Wimbledon Mansard Loft Conversion
A mansard loft conversion in Wimbledon can be very tricky to both complete, and get planning permission for. Because of the overall size extension that a mansard loft conversion provides your home, it cannot fall under the ‘Permitted Development Act’ unless you are looking for a small mansard conversion. Especially with the local authority of Wimbledon being relatively fickle about accepting applications for mansard conversions, it would be hard to guarantee that it would be an option for you. However, many mansard loft conversions have been accepted in recent times, and I would not rule it out as a possibility. With the significant increase in size and living space that it would provide both your home and your loft conversion, mansard conversions are becoming increasingly popular for those in and around Wimbledon, and the city of London itself.
Cost of a mansard loft conversion in Wimbledon?
Within the area of Wimbledon, mansard loft conversions are often the most expensive loft conversion option, while providing the most Return of Investment (ROI). The average mansard conversion in Wimbledon costs £35,000 - £40,000, while it can range realistically anywhere between £25,000 - £50,000 depending on the size of the mansard itself and the amount of manpower and labour hours it would cost to complete it. Unfortunately, there are a few loft conversions and building companies within the vicinity of Wimbledon that intentionally raises the price of loft conversion services due to Wimbledon being a relatively affluent area of London. That is why I cannot stress enough how important it is to get multiple quotes if you live within the area. If you feel that a quote may be too high for your project, then meeting other companies to find out what they could offer you would be a wise move.
A mansard conversion can also take the longest to complete because of the amount of size that is extended. Recently we personally worked on a mansard conversion that took 6 weeks because of a few different factors such as the construction process itself. Anywhere from 5 weeks to 8 weeks would not be unreasonable for the overall timescale of the project to be completed. For large mansard conversions, you would be looking at anywhere between 7 weeks to 10 weeks depending on different requirements or specifics that you may have for your conversion. The length of the project is not necessarily a negative, since you can be assured that the loft itself will be structurally strong. Wimbledon itself also has large houses per square foot, so a mansard conversion would naturally take longer to complete in Wimbledon than most of locations in London.
Other mansard conversion information in Wimbledon
Finally, if you are in the Wimbledon area and you are considering a loft conversion, I would advise you to look at all suitable loft conversions before choosing a mansard, dormer or hip to gable loft. Since they are beneficial to specific property types, you may have your mind set on a dormer when a hip to gable could provide you with the same result, but costing you less time and money. Likewise, you may think that you need a hip to gable loft conversion but realise that the space restrictions are too much for your designs, and a mansard loft conversion is more suitable. These are things that you should go other with the companies that quote you. They have performed loft conversions in the past and if they are knowledgeable, they would be able to guide you the best way.
If you are looking for a loft conversion in Wimbledon, I would recommend coming to us here at Merton Loft Conversion. We have worked in Wimbledon several times before and we are well-versed with the property build types that surround Wimbledon. It is important to work with a loft conversion company that both knows Wimbledon itself, and has much experience within the industry. Either way, I do hope that you enjoyed this blog post, and if you have then please make sure you check out our previous and next posts too!
Wimbledon Dormer Loft Conversion
Wimbledon is one of the hardest places to approve a loft conversion in the whole of London if you would like a dormer or mansard loft conversion. While it is still more than possible to have your application for a dormer or mansard loft conversion accepted if you are in Wimbledon and I would recommend applying for planning permission if you need to, there are other options. Last week I mentioned about a hip to gable loft conversion in Wimbledon that we completed, and I also spoke briefly about how hip to gable loft conversion are common within Wimbledon because of planning permission restrictions. However, another way to convert your loft while extending your space is by using a dormer loft conversion that does not extend too far outwards.
Important information regarding the dormer and planning permission
One of the ways we could extend a loft conversion without the need to apply for planning permission was by using a dormer loft conversion. In this specific instance, we ensured that the dormer itself would not extend beyond the ‘Permitted Development Act’, while also constructing the dormer conversion to the side of the home rather than the back of the home. This loft conversion construction also allows a mansard to be possible in the future without having to deconstruct the dormer conversion in the future if necessary. The dormer loft conversion can be considered as an extension because of the amount of space it adds onto your loft, but there are still ways to ensure that you do not require planning permission. If you maximise the amount of space within your loft with the dormer conversion, you can create enough space to make your dream come to life.
With one specific customer, we were required to create a bedroom and bathroom within their loft. Using a dormer conversion that was extended somewhat outwards, we could provide enough space for a double bedroom with the bathroom. Because of the additional space that was provided from the dormer, the project itself instantly became realistic. Since applying for planning permission would require a considerable amount of time and delaying the project, this also became a much more suitable alternative for both us and the home owner. It also meant that we had a bit less restriction upon the construction itself.
The dormer conversion itself
As we could use the converted loft space for the bedroom, we had a large enough space to ensure practical and usable living space. Since the bedroom is the specific room that required most objects and usability, we distributed the items and furniture pre-construction to ensure the home owner would be happy with what was available. The loft conversion itself was also straightforward as we could clearly define what the requirements were with little to no issue. When considering the Wimbledon local authority in relation to planning permission applications, dormer conversions can often be rejected because of the extension amount some home owners request. That is what makes planning and distributing the space before the project begins an important and integral factor with most loft conversions.
With this specific dormer loft conversion, we also took full advantage of the dormer conversions additional space with the bathroom. Since most bathrooms are relatively small, you can often find the perfect appliances or fixtures to ensure that they are housed and fitted correctly. With the use of a bathtub-shower combination and a ceramic toilet and standing sink, we were still able to install and create a standard bathroom within the dormer loft. This was a reasonable target considering the amount of space that is allowed within the PD Act.
If you are to take away one thing from this post, it is that planning permissions do not have to stop your vision from coming to life. There are still many ways to work around space and construction restrictions, and you can still create the room that you would like. If you need a loft conversion in Wimbledon or any other area in Merton, then call Merton Loft Conversion today. Make sure to check out our Wimbledon Hip to Gable loft conversion post from this week too!
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.