..............EXTRA ROOMS ...................STORAGE ........AND MORE SPACE!
Loft Conversions are one of the easiest and cheapest ways to gain more space for yourself for any number of purposes. Just think what a loft conversion can give you:-
BD Contractors are design specialists for any situation and can handle your bespoke loft conversion in Sussex, from the first inspection to the final lick of paint. If you want loft conversions Sussex areas, Call us for a quote! We can project manage the whole job for you with a trouble free build that will leave you delighted!
There are many factors to consider in a loft conversion and the initial inspection will throw up whether you need to strengthen your foundations by underpinning to start with. This could make a significant difference to the final cost. To start with, you'll need to notify the neighbours if your house is semi detached or a terrace. You cannot do anything unless you have got the right permissions in place.
Once you've considered what you would like to do with your loft conversion, where to put the staircase could be another issue as you may need to lose some space on the floor below to convert your loft. Your new staircase will be hopefully placed above the first one - if you have one. It may also be necessary to replace the heating and hot water system with a sealed system if you've got these in your roof space.
Loft conversions Sussex areas are vey popular and the Planning Department are used to all the pitfalls in the local area and can in fact, save your life! Having the design approved by the Building Regulations department of your Local Authority will be necessary - it's vitally important to get this so that you don't have any delays cause by changes ordered once you start. Look carefully at your own plans, take measurements for yourself and don't be afraid to ask questions. At each stage of the build, a Building Control officer will need to issue you with a certificate before you move on to the next.
Extra space in the roof is seldom achieved without are seldom carried out without increasing the size of the floor joists to 200/225mm in detpth, and some if not all the internal support struts (which hold up your rafters) will need resiting to provide more floor space.
The next issue, which will make a big difference to the look and feel of your new room, is the windows. Some types of windows such as Dormer Windows will require planning permission, and others not (i.e. skylights). There are plenty of other considerations to take into account such as upgrades for fire safety, smoke alarms and escape points for a three storey house. There will be insulation to think of and soundproofing.
You can utilise the eaves behind what is called the ashlering (that void between the floor and the edge of the roof behind your loft walls) for more storage - what storage space you may have lost downstairs may be gained here as there's usually space left over here to store plenty of stuff! Warmer storage can be obtained by insulating down the rafter line.
Loft spaces usually benefit from custom made furniture which is built to fit under the sloping roof with oblique lines which fit where normal squared off furniture doesn't go.
All in all, there's a lot to think about with loft conversions Sussex builders BD Contractors are the expert help you need. Contact us to find out more, or to arrange a visit.
BD Contractors are happy to talk about loft conversions in and around the County of Sussex.