5 Reasons to Convert Your Battersea Loft

From adding value to your home to expanding your living space, there are a multitude of reasons to convert your Battersea loft. Here are the 5 most common reasons why people choose to convert their lofts in London and Battersea lofts.

Want extra living space but don’t want to move house? Then you should consider a loft conversion. Normal home extensions require expansion outside of the footprint of the building, but loft extensions provide added space without expanding outwards, so you don’t have to eat into that precious garden area. That’s why loft conversions are so popular: you don’t have to build out, just up!

Loft conversions typically only take a few weeks and cost a fraction of the price of traditional extensions, which often take longer.

Studies show that a loft conversion can increase the value of your property by up to 25%. This far outweighs the cost of converting the loft in the first place. So if you want to add value to your Battersea home, converting your loft is an easy win.

A large proportion of a house’s heat is lost through the roof, often as much as 25%. During a loft conversion, the walls, floors, and ceilings are reinforced and insulated, drastically reducing heat loss – and your energy bills.

A quiet place far above the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a loft can be put to a number of uses. An extra bedroom, a gym, a child’s bedroom – the list goes on. And don’t forget, if you employ the appropriate storage solutions, a loft can be put to a combination of uses all at once.

Dormer Loft Conversion

Remaining one of the most popular styles of loft conversion, a dormer conversion uses a vertical roof extension to create additional headroom within the property. An additional benefit of building such a dormer conversion is that it does not necessarily require planning permission. At LMB Group our trusted team will help you work out all aspects of the build, before, during and after to make sure everything is just the way you wanted it to be.

L-Shaped Dormer Conversion

Depending on the size of your Battersea property, an L-shaped dormer (which combines two dormer extensions that join together to form an L-shape) can add anything between 20sqm-50sqm, giving a prized amount of new floor space as well as plenty of eaves storage. The L-shaped dormer conversion is ideal for mid-terraced houses and makes a great loft conversion option for many houses across the Battersea and South West London area.

Hip-to-gable Conversion

A hip-to-gable conversion involves replacing the sloping part of your roof (the hip) with a vertical wall (the gable). A hip-to-gable conversion is a great option for bungalows, detached or semi-detached properties – and is an ideal fit for customers with 1930s properties. To provide maximum efficiency and floor space, we can build a double hip-to-gable conversion, or even combine it with a dormer conversion at the rear of your property.

Mansard Conversion

This type of conversion has been growing in popularity across South West London’s more urban areas over the past few years. A highly individual-looking loft conversion, a Mansard conversion is situated to the rear of the property and offers a stylish, flat-roof option. Named after 17th-century French architect Francois Mansard, a Mansard conversion offers peak space but almost always requires planning permission from the local authority and is at the higher end of the loft conversion pricing spectrum.

Velux Windows

We believe in delivering excellence and all our work involves using only the finest materials and suppliers. We work in partnership with the biggest names in the construction industry such as brand-leading Velux – and are one the few loft conversion companies across South West London to be accredited and approved by Velux as window and blind installers. Over the years these stylish, well-made windows have become the first choice when it comes to providing your new loft conversion with natural light. Velux come in a range of designs and shapes and can be individually crafted to suit your specific loft conversion.

The Finest of Finishes

Not only will LMB Group’s team of construction professionals provide a safe, secure and stylish loft conversion but they can also offer a far-reaching finishing service that includes painting and decorating services, installation of sound equipment, heating systems, air conditioning and much more. At LMB Group, we deliver your loft conversion, your way.

Battersea Loft Conversion FAQs

For any queries regarding planning permission, contact your Local Planning Authority, who will help you determine whether or not you need planning permission for your loft conversion. And don’t forget to talk to your neighbours about any planned work. Managing their expectations, or just keeping them informed, is not only a courtesy but might help smooth planning applications further down the line.

Several factors determine whether you are able to convert your loft. Firstly, you must determine whether your loft has enough headroom. The cut-off point is around 2.2m, which takes into account the addition of reinforced floors and insulation, making the final headroom around 2m. This is both a practical minimum and a planning requirement with regard to clearance over the stairs. If your loft does not have such dimensions, you will have to consider extra building work to raise the roof. Note, when making this measurement, you should take into account the entire room, not just the highest point of the pitch of the roof, so the room can be used to its full potential.

The current state of your loft and the type of loft conversion will determine the cost. Simple room-to-room conversions cost upwards of £15,000, dormer and l-shaped dormer conversions upwards of £20,000, and full mansard conversions start from around £30,000. You can also calculate the conversion cost using the square meterage, with loft conversions costing anywhere between £1,100 and £2,500 per square meter, depending on the type of conversion you choose. For more information, see our article: Understanding Loft Conversion Costs.

Simple projects can take as little as 4 weeks, dormer conversions 5-6 weeks, and mansard conversions 8-12. Typically, the larger and more involved loft conversions take longer. You also need to take into account the need for planning permission and for the availability of materials when estimating the start and completion date.