Manchester Loft Conversion Costs
While we have briefly touched upon some previous loft conversions that we have completed in the Manchester area, we will in the future be going into more information about each specific loft conversion and important pieces of information to be aware about. In today’s post, we will do the same but give some brief outlines in terms of average prices for each loft conversion. Often, we are asked about the prices of loft conversions, and although we offer average prices and comparisons, the truth really comes down to the size and scope of the project. For the most part, no loft conversion is the same and it is difficult for us as a responsible and professional company to give an average price as a quotation. So, we will attempt to give you an idea of how much a loft conversion may cost in the city of Manchester.
Cost of a hip to gable loft conversion in Manchester?
A hip to gable loft conversion in the city of Manchester will on average be £20,000, but can range anywhere realistically from £16,000 - £25,000. A hip to gable loft conversion is smaller than dormer and mansard loft conversions, making this the financially cheapest option available. It does not require the same amount of raw materials, nor does it require the same amount or labour hours and manpower to complete as a dormer loft conversion. Since there isn’t a large extension like the other options, you would also not need to apply for planning permission to complete. You should note that within this cost does come limitations. A hip to gable is only suitable to certain properties that have slanted roof and wall connections, so ensure that your property is suitable before choosing a hip to gable rather than a more suitable loft conversion for your property.
Cost of a dormer loft conversion in Manchester?
A dormer loft conversion is a medium sized loft conversion, and the average cost to complete a dormer would be £25,000. This again has a general price band of £20,000 - £30,000 depending on the project that you would like to be completed. It would be natural for the price to be higher or lower than that of the average price and the price band due to variations in the project itself, and the size differences of what you would like completed. If you would like a larger dormer conversion, then you may also have to apply for planning permission before you can actively pursue a dormer loft conversion as a viable project. Once again, the conversion itself is factored by the raw materials and the overall labour hours that it would take to sufficiently and safely complete the dormer conversion. There may also be a fluctuation depending on the overall size of the project and any additions or fixtures that you would like us to complete such as a Juliet balcony.
Cost of a mansard loft conversion in Manchester?
A mansard loft conversion is the largest loft conversion option available to a homeowner, and can be suitable for the majority of properties. The average cost for a mansard conversion is £35,000, with the prices ranging anywhere between £25,000 - £45,000. Please do note, it can very easily go above the price band that we have seen on average if you are looking for a large mansard conversion. Some home owners choose to pursue a project that would add 4 rooms or more, and if the size of the overall mansard means a large investment in materials and a longer completion time, then the overall cost increasing is to be expected. Mansard conversions also require planning permission for the most part, since the overall size of a mansard loft conversion can be very large.
If you are looking for a loft conversion in Manchester, then these are the average prices that we are aware of as of now. This information was concluded from years of working and completing loft conversion projects around the city of Manchester, and should not be taken as a definitive answer on how much it would cost to complete your specific project. I would always advise having a company such as Manchester Loft Converters to visit and survey your loft to give you a specific quote before deciding upon the project. I hope you enjoyed today’s post, and please make sure you read the next one!
Manchester Mansard Loft Conversion
One of the most popular growing loft conversion trends within the city of Manchester are mansard conversions. Here at Manchester Loft Converters, we are often tasked to complete various projects around the city of Manchester and the surrounding areas, and we have noticed an overall increase of mansard loft conversions. The reason they are becoming such a popular option for home owners who want to convert their loft is because of the large amount of space they can provide you. A mansard conversion can be considered an additional extension within your home if you decide to get a larger version, since they are able to span most of any floor within your home. They are also popular for home owners who have a variety of different rooms they wish to add within their home, and do not have the space requirements on the sides of their home to do so.
Unique Mansard Conversion
One of the more unique mansard conversions that we have completed at Manchester Loft Converters was a three-room mansard that consisted of an entertainment room, sauna and steam room. Because of the unique construction of the sauna and steam rooms and the harm that they could provide items and the overall integrity of your home, we had to be very attentive towards the construction process. The steam and vapour that is created specifically by the steam room makes the ‘Spa’ themed rooms difficult to use often. Using the steam room too often without proper safety precautions around the room can cause moulding and long-term damage to other items within the loft space. That is why the construction must ensure all steam is safely confined.
The construction of the steam room was therefore an integral part of the loft conversion process. The most important part of the construction to the steam room was filling the filing and any possible leakage as much as we could. Since the filtration system and steam humidifier naturally has leaks, we also had to make sure any escaped steam was funnelled directly outside of the loft of the home without creeping into the structure. As complicated as this may sound, using tubing and other structures this was a very simple funnel. With the coupling of ensuring all tiles and additional features were filled as much as possible, most of possible leaking had already been blocked.
Important things to think about during construction!
The last part of this process was ensuring that steam couldn’t escape through the door frames of the steam room. This was also relatively simple, using rubber and soft materials under the bottom of the door and top of the door frame to ensure it can still be locked without damaging the floor. It also meant enough space had been blocked to ensure that the steam couldn’t escape through the sides of the door. This made the steam room itself more practical and effective to use, while also protecting the home itself from any possible damage over a sustained period.
The sauna was a relatively simple build, since once the space had been converted we were able to build and construct the sauna without issue. The sauna does not cause steam to surround the room unlike a steam room, and there is very little possible damage over time. We had very little concern regarding the indirect impact that the sauna could create for both the home and the loft itself. However, if it is constructed incorrectly then you can severely damage both your home and your loft. That is why we ensured to follow the correct procedure which unfortunately is time consuming compared to other room types.
We believe Manchester Loft Converters offer the best loft conversions in Manchester. No matter what type of loft conversion we are tasked to construct, we can complete any project of the highest quality. That is why I feel that if you ever need a loft conversion in the Manchester area, then we are the best Manchester loft conversion company for you. I hope you enjoyed this blog post, and please look at our last one too about hip to gable conversions in Manchester!
Manchester Hip to Gable Loft Conversion
Recently we completed a hip to gable loft conversion in the city of Manchester that was entirely dedicated to hobbies. If you’ve looked through our services or our website then you would notice that this is something we often complete, but this conversion was cool and enjoyable to take part in as a loft conversion company and we would love to follow something like this again. The loft itself was to be used as a giant games room that was roughly the size of a standard Manchester living room. While we will get into the specifics of the project and the room itself, I would have to say that as a loft conversion, Manchester needs to construct more rooms that are entirely devoted to the home owner rather than to just raise the price of a home.
The Loft Conversion itself
The loft itself was a standard one room loft that was relatively big, but we cut the rooms design into two sections. The first section was the video game section while the second was board, card and arcade games. The video game side was specific to console games and a gaming computer, while the other side was anything that was related to either physical games or more old-fashioned games. I thought that this was a relatively diverse design in the loft itself, and the usability of the room is very high if these types of things pique your interest. Both sides of the room had cool features that I thought were a lot of fun and really entertaining, and it almost made me feel that I should do it with my own home so I can experience the same type of room!
The video game side of the loft conversion was pretty more towards what I would enjoy. Being a hip to gable loft conversion, there wasn’t need to extend the loft in any way like a dormer or mansard conversion. Luckily, the overall design of the loft was more than realistic to follow and considering only a few select items filled a larger amount of space within the loft conversion, it was easy to re-position the larger items to ensure that they didn’t cut off space. It also meant that since most items didn’t take up a lot of floor space, we didn’t have to partition the loft in any way to cut off each side of the room. We could seamlessly contrast the two sides of the room using different carpentry, wallpaper and overall design.
The video game side of the loft I was more jealous of. The actual setup had a large 65” 4K television mounted to the wall that looked like the size of me connected to multiple videogame consoles. That alone was impressive when you think of how large the TV is in a practical sense. What made it even better was the large couch we also placed in front with a coffee table or food and drinks. We added a few similar armchairs to the sides of the couch and placed a minibar to the corner of the room for any beverages. The idea of making the video game side so large was so the homeowner can play video games with any friends and visitors of the home. Having a whole room that is comfortable and designed for video games would make the experience better too! On the right of the video game consoles and parallel to the mini bar was also the gaming computer. I don’t know much about the specs, but for Manchester I do know that it is above average price. We just made sure that the finishing touches of this side of the room was video-game related on the walls and decoration.
The other half of the room featured items such as a snooker table, air hockey table and a chess board table. This was still a very interesting and enjoyable side of the room, with a dart table also being placed on the wall next to the door. The other interesting thing we made sure when performing the loft conversion is to leave enough creative space for the wall. With the video-game side there was decorations, but unfortunately, we hadn’t been supplied for the decorations on the other side.
We perform many loft conversions in Manchester, but this may have been one of my favourite. As a Manchester loft conversion company, we enjoy customer satisfaction the most! Also, if you haven't had the chance yet, please check out our blog post on the dormer conversion in Manchester!
Dormer Loft Conversions in Manchester
One of the highest requested services within the Manchester area is surprisingly a dormer conversion due to the option to maximise space within the loft using a hip to gable loft conversion, while extending additional space using a dormer loft conversion. Many customers understand that while it does not provide the large amount of space a mansard loft conversion would give, if customers in the Manchester area require a minimal amount of additional space the dormer conversion is the most suitable option.
A dormer conversion in Manchester is very common because of the shapes of the homes themselves. Often, the homes are either build on corners of roads making it impossible to extend more than one way unless you extend into your own garden, and the homes are commonly built so close to other homes that boundary disputes often begin. With a dormer loft conversion, it is difficult to envisage a dispute regarding boundary disputes since the dormer itself does not reach as far as a home extension. This makes the dormer conversion a flexible and very suitable alternative to the common home extension, since you can make use of the loft that is currently gathering dust while also gaining a bit of extra space on top!
Why are we so good with dormer conversions?
As a Manchester loft conversion company that has been established for a considerable amount of time, we have already had the fortune to complete several dormer loft conversions within the area. We receive many referrals from previous customers that we have worked with in the past because of our skill, being the best company providing a loft conversion Manchester has. We can complete so many loft conversions because of a great team behind us. This includes all our employees but I also think that it includes our suppliers, who are consistently delivering the raw materials that we need for us with short notice if necessary. Since we can rely on such a professional and quite frankly high-quality team from top to bottom, we do our utmost to translate that into the loft conversion projects we receive.
Midway through 2017, there were a reported 1,000 loft conversions completed in the city of Manchester. Over 400 of these were dormer conversions, which makes them the staple of loft conversions within the area. Of these 400, we have had the pleasure to work or be involved in many them. I would disclose the exact number, but for confidentiality reasons it’s probably best that I don’t!
Struggles with dormer loft conversions in Manchester
Some of these dormer conversions have been a bit tricky, however. Without naming customers or specifics, we have had customers who decided to change their mind in the last second about the conversion that they would like. Whether it was through budgeting reasons or last-minute change of hearts about what they really wanted within their conversion and realising that the restrictions of the current conversion plans means that it is impossible, changes are made. Usually they are not this drastic, but when they are, we would always recommend a dormer conversion. You can work around the shape and size of a dormer conversion so that you do not have to apply for planning permission to undergo the project, which is one of the main concerns of many customers. If there is a room they are desperate to complete, then it’s best to go for a dormer since it would allow both the space that you need while also allowing us to complete the project in a shorter amount of time than a mansard would take.
The dormer itself is beneficial in Manchester for an additional reason. Since most Manchester homes are built with a slant on the side where the roof connects to the wall, a hip to gable becomes a feasible and suitable option. When combined with a dormer conversion, the additional space that you receive from the collective conversion is much larger than if you were to opt for one or the other. This is something you should definitely consider if you were thinking of getting a conversion other than a mansard.