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Convert Loft into a Bedroom

So you have decided to have a loft conversion? YES – Its a wise move to make use of that attic and you won’t regret it. Many people choose to convert loft into a bedroom.

In fact 70% of the lofts converted in the UK have been made into a bedroom.  This is unsurprising given a loft makes the ideal guest room.  Most families are outgrowing their home and it is therefore not surprising many lack that extra room when a friend or family member wishes to stay over. A loft conversion will ensure the well insulated roof will keep heat inside and the cold air outside – allowing that lucky person to have an incredible nights sleep.

A bedroom in the loft can be accompanied with a shower and toilet – this can be done with minimal extra cost. Loft slopes make the ideal space for storage and when converting your loft always make sure that your loft conversion specialist includes this into the final architectural design.

The type of loft conversion popular for bedrooms are  dormer loft conversions – this is because they allow the homeowner to maximise roof space and in many cases allow for both the bedroom and bathroom. A velux loft conversion would only allow an additional bedroom in 90% of the cases. This is because there is simply not enough height space and you do not want to get the feeling on living in a cage…. don’t cramp everything it and live with a regret. A loft conversion should be a dream airy room – not a cupboard.

With a focus on London, many homeowners are choosing to convert their loft to bring in additional income. A room in London with its own bathroom would bring a minimum of £500/month – that’s a minimum of £6000/year. With a typical bedroom conversion costing £30,000 – that’s an immediate ROI of 20% (not bad!)

Did you know – An additional bedroom will also add a minimum of 10% to the value of your property.

Loft Conversions in the Current Housing Climate

Loft Conversions – involves converting your attic into a habitable living space. In the current climate, UK house prices are somewhat stagnant and I am including London in this statement. Those wanting to get on to the housing ladder need to have a significant deposit (atleast 25%) to obtain a decent mortgage interest rate. Landlords are the new capitalists and demanding high rents given the shortage in supply. It seems for many to be a losing battle whilst lives are literally put “on hold” and pumping more dead money into other peoples pockets.

The recent recession has created a baby boom – it is now blossoming and many families are out growing their current homes. Moving house on average cost atleast £8,000 taking into account estate agent fees, days off work, removal, storage costs, solicitors, bank charges not to forget the added stress as you go through the housing transactional process. This is why a loft conversion is strongly being considered by many especially those in London, who have built local ties and a feeling of community. It avoids the upheaval and there is no longer the requirement to detach oneself from the many happy memories they have built from their home. Kids are able to keep and build bonds with their friends.

A loft can be converted from as little as £24,000 and the process can take only 4 weeks.

Loft Conversion Cost

Loft Conversion Cost by our resident expert Mark Smith.

The cost of a loft conversion will depend on a number of factors :

– The scope of the loft conversion – en suite, 2 bedrooms, roof space
– The type of loft conversion
– The quality of the material used
– The profit margin of your loft conversion specialist

You may have seen as you browse the web – loft conversion companies advertising your loft converted from £15,000. This I can say in the MAJORITY of cases is not achievable realistically a loft conversion will cost approx. £24,000. In London – £29,000 (purely on the basis of supply/demand) as well as Londoners earning much more on average nationally. This fact is true in Feb 2012 from my experience.

When choosing a company to convert your loft – you should always get 3 quotations as a minimum. DO NOT choose the cheapest as the DEFAULT otherwise you may be burdened with hidden extras. Always look to build the TOTAL COST – ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS have a contract and payment schedule in place.

Its not always a case of the old adage “you get what you pay for” – make sure you research your loft conversion company and at least visit a site in person. DO NOT take photos of previous work as granted – ask to speak to a customer and try make sure you are not hoodwinked into speaking to a family member or close associate. You ideally want someone independent. Contact the FMB and ask if there have been any complaints filled against the conversion company

Finally, a loft conversion will cost you a significant sum of money and it never hurts to ask the loft conversion company for a last price or a loan (this may work out alot cheaper then taking a loan from a bank) At the end of the day – the company wants your business and will do their very best to give you a cracking deal. Its surprising, how few people ask for a last price… it could save you money and make you money through this wise investment in your home.

Did you know…. The cost of your loft conversion could vary by as much as 15% if completed in winter. It is feasible to complete a loft conversion in Winter as long as you are willing to put up with the cold weather.

Dormer Loft Conversions

A dormer is the most common type of loft conversion seen in the UK. It can be described as being basically a “box” on your roof or more correctly put as being “a structural element of a building that protrudes from the plane of a sloping roof surface” (courtesy of Wikipedia) Dormer loft conversions if built correctly can be done suited to the character of the property and take on the “feel” of the original house. Many loft converts have said they feel their best room is in the dormer conversion – many taking on having a bedroom / en-suite complete.

There are many types of dormer conversions that can be taken on, below I have tried to summarise the “dormer shopping list” available to those considering this type of loft conversion:

  • Gable fronted dormer: similar to a “dog kennel” I would say this is probably in most peoples eyes they “most common” loft conversion they can relate to.
  • Hipped roof dormer: the roof slopes back from front of structure to a point farther back, or, a dormer with a hip roof.
  • Flat roof dormer: the roof of the dormer is flat.
  • Shed dormer: A dormer (window) whose eave line is parallel to the main roof eave line. Shed dormers can provide more attic space and head room than gable dormers, but cannot be the same pitch as the main roof and may therefore require different roof sheeting. Often used in gable-roofed homes, a shed dormer has a single-planed roof, pitched at a shallower angle than the main roof.
  • Eyebrow or eyelid dormer “A low dormer on the slope of a roof. It has no sides, the roofing being carried over it in a wavy line.” The bottom of an eyebrow dormer is flat and the top is curved. This type of conversion is more popular for house in the suburbs and I saw fair few when on holiday recently in the US and Spain.
  • Link Dormer A large dormer that houses a chimney or joins one part of a roof to another.

Browse our gallery for a array of dormer loft conversions and discuss with your loft conversion specialist –

It is imperative that you research your loft conversion company diligently – take referrals and go see a completed loft. Loft conversions are not cheap and improperly constructed dormers are prone to leaks and give rise to expensive repairs.

Mansard Loft Conversion

What is a Mansard Loft Conversion?

So you may have heard a loft conversion specialist mention that you should consider a mansard conversion. Mansard loft conversions are popular in urban areas where older properties pre 1950s are prominent. London is a city where you will see alot of mansard conversions – they bring the added benefit of maximising the space in your loft and the ability to make use of all roof space. Generally when one considers a mansard conversion they opt for a flat room due to it being the most cost effective. We have found this type of loft conversion would be the preferred option from a planning perspective in sensitive areas and where original framework of the property is suited therefore keep in character with the property.

The conversion typically has a flat horizontal roof, with the back wall sloping inwards at an angle of 72 degrees. The majority of mansard loft conversions will require planning permission as you will be making a notable change to roof structure. Click on the mansard loft conversions below for a closer inspection.

Did you know…. Mansard Loft Conversions were named after a 17th-century French architect – Francois Mansart

 

Loft Conversions London | Convertlofts.com

Loft Conversions LondonLoft Conversions London are becoming increasingly popular.  London has some of the highest house prices in the UK and is still definitely a world “hot property spot” Many people love visiting London purely for the continual buzz it generates whether it be the royals, the west end, the city, the nightlife, olympics 2012

Loft Conversions London

A loft conversion in London makes a sound investment – they not only add significant value to the property but also give that much needed space for a growing family or an extra room “To Let”  The rental market in London is RED HOT. Loft Conversions add extra space and with this it brings not only the opportunity to add value to your home but bring in income as well as become a landlord. A loft conversion is cost effective and has tangible returns – you can read countless articles on why converting your loft makes a sound investment

London is primed with property which can be converted… whether it be a top floor flat, a old terrace house, a bungalow, a detached house. Mansards and Dormers are types of loft conversions which will maximise the space in your roof. One should seriously consider converting their loft as money in the bank is being eaten away by inflation and bringing little return. It would be seen as being much more beneficial to invest in a loft conversion – one can then reap the benefits immediately. A growing family, extra income – a conversion in 2012 should be given due consideration.

Did you knowA conversion will also help insulate the top of your house and stop heat escaping. Winter may have just finished but with rising energy costs – a conversion will help keep energy bills down and your home feel snug.

Remember when choosing a company to convert your loft – to choose carefully. Read our previous post on this for some wise words.

London Dormer Loft Conversion