Merton Loft Conversion
Merton Loft Conversion are the best specialists in changing your loft space in Merton! We have done all sorts of projects with lofts, from turning them into home cinemas and games dens, to a spare bedroom for the kids or renting on AirBnB. We empty out lofts and rebuild and refurbish them exactly to your requirements and needs! If you have any loft conversion design ideas, then get in touch with us for a free no obligation chat!
Of course we follow all loft conversion regulations and rules and work with architects to make sure all our work is kept in line with current building regulations.
“Why should I convert my loft?”
Many people don’t realise that oft-forgotten space in the top of your house is just another room waiting to be converted into something useful! Why keep it as a storage space when that room could be used to create a new spare bedroom, improve the value of your house and create more floorspace for living in? We can outfit it into a modern space of chrome, light and open space for a relaxation area, dark, comfortable and leathery for a home cinema, nice, cosy and warm for a library and reading area or anything else you can think of!
“How much does a loft conversion cost?”
We’ll be honest here: Loft conversion doesn’t come cheap, but would you want to cheap out on a service that can add thousands to the value of your house? Not to mention the improvement of living of having more floorspace, or the extra income provided for renting out the new spare bedroom! If you have a chat with us and decide on a consultation, then we can give you a loft conversion quote, a bit of information on the benefits of a loft conversion and leave you to make your own decision with no pressure!
“What is the loft conversion timescale?”
A loft conversion with our company normally takes 6-12 weeks but it really depends on the size of your conversion and what you would like to turn it into. This is because we follow all building regulations while doing a loft conversion as well as the health and safety of our workers always being considered. We have also come to find hidden property damage during some of our jobs and these can also delay proceedings, however, we will be in contact with you every step of the way and keep you updated on progress whenever you ask, as well as a weekly update on the work.
"Do I need planning permission for a loft conversion?"
You don't need a planning permission for most loft conversions, however, some will require you to get planning permissions, notably if you plan to exceed or alter the roof space in your home past specified limits. We will of course speak to you about what your aims are for your loft conversion and whether you'll need to arrange planning permission beforehand.
"Can I do a DIY Loft conversion?"
You can, however, we strongly recommend against it. Loft conversion is a lengthy, intricate and dangerous job. It can also be incredibly costly if you make a mistake and may require planning permission as mentioned above depending on your requirements.
If you did want to do a DIY loft conversion, then these are the steps you'd have to take:
1. Check your home can take the extra weight of a conversion: You'll have to work with a surveyor to check the foundations of your house and if they are too weak for the extra weight, then they'll need to be underpinned. This will double your budget before you even begin. When we work on a building, we will use the most weight efficient materials to try and ensure this doesn't become a problem for you.
2. Check the head height of your roof. If you want to convert your loft without having to obtain planning permission then you will have to fit all your design into your current roof space. If you don't come from a design or architecture background, then your best bet is to hire an interior architect or interior designer.
3. Building regulations. Your loft conversion will need to be approved with building regulations whether you need planning permission to change the roof. You will need to have a full design plan to have it approved. If you live in a terraced or semi-detached property, you will also need to speak to your neighbours you share a wall with and inform them of the work being done. We normally take care of all this for you.
4. Roof Structure. You will have to change the roof structure to support your needs. This may be done in a variety of ways; each way will be suited to a roof and you will need to find out the best way to support yours while opening as much space as possible for the new room. We will of course do this ourselves when we review the roof and have years of experience doing so, so we'd know whether you need an ashlering or new floor joists.
5. Loft Stairs, Insulation, Storage, Windows and Fire Safety. These are all things you will have to consider when designing your space. You will need to use materials that are less flammable than most, the stairwell may be very narrow and will have to be designed to minimise wasted space in the new room, you will have to insulate the space as the regular loft insulation will be removed when the new room is put into place. You of course will want to install windows to give the room natural light, but in doing so you will also lose out on storage space. You could move your storage space to another room in the house, or you could hide the new loft room's storage space in cubbyholes and spaces above alcoves. When you have a consultation with us, we can take care of all of this for you, so you won't have to spend weeks figuring everything out with your new loft conversion.
As you can see, a DIY loft conversion isn't easy! So why not leave it up to us, the experts and take a weight, and a lot of time, off your shoulders? Get in touch with us now on 020 8050 1392 for some free, no obligation loft conversion advice!
"What services do we provide"?
There are other services that we provide customers in the area. We are not just a loft conversion company, but we provide other useful services for your lofts such as loft boarding, loft extensions, loft designs and overall loft conversions.
Loft boarding is an incredibly useful tool that you can use for your Lofts. It is in short, the preparation to a conversion and it would also involve building the foundations for a future conversion if you decide to have one. Having the loft boarded is very important for future loft conversions in that it will help cut a lot of time out of the latter's process, but a loft boarding will also be useful if you would like to use it as a storage area since it builds a stronger foundation. Otherwise a loft boarding can be done without having a conversion in your mind, and all you have to do is contact us if you have any questions or would like any more information on what a loft boarding is and what we can do for you.
Loft extensions are another service that we can provide for you. You may have had your loft converted in the past and now you need to either adjust or edits to it, or would like to make the space bigger for any reason. Even if you just need the roof to be lifted slightly or you need the walls widened to fit more furniture in there, we can do either for you. We can do an extension of any size while being able to keep the design and the original loft design intact without damage or too much adjustment. Head on over to our services section to read a bit more about it!
Loft insulation can be a very importance service that we provide depending on what your needs are and why you would need us to insulate your loft. You may have previously gotten a loft conversion in the past and the loft was not properly insulated, in which case we can do so for you with ease. We can both insulate the loft and make and adjustments or edits to the previous conversion if you would need us to. Another reason you may need an insulation is because you have recently had a boarding or an extension and the room has yet to be insulated. This would be very important to have done as soon as possible, since it could get much more expensive if you decide to wait. We can do an insulation no matter what you already have done, and we will also ensure to do it without an issue to your property.
Loft Design is another service that we can provide customers who are looking for something to be done to their loft. We can design the room and the interior decoration of the loft conversion, while then being able to implement the design that we create. We understand that customers may have an issue being able to design the rooms themselves, which is why we are able to do so for you. We have a creative group of people here who have worked on and designed hundreds of lofts, so their experience and creativity will be extremely helpful to you if you would like to use the help! We would recommend any customer that has not created a design or is not completely aware of what they would like to talk to us and we will be able to walk you through it.
Does our commitment to being Green effect our services?
At Merton Loft Conversion, we have a duty as a responsible and trustworthy company to ensure that we comply with any environmental best practices. We also feel that it is our duty to ensure that we are as Green as possible. Our commitment to staying Green means a benefit for both the community at the Merton area, and the benefit for the economy and local businesses of Merton itself.
Part of our responsibility to staying as green as possible means that we locally source all our materials from local suppliers and distributers. When we purchase any raw materials that we may need such as lumber or metal, then we ensure that we purchase only from suppliers who are local to the Merton community. Many times, this will be companies that are in Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Mitcham, Surrey, Croydon, Epsom and more. We also ensure to use local hardware stores for our tools, and usually independent businesses. Just as with our supplier’s needs, we also ensure that the profits we make go back into the local economy via small businesses and charity work.
The simple answer is that they do not, and if they were to effect or impact upon our services it would only be for the better. When boarding lofts for the local customers, using green and renewable materials are a benefit rather than a negative. For the most part, recyclable materials are much sturdier than a lot of lumber that are typically available. But renewable and green materials also not only sturdier but also cleaner. The air quality is overall healthier because the air has more room to travel. It also means that the air itself is healthier, resulting in a longer lasting loft boarding.
The additional benefit to using green materials is the protection of the environment as a whole. When considering an extension, the amount of materials that would be considered waste in the deconstruction process alone is large. When factoring additional materials that would be used to reconstruct the extension, it would be better for the environment as a whole to use renewable or recyclable materials. This would ensure that all materials that are used throughout the process will not count as disposable waste but instead materials than can be distributed to other extensions. When considering all the boarding, conversion and extension jobs that are done day to day, the amount of wasted materials is unfathomable. That is why the dedication to staying green and using renewable materials is a benefit to both the customers and the community of the Merton area.
Finally, the commitment to staying green means that all benefits and proceeds stay within the community to help us prosper together. But when considering that your extensions, boarding’s or conversions are for your future generations, you will feel better and more responsible knowing that you have no only provided additional space and value, but also the overall benefit of improving their quality of lives. The improved air and health qualities that come with Green and renewable resources are impactful for years to come. These minimal differences add up over time to create an environment that is beneficial to future generations and ensures the survival of both the Earth and your property over time.
Boarding’s and extensions require a great amount of materials to be completed efficiently, and without them would mean potentially dangerous consequences. There are only beneficial effects to using Green materials as opposed to materials that could be considered a danger to the environment, and to ensure that we stick behind a strict guideline created by ourselves is the best for all.
If you are looking to have your loft boarding, extension or conversion implemented by a company who is dedicated and focused on staying Green, then you should contact us at Merton Loft Conversion today. We ensure that all services are completed with renewable materials and we can do this in Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Surrey, Croydon, Epsom, Mitcham, Fulham and many more. So, call us today on 02080501392 or fill out the form on the top right for a free quote!