Touchstone builders are a family run business that has been operating in the Camden area for more than thirty years. As most people appreciate, when a business has been successfully working for this amount of time you can be assured they have a long list of very happy customers!
Camden is an old town with a variety of building styles. However, mostly terraced properties with small gardens (if any at all) which means loft conversions are often the only real choice for owners that need extra space – Usually the most economical answer also because large properties in this area are high end due to the vast demand.
What type of Conversion is the best for you?
Touchstone Builders have four primary styles of loft conversion: The Mansard, the Hip to Gable, the Dormer and Velux. Our designers can help you decide which would suit your existing property the best, taking into mind your budget and space available – You can call us for a free no obligation quote. However, here is some of the basic design differences of the four primary designs we primarily use.
This design has always been a favourite with French styled properties and is in fact named after the French architect Francois Mansard who was the first to complete this specific design. Mansard lofts are most favoured for extensions added to the rear of a property and aesthetically are among the most stylish. One of the primary characters of a Mansard Loft is a flat roof with the walls angled inwards. Like dormer extensions light is usually provided with a skylight. A Mansard loft extension requires the existing loft to be changed quite extensively, therefore planning permission is invariably required. A double Mansard is when the extension is added to the front and back of the property – These can be quite hard to get planning permission for.
Dormer Loft Conversions
The Dormer is a popular choice because it requires the least structural changes, therefore one of the quickest ways to add extra space. For a Dormer loft conversion to work at least fifty percent of your existing loft space must be at least two metres. Outside, a Dormer loft conversion looks like an angulated box that leans out from your existing loft. One of the biggest pluses with this type of extension is planning permission is rarely required and because it does not involve extensive changes it is also very economical.
Hip to Gable Loft Conversion
These extensions are usually best for bungalows, detached and semi-detached properties, as well as end of terrace with a sloped roof (the hip). Planning permission is sometimes required but this depends on many factors. Our experienced team can advise on whether this would be probable for your specific property.
These are also roof light conversions because the basic design idea for this type is to leave the roof untouched and simply add floor to roof Velux windows. These are the perfect solution for anyone who prefers their rooms to be full of natural light. Velux windows are a Dutch creation and the company has been producing these windows for over seventy-five years. Because they do not require major structural changes planning permission is rarely needed.
We are happy to provide a free quotation and advise with regards to which loft conversion design is best for you and your budget – Call us today!