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How to have a loft conversion without the need for planning permission

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Loft conversion without planning permission image by Lilly Trott (via Shutterstock).

If you live within the West Midlands, and thinking about having a loft conversion, you have come to the right site. You can count on us for reliability, competitive quotes, and independent advice. Did you know that planning permission is exempt from some types of loft conversions?

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How loft conversions inspired the design of OMMX architects’ Naked House

In the last week, you may have come across OMMX architects’ Naked House project. Naked House are a non-profit sector group of community builders. Their aim is make housing affordable in Greater London, especially as the average house price in the capital is £580,000. This puts home ownership out of the reach of many key workers. Not least the stories of shoebox sized flats selling for the price of a semi-detached house in Hall Green.

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Creative Uses of a Loft Conversion #1: a safe place for your personal library

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A bibliophile’s paradise: a library and study could be a good use for a newly converted loft. Image by Who Is Danny? (via Shutterstock).

Many people opt for loft conversions as a way of adding space to their home. They could be a most helpful way of shifting clutter from your living room or bedrooms. If you prefer to have a minimalist living room, the last thing you want are shelves and nick-nacks cluttering your lounge. What if you’re a book lover who cannot move for your personal library?

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How room in roof conversions offer a budget option

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Cheap and Cheerful: a Room in Roof Conversion offers a no frills form of loft conversion which is suitable for budget conscious customers. Image by Radovan1 (via Shutterstock).

Did you know that the average loft conversion costs £35,000? The thirty-five grand figure is the going rate for a dormer loft conversion. Higher up the cost scale, you’re looking at £50k, if you need to raise the roof level – or change a hipped roof to a gabled roof to free up space. The lowest price for a loft conversion is around the £15,000 to £20,000 mark. For your £20k, you are talking about room in roof conversions. Read more »

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How loft conversions boost your home value by an average of 21%

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Bedroom At The Top: An attic conversion into a spare bedroom – especially with an en suite bathroom – may result in a 21% boost in your home’s value. Image by ImageFlow (via Shutterstock).

From Marston Green to Stechford, or Penkridge to Longbridge, many people turn to Up Another Level as a way of boosting space in their home. Loft conversions can offer another boost, especially in prosperous areas. Read more »

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A look at how hip to gable conversions can add space to your home

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In the field of loft conversions, there are three main types of conversion styles. One is the dormer roof conversion, which is the most commonplace variety. Another one is a Mansard loft, which we have covered in our previous article on the subject. The third one we are focusing on for this post, are hip to gable roof conversions. With this style, part of a hipped roof is converted to a gabled roof. Read more »

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A look at how mansard lofts can add space to your home

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Colourful: if James Stirling or Terry Farrell did Mansard lofts, they would look like this one. Image by RedTC (via Shutterstock).

In the field of loft conversions, there are three main types of conversion styles. One is the dormer roof conversion, the most commonplace variety. Another one is a hip to gable conversion. With this style, part of a hipped roof is converted to a gable roof. The third one, that we are focusing on for this post, are Mansard lofts.

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Could winter be a good time to have your loft converted?

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Thanks partly to the Gulf Stream, the British winter is usually mild. It is not unusual for us to have wintry weather in early April as well as mid-December. Yet, many people choose to have a loft conversion in Spring and Summer, rather than winter. With the changeable nature of the British weather, the difference should be minimal.

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How to beef up your newly converted loft into an exciting place for work, rest, and play

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A Blank Canvas: your newly converted loft has the potential to become a creative space for work, rest, and play. Image by Yampi (via Shutterstock).

The roof space of your home can add value to your property. Typically, the average loft is used as a spare bedroom or as extra storage space.

Then again, you might have enough bedrooms and storage space, and wish to use part of your home for more creative uses Something inventive. For our latest blog post, our suggestions should be enough to fuel your imagination. Read more »