Cost of Loft Conversion in Newcastle
While we have spoken about mansard, dormer and hip to gable loft conversions that we have completed in the city of Newcastle, we wanted to quickly discuss some more specific information regarding loft conversions in Newcastle itself. Here at Loft Conversion Newcastle, we have completed numerous loft conversions in and around the city of Newcastle, and we have also constructed and completed many different loft conversion types. Over the years, we have also noticed a trend regarding the average price and other information regarding the loft conversions themselves. Since we and many of our employees live within the city, we naturally feel that we have built a large pool of knowledge and information regarding the conversions within the city themselves. We have also built a relatively large amount of collective experience to discuss what we personally believe the averages are (and should be) within the city.
How much does a hip to gable conversion cost in Newcastle?
From our experience, the average cost of smaller loft conversions such as hip to gable loft conversions within the city of Newcastle is anywhere from £16,000 to £25,000. Some hip to gable loft conversions can be over the £25,000 mark depending on what construction work, labour hours and raw materials need to go into the project itself. It would not be surprising to see the loft conversion go over this mark, but the average would usually be under. Since the homes within Newcastle are often built within the same template, if you are looking for a hip to gable loft conversion I wouldn’t expect to pay over the average.
How much does a dormer loft conversion cost in Newcastle?
The average cost of a medium sized loft conversion such as a dormer conversion would usually be £20,000 - £40,000. This is once again determined by the size of the project itself, whether planning permission is necessary for the loft conversion or not, and what kind of raw materials and how many raw materials would be necessary to complete the project efficiently and for safe use. This is also where labour costs would start to become a factor into the conversion, since the contractors and our employees would be paid by the hour. If there are unforeseen circumstances outside of our specific work that results in a delay of our construction, then the labour cost would automatically rise within reason. This is where working with a company such as us would be beneficial however, since we would do everything in our power to work around this for you.
Cost of mansard loft conversion in Newcastle
For a larger loft conversion such as a mansard conversion, you could be looking at anywhere from £30,000 – £50,000. Since mansard conversions are very dependent on the expansion size and the raw materials that need to be used, you could be looking at under or over the average mark. If you are looking for a grand mansard conversion size that could increase the living space of your home with four or five additional rooms, then it is natural that more labour hours and raw materials would have to be invested into the project. This is something that cannot be taken shortcuts with, since it is vital with mansard conversions that every phase of the project is completed with attention to detail and absolute focus. The safety aspects and concerns that mansard conversions can raise make this very important for us as a company and for the homeowner who would like to use it.
Overall, the costs are dependent on several factors. The main factor into a loft conversion price is the size of the project itself, while the other main factor is the raw materials and labour costs that would need to be invested to ensure a safe and secure project completion. Any good loft conversion company in Newcastle will ensure that they do as much as possible to lower the budget for your conversion without endangering any aspect of the project itself. That is why it is always important to consult on projects before you choose a company and quote. If you enjoyed todays post, please stick around for the next one!
Newcastle Hip to Gable Conversion
Hip to gable loft conversions have in history been the most common loft conversion for home owners to request by loft conversion companies. At Loft Conversion Newcastle, we have personally completed many Hip to Gable conversions year after year and it have become one of our speciality loft conversion services. Many often request a hip to gable loft conversion because they would like to increase the space within their loft along with the construction for one or two bedrooms. Most commonly, these lofts will either be created into a bedroom, or a bedroom and bathroom double. However, other customers would prefer to convert their loft into an entertainment or hobby room instead. One of the most recent hip to gable loft conversions that we completed in Newcastle was a home entertainment room, featuring a large home cinema system.
Construction of the hip to gable conversion
The conversion itself was relatively straightforward compared to other loft conversions, only with a few smaller differences. One of these differences was instead of creating natural light within the room by using a skylight or a Velux window, we instead did all we could to block out natural light. Using a large fold-out door and tightening the loft boarding itself, we could block out any possible light leaks that may have been caused. Since the smallest gap within the loft boards or on the sides, above or under the doorway itself could leave exposure to light, we had to fill out the boarding on the sides of each board to ensure absolutely blockage. With the doorway, we also ensured as little leakage as possible by using a sliding door instead of a traditional push-pull door. The difference between the two is instead of the door being standard design, we created a gap on either side of the doorway and a small rail to ensure the ease of sliding the door on either side.
Before we insured that all-natural light was blocked from the room, we installed long but thin rectangular lights on the ceiling of the room. This is to allow light both for the conversion process, and for when the room is being used. Without the lighting fixture, it would make the room impractical. We also laid the carpeting of the home cinema room as soon as we had ensured to fill out the boards to install small LED lights within the carpet itself. The homeowner wanted the room to look as much like a normal cinema as possible, which gave the idea of the small lights. The smaller lights wouldn’t do much to light the room altogether, but were rather an aesthetical addition.
Other Construction and Conversion stuff!
Once the construction work had been completed and the door itself had been fitted to make sure that any natural light leaks had been eliminated, we began the installation of the home cinema itself. The actual screen that was used for the home cinema was a large projection sheet with the projector being positioned towards the back of the room, rather than hanging from the ceiling. The homeowner wanted most seats to be directly under the projection, but once they had seen the room in practise rather than theory, decided that it would be too difficult to manoeuvre the projector. They also felt that it was too dangerous to have hanging above their head, which I personally agreed with. The installation of the home cinema and entertainment system was the easiest and by far the quickest part of the loft conversion, and had been a joy to complete. It had also been one of our favourite hip to gable loft conversions we have provided.
Loft Conversion Newcastle employ many experts within the loft conversion field. We believe that in terms of our employees’ skill and knowledge, we provide the best loft conversions in Newcastle. We hope that you have enjoyed some of our blog posts such as our most recent one regarding a dormer loft conversion in Newcastle, and you also enjoy some of the others we have coming out in the future!
Newcastle Dormer Loft Conversion
The other day we spoke about mansard conversions in Newcastle, but over the last few months, we have been working on and have completed a dormer and hip to gable loft conversion within the city. The loft conversion itself was a relatively large one while still being small enough in terms of an extension to not need to apply for planning permission. This was a loft conversion designed to maximise the amount of space possible within the loft to create a double and single bedroom within the hip to gable section, while fitting the bathroom within the dormer extension. This is becoming a very common trend within the United Kingdom since you can gain two or three rooms worth of space within the loft while not needing to invest into a mansard conversion.
Dormer Conversion specifics
This specific dormer loft conversion was designed to fit a double bedroom, single bedroom and a bathroom which is a common loft conversion request. This specific loft conversion type can be tricky to navigate around while ensuring the room still has practical use due to the dormer conversion needing to be under a specific size. Anyone within the industry or who has converted their loft in the past are aware of the Permitted Development act, and the specifics around it. This also allows some leeway in terms of extensions however, and if you do not go over the space limit you don’t have to worry about applying for permission. This inevitably leads to customers trying to find the perfect balance between a conversion and extension while sometimes not keeping the practicality of the rooms themselves in mind. A hip to gable and dormer loft conversion is a good combination, but if you are to design your loft with the dormer on the side of the home rather than the back, you are losing the additional space the hip top gable provides.
Fortunately, while this customer was originally planning to put their dormer on the side of their loft, we managed to raise this concern before they decided to work with another loft conversion company who had already agreed to these plans. For obvious reasons, we cannot name who this company was, but either they were unaware of the design that the customer wanted or did not keep the homeowners best interests to heart. With this specific conversion, we managed to work out a much better combination of a larger single bedroom, the double bedroom and instead of a bathroom, an en-suite within the double bedroom. This both fit the original specifications of the home owner while not compromising the original hip to gable conversion.
Additional information on the loft conversion we found interesting
These workarounds are designed to make sure you can get the most out of your conversion as possible. Not every property is suitable for this workaround however. It is important to note the property itself is a large indicator as to which loft conversion would be most suitable for you, which we have explained throughout our site. This customer luckily had the suitable roof and home for both a hip to gable and dormer conversion, so the success rate of the conversion automatically increases. The project itself was also of the smaller side in compared to other recent loft conversion projects, making this one of our favourites in recent time.
I also personally enjoyed the design of the loft the home owner had created. Both the standard and the double bedroom were designed specifically for family members and you could see the level of detail and attention he put into the design. The double bedroom was a guest room for a specific family member, while the standard sized bedroom was for one of the children in the home. The design of the children’s room may have been one of my favourite I’ve seen in Newcastle for a loft conversion. It was gender neutral as a room, but I enjoyed the actual design because it was still an obvious children’s room. There was a mural on the wall of fish and other animals, with a nice mixture of sky blue throughout the room.
This was one of my more favourite loft conversions in Newcastle. Loft Conversion Newcastle as a company have been around for a while but in terms of design, the room was fantastic.
Mansard Conversions in Newcastle
One of the most commonly requested projects that we are asked to complete in the Newcastle area specifically are mansard loft conversions. I personally think that mansards are more common within the city’s limits because the average family is either growing still, or the home owners themselves are newer families that do not have the living space (specifically, bedrooms and bathrooms) to accommodate their already grown family. Since mansards give you the most possible space of all loft conversion options, this seems to be the likely reason. I have also come to this conclusion as the customers that I have served themselves either had a partner who was pregnant at the time of the conversion undergoing, or because the number of bedrooms itself did not match the number of children within the family.
This is not necessarily a social commentary on the increasing rise of birth-rates. Instead, this is merely an observation that homes within Newcastle that are affordable to the average homeowner lack the bedrooms to match the increase in child birth. That is one of the reasons builders and loft conversion companies such as us are more helpful to the community than we may realise. Since builders often perform additions, remodelling projects or extensions to homes to add bedrooms to match the increase in birth rates, loft conversion companies in Newcastle such as us provide a similar service. Personally, I’m happier with more people to share the projects that we complete. And I’m also happier with growing families having more space for their children, since living in cramped conditions if you can afford to change that is a benefit both to the parents and the children themselves.
Information regarding mansard loft conversions in Newcastle
The mansard conversion specifically also provides a lot of space for the home owners themselves to benefit from. Apart from adding the bedroom and bathroom that is needed, it also means that if the mansard is large enough you could add a home office or hobby room. While this is not a necessity of living space such as a bedroom or bathroom, it does mean that if you work from home you have both a suitable place to work within working hours (9:00AM – 5:00PM) while also meaning that if your child is still a new-born and you decide to put the nursery within the loft, you can always keep a close eye on them. It works out for the parent both professionally and personally, since as a new parent you are always concerned about the welfare and safety of your child.
Mansard conversions are also useful within Newcastle because of the space of the homes themselves. There is usually only so much space for extensions within your home. If you can extend, it would usually only be towards one side. You could extend both on the lower ground and then a second story, but usually anywhere past the start of the roof is both impractical, expensive and does not bring a huge enough return of investment both in property value and in the living space it would provide. That is why a mansard conversion can be a relatively cheap but useful form of home extensions. It technically adds an additional storey within your home for a very competitive price compared to a home extension. Since it is on the top of your home too, you can usually get additional benefits from the mansard conversion such as adding a balcony or soundproofing the home.
Since we believe we are the best company providing a service such as a loft conversion Newcastle offers currently, we are more than happy to complete these projects for members within our community. We understand the investment you are making as a growing family, and we make sure to do everything possible for you to get a rood return on that investment from resourcing the best materials as cheaply as possible, to fitting all construction and work around your specific needs. If you need a mansard conversion in Newcastle, I recommend contacting Loft Conversion Newcastle today!