Specialist Service For Loft Conversions in Altrincham & South Manchester
Considering hiring a local builder for loft conversions in Altrincham? Lofts are all too often dark and dusty places, used as a dumping ground for unwanted clutter. Converting unused loft space is one of the best ways to maximise the space in your home, giving you an adaptable, light and airy living space that you’ll wonder how you lived without. Our building services cover the full design and build of lofts and attic space.
A passion for style
Loft conversions can be used to create stunning master bedrooms with an en-suite bathroom. At the highest point in the house, a loft bedroom can offer panoramic views across the rooftops or countryside, whilst providing a spacious bedroom.
Converting the loft space in your home can offer you the adaptability you need to allow you to stay in the home you love whilst your family grows and your needs change. A master bedroom in the loft can offer a luxurious bolt-hole or a useful space to house a growing family or visiting family and friends. Alternatively loft conversions can be used to create a useful home office, a nursery, playroom or even a home gym! The possibilities are endless.
Things to think about
To provide maximum space dormer loft conversions in Altrincham are the best way to increase the footprint of your property.
However, if you would prefer a Velux roof conversion, this will leave the look of your property unaltered whilst utilising sky light windows to allow light to flood in.
Altrincham Builders are specialists in Altrincham and South Manchester loft conversions and we can help you decide on the best type of conversion to suit your property and the needs of your family.
The standard height of a roof space for loft conversions is 2.4m or higher at the tallest section. If your roof space is shorter than this there may still be options available but this is the standard height for loft conversions.
Loft conversions do not generally need planning permission, unless your home is listed or you live in a Conservation Area. You can learn more about loft conversion building regulations at homebuilding.
Mansard Loft Conversion
A mansard loft conversion, named after the 17th-century French Architect Francois Mansard, is situated to the rear of the property. This type of conversion has a flat roof, with the back wall sloping inwards at an angle of 72 degrees. Windows are usually housed within small dormers.
Mansard loft conversions in Altrincham normally require planning permissions, due to the large changes to the roof shape and structure. In addition, we specialise in l-shaped mansard loft conversions, which can really open up the space and add even more value to your property. The l-shaped mansard loft conversion works particularly well if you are converting the loft into an open-plan bedroom with en-suite.
Dormer Loft Conversion
A dormer loft conversion is an extension to the existing roof that projects vertically from a sloping roof, creating additional floor space and headroom within the property. Internally, a dormer has vertical walls and a horizontal ceiling. It is the most common type of loft conversion, as the flat roof dormers often add the maximum amount of additional space. In addition, it is possible to create a gable front and a hipped roof dormer to make it look more attractive, however these types of dormers do not offer as much internal space.
Additionally, due to the added complexity, a gable front and hipped roof dormer will cost more to build. The l-shaped dormer loft conversion is also very popular and is often considered the best way to extend a mid-terrace period property which are prevelant in Altrincham & Manchester to maximize space as it can give around 40m3 of space or slightly more under planning.
Advantage: Normally a dormer loft conversion can be constructed without gaining planning permission, although planning permission may be required depending on the specifications.
Velux Loft Conversion
Velux Loft Conversions are also known as rooflight loft conversions. Velux is the leading manufacturer of roof windows so hence the name. With this type of project, the roofline is unaltered, as the velux windows are installed fitting flush to the roofline, leaving the original roof structure untouched. Therefore, planning permission is not generally required, making it an attractive option for many. Also, due to the fact that no large alterations need to be made to the roof, the cost of the conversion generally remains lower.
Hip To Gable Loft Conversion
The majority of houses that are hip roofed in style tend to have a reasonably small internal volume, so for a conversion to be practical, a hip-to-gable conversion is a smart solution. This type of conversion involves changing the sloping side of the property to a flat gable end. This increases the size of the loft space, often creating extra space for the staircase. As this type of loft conversion changes the outline of the roof, planning permissions may well be required. We also specialize in l-shaped hip-to-gable loft conversions.
Roof Terrace Loft Conversion
Planning regulations have become more relaxed of late in relation to roof terraces. Roof terraces always require planning permission so are dependent on the leniency of local planners for permission. In our experience roof terraces appear more popular in areas with a large number of flats as space is a premium and gardens tend to be either small or dark, or both. Recently we have done a number of conversions with roof terraces in Manchester for these reasons and have noted that these are the properties that have then sold for record amounts in the area!
Three reasons to contact Altrincham Builders to convert your loft space
At Altrincham Builders we take great pride in our workmanship and aim to offer the highest possible standards of customer service. We understand that loft conversions in Altrincham whether its s dormer, hip to gable or mansard or any building work on your home, no matter how small, can be stressful.
2; Project Management
We offer a full project management service so you can relax in the knowledge that your loft conversion is in the best possible hands. Our team includes electricians, plasterers, plumbers and heating engineers, allowing us to offer a complete service to our clients.
3; Fuss – free
We carry out our work with the minimum of fuss and disruption to our clients and work with a team of highly qualified, experienced team of tradesmen who always go the extra mile for each and every client we work with.