Bats in your loft? What to do next

So you have decided to opt for a loft conversion. The next step is to investigate a little further to get some loft conversion ideas. You venture up to your loft and what do you find? A family of bats who have decided that your home will make the perfect place for them to bring up their family.

What do you do?

All bat species are legally protected. Domestic and international legislation ensures that this is the case. So, you can’t simply turf the bats out. Doing so would mean you are committing an offence.

It is an illegal offence if you:

  • Capture, injure of kill a bat
  • Intentionally destroy their home or disturb them
  • Exchange or sell a bat, whether dead of alive
  • Intentionally obstruct access to a bats roost

If you are about to embark on a loft conversion then it is important that you know what to do next. Without the right advice and help you could damage a bats roost without realising.

Just because bats are roosting in your loft doesn’t necessarily mean it is bad news for your building project. If you notice them from the start then it is far easier to have them taken care of.

If you find the bats whilst building work has started then the work will need to stop immediately.

The best thing to do is to contact your Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation (SNCO) who will help advise you on what is the best thing to do next. They will be able to arrange a roost visit and take the next steps.

Don’t forget, if you are planning on a loft conversion why not contact us at Topflite Loft Conversions to get a free quote?

Going for gold? Go to the top

At Topflite Loft Conversions we have been swept away in Olympic fever.  The London 2012 games have played host to some of the most amazing sporting events the world has ever seen.  Here at Topflite we have had great fun sharing in the highlights with our team.

Gold medals have come in thick and fast from across the board.  Sir Chris Hoy and his team have done us proud in the cycling, Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford snatching gold for the athletics and our rowing team providing outstanding performances day after day.  Not to mention the successes in tennis, canoe slalom, horse riding and even shooting.

We think that going for gold is something that everyone should do.  OK, so we can’t all be Olympic athletes but we can all provide a gold level of service in all that we do.

Which leads us to our work here at Topflite Loft Conversions.  Here we offer the top level in terms of loft conversions.  Whether you are looking for innovative loft conversion ideas or simply want a company to take charge and get the job done.

Our work speaks for itself.  Having created and developed many a loft conversion we understand everything that will help you get the most out of your property.  Whether you want a new office space, a room for guests or fancy a games room to relax and enjoy, we can create the space you have dreamt of.

Watching the Olympics has really spurred us on and we want to share our gold standards with you.  Right down to the last little detail.

In fact, if you want to witness us going for gold then why not watch our time lapse video?  This highlights the loft conversion process in a really easy to watch way.

Don’t forget, if you have any questions you can contact us on 0500 622421.

Topflite answers your questions…

At Topflite Loft Conversions we know that when planning a loft conversion you can be left with lots of questions.  As part of our service we will work with you to answer any questions you may have.  But, in the meantime here are some answers to your most frequently asked questions.

Do I have to get planning permission? 

You don’t need planning permission if your home isn’t listed or in a conservation area.  If there are any covenants on your building or you live in a flat then you may need to seek planning permission.  Most properties in the UK will not need planning permission for a loft conversion.

What about building regulations? 

You will need to ensure that building regulations are adhered to.  This is something that we will ensure we comply with.

Will I need a dormer? 

You won’t always need a dormer.  It will depend on your budget and whether you actually want one.

Will I require a new boiler? 

If you currently don’t have a combi-boiler and still have a water tank then you will need to install a new boiler.  A loft conversion will require the removal of your water tank.  Why not speak to us to see what your options are?

What lighting will I require? 

This will depend on your own tastes entirely.  Lighting in the roof is usually something that most people will go for, but it all depends on how many roof lights you want.  Usually we suggest 10% of your floor space.

How many veluxes do I need? 

If you opt for velux windows then it will depend again on your own personal taste.  We can help to advise you on what is best and how much natural light you would like.

Why not contact us today to find out what loft conversion would be best for your home?

Need more room? Think loft conversion

Are you currently considering moving house? If your reasons are lack of space in your home then maybe it is time to think again? Space can easily be found with a loft conversion.  So, if you need an extra bedroom for a child who is coming home from uni, want an office or just need another room for when guests come to stay, Topflite Loft Conversions have the answer.

Outgrowing ones home is a common problem in the UK.  But what is making life more difficult is the cost of moving.  Due to the tough economic climate, many UK homeowners have found that they are in negative equity and will, in fact, lose money on their property if they were to sell.  If they do decide to move then they will need to downsize to a smaller and less expensive property.

 

Then there are the costs associated with moving house.  Consider the following:

  • Estate agents fees
  • Removal costs
  • Solicitor fees
  • Surveyors fees
  • Refurbishments
  • Potential mortgage costs

Then there is the hassle:

  • Changing schools
  • Finding the right property
  • Altering your mortgage

And this is just the start.  So, if you are only moving house to give yourself some extra room, give yourself a break. Plan a loft conversion.  At Topflite we have plenty of loft conversion ideas to give you that extra space you are desperate for.

We dare you to head up there now.  Open that loft hatch, have a peer in, and check out the space you have up there.  Then give us a call.  Whether your family is growing or you simply need some new space, we are here. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for plenty more loft conversion ideas.

Get a closer look at a Topflite Loft Conversion

Here at Topflite Loft Conversion we know that choosing to extend your home can be a big decision.  From the pure logistics of it to the amount you fear it may cost, there is a lot to consider.  But we aim to help, advise you and show you how a loft conversion should not be something you stress over.

When looking to extend your home you may get advice from friends or family who have done something similar.  You may ask for recommendations, the level of service you received and then make a few calls to get a quote.

Rarely will you be able to see exactly how the company work, their attention to detail and what the end result is like.

Video 

But…you can with Topflite. Here is our fantastic (even if we do say so ourselves) video that shows you just what to expect with a Topflite Loft Conversion.

Our construction team have years of experience in creating your vision, right down to the final detail.  As you can see from our video, we are a clean, tidy bunch of perfectionists! And it shows you just what can be done in the space at the top of your house that you are using t simply store junk!

Our work 

We feel that our work speaks for itself.  That is why we have a page on our website dedicated to some of the work we have done in the past. From spare bedrooms to master en-suites.

And to the right of our work page you can fill in the contact us form.  Just add your details and we will contact you to arrange a free consultation.  Then you can ask us all the questions you like!

We look forward to hearing from you.

A room with a view

 

Here at Topflite Loft Conversions we create the perfect loft conversion for your property. Depending on your property type, the kind of roof you have and the specific requirements you have, we have plenty of loft conversion ideas for you.

One thing we are experts at is knowing which kind of loft conversion will suit your home and your needs. Below we have highlighted the four main kinds. So, if you want a room with a view you can opt for a Velux loft conversion or a dormer loft conversion.

 

 

 

 

 

Velux loft conversion

These are also known as a roof-light conversion. This is because a Velux window is essentially a window in your roof. The walls within your loft conversion will be sloping, in line with the roof. With the recent changes in planning permission laws, no planning permission is required for this kind of loft conversion. They are also extremely cost effective.

Dormer loft conversion

A dormer will extend the current print of the roof. More floorspace and headroom will be added and it will sit above from the rest of the roof. There are various different styles of dormer loft conversions. The walls will be vertical and the ceilings will be horizontal, unlike that of a Velux loft conversion.

There are other types of loft conversions too;

Mansard loft conversion

This is named after the 17th century architect who first used this style. This loft conversion will allow the use of the maximum amount of space in your loft. The slope will be as vertical as possible and the top slope is almost horizontal. It is a simple way to add more storey’s to your property.

Hip to gable loft conversion

This is the best type of loft conversion for those with hip roofs. This is where the roof slopes at an angle from walls to apex. Often there is not enough space in the roof to create a full loft conversion so the gable wall is built upon to level with the hip roof.

If you are not sure which is right for you, or you are after more loft conversion ideas why not call us on 0500 622421 for a free consultation?

Full of loft conversion ideas

If you are looking to create a little extra space in your home, or simply want to increase its value, why not opt for a loft conversion? A Topflite loft conversion can be the perfect solution to your home.  Providing you with a new space and a new dynamic to your home.

But, if you are not sure what to use the extra space for, we have plenty of loft conversion ideas for you.

Here are just a few things you could do:

Master suite 

Depending on how large your loft is, you could create a master suite with en-suite bathroom.  So, whether you want to move into it yourself, or keep it as guest bedroom, you have a space that is fit for a king.

Play area 

Another great loft conversion idea is a play area for your children.  You can create a space that lets them have an area that is just for them.  Whether you have young children or a house full of teenagers, a play area or games room is a great way to keep the noise all in one place!

Work out 

If you love to work out why not use the space as a gym?  You can kit it out with all the equipment you need.  You can even add an en-suite shower room to give it a real gym feel.

Home office

Another popular use of loft conversions is the home office.  Whether you work from home everyday or simply need a space for those few days each month that you do, a home office is a great solution.  You are neatly tucked away from all the noise going on in the rest of the house.

But whatever your ideas for your loft conversion why not give us a call? Here at Topflite loft conversions we can talk you through all the plans that you have and give you plenty of inspiration.  For further inspiration why not check out our online showroom?

 

Transform your loft conversion with lighting

Lighting in your loft conversion is a key feature.  It is often something that is left to the last minute, but actually a lot of care and consideration should go into this decision.

You need to think about how you wish your loft conversion to be lit.  Here are a few questions you should ask yourself:

  • Are there certain areas that need to be better lit than others?
  • Do you have sloping ceilings? You need to take these into consideration
  • Do you want to be eco friendly?
  • Do you need different types of lighting in different areas?
  • Do you want a dimmer switch?

If you want to save money, be green and opt for lighting that looks modern and sleek, why not chose LED bulbs?  LED bulbs use around 1 to 5 watts of power.  If this means nothing to you, did you know that a standard GU10 (halogen bulb) uses around 30 to 50 watts of power.

Think of all the money you will save on your energy bills! They are more expensive but will last longer and use low energy.

So, what is the right bulb for your loft conversion? 

Well, if you are after a really bright bulb that gives off a white, clear light then you are best off with a 3000K halogen bulb.  If you want something slightly warmer and less of a harsh light then a 2700K halogen is best.

But, if you want something that is energy saving and will help to reduce your carbon footprint then opt for a LED bulb. Whatever bulb you go for make sure that you have enough to keep your loft conversion bright and warm, but not too many that it overpowers it.

For advice, why not contact us? As with all of our loft conversions, we will help you step-by-step and advise you on what is best for your space.

 

A change is as good as a rest!

If you are after a rest this year but have opted to not go on a summer holiday, why not consider a loft conversion? As they say, a change is as good as a rest!

Here at Topflite Loft Conversions we are firm believers in this and feel that a loft conversion can add so much life, space and happiness to your home. By working with us it won’t break the bank either. We are a family owned business with over 150 years worth of experience. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and the quality of our loft conversions.

There are usually a lot of questions that come with the prospect of a loft conversion and we are on hand, to answer these for you. Here are just a few examples of some of the questions you may be thinking:

  • Do I opt for a velux loft conversion or a dormer?
  • If I have a water tank in my loft what will happen?
  • What is the difference between a truss loft and a traditional loft?
  • Will it be expensive

All of these questions we will be happy to answer for you. We will work with you to overcome any obstacles you may have about a prospective loft conversion in your home.

If you want to find out more about the quality of our loft conversions, or you are simply seeking some inspiration, why not check out our work on our website? Here you will find all kinds of loft conversions and you will see the transformation before, after and throughout the process.

Our job is to not only transform your home and your loft but to give you a greater quality of life in your home. Why not give us a call today?

How to choose the right velux window in six easy steps

When it comes to your loft conversion a velux window can be the perfect solution for your pitched roof.  Here at Topflite Loft Conversions we have six easy steps to helping you choose the right velux window.

Follow these and you won’t go wrong, in fact you will soon have the loft conversion of your dreams!

Step 1

What do you want to achieve? 

Consider the purpose of the room.  Is it a bedroom, a study or will it be a stairwell? How much light do you need and expect? Will it be a solution to a problem or do you want the window to really impress?

If your room receives more daylight it will feel and appear larger.  It is recommended that you have a 15% ration of glazed windows to floor space.

Step 2 

Choose how the window opens 

There are many ways to open a velux window.  Top-hung or centre pivot or even an electric velux.

Step 3 

Natural or white?  

Do you want your window to have a natural wood effect on show or would you rather a white window?  The choice is between natural pine or white polyuerthane.

Step 4 

Glazing 

Velux windows have a toughened outer pane but you can opt for more glazing.  The more glazing you have the safer, more energy efficient the window will be.  It will also keep more sound out.

Step 5 

Install and insulate 

It is important that you have the right flashing for your roof covering.  It is also important that you insulate the area around the windows.  This is in accordance with Building Regulations and something here at Topflite Loft Conversions we know all about!

Step 6 

Blind 

Once all of the other five steps have been achieved you can then choose a blind to match in with your decor.  This is the final finishing to touch to creating the loft conversion you have been eagerly anticipating.

To find out more simply call us at Topflite Loft Conversions.  We can provide you with plenty of information to help you make your decisions.