Loft Conversions

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Loft Conversions Cardiff & South Wales

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A loft conversion can add much-needed to space to your home.

It can also add over 20% value to a property. (The Guardian)

With minimum fuss and maximum satisfaction, we're here to help make your dream home become a reality.

100% bespoke design and planning

Our loft conversion projects are designed to meet your specific needs. We take both your property and personal preferences into account so that we can come up with a finished conversion that is safe, of high quality and exactly as you had hoped.

Specialist modifications

Juliet balconies, windows and skylights are just a few of the specialist modifications that are available, provided your property safely allows it. Our vast experience also allow us to make recommendations on what we believe will yield the best result.

Full project management

Our attention to detail ensures that every aspect of the conversion meets our high standards. For this reason, our team of expert builders each play their part in the management of the project so that everything is exactly as it should be.

Loft Conversion Types

There are generally four different types of loft conversion. The type you choose will depend on the structure of your property and roof, how you plan on utilising the conversion and what sort of budget you're looking to spend.

The four typical loft conversion styles are outlined below:

Dormer Loft

A velux conversion (often referred to as a rooflight conversion) uses velux rooflight windows which are installed into the pitch of the roof in order to flood the loft space with natural sunlight.

 

They are specifically designed to receive natural daylight and offer plenty of ventilation.

 

They fit any gradient of roof slope, and there is no visible sign of the loft conversion beyond the existing roofline, meaning there is no concerns about planning permission.

Velux Loft

A velux conversion (often referred to as a rooflight conversion) uses velux rooflight windows which are installed into the pitch of the roof in order to flood the loft space with natural sunlight.

 

They are specifically designed to receive natural daylight and offer plenty of ventilation.

 

They fit any gradient of roof slope, and there is no visible sign of the loft conversion beyond the existing roofline, meaning there is no concerns about planning permission.

Mansard Loft

Mansard loft conversions are constructed by raising the party walls on either side of the property, before adding a frame between the two wall extensions.

 

The rear face has a shallow backwards slope, giving a head-height that is slightly less than in a dormer conversion of equivalent size.

 

Mansard loft conversions are often considered the most aesthetically pleasing. Planning consent is almost always required, due to existing roof shape and structures often needing to be altered.

Hip-to-Gable Loft

Hip-to-gable loft conversions are suited to detached or semi-detached properties that have existing hip-end roof structures.

 

These conversions extend on the sloping side outwards, effectively replacing the sloping roof with a vertical wall that's the same height as the ridge. Double hip-to-gable conversions are also possible if a property has two sloping sides.

 

These conversions are often paired with dormer or mansard conversions. This style is an attractive choice and usually doesn't require planning permission.

Benefits of Converting Your Loft

The most obvious benefit you receive from a loft conversion is the addition of a new usable space to your property.

A loft conversion can offer you the chance to create an extra room that serves the purpose that you and your family require.

Most people choose to convert their loft into an extra bedroom (often with an ensuite), games room, office or simply a safer storage space, such as a walk-in wardrobe. The options are endless and it all comes down to your personal needs.

 

Aside from these practical benefits, a loft conversion can also add significant value to your home.

A property that has a high quality loft conversion may typically sell for as much as 20% or more when compared to similar properties without a loft conversion.

There are a variety of loft conversion styles available, as we highlighted above, so with a little planning and creativity we can ensure the conversion blends well with the current style of the property.

Loft Conversion FAQs

 
 

What can I expect from your design and build loft conversions?

Our design and build loft conversions include everything required to ensure your new loft conversion project is bespoke and built to the highest quality from start to finish. Our team will plan, design and build your new loft conversion to your exact requirements. We will offer our expertise throughout, promise to keep you updated and do all that we can to make sure the conversion is as stress-free as possible for you.

How long does it usually take to complete a loft conversion?

This all depends on the type of loft conversion you choose to have and the size of the project. For example, a sizable 2 bedroom loft conversion with bathroom installation is of course going to take longer than a standalone one bedroom loft conversion.

 

However, as a general rule of thumb, typical guidelines follow the below:

 

A velux loft conversion is one of the simplest conversions, and this sort of project may be completed in as little as 4 weeks.

 

Dormer loft conversions may typically take around 4-6 weeks.

 

Mansard loft conversions typically taken between 4-8 weeks.

 

Hip-to-Gable loft conversions typically take around 6-8 weeks.

How much does a loft conversion cost?

This is unfortunately impossible to answer, as every loft conversion project is different. There are several factors that come into play when figuring out the cost of any conversion.

 

Fortunately, we do offer free quotations, so feel free to get in touch with us and we'd be more than happy to discuss your loft conversion needs and create an accurate quote for you.

Why should I convert my loft?

A loft conversion is a fantastic way to add an extra room or two (size depending) to your property. There are a variety of loft conversions available to suit your taste, so creating a unique extra bedroom and/or bathroom has never been easier.

 

Many people also use a loft conversion to create a playroom for children, or for a safer way to store things. How you utilise the space is entirely up to you.

 

Besides adding room to your property, a loft conversion can also add significant value. That's why loft conversions have been one of the most popular home improvement projects for many years.

 

Do I need planning permission to convert my loft?

Since October 2011, planning permission rules state that there is no need for planning permission to undertake a loft conversion provided you aren't extending the roof space.

 

If you do plan on extending the roof space, then we will be able to assist you as you seek to obtain the relevant planning permission.

 

I have a water tank or chimney in the loft. Is this a problem?

In short, no.

 

A water tank in the loft does not mean that you can't opt for a loft conversion. We will be able to move the water tank if necessary so that you get plenty of usable space, though many people choose to update their water tank for a combi boiler as this removes the problem altogether.

 

As for a chimney in the loft, this simply comes down to choice. Some people decide to remove the chimney altogether, whereas others prefer to work around it and create a feature.

 

Can a loft be too small for a conversion?

You may feel your loft is too small to be converted, but you'd be surprised to discover what can be achieved with a dormer window and some creative design inspiration. Provided there is a minimum of 7'6" height in the highest portion of the room, a loft conversion can certainly be done. Some smaller houses won't offer much floor space, but the majority of loft conversions should provide enough room for a queen-size bed.

Do you only carry out loft conversions in Cardiff?

We carry out loft conversions across Cardiff as well as the surrounding areas of South Wales.

 

Do you have the relevant accreditation?

Yes, RGB Construction are members of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and also hold CHAS accreditation.

 

Will my loft conversion come with a guarantee?

Yes, your loft conversion will come complete with a guarantee.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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So don't hesitate to get in touch with us today, so that we can put our expertise to use and help design and create the perfect loft conversion for you.

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