Leeds Hip to Gable Loft Conversion
Hip to gable loft conversions are becoming an increasing popular and interest loft conversion choice for the city of Leeds. Many of the homes within the city of Leeds are built as detached or semi-detached housing, meaning that a hip to gable is the least suitable option for most home owners. This does not necessarily mean it is the incorrect choice, however. Depending on the size of your loft and more importantly, if the size of your loft wall is slanted, then it could still be a viable and useful alternative to other loft conversion options. Leeds Loft Converters often come across homes that – while not the most suitable – may still be eligible and can benefit from a hip to gable loft conversion. If you are one of these home owners, then I would advise reading this blog post today. We will discuss a hip to gable loft conversion that falls under this situation.
Benefits to hip to gable loft conversion?
Earlier this year, we completed a hip to gable loft conversion within a semi-detached residential property within the city of Leeds. While a dormer or mansard loft conversion would have been more suitable for both additional space and size restrictions, the hip to gable was still the most suitable overall. Within the exposed side of the home, the loft itself was very slanted. It was slanted more than the average residential property within the area would be. This meant that although the left side of the home that was not exposed could not gain any additional loft space with the hip to gable conversion, the exposed side did offer the suitable space for the home owner to still benefit from. Since the home owner was considering a common double bedroom and bathroom conversion, with some creativity on the design aspect and placing fixtures and furniture to maximise as much space as possible, we could turn a difficult project into a standard hip to gable conversion.
The average hip to gable loft conversion takes anywhere from 4 to 7 weeks depending on restrictions and other factors such as budget and man-hours. This hip to gable conversion was completed in 4 and a half weeks, since we only needed to construct within one side of the home. Other construction aspects included building thick walls to separate the bathroom and toilet, and the creation and installation of stairs leading up to the loft. The construction process itself was more complex when considering health and safety, since the primary cause of concern during loft conversions is ensuring viable living space. Pulling the construction further towards the right meant that although the loft itself was relatively uneven in space, it was still suitable for living.
How much does the hip to gable loft conversion cost in Leeds?
The project itself also cost a total of £20,000, much like the average hip to gable loft conversion. Any financial benefits they would have received from only converting one side were unfortunately defeated since the overall size in which we had to extend was still the average for a normal conversion. Within this large additional space, we could create the bathroom, meaning that the bedroom was the larger room that was able to take most of the space within the loft conversion. Often this is a benefit the standard home cannot take advantage of, but this was not a planned benefit. The automatic nature of the loft conversion meant we had to pull most of the loft conversion design towards the unexposed side of the home to ensure structural integrity, leaving the smaller, lighter items which would be installed within the bathroom on the exposed side.
Rarely in Leeds or any other city in the United Kingdom would such work and creativity within the construction need to take place. Very few homes around the area would have such slanted hips, making this a more unique and special construction case. If you are looking for a loft conversion in Leeds, then contact us at Leeds Loft Converters today! Also, make sure to check out our blog on dormer loft conversions in Leeds!
Leeds Dormer Conversion
One of our more recent projects within the city of Leeds was a relatively large dormer conversion. The dormer itself was large enough that we had to apply for planning permission as it was too large to be considered automatic under the ‘Permitted Development Act’. The home owner themselves were looking to convert their loft while also increasing the overall space to fit a total of two and a half rooms, which consisted of a double bedroom, hobby room and a bathroom. This is common practice both in Leeds, the surrounding areas and within the United Kingdom, and many loft conversion companies often have both the experience and knowledge to perform these conversions. Personally, this remains one of my more enjoyable loft conversions projects overall as the customer had some unique ideas specifically for their rooms.
Creation of the dormer loft
The first room that we worked on with the loft conversion was the hobby room. We created two separate walls for both the bedroom and the bathroom, allowing for enough space for each room without compromising. We also didn’t use thicker materials and instead created thin walls per request of the home owner. The hobby room itself was interesting, as it was for an artist. The actual view of the home was nice and the home owner (who is a painter and artist) wanted to see the view for artistic purposes. We fit a large, double Velux window within the hobby room of the loft conversion to ensure as much natural light as possible. Using a double Velux window, we also allowed to enough view space no matter where you are placed within the room itself. We also used automatic blinds for additional elegance and style for the home owner, who appreciated the look.
The hobby room was also decorated to include many different artwork pieces created by the home owner, while also creating what we called the ‘Painters Corner’. The corner of the room closest to the Velux window was decorated to home a desk on the side that housed all painting and artistic materials, and we then installed a large easel holder within the other corner close to the window. We placed a large stool in front of the easel, and on the side closest to the desk we placed a paint brush holder and a pallet holder. The last thing we placed within the space of the hobby room was a decorative flower pot holder for the home owner to place a flower they found inspirational. We left the overall design of the room quite plain per request, painting the walls a plain white. We also laid dark brown wooden flooring for easy clean up, and to ensure as little as possible stain exposure.
Design of the loft conversion
The bedroom was very different in terms of the design. We painted the walls purple while filling pattern within the walls that were almost a black rose pattern. In terms of aesthetics and look, it may have been one of my favourite wall designs that I have seen within recent years. The purple itself was not too dark or light, using Royal Purple. The black pattern paint also looked exquisite after it dried, as it matched the furniture within the room perfectly. We also laid light brown flooring within this room and installed a large skylight within the ceiling to bring a large amount of natural light within the top of the bedroom. Along with the skylight, we installed remote controlled blinds within the ceiling to allow for easy opening and closing of the bling themselves. Finally, we installed a small Velux window to not allow too much light within the room.
Finally, the last room we worked on was the bathroom. Since the room itself was relatively small, we could only add a shower, sink and toilet within the room. This is what the dormer loft conversion was used for, meaning they could create a little bathroom to be used along the bedroom. Adding a towel rack and a large mirror, we managed to make the bathroom as stylish as possible and functional with the space restrictions provided.
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Leeds Mansard Conversion
Recently, we completed a mansard loft conversion in Leeds that was one of the largest of scale we have ever completed. Yesterday we spoke about loft conversions in Leeds generally, but today we are talking specifically about a mansard conversion we completed. The average mansard conversion in Leeds can usually fit three different rooms within the conversions altogether, while this mansard conversion was large enough to fit 4 and a half rooms. For those who are unaware, a four and a half room addition within a home is the same as the average two bedroom flat within Leeds. That is a large amount and as a loft conversion company, this is something we also see rarely.
Mansard Loft Conversion Cost and Specifications
The customer wanted two double bedrooms, a hobby room and a bathroom on the half for their room specifications, while also having a specific layout in mind. This is usually how we complete most projects, but the issue with this specific mansard conversion is that the layout they wanted meant a large increase in budget unnecessarily. We believe it is our duty as a loft conversion company to raise this concerns with the homeowner to let them know that we could save them quite a bit of money by changing a few rooms around for special restrictions so they wouldn’t have to invest so much into the raw materials required. Unfortunately, the customer would not change their mind. This isn’t an issue for us as a company since the main aim apart from the construction of the loft conversion is to ensure customer satisfaction, so if they were happy, we were!
The mansard loft conversion itself was on the financially higher end of the average loft conversion. When you consider how much manpower and resources is required to complete a project of this scope, this is natural. The average mansard conversion can cost between £25,000 - £55,000 so if you consider that this specific customer was spending within the higher end for their conversion, then you’d realise the investment is large. This customer also specifically pursued the mansard and a loft conversion in general to add what you could consider an additional extension within their home for the reason of rising property value, so the investment would be well returned.
Specific customer needs
With home owners who are specifically investing within their home using a loft conversion, we must keep specific needs in mind that we wouldn’t otherwise. When a home owner invests into a large loft conversion for the idea of raising the property value significantly, you should design the loft conversion in the eyes of both the current and the next home owner. While this may sound obvious, it can be very tricky to understand someone’s needs while predicting another’s. This is where our personal designers come into place, since they design very ergonomic rooms to ensure general aesthetical pleasing. An example of this would be a gender-neutral children’s bedroom, so the next homeowner can see a sample of the room and design from there. The rooms must also be easily accessible for anyone who would like to use it. This includes children, adults and those with a physical handicap and often this need can be accidentally neglected.
That is why with this specific mansard, once we learnt that the conversion was to add property value and not for use of the home owner himself, we pushed for neutral colours and designs. After explaining the issue of the potential buyer needing to see the room in their vision rather than the home owners, the loft conversion itself was smoothly transitioned and the designs our professionals created were both aesthetically pleasing and practical. This is something that we as a loft conversion company must always keep in mind when completing these projects. The overall goal is for the customer to receive a loft conversion they are happy with and they see value in, so to explain something simple that would benefit them in the long run is what made this mansard loft conversion a success in both our eyes and the home owners.
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Loft Conversions in Leeds
In our companies first blog post, we will be discussing loft conversions in general. In the next few weeks we will make individual posts regarding mansard, hip to gable and dormer loft conversions but we thought it best to start with a brief outline of loft conversions specifically in Leeds. Loft conversions are becoming very common in Leeds specifically because it is becoming a cost-effective way to add extra living space within your home without having to pay the same amounts an actual home extension would cost. This is especially important if you approach a professional company such as us, since you can rest assured that the service you will receive would be the best possible quality.
When you are converting your loft for the additional space and you approach a company like us, you would also receive updates throughout the whole process and you would also be told in detail what is being done throughout every step of the way. A loft conversion can give you many benefits from both the additional living space and the financial returns the investment could give you, making it one of the best ways in today’s world to invest in your own property without having to spend more than you would wish to.
Common loft conversions in Leeds
The most common loft conversion that you would see in the Leeds area is a mansard conversion because of the large amount of space that is created within the loft. Not only do you benefit from the space that already exists within the loft using a mansard conversion, but you also receive additional space from the extension itself. This is beneficial to many within the Leeds area because of both the way the homes are shaped within the area, but mainly because it is the most cost-effective way to gain a large amount of space without a ground floor extension.
The dormer conversion is also a cost-effective way to extend the space within your home without using a traditional home extension on the ground level of your home. Like the mansard conversion, it would allow you to gain a decent amount of space. While it does not provide the same amount of space the mansard would, it still provides a good amount while costing less, which makes it the perfect in-between for those who do not want to invest in a mansard conversion while wanting more space than a hip to gable would provide. This is a growing trend in Leeds while people are becoming more invested in increasing the property value of their homes rather than investing in living space.
Additional loft conversion information
A hip to gable loft conversion is perfect for customers who are not looking for a large increase within their property value but are instead looking for a decent amount of living space within their home to create an additional bedroom and/or bathroom if the space permits. This is a common conversion for home owners who have a growing family, since it doesn’t require them to purchase a new home for an additional bedroom. Since the average hip to gable conversion is less than half the price of a normal home extension, the hip to gable has become a very popular option in the United Kingdom overall.
The rise of loft conversions came just after the crash of 2007. If you look back at any statistics towards loft conversions, you can see the trend grow. Roughly 2007-2012 is where I got my start in the loft conversion industry because of the crash. It became a way to increase the property value of your home for you to then sell for profit, or to ensure that you have the space required within your home without having to compete for what where at the time very expensive homes for an additional bedroom. This is something I lived through, and I think that is why we have become one of the best companies that provide loft conversions Leeds offer. With the experience that I have gained throughout the years and the collective experience our employees have, we believe we are the best.