Are you looking to unlock the full potential of your home’s existing structure? Converting your loft delivers multiple benefits in this regard. Loft conversions are a great way to increase your home’s market value, something to bear in mind if you plan to sell in the future. In the meantime, or if you plan to stay long-term, you have the freedom to create a purpose-built room tailored to your needs. Extra bedrooms hold huge appeal and maximise any growth in value, while an office will make working from home easier and more productive.
Whether you’re in Henley-on-Thames, Newbury or the surrounding areas, there are certain aspects you must consider before converting your loft. Our Reading-based carpenters and building contractors are on hand to help clarify the often complex world of loft and attic conversions.
In this blog, we provide you with the most important information you need in the early stages of your conversion project.
Before you get too involved in conversion-related tasks, you must first check if your loft meets the conversion suitability criteria. In short, your loft must have a head height of at least 2.2m. If it’s this exact figure or above, our carpenters and building contractors can perform a straightforward conversion.
However, you must also be aware that other factors can influence suitability. These include the pitch of your roof as well as obstacles like chimneys and water tanks.
Does your loft have less than 2.2m in headroom? Don’t give up hope just yet. We offer various options to overcome this fairly frequent issue. First, we can lower the ceilings in the rooms below your loft. Alternatively, our team can remove sections of the existing roofing structure, or even raise the roof altogether.
Of course, such work represents a more complicated and costly solution than simple loft conversions.
Plan Your Space
How you intend to use your new living space will help narrow down your options for which conversion style to choose. For example, if you want to create a peaceful second living room in Henley-on-Thames with a stunning view, a dormer conversion will suit your needs better than installing rooflights.
Likewise, if you want to create a simple guest bedroom in Newbury, a basic room-in-loft solution makes more sense than going through the additional construction (and disruption) involved in a mansard conversion.
The sooner you decide on the type of room you want our carpenters and building contractors to deliver, the quicker you can start planning the interior décor. If your finished space will have angled ceilings, remember to keep this in mind as your design progresses.
Many loft and attic conversions qualify as a permitted development. This means they don’t require planning permission from your local authority. But this is not a universal truth. If your proposed conversion involves altering the overall roof structure, including raising the roofline, you will need prior consent.
In addition, you may also need permission if you live in a designated part of Newbury, Henley-on-Thames or the wider Berkshire area, such as:
• A National Park
• A Conservation Area
• A World Heritage Site
• An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
What Loft Conversions Involve
There are numerous differences in the process needed to complete rooflight, dormer, hip-to-gable and mansard conversions. However, they typically involve the same key steps.
Naturally, this includes the installation of rooflights or windows to help create a bright, light-filled room. Our carpenters and building contractors also make structural changes to your roof where needed. This work covers raising and extending.
Conversions often require upgrading loft insulation and reinforcing rafters. They always need the installation of an access staircase linking the new room to the floor below.
Are you ready to book an initial consultation in the comfort of your home? Please don’t hesitate to contact us.