you will be significantly increasing your home's footprint. It is possible to create even more room at a roughly similar cost converting your loft, and you won't increase the footprint in the process. The other option that might be feasible is to do a garage conversion, although this is dependant on your having a spare garage that you don't require for putting your car in. In most situations a nicely converted loft will enable you to preserve your priceless garden space, be much less messy and disruptive than a conventional extension, is not going to require planning permission and add a fair amount of value to your property.

Making a comprehensive analysis of the costs involved with having a loft conversion would be advisable at this early stage. How much a loft conversion costs is dependent on a number of variables such as property size and layout. At this point you may be intrigued to learn that £35,000 is the average price for a typical loft conversion in 2020. If a number like this doesn't scare you you may be in a good place to forge ahead with the work, if it does scare you, an alternative solution might be better.

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As there are a lot of variables associated with the costs, you must only consider this as a rough guideline. An approximate price for construction work and building materials would be £1,250 per square metre. Then, architects fees, building control fees and planning fees will need to be tagged onto the bill.

There are lots of lofts in Sandhurst that are not suitable for converting, so get this checked out before you get too involved. The first thing you do should be to get your loft checked by a specialist. Among the foremost determining issues will be the height of the loft which must be not less than 2.2m. This is one thing that you can check yourself, simply scramble up into your loft with a tape measure. An additional key issue is the form of roof that you have on your home, trussed roofs are more costly to convert than those with rafters.

Though there are some exceptions, loft conversions in Sandhurst will hardly ever require planning permission. You can talk to your local planning office to check if your particular loft conversion comes under such exceptions. If you're nervous about doing this, ask for advice from your preferred Sandhurst loft conversion company. Naturally this does not mean that you do not have to comply with the applicable building regs, that are altogether different to planning permission. The building regulations cover build quality and safety which is very important and the place to go for this is your local building control department.

Loft Conversion Sandhurst (GU47)

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

If you decide to bite the bullet and do a conversion on your loft, the next step should be to get yourself a decent local contractor renowned for doing loft conversions in Sandhurst. If you have a neighbour who has had a conversion, see if you can get a recommendation for the company that they used. There are several sites online who'll help you find tradespeople you might try Rated People or Local Heroes, better yet try Bark. The outcome of such research should be a short list of prospective Sandhurst loft conversion services from which to make your selection.

Loft conversion is available in Sandhurst and also in nearby places like: Eversley, Camberley, Yateley, College Town, Crowthorne, Little Sandhurst, Hawley, Bagshot, Eversley Cross, Gardeners Green, Owlsmoor, Cricket Hill, Ambarrow Wood, Blackwater, Frimley, Frogmore, Darby Green, York Town, Finchampstead, and in these postcodes GU46 6WD, GU47 0RT, GU47 8LW, GU47 8PU, GU47 8QN, GU47 7EJ, GU47 8XN, GU46 6WT, GU47 7DA, GU47 8EH. Local Sandhurst loft conversion specialists will likely have the postcode GU47 and the phone code 01344. Click the "quote" banner to get info on loft conversion in your area.

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Loft Conversion Building Regulations

Building Control for Loft Conversion in Sandhurst

No matter if you need to get planning permission for your loft conversion, it will still have to adhere to the appropriate building regs. This ensures that all work carried out satisfies the minimum requirements for safety, accessibility and energy efficiency, and that your loft conversion is structurally sound and safe. Which regulations apply in your case will depend upon the sort of loft conversion you're planning on having. The elements of a loft conversion that may well be subject to building regulations include floor joists, walls, electrics, drainage, doors, loft stairs, windows, sound insulation and fire safety, though there could be others. Consult with your architect or builder for information on what's needed, or pop along to your local building control office, where the relevant advice will be readily available.

Loft Conversion Origins

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Though the idea of a loft conversion may seem like an awfully "British" thing, some of the earliest loft conversions and maybe the initial notions of converting loft spaces began in the United States in the nineteen sixties. The location for this innovative building craze was New York's Soho district, where cool, new living environments were built by designers and artists in the higher sections of delapidated industrial structures. In reality such zones and structures had not been designated for this purpose, and as a result were to all intents and purposes illegal at the time. It wasn't until 1971 that New York City at long last legalized this practise, and consequently several other parts of the city such as Tribeca, Manhattan, Chelsea and Greenwich Village jumped on the bandwagon, and "loft living" was a no brainer for the wealthy, talented and young. In the United Kingdom doing a loft conversion is an especially attractive concept in huge metropolitan areas such as Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and London, where building land is hard to come by and any method by which to generate additional living space without having to extend the footprint of a building is welcomed. (Tags: First Loft Conversions, History of Loft Conversions, Loft Conversion Origins)

Planning Permission for Loft Conversions

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Normally a loft conversion does not need planning permission, nevertheless there are various stipulations that must be met for this to be true. Specific limitations should not be exceeded if your roof space has to be remodeled, if they are then you'll need to apply for planning permission. Here are some of the stipulations that have to be adhered to: no greater than 40 m3 added space for terraced houses and 50 m3 for semi-detached/detached houses, existing walls must not be overhung by roof extensions, as seen from the main highway no extension must extend past the plane of the current roof slope, raised platforms, balconies and verandas aren't permitted, obscure glazing must be used for windows that are side-facing, the uppermost part of the roof should not be exceeded by any extension, materials used in conversion need to match existing materials. Additionally it should be noted that these regulations apply to houses and not to converted houses, flats, maisonettes or other structures. For householders who live in specified areas there may be additional rules where special planning conditions exist and development is restricted. Therefore confer with your local council's planning department to find out what rules affect your property.

Hip to Gable Loft Conversion Sandhurst

Hip to Gable Conversions Sandhurst: There are numerous properties in Sandhurst which have hipped roofs with ends that slope together with the sides, and these are mostly semi-detached and detached properties. This puts a limit on the level of space that's readily available for a loft conversion, and one way to get round this is to opt for a "hip-to-gable" loft conversion, which is a clever answer to this problem. To all intents and purposes, this turns a hip end into a gable end (flipping the slope into a vertical), therefore providing extra space that can be turned into a useful extra room. You may even be in a position to do a double hip-to-gable loft conversion, if your property in Sandhurst is detached, because in such cases you will likely have 2 hipped ends. For the most part hip to gable loft conversions come in the "permitted developments" grouping, and don't require planning permission, however you should still double check with your local planning department to be on the safe side. It's not only semi-detached and detached houses in Sandhurst that are candidates for hip-to-gable conversions, since certain end of terrace dwellings with hipped roofs may also be suitable. Hip-to-gable loft conversions are typically more costly than other forms of conversion, on account of the additional structural work that is required. A side dormer conversion is a cheaper substitute, but doesn't create anywhere near as much space as a hip-to-gable conversion. (Tags: Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversion Sandhurst, Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversions Sandhurst, Hip-to-Gable Conversions Sandhurst, Side Dormer Conversions Sandhurst)

Cellar Conversion

Cellar Conversion

If your home is not a good candidate for a loft conversion, a cellar conversion another good way to create additional living space. Obviously this form of conversion can only be undertaken on certain sorts of house, usually older properties for instance Victorian or period properties. In some instances you will find there are also post-war properties with cellars/basements which are suited to converting. Along with the obvious benefit of more space, a cellar conversion may also solve dampness issues and increase the worth of your home. Oftentimes cellars or basements are merely wasted space with the habit to just use them as dumping grounds for household bric a brac. Why don't you turn your basement into a children's play room, an office or a man cave and make it a whole lot more than merely storage. If you've got enough space a kitchen/diner or even a guest apartment are among the other possibilities. (Tags: Cellar Conversions, Cellar Conversion, Basement Conversions)
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To Sum Up

Summing Up

Considering everything above, one of the optimal ways to add extra space to your property, is by means of a loft conversion. In essence it will most likely not require planning permission, it won't enlarge the property footprint, it's cost effective, it raises the value of your home and it creates a lot less mess and disruption. The actual construction of your roof might be a deciding factor, with older houses in Sandhurst frequently being better suited to loft conversion than more modern ones. Quite a lot of properties that were built after 1960 tend to have "trussed" roofs, making them predominantly unsuitable (although not impossible) for the loft conversion process. If you think that your Sandhurst house may be suited to a loft conversion, why not get hold of a specialist for some advice?

Loft Conversions Near Sandhurst

Local loft conversions: College Town loft conversions, Frimley loft conversions, Owlsmoor loft conversions, Eversley Cross loft conversions, Yateley loft conversions, Hawley loft conversions, Eversley loft conversions, Little Sandhurst loft conversions, York Town loft conversions, Bagshot loft conversions, Blackwater loft conversions, Gardeners Green loft conversions, Crowthorne loft conversions, Camberley loft conversions, Darby Green loft conversions, Cricket Hill loft conversions, Frogmore loft conversions, Finchampstead loft conversions, Ambarrow Wood loft conversions and more.

Sandhurst Loft Conversion Tasks

Sandhurst Loft Conversion Tasks

Sandhurst loft conversion specialists will likely help you with loft alterations, loft conversion planning, hip-to-gable loft conversions in Sandhurst, loft conversion price quotes in Sandhurst, home extensions, building control liason, garage extensions Sandhurst, loft renovations, loft carpentry, loft electrics in Sandhurst, loft boarding, loft insulation, loft plumbing, roof lift loft conversions, roof light conversions, bespoke loft furniture, loft remodelling, conversion design, velux loft conversion, loft pods, dormer loft conversions, loft refurbishment, part loft conversions, bespoke loft storage and other loft related work in Sandhurst, Berkshire.

Finding Sandhurst Loft Conversion Specialists

Ways to look for loft conversion specialists in Sandhurst: In the old days pretty much everybody looked in local newspapers or in the Yellow Pages to find nearby services, however today's equivalent seems to be browsing around internet business directories such as Touch Local, Yelp, Cyclex, Thomson Local, Yell, Mister What, Local Life, 118 118 and City Visitor, although entries in such directories are available to anybody ready to shell out the listing fee, which is not a guarantee of craftsmanship Another popular way for tracking down trades-people nowadays is to search through one of the web portals like TrustaTrader, Rated People, My Builder, My Hammer, Checkatrade or Local Heroes, and the key benefit of such portals is that they feature customer testimonials and reviews regarding each loft conversion specialist on the site. The very last bit of advice is that you ask family members, workmates and neighbours to recommend a loft conversion specialist they have previously used.

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Loft Conversion Around Sandhurst

Loft conversion work has recently been finished in these Sandhurst areas and roads - School Hill, Apple Tree Way, Sandy Lane, Crowthorne Road, Ackrells Mead, Argent Terrace, Scotland Hill, Charlton Court, Bernersh Close, Theal Close, St Helens Crescent, Ambarrow Crescent, Tarbat Court, Blackbird Close, Compton Close, Tawny Row, Cambridge Road, Swan Lane, Caves Farm Close, Durham Road, Chelwood Drive, Dale Gardens, Berrybank, Shrivenham Close, College Road, Darleydale Close, as well as the following Sandhurst area postcodes: GU46 6WD, GU47 0RT, GU47 8LW, GU47 8PU, GU47 8QN, GU47 7EJ, GU47 8XN, GU46 6WT, GU47 7DA, GU47 8EH.

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