Loft Conversions The Way To Add Value
Loft Conversions, we have done hundreds over many years in London and Brighton. More recently we have completed large and small loft conversions in Brighton and increasingly in the fantastic regency houses in Hove. Our loft conversions just like all of our houses, kitchen extensions or basements are completed to the very highest of standards. Being Federation of Master Builder members we build to the very highest industry standards but it is not only us but our customers who rate us at the very top of local building firms in Brighton and Hove. Our loft conversions are all carefully planned and executed. We are a little bit different in that most builders on average are very poor at the planning element of a building project. We take care to include you all the way in your loft conversion. Let’s face it, the time spent planning your loft conversion at the start of a project will be time you will get back in not having to deal with issues from a poorly managed loft conversion.
Your loft conversion could create an amazing space for you, an extra room, a shower room, bedroom, office or playroom. The lofts in Brighton and Hove represent fantastic opportunities due to the height of many of the roof spaces and also the potential views of the sea. A well designed loft conversion can add considerable value to your property in some cases adding up to £250 – 350,000 to the value.
We look at the essential elements of great Loft Conversions from the designing to the delivery by a local builder with a great reputation.
It’s All In The Planning Of Your Loft Conversion!
Planning a loft conversion starts with the development of a good quality plan. Your intentions are very important at this stage, what is the main purpose of your loft conversion?
Measuring your loft conversion – Get a tape measure and take the approximate dimensions. Scale this to a scaled version of the loft area, 1:50 is a good workable size. It might also be beneficial to buy a scale rule that would enable you to easily work with the dimensions more readily.
- Have you got the head height?
- Do you have the access?
- Do you have a listed building and need conservation consent?
- Where would you put the windows to get natural light into your loft?
- How could your stairs fit into your loft conversion?
- Once you asked yourself some fundamental questions about your loft conversion you are ready to start planning. To get some great ideas go and look at some of our loft conversions that we have built.
- We have also provided a link here to get some great ideas about Loft Conversions that may inspire you further: Ideal Home Ideas
Loft Conversion Architects
Further inspiration can be provided by a good quality RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) associated architect. You can find a list of architects in the Brighton and Hove area using the RIBA website. We also work with some of the best local architects in the area and can organise a turn key design and build service for your loft conversion. Here is a useful link to their website where you can start to talk to leading architects in the Hove, Guildford, London or where ever you loft conversion project is located: RIBA Find an Architect
With the architects that you shortlist look at their portfolio online. Look at the work they have done in the local area. Architects should work with you not against you so find one that fits your style. They will have a walk round your house and get a view of your style and will work with you to get a loft conversion you can be proud of. The ideas they can come up with at first can seem a little off the wall, but we would say work with it and keep an open mind. If you want to produce a truly amazing loft conversion then the more off the wall, the more spectacular the results.
Don’t Get Rid Of Your Storage
Most of us use the loft for a place for dumping, storing boxes and kit of various sorts. Creating a great living space in the loft is an opportunity to create a wardrobe or cupboards also ensuring you don’t completely get rid of the storage. The slope of a ceiling in a loft space will mean that a loft conversion can easily accommodate some storage in the corners and the sides of the room. Storage is essential of course but the loft conversion also gives you the opportunity to get rid of lots of unnecessary junk.
Loft Conversions Colour Schemes
A mood board can really help with your project design. There are plenty of ideas on Pinterest where you can discover ideas for colour schemes that will work in different loft spaces. We would recommend a mood board of some of the colours and potentially the textiles you might want to use in your loft conversion.
Timescales For Project Completion
Your project completion will depend on the space you are working with and what you are doing with your loft. At the time of writing, builders are massively in demand and a good builder will not/or should not be readily available. A good builder will have a string of projects they will be working with. We are usually booked up for approximately 6 months in advance. This is a good benchmark. If you are starting a project remember to allow for a couple of months for the architects and submission of plans to your local planning authority. Depending if there is a requirement for the conservation offices to get involved, you can expect a plan to take between 8 and 12 weeks if unopposed. This obviously can take longer if the plan requires changes. Approx 65% of plans go through first time.