Wimbledon Hip to Gable Loft Conversion
Here at Merton Loft Conversion, we recently completed a relatively large hip to gable loft conversion within Wimbledon. The loft conversion itself was very interesting both because of what a hip to gable loft conversion entails, and the customer’s specific needs being so uncommon for Wimbledon. Now, if you live within the Wimbledon area then you would be aware of how large the average home is compared to other areas both in London and around Wimbledon such as Croydon, Mitcham and so on. Since the average Wimbledon home has such as large amount of square foot space in comparison, it is surprising to consider a hip to gable conversion being the small option when in a Wimbledon home it can almost be the size of someone else’s first floor! This loft conversion however is unique in both the design of the room and the work completed.
The pet loft!
The home owner wanted a room dedicated towards all their pets within the loft that would be both easily accessible and a suitable climate for all. The interesting part of this, is the different pets they had. The most important process during this loft conversion was the large aquarium fish tank we fitted into the room. We built a large partition halfway through the loft conversion to separate the room from the actual pet-allocated space to the filtration room for the fish tank. With a large mini-aquarium within the wall, you need a filtration system that can match the needs of the fish tank. This means we should dedicate just under half of the loft conversion to the filtration system. This was really exciting for me personally since they had over 50 different species of fish.
The main issue with fish are the different genetic makeups and the different needs each fish has. It’s something small for a loft conversion company to consider, but everything must be perfect for each fish. The tank itself needs to be 95-100% purified to lower the death rate of the fish, and the tank needs to stay at a constant set temperature to ensure that the fish are comfortable and within their natural climates. The temperature and purification of the fish tank isn’t something we had to personally worry about ourselves, but we did have to make sure the filtration system was properly installed and housed within the loft. If the filtration system was broken or not working at optimal performance for any possible reason, then we can endanger many of the fish’s lives. This can hurt the animals, the home owner and our reputation simultaneously.
Additional information regarding the loft conversion for the pets!
Another interesting thing about the construction process itself is also making sure that the rest of the pet-allocated room was optimal for other animals. The home owner also owns a turtle, a hamster, a cat, two dogs and a reptile. These are many different animals that obviously clash, but even more worrying is finding the right balance between the animals and the loft itself. We installed a few different items for the pets around the loft itself such as a mini turtle penthouse (which I want after installing), a mini dog house for the dogs to eat food and sleep in and even a mini kitten penthouse that doesn’t fall. The actual room itself was fun to build and the loft conversion ended up being one of the most original in Wimbledon, but once I had finished I had a few questions that I kept to myself.
I’m not sure that with so many different animals such as the reptile and the turtle being in the same room under ergonomic conditions is good. Just like the fish, turtles and reptiles have their own optimized “climates”. 1 in 1,000 turtles die during their first year alive, and the effect the environment has on those chances must be large. It also seems as if there should have been more installed within the room such as a secondary Velux window for natural sunlight or other sources of environmental change. Either way, the customer was indeed happy with the result.
Here at Merton Loft Conversion we create many new types of loft conversions. If you are in Wimbledon and are looking for a loft conversion, I would suggest coming to us! Also please check out our recent blog post about loft conversions in Wimbledon if you have the time!
Wimbledon Loft Conversions
Since we are based in the borough of Merton, we often perform loft conversions in the Merton and surrounding areas. One of those areas is Wimbledon, and as a resident, if you have ever tried to convert your loft then you are aware of how difficult it can be at times. There are many different factors that go into a loft conversion such as boundaries between properties, cost of raw materials, labour and manpower hours and much more. This is more so if you wish to undergo a loft conversion that is of a larger scale, since you would need to apply for planning permission at your local authorities. Unfortunately, these conversions do not get approved 100% of the time due to neighbours’ homes being too close to your property, or other complaints that you may face during a loft conversion. That is why in the Wimbledon area specifically, most customers decide to go for a dormer or hip to gable loft conversion. The overall amount of extension space required is much lower than it would be for a mansard.
Specific information regarding loft conversions in Wimbledon
Hip to gable loft conversions are common for a variety of reasons in Wimbledon. Firstly, the homes themselves are designed so that you can gain a lot of extra living space from the maximisation of available space within the loft itself. Since the average Wimbledon home is unfortunately slanted towards the sides, the loft itself misses out on a lot of space during the conversion. A hip to gable is also much cheaper than the average loft conversion, making it beneficial for those who want to look for a turn of investment further down the line. Finally, with the average hip to gable loft conversion you would not have to apply for planning permission, which is something that stops many Wimbledon home owners from getting their conversion in the first place. These are the average conversion types within the area.
Dormer loft conversions are also quite common, being able to maximise loft space while also extending outwards to add extra space. This is beneficial for many home owners since while they would like to use the space they currently have, they find their designs and plans require extra space that a hip to gable conversion cannot give. This makes dormer loft conversions beneficial over the average mansard conversion. In Wimbledon specifically, you may notice that mansard conversions are not commonly agreed to. You may see a neighbour or two who have had mansard conversions completed on their property, but this is uncommon. The dormer conversion will give you some of that additional space while also being a cost-effective option more likely to be approved within Wimbledon. Because of the flexibility in where you can put the extension itself (it can be placed both on the side or the beck of the home’s roof), this also makes it beneficial with any boundary disputes you may have with neighbours.
Mansard loft conversions in Wimbledon
The last conversion which is the most uncommon because of the inconsistency in which they are approved within Wimbledon are mansard conversions. As I said earlier, it will not be often you will see mansard conversions approved because of boundary disputes. Since homes within Wimbledon can be dense in certain areas and mansard conversions are considered the same as home extensions (both large and intrusive on boundaries of land), it would be a fight to get the planning permission approved at times. Truthfully, it comes down to what the local authority is willing to agree to. Mansard conversions are being approved within Wimbledon however, and if you are in dire need of a mansard rather than a dormer conversion, then I would always suggest applying for the conversion anyway. It wouldn’t hurt to try and at worst you would have to go with a dormer which would be your only option.
Therefore, it is important to note that if you are in Wimbledon, ensure you apply for planning permissions before drawing any designs or plans for your loft conversion.