One of the easiest ways to have extra space with lots of natural light is a Velux loft upgrade. As a bedroom, lab, playroom, etc., you can convert a forgotten attic into useful space and add about 20 percent to your home’s worth.
Why a conversion from a Velux loft?
As it does not require the expense of modifying the height or pitch of the roof, a Velux Loft Conversion is cheaper than many other loft conversions. However, since the windows are set right into the actual roof, it also helps you get additional space with plenty of light.
About windows from Velux
In our loft conversions, we use Velux windows because it is a premium brand that has stood the test of time, having been on the market for nearly 77 years. In 1942, a Danish engineer wanted a roof window that let in as much light as a vertical window patented the idea. They let in twice as much sunshine as vertical windows that are the same height.
A Velux window is probably familiar to everyone. They are technically roof windows that are built on the same pitch as the roof. Roof lights or skylights are not (which are installed on a different plane and orientation to the existing roof, although Velux manufactures these too). The most frequently seen center pivots are Velux windows, but this is just one alternative.
We explore all the choices with you when it comes to windows so that you can know precisely the sort of window that suits you best. To give you an idea as to what is available, there is the ever-popular center-hung window, or, if you prefer, there is a top-hung version as well. Velux also creates windows that open out as a roof terrace for additional space and the ‘wow’ factor and those that provide you with a balcony. There is also the choice of glazing in addition to these choices, such that if, for example, you choose to minimize extraneous noise, provide additional security cover, increased energy conservation, or opaque panes that provide privacy without reducing natural light, you can.
There are electrically controlled and solar-powered windows if you do not want to operate the windows manually; also, those with rain sensors that close when it rains automatically.
The Velux brand is an already tried and proven household name, but they have now added a range of new features. The latest generation of Velux windows has increased u-value insulation down to 1.2 W/m2K on normal windows and a wider pane area on all window sizes. This makes more sun, more passive solar heat, and helps with energy conservation by 18 percent.
Our Personal Service
We have a service devoted to the specific client, and you can be confident that you are the most valuable customer we have ever had when we are working on your project. We’re not going to start the work and then quit for another one. We’re going to make sure we take each job to the finish.
The first thing to do is to guarantee that the conversion of your loft is acceptable. You can achieve this yourself by testing the height of at least 2.2 m from the floor to the apex of the roof, but if it is not, we may talk about the solutions that could include improvements in the thickness of the insulation, the roof, or the height of the floor. The staircase placement and the head height on the stairs, which must be around 1.9 m while standing in the center of a stair tread, must also be addressed.
Depending on your cold water tank and roof trusses location, there will be other decisions, and we will arrange for an engineer to draw up designs, ready to request a planning application should it be necessary. For a loft conversion, planning permission is not necessarily necessary since it is generally called approved construction. However, some restrictions can apply, particularly if you live in a protected area or if your house is listed.
Also, you will need a Party Wall Agreement if your house is semi-detached. Planning permission may be needed for any balcony or roof terrace, especially if it extends beyond the plane of the existing roof slope on the main elevation facing the road.
We may start construction after the required planning permission. Our friendly and experienced craftsmen are a close team working together for many years, so you know just what to do. Our licensed scaffolders install their foundation, and once the stairs are constructed, we will gain access through the roof to minimize inconvenience to your household.
The new components, including the roof windows, will be added until the critical structural work has been completed on the floor and roof. The stairs are then fitted, and the internal finishes, along with any final plumbing and electricity fittings, are finished. We will not leave you with any mess until we have finished the job and make sure we leave your completed loft conversion clean and tidy.
Price of Velux loft conversion
At the first meeting, we will have a rough approximation when we have an idea of what you expect. Before any proposals are drawn, we will then refine this to give a full written calculation, including all the costs. You will usually spend around £ 24,500 plus VAT for a Velux Loft Conversion, including stairs, to give you an idea of the price.