If you live in or around the Croydon area and are thinking about having a loft conversion in your home, it is a home improvement project that really does allow you to make the most of all the available space in your home.
A loft conversion is ideal for homeowners with a growing family that like where they live and don’t want or cannot afford moving to a larger property. An extra elbow-shaped dormer would be a great addition for all their possessions while they learn to adjust to their new home.
GL Design Services are a team of expert structural engineers that compliment architect creations by preparing support plans for homeowners in and around the Croydon area as well as across London. We have a strong reputation for our loft structural designs and have worked with homeowners to perfect their dream loft conversions, a few examples of which you can see here.
The many benefits of having a loft conversion
There are many reasons for wanting a loft conversion, one of which is to enhance your home and increase its market value and selling price. On average a home with a high-quality loft conversion can attract around 20% more value than a similar home without one.
One of the most popular reasons why we are approached by homeowners about drawing up structural plans for a loft conversion is that the customers don’t want to leave their home. Adding in a loft conversion can mean there will be no need to move home for many families that love where they live and don’t want to move out of the area.
Moving out and upsizing may turn out beyond client budget. Therefore, by staying put and extending into the loft you can avoid expenses such as stamp duty and sellers fees. It makes so much sense to stay where you are, improve your home and make good use of the space that is already available to you instead of moving home.
Freedom to make your home your own
You have the flexibility to make your new loft space anything you like. From extra bedrooms for your growing family to a work-from-home office, study, or even a workout space with a sauna or steam room – the choice is yours.
If you want to use the space in your loft but you are not sure what you are looking for, then why not get in touch with us at GL Design Services Ltd. We can guide you in a right direction, and when appointed carry out site inspection to ensure your property is structurally sound and able to take extra weight of a loft conversion.
Our highly knowledgeable and experienced team of structural engineers have worked on a lot of loft conversions of all different shapes and sizes across London and the Croydon area.
There are a few loft-style options including mansard and dormer style lofts but this will ultimately depend on factors including the type of house you have, its size, how you want to use your loft and your available budget.
For our expert help and guidance about your new loft conversion project, get in touch with our team at GL Design Services Ltd.
Loft conversions are a cost-effective choice
There is do doubt that the UK is going through a home improvement revolution. Suppose you want a cost-effective way to improve your home and expand your living space on a budget. In that case, a loft conversion is a sensible option compared to building a ground floor extension or buying a larger property and moving home.
While many houses may have the available outdoor space to make a home extension work for them, if you have little to no outdoor space or ground conditions are challenging, a loft conversion tends to be the most cost-effective way to increase your living space.
Many homeowners also look at converting their cellars and basements but loft conversions offer the opportunity of giving some extra habitable room with a view. The price of a basement conversion can also be far costlier because you will need to factor all the additional reinforcement, damp proofing, special work sequence and contractor’s extra indemnity insurance to execute the works in a safe manner.
The overall costs can be kept down because there is less structural work involved with a loft conversion in comparison to basement extension. The noise, mess and disturbance to your daily routine is usually kept to a minimum, and all works are completed quicker than when building a large extension.
Pretty much any house with a loft space can be turned into a habitable conversion. As the house structure is already in place, it is simply a case of altering the space instead of building and extension form scratch from the foundations up.
If you are thinking about having a loft conversion, you can bring in GL Design Services to discuss your needs and draw up professional structural plans to make best use of your available space.
Structural engineer loft conversion
While having a loft conversion is a great way to improve your home and living arrangements, it is always sensible to bring in a structural engineer with plenty of years of experience which would help out in developing a cost-effective and safe support layout.
Once instructed, we perform a structural survey of the home and considering age of your property, establish existing load paths, past layout modification works including current load-bearing wall layout and its suitability to carry extra weight.
The most common problem that we come across when assessing a loft space is the lack of available space or headroom restrictions for a well-sized conversion. This means that if you don’t have enough headroom in your loft, you may need to consider re-modelling your roof.
Creating the most appropriate plan
Our structural engineering team at GL Design Services offers professional and trustworthy structural design solutions for every property style to meet your needs. We will inspect your property and create an optimised design plan allowing a competent contractor pricing an on-site execution of works.
Other aspects of loft works associated with a minimum safe headroom requirements, roof alterations and window installations, electrical, lighting and plumbing installations, party wall considerations, heat and air ventilation are usually specified in detailed design by architect.