Experience a New Level of Living: How do bespoke loft conversions work in a terraced home?
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How do bespoke loft conversions work in a terraced home?
Is space becoming an issue? Is your terraced home in the perfect location, and your family settled, but you just need an extra bedroom or a quiet room to escape to? Or do you want to welcome your friends and family as overnight guests with a ‘wow’ in their own sanctuary? If any of these apply to you, then bespoke loft conversions in Twickenham might just tick your boxes.
Bespoke loft conversions in terraced properties
Terraced properties are predominantly built close to the town or city centres, so they’re ideally placed for shops, schools and colleges, workplaces, amenities, and transport links. They make the perfect family home.
But when those families start to grow, and space gets tight, unfortunately, a downside to these houses is then realised. Limited choices for extending. If your outdoor space is already neatly planned out and used to its full potential, you won’t want to use any of the ‘green’ space around the house. You are faced with the predicament of needing extra space but not wanting to uproot the family or go through the hassle and expense of moving home.
Over 20 years of experience in bespoke loft conversions
Copperwheat Conversions have been converting bespoke loft conversions for our clients in and around the Twickenham area for over 20 years, and we know how to bring out the true potential in any style of home, terraced properties included. We’ve designed a bespoke loft conversion for family gyms and playrooms, master bedrooms with an en-suite, guest suites, home offices, student snugs, and reading or hobby rooms to escape the hubbub of daily life.
Can I plan and build my own loft conversion?
An attic or loft conversion may seem like a simple solution to creating an additional room in your home. But you need to ensure you are getting the optimum use from the space in your loft. And, of course, whilst it can add considerable value to your property, it will only do so if it has been done in line with fire and safety regulations and Building Regulations.
Bespoke loft conversions can add up to 21% to the property value
A recent Nationwide study revealed that for professional bespoke loft conversions, adding a bedroom with an en-suite facility could add 21% to the property value. Even higher potentially in and around the London area. With this in mind then, it is not something you want to take any risks with or cut any corners which could jeopardise not only the potential resale value should you think about moving years down the line but could also put your life or the lives of your loved ones at risk.
It is certainly not a job we would recommend you take on yourself unless you are, or have access to, a professional and knowledgeable trades team, like the team at Copperwheat Conversions.
Will I need planning permission?
Not necessarily unless your home is listed or within a conservation area. In fact, one of the benefits of a bespoke loft conversions, particularly Velux-style and some types of the dormer in a terraced property, is that it falls into what is known as Permitted Development (PD).
However, if your plans go beyond the agreed PD, or your conversion will involve altering the roof shape or height, then you may need to apply for planning permission. This is something we know all about and can guide you through the requirements.
You should note though, that whether your bespoke loft conversions require planning permission or not, as with any renovations, you will still need approval from Building Regulations. The sections you will need to know about specifically (Parts L, K, B, and P) relate to the thermal efficiency of conversions to habitable space; preventative measures in place for falling, collisions, and impact, and the minimum headroom for escape routes; fire; and electrical safety. To comply with these regulations, a building control surveyor must inspect the project at various stages and will issue a Completion Certificate once the final inspection has been confirmed as meeting the standards.
Terraced or semi-detached property
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If your loft conversion is within a terraced or semi-detached property, you should notify your neighbours if the plans fall within the Party Wall Act. Again, this is something we can explain to you in more detail within our initial discussions, but still worth being aware of from the earliest stages.
And finally, we would recommend you speak with your home insurers, so they know the building work will be taking place and that you will be adding an extra room to your property.
What types of loft conversion are suitable for my terraced house?
This depends on your conversion’s purpose, and the minimum requirement of at least 2.4m at the highest point (the apex). But the three main types of bespoke loft conversions suitable for a terraced property are:
– this is a roofed structure that projects vertically from a pitched roof. They can be designed to the front but generally to the rear and so are ideal for terraced and semi-detached properties as they create more space, with the dormer window, as the roof window, being an additional feature allowing natural light. The finish can be designed as you wish to either fit in with your existing roof materials or to complement the surroundings stylishly.
– this is the least disruptive and most cost-effective, as the roof line itself remains unaltered. The only external visible difference is the addition of Velux windows. Internally though, a Velux loft conversion allows natural light into the loft space, which will be ideal if your loft already has a good height between the floor and existing roof ridges. Even without too much additional building work, we have designed some fantastic interior features which will make the best use of the space you already have. Again, the Velux windows can be finished in line with your roof to look like a natural fit.
– depending on your surroundings, this type of loft conversion could be added to the front of your home but is usually built at the rear. Named after 17th-century French architect Francois Mansard, this distinct design consists of a flat roof and a slight drop to allow water to run off to the guttering naturally. The finish can be brick, tile, or slate to match as closely to your existing roof, soffits, facia, and guttering.
Trust Copperwheat Conversions to create the best bespoke loft conversions in Twickenham
I am often asked, “Why choose Copperwheat Conversions?” The answer is simple. As bespoke loft conversions specialists, we have been making homeowners’ dreams come true with home extensions and refurbishments, new kitchens and bathrooms, extensions, and bespoke loft conversion projects for over 20 years.
Our ultimate aim is your complete satisfaction. So, we work alongside you from an initial discussion to work out your exact requirements – what do you need the loft conversion for? Will you need services such as lighting, heating, plumbing, etc? What type of access will you need? How will you cater for the existing storage needs if you repurpose the loft space?
We project manage the entire conversion
But we don’t just take care of specific parts of your plans; we project manage the entire conversion. Including dealing with architects and designers, local planners, building regulations, and final sign-off certification. The Copperwheat Conversions team has a vast wealth of knowledge, experience, and skills. And where required, we bring in trusted partners from other trades for a seamless operation with which you need not be concerned or involved at all.
You will, however, be updated throughout the process until your vision has become a reality in the easiest stress-free way and with as little disruption as possible to you whilst we are working.
Family run business
And finally, as a family-run business, with family values, we know how concerning it can be to make this kind of investment. So, our quotes are completely transparent. We could give you an estimate now, but we prefer to complete a full site assessment before committing any figures to paper in terms of both timescales and cost. And to be on the safe side, we even advise if we feel you may need to allow for a ‘buffer’ for any unexpected costs. And we never go outside of this.
So, in and around the Twickenham and Sunbury-on-Thames area, if you are considering this or any kind of home improvement, look at our range of completed projects to get some ideas for your dream home! Include us in your plans from the very beginning, and we will bring you the absolute best bespoke loft conversion, going way beyond your expectations! Contact us to start discussions, and let’s make the perfect space for you!