Many Sussex residents have decently sized attic spaces currently going unused, or that are simply used as storage. With space being such a premium these days, it makes sense to try and really get more out of a loft. That’s where Eric Minogue Builders come in. Based in Billingshurst, our talented team of construction veterans have carried out countless loft conversions in areas including Crawley, Horsham, Loxwood, Ockley and Midhurst.
A member of the Federation of Master Builders and Guild of Master Craftsmen, we are committed to exceptional standards of workmanship, using quality materials and techniques. We handle everything in-house to ensure that these standards aren’t compromised, from drawing up the initial designs, to all the construction work itself, subsequent installation of electrical and heating infrastructure, and final decorative elements that ensure the conversion is flawless on an aesthetic level.
Keep in mind that if you are one of the aforementioned types of clients who has a fairly expansive attic area, then you may be able to get loft conversions under way without receiving planning permission; Simple roof light projects are allowed under Permitted Development, as are many styles which only require minor alterations. But if you do need to get the green light from your local authority in Billingshurst, Crawley, Horsham, Loxwood, Ockley or Midhurst, Eric Minogue Builders will be on hand to help, ensuring minimal compromise is made regarding your original vision.
So what styles of loft conversions do we carry out?
Dormer Loft Conversions – Perhaps the most popular style, this sees our builders create a structural extension of your roof in a box-like shape which projects out from the roof slope. It doesn’t require major changes to the roof itself, so whether or not it will require planning permission depends on the details of the plans. These loft conversions create a lot of headroom, leave straight walls and flat ceilings, and are fairly inexpensive compared with other options.
Mansard Loft Conversions – These are constructed by raising the party wall while maintaining a flat roof; additionally, an outer wall will be given a gentle slope inward. They’re most commonly sighted on terraced properties around Billingshurst, Crawley, Horsham, Loxwood, Ockley and Midhurst, and are renowned for their aesthetic characteristics, and their cohesion with older, traditional properties. They offer an unrivalled amount of headroom, but inevitably require planning permission. Cost is also typically higher than with other options.
Hip to Gable Loft Conversions – “Exactly what it says on the tin” – this style sees our builders transform an inwardly slanted end wall into a vertical wall. This can make your roof space feel totally different, adding usable space without transfiguring the look of the house. Ideal for chalets and bungalows, hip-to-gable loft extensions are not compatible with mid-terrace properties. On the price side of things, they’re usually a bit more than dormer loft conversions, but come with another benefit – they can be combined with one!
Roof Light Loft Conversions – As simple as they come, this approach sees no alterations made to the roof itself. Instead, windows are added, the floor is reinforced and all the requisite infrastructural and decorative work is done to create a comfortable living environment. Billingshurst, Crawley, Horsham, Loxwood, Ockley and Midhurst property owners who have a large loft which is already suited to their intended end application should consider this cheap and easy way of going about loft conversions.