General Advice with Chambers Design and Build

General Advice

At Chambers Design and Build we have a wealth of knowledge in most aspects of design and build. Please contact us with any questions you have regarding your project, we are here to help you. Below are some thoughts to consider when planning a loft conversion.

Some Advice When Considering a Loft Conversion

Adding a loft conversion to your home is a very big decision to take. The cost is normally forefront in any right minded person. The great thing about converting existing space in your home into a liveable area is that it is generally less expensive than extending your home by building outwards. The planning is less obstructive and you are making use of barely used floorspace in your home.

With modern insulation techniques you get useable liveable space and also added insulation in your roof space that reduces bills and adds to insulation. Not to mention the additional worth added to your home.

Building an Extension – What to Consider

With rapidly spiralling house prices forcing more people to stick with their current property for the time being, a number of homeowners are choosing to extend their existing property in order to gain extra space without having to sell up. Although the cost of building an extension can be significant, it is a sure-fire way to add value to your home and will serve those looking to move away in a few years time just as well as those who are setting up for the long haul.

As with any major project, there are a lot of factors that need to be carefully considered before any work on an extension can be undertaken. From initial designs to planning applications, supplies to labour costs, each stage of the process has the potential to cause major disruptions to the project if it is not thought through before hand.

Building a New Home

Every year, over 13,000 people build their own house. These intrepid home makers come from all walks of life: young couples keen to get onto the housing ladder; families hankering for more space; retirees wanting to downsize; DIYers looking for a project to sink their teeth into – the list goes on and on!

Whatever your motivation for self building, the great news is that it’s a wonderfully accessible route to a new home – whether you’re a total novice or someone with plenty of experience in the construction sector. So just what makes self build such a great idea?

Your Basement From the ground up

“There’s definitely a lot more interest now in having a basement on a new build,” says Darren Wilks from extension specialists Retreat Rooms. “It’s a way of building that’s thermally efficient and waterproof – while you’re digging out the foundations anyway, use the opportunity to dig a bit further and put in that extra space.” Darren cites gyms, media rooms and home offices as popular uses for this bonus square footage, but don’t rule out using them for storage alone, or a laundry or plant room – your possessions will be much easier to access in the basement than if they were in the loft.

How do I Get Started and Can My Loft Be Converted?
Here are some considerations to get you started;
Specifications to consider for a loft conversion
  • Do you have the minimum head height for your loft conversion?
  • You will require a minimum of 2.2m from the top of your joists and the underside of your rafters at the apex of your roof.
  • There should be a minimum of 1.9m on a finished floor to ceiling height. This allows the additional build to your joists and rafters.
  • 2m also applies to the minimum height on your staircase access.
Why Move?

Why move when you can improve? There are lots of reasons to extend, whether you want to create more space, add value to your home or just love the area in which you live. ‘The increasing cost and hassle of moving combined with uncertainty in the property market makes staying put an attractive prospect,' says Hugo Tugman, co-founder of Architect Your Home. ‘Many properties have untapped potential, and renovations can make a home more enjoyable to live in as well as adding to its market value.'

Be Aware

BE AREA AWARE Before you plan that extravagant extension or costly conversion, it's crucial to talk to a local estate agent to find out what renovations are popular in your area. Every street has a ceiling value so don't over develop if you want to see a good return on your investment.

Budgeting: Extensions

Calculating the cost of your extension.
Extensions to a property can be single or two storey, can be extend by a small amount or many metres and materials can be standard or specialist to match your home. Extension budgets can therefore range from a few thousand pounds to hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Basement conversion costs fixed

Wouldn't it be great if you could choose a basement conversion like you would a new car, with all the prices and specifications selected up-front? Well now you can, based on our deceptively simple menu system, with a BasementWorks fixed price packages*.

How can BasementWorks give you the peace of mind of a pre-agreed fixed price? Our experience allows us to accurately cost the excavation and structural elements of the work with very little variation – so we can calculate this cost based on the size of the space and a small number of other straightforward parameters.

Design Capability

Our design team will lead you from an initial consultation on what a basement extension could bring to your home, through to the architectural style, fit-out and furnishing of your new basement. Our fixed price fit-out options offer a menu of styles and features, built upon many years experience of creating bespoke interiors*. Our menu options cover basement cinema rooms, living rooms, bedrooms and shower rooms, utility rooms and storage rooms.