H H Hilder Loft Conversions
Building Your Perfect Home
Why use H H Hilder for your Loft Conversion Guildford
You will be dealing directly with the owners of the Company who will personally ensure that your loft will be built to the highest of standards and the minimum of fuss.
The person dealing with your loft and who you will have all your contact with is not simply a site foreman as will often be the case elsewhere.
Dealing directly with the owners will provide you with the flexibility in getting the most out of your Loft Conversion by providing experienced advice at the right time and also being able to make changes as the Loft Conversion process continues.
You will get close and direct service which is available when other Companies simply won’t be.
It is difficult to know at the outset in terms of specification such as sanitary ware, tiles, and a host of other things. Dealing directly with the owner will more easily allow you to make decisions as you go through the process and will not be limited to a standard choice that other Companies may work to.
Can My Loft Be Converted
The first stage of any loft conversion is a close inspection of the loft space. The main consideration is to assess whether there is enough room under the ridge of the roof. Generally speaking 2.3m is required but useful loft space can still be obtained with less. Feasibility also depends on the slope of the roof and the width of the loft but normally if the height is available it is likely to have the potential to be converted.
One of the more difficult problems can be finding a way to get the stairs to the loft. The minimum headroom on staircases and corridors is 2m. In circumstances where there is insufficient space to achieve this height, a minimum headroom at the centre of the stairs of 1.9m may be acceptable.
Are water tanks in the loft a problem
The short answer is no, but they may need to be relocated depending on the design but more often they are replaced with what is called a pressurised system that does not need a ‘gravity’ feed tank. It does still need a storage tank but this need not be located in the loft.
It is possible to use ‘combination boilers’ that provide hot water on demand which do not need a storage tank but with these it is necessary that they can cope with the demand for hot water particularly at peak times.
Is Planning Permission Required
The majority of loft conversions are able to be completed under Permitted Development rights (PD). But there are a number of constraints to this the main ones being:
No part of the roof as a result of the works exceed the height of the highest part of the existing roof.
No part of the house/roof would as a result of the works extend beyond the plane of any existing roof slope which forms the principal elevation of the dwellinghouse and fronts a highway. This means that dormer windows or any enlargement of the roof space in the principal elevation of the house facing a highway is not PD and will therefore require planning permission. Roof lights may, however, be allowed as PD.
The cubic content of the resulting roof space should not exceed the cubic content of the original roof space by more than 40 cubic metres for a terrace house or 50 cubic metres in any other case.
H H Hilder would always recommend that a ‘Certificate of Lawfulness’ is obtained from the local Council in order not to fall foul of any PD rules.
H H Hilder, if you require, are able to manage the whole of this application process for you.
Are Building Regulations Required
Yes they are. There are a multitude of problems that could occur which could mean that the conversion fails to satisfy the minimum standards set out in the Building Regulations.
H H Hilder can deal with Building Regulations for you.
If you want to speed up the process this can be done at the same time as the Planning Application/Certificate of Lawfulness but many people decide to wait in case any changes are required to these applications which would also mean redoing the Build Regulation drawings.
There are numerous regulations to comply with but the most important for you is probably to ensure that the foundations are adequate to receive the new loadings. This will often mean the existing foundations will have to be exposed and assessed by an engineer which H H Hilder can carry out for you.
Another very important regulation that will need to be complied with is the Fire Regulations. In the case of converting a two storey house this will be more onerous than with a bungalow due to the additional height. It will normally entail creating a ‘protected stairwell’ for a safe means of escape that discharges close to a door leading to an external safe place and not in a room. This can lead, amongst other things, to the requirement to upgrade existing doors that lead to the protected stairwell to comply with fire resisting requirements.
H H Hilder can deal with all the fire regulation requirements for you and advise you on what will be necessary.
Please call H H Hilder and we will visit your property, provide a free initial assessment and take you through the process and explain everything that H H Hilder can do for you.
If you need a builder in the Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet, Camberley,
or Guildford area please call
H H Hilder now on 01252 372671.
If you have not done so you may find it useful to read the section on House Extensions as many of the same aspects apply to converting your loft in particular H H Hilders attitude to building and delivering what you want.
When asked to do a loft conversion in Guildford, or anywhere else, this is often combined with building an extension at the same time. We are also regularly asked to build an additional storey to a bungalow. This can be more complicated and often entails removing the roof completely, sometimes extending the walls upwards to provide even more living space and then replacing the roof. This will usually require moving out of the property, at least for some of the build process.
A standard loft conversion is one of the most popular forms of home improvement and can be a relatively straightforward process taking about 12 weeks if it involves utilising the existing loft space. It can be one of the most cost effective ways of creating additional space. It still needs to be very carefully planned, checking in the first place that there is adequate space in the loft taking into account it will almost definitely require new deeper joists to take additional loads and deeper rafters for additional insulation.
Loft Conversion Camberley
The access to the proposed new loft conversion Camberley area has to be planned carefully to ensure there is the correct headroom to reach the loft and depending on the positioning of the stairs may entail losing space in the floor below. This all needs to be thought through very carefully and often entails weighing up different options. Occasionally the positioning of the new stairs is fairly obvious from the outset.
Loft Conversion Farnham
Obtaining Planning Permission may also be a relatively simple process and often not even required as most loft conversion Farnham jobs fall under Permitted Development rules. It is always advised, however, to obtain a certificate of lawfulness from the Council before proceeding.
The building process can for the most part be relatively unobtrusive as access to the loft is usually gained from the scaffold directly into the loft space so men and materials do not have to move through the house. However, it is likely to involve changing the plumbing system with any tanks being removed from the loft and replaced with an unvented system or combi boiler to be located in new positions away from the loft area.
Loft Conversion Farnborough
In semi detached or terraced houses it is likely that a Party Wall Agreement will be required for your loft conversion Farnborough.
H H Hilder can cater for different forms of loft conversion be it a completely new floor on a bungalow, a mansard roof, dormer windows or just the addition of skylights.
Using only skylights is the simplest version but will still require the use of structural steels and additions to the existing structure. As the conversion becomes more complicated it is likely that more and more structural work will have to be carried out with the use of more steels and in the most complicated of cases the installation of a steel framework.
Loft Conversion Fleet
Most of the work takes place in the loft so need not impact too much on the remainder of the house but towards the end it is necessary to ‘break through’ install the stairs and make alterations to the main house below in order to accommodate the stairs.
Once the stairs are in place you will be able to walk freely up and down and view your new living accommodation.
Once the main structure is completed the process follows a similar pattern to building an extension going through the first fix, plastering and second fix/finals phases. Please see section on extensions.
A difference though is that the ‘breakthrough’ usually occurs later on in the project.
Loft conversions usually include an additional room or 2 rooms and an en-suite bathroom.
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Loft conversion Farnham, Loft conversion Fleet, Loft Conversion Farnborough