Minimum disruption

Well the sunshine has finally arrived.  Here at the Topflite Loft HQ we were starting to worry.  Over the past few months we have been working in all sorts of weather from hail and sleet to wind and terrential rain.  As much as we love creating unique loft conversions it can be awfully tricky to balance on a roof in the gale force winds!

But summer is finally here.  We have been working hard in the sunshine the past few days and it reminded us to share a few tips with you.  Planning for a loft conversion this time of year is ideal.  Provided you don’t need to go through planning applications (see our previous blog on planning permissions) then it really is straight forward.

Now the rain has subsided and the wind has died down, a loft conversion will be quicker to construct.  There are many reasons why building a loft conversion at this time of year means less disruption to you and your home:

Brighter evenings

This gives us more daylight hours to get things done.

Outdoor living 

The summer days will encourage you to be outisde more so you will have less disruption.  Whilst you are basking in the sun we can crack on with your loft conversion.

Holiday season

You can book a holiday and by the time you come back the most disruptive part will be done.

Dry weather 

The dry weather means that your loft conversion will stay better protected during the nights. The plaster and the paint will also dry quicker, which means you will be in your new loft conversion before you know it!

So, if you want to get cracking this summer why not give us a call today? You will be sky high before you know it!

 

 

Planning permission for a loft conversion. What you need to know

hen it comes to planning your loft conversion one thing you need to know is ‘do you need planning permission?’.

This is a vital part as if you do require it and,  you don’t request it, you could be asked to take your loft conversion down. There is much confusion over planning permission for loft conversions and the rules are known to change.

Here are the rules. You will require planning permission if your property has one or more of the following:

  • It is a grade 1 or 2 listed building
  • Your home is in a conservation area
  • It is in an area of outstanding natural beauty
  • It is a flat or part of a shared house

You need to know what you are up against before you go ahead. At Topflite Loft Conversions we know just how to assess if you need to request for planning permission. Permission Granted

If your property does not fit into one of the above four categories then you don’t need to request for planning permission. However, you do need to make sure that your loft conversion meets the correct restrictions.

The laws over loft extensions were relaxed in October 2008 to enable families to creatte more space. At the time the Housing Minister, Caroline Flint said, “Today I am scrapping the red tape so it is much easier to convert the loft into that extra bedroom and build on an extension.”

This also helped to free up the time of local councils to focus on bigger projects.

If you are not sure as to whether you require planning permission, why not contact us today?

Decorating ideas for your loft conversion

Adding the finishing touches to your loft conversion is probably the part you have been waiting for.  You have cleared out your loft, put up with the mess and the noise and now you are left with a beautiful space in your home.  What is left to do is to add the finishing touches.

Perhaps you are employing someone to do this part for you? Or maybe you fancy giving it a go yourself? Whatever you choose you will want to have an idea of what you want.

Furnishings 

Depending on what you are using your loft conversion for you will want to consider the furniture you include in it.  Your loft conversion may be acting as a spare bedroom or it may have multiple purposes.  Whatever you are using it for consider the furniture carefully.  If you opt for large furniture you will want to ensure that the space can take it.  If you are cost saving then you can use second hand furniture or visit car boot sales and flea markets to create a unique space.

Don’t forget, when at a furniture showroom or at a market, be sure to take a tape measure with you.  It may look perfect but if it doesn’t fit is will be of no use!

Furniture Store

Accessorise the space 

If the space is being used for multiple things then accessories can really help.  If the space is dark then accessories will brighten it up.  Utilise window sills and walls.  Add pictures, book shelves and even floor cushions near a window.  Opt for a particular colour scheme and incorporate this throughout.  It will help to bring everything together.

Lighting

You should consider the lighting carefully.  Depending on the size, use and natural light of the loft conversion you will want to pick your lighting accordingly.  Here at Topflite Loft Conversions we can advise you on the right lighting for your loft conversion, including the most up-to-date energy saving lighting.

So what are you waiting for? Get stuck in and make that new loft conversion your own!

Creating a dream loft conversion

As mentioned in our previous blog ‘interior design considerations for your loft conversion’ it is important that you think and plan carefully.  Your loft conversion needs careful consideration so that you get it exactly the way you want it.

A loft conversion shouldn’t simply be about adding a window in the roof and a loft ladder.  It should have durability, style and elegance.  Here are a few other considerations to help you create the space in your loft that is built to last.

Planning Your Project

Enhance the space 

You can boost the space in your loft by adding a dormer or a mansard roof.  This will enable you to maximise on the space in your loft, thus creating a roomier loft conversion.

Storage solutions

If you plan on using your loft conversion as a bedroom or office you can include built in storage.  The space in the eaves will lend itself well to cupboards where you can store all manner of things from office folders to kids toys.

Insulation 

By insulating your loft conversion well you will keep your house warm and reduce the noise.  Avoid wooden floors if possible as carpet will help to keep the sound out. If you choose wooden floors then make sure you soundproof the floors well.

Light and airy 

You can make your loft conversion light and airy by adding velux windows and plenty of neutral colours.

All of these extra things will help to create the right loft conversion for your home.  Before embarking on any kind of building work you need to think and plan carefully.  Here at Topflite Loft Conversions we can cover all of this with you.  Just call us today for a quote and we can get chatting!