A professional loft conversion can completely transform your home. With careful design, management and quality construction work, a neglected or unused space at the top of the house can be turned into extra living space that will provide flexible accommodation and an excellent return on your investment.
Converting unused loft space is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to extend your home. Whether you need an additional bedroom, a home office, hobby room or chillout space, building upwards is typically the most cost-effective alternative to moving home.
At Black Olive Construction, we have handled numerous types of loft conversions in Brighton, Hove and across Sussex. With an experienced team of highly-skilled tradespeople fully-equipped to bring your loft design ideas to life, we take great care to provide you with a bespoke service and a finished loft conversion you can be proud of. Why not get in touch for expert advice and a free quote?
What are the benefits of converting your loft?
In recent years, loft conversions have become increasingly popular as an affordable home improvement option that makes the most of the property.
✓ Adding habitable space
Lack of space is the biggest reason homeowners choose to move house. But with the potential to expand upwards and add a stylish bedroom, a guest suite, a study or games room in the loft, you may be able to enjoy your existing home for many more years.
✓ Improving energy efficiency
Around 25% of heat loss in the home occurs through under-insulated roofs. A loft conversion is the perfect time to make your home more energy efficient, reducing your carbon footprint and saving money on energy bills.
✓ Creating scenic views
If you want to make the most of your home’s seaside location on the South Coast, a loft conversion could give you the wow factor with a scenic view over the city, the sea or the countryside, courtesy of carefully designed Velux or dormer windows.
✓ Boosting property value
A professionally designed and executed loft extension can add up to 20% to the value of your home, according to industry sources. This makes a loft conversion one of the most valuable long-term investments into your property.
How can Black Olive Construction help?
Black Olive Construction is an independent design, planning, management and build company based in Brighton. We provide outstanding end-to-end project management and build services for homeowners in Brighton and Sussex including Hove, Worthing, Shoreham, Saltdean, Portslade, Lancing, Kemptown, Hollingbury, Falmer and beyond. We have extensive experience creating beautiful loft conversions, transforming neglected attics into valuable and welcoming rooms for the whole family.
No two loft conversions are ever the same; each project comes with its own requirements, opportunities and challenges. From the initial planning & design stage all the way through to the finished build, our team specialises in creating bespoke spaces that reflect each individual client’s vision. If you wish to discuss your plans for a loft conversion in Brighton or the surrounding areas, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Black Olive Construction.
Frequently Asked Questions
The vast majority of loft spaces can be converted to habitable space, though some building projects may be more complex than others. Roof light (Velux) conversions are the simplest build option and dormer loft conversions are the most popular option. You will need a minimum ceiling height of 2.2 metres to comply with Building Regulations, and enough room to fit a staircase in. We will carry out a thorough survey and talk you through all the design choices.
Most residential loft conversions can be carried out under ‘permitted development rights’ without the need for formal planning permission, subject to meeting certain criteria. That said, it is always advisable to check with your local planning authority first, and different rules apply for Conservation Areas, listed buildings and leasehold properties. At Black Olive Construction, we provide professional advice and assistance to help with any consents you may needs.
The timescale from initial design to completion of a full loft conversion largely depends on the complexity of the build and the homeowner’s vision. As a general rule, a simple Velux or dormer conversion can be completed in around 8 weeks, while more difficult hip-to-gable or mansard constructions can take much longer, especially if planning permission or listed building consent needs to be obtained.
Get in touch with us today
At Black Olive Construction, we have many years’ experience creating beautiful, bespoke loft conversions throughout Brighton and Hove. If you’re planning a loft conversion for your home, get in touch with us today to discuss your design ideas and to see how we can help you.
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