Converting your loft, garage or basement is a relatively low cost method of increasing the living space of your existing property. Due to the current climate, conversions are becoming increasingly popular due to the uncertainty over house prices, mortgage rates and the high costs involved in moving home.
The space in a loft or attic can be as much as 30% of the total floor area of your home. In almost all cases it is wasted space that can be transformed into habitable space I.e bedroom with en-suite or office area for people who work from home. As the main fabric of the building already exists, a loft conversion is a more cost effective way of expanding your home than extending outwards.
Many loft conversions do not need planning permission, however, you must seek advice to check wether it is required for your individual property.
Even if planning permission is not needed, the design of your loft conversion must be built to meet existing building regulations. These cover things such as fire escapes, ventilation and insulation.
Party wall legislation will also need to be considered. In principle, you can do work on a party wall but the adjoining owner needs at least two months notice before work commences.
A garage conversion is probable the easiest way to gain an extra room in your home. The average garage is 150m2 and whatever you want to use the extra space for we can help plan your garage conversion.
Your options are endless but here are some good ideas to get you started - a family room, a bedroom with or without en-suite, a utility room, a dining room or a home cinema.
As with loft conversions, planning permission isn't usually required. The conversion into living space is considered as a change of use to part of the building.
Basement conversions are fast becoming as popular as an extension. The great advantage with basements is that they not only add a new floor, it is also space that can be used in many different ways. With a loft extension, the space created is so far from the living area that it can only really be used for bedrooms, offices and bathrooms.
Basements are close enough to the ground floor area to be used as playrooms, nanny bedrooms and bathrooms for when a new baby arrives, living rooms, kitchens or accommodation for friends or relatives.
With the demands of modern lifestyles, basements are increasingly being turned into leisure areas with home cinemas and pool tables, home gyms or even swimming pools.
You can also create an independent entrance or exit into you garden from your basement.
Special attention is needed to the waterproofing of your basement conversion, often referred to as tanking.
Extensions are great for when there is nothing to convert within your home for that extra space.
Planning permission will be required and all building work must meet existing building regulations.
Kitchens & Bathrooms
A major makeover for your kitchen or bathroom can make a massive difference to your home.
Whether it’s basic or extravagant, Assured Builders are here to help you achieve that dream kitchen or bathroom.
A conservatory is a wonderful addition to any home and has a number of uses - office, playroom or just somewhere to sit and relax.
As well as achieving that extra space or revamping a tired kitchen or bathroom, all of these improvements add value to your home, whilst saving you money on moving.
*Some extensions are allowed to be built under permitted development rules and do not require planning permission.
All conversions need building regulations approval. The building control officer will need to inspect the conversion several times during construction to ensure building regulations are implemented
Please contact your local Council for further advice regarding planning permission, permitted development and building regulations