Twickenham Loft Conversion
We’re Encompass. If you live in Twickenham, you’ll probably have seen many of our loft conversions locally.
Twickenham is one of the most sought after property areas in London; if you have outgrown your current living space, there is no need to move when you can add one of our award-winning loft conversions to your Twickenham home, and maximise your living space.
We offer a no-obligation quoting service
At Encompass, high production values are the foundation stone of our services.
Although We are based in South West London, our much sought-after expertise operates nation-wide.
From commencement to sign-off of your loft conversion in Twickenham, you can expect documented progress reports at every stage. Every single anticipated cost is analysed with recommendations, and full details of product specifications, schedules and timescale are supplied as a professional service. Our determination is to present every aspect of your Twickenham loft conversion in as clear and comprehensive a manner as possible.
Our entire approach is friendly, accessible, and personal. We’ll be in constant communication, with site visits, regular meetings, and a dedicated hotline for all of your queries or concerns during the progress of your Loft conversion in Twickenham.
Our extensive testimonials can be inspected, and in addition you are welcome to visit recent projects to see our work. Note that our loft conversions in Twickenham are discretely integrated into the property, and decorated tastefully and sympathetically – We deal with conservation areas constantly, and are fully conversant with regulations, restrictions, and procedure.
Working closely with you on your Twickenham loft conversion
An Encompass Loft Conversion in Twickenham is an astute way to increase the value of your property. We are experts in delivering the kind of innovative solutions to providing extra living space that other companies might not consider.
Optimising the layout of your Twickenham loft conversion is a core skill. We’ve frequently challenged existing ideas, proposed and executed novel and innovative solutions that have increased property values and created approaches that our competitors have publicly admired. In some cases, we’ve even lowered high ceilings to make a loft conversion possible and are well-known for employing advanced techniques to incorporate extra space. We offer bespoke carpentry and joinery as part of our standard remit.
Our designers pay close attention to specific requirements, and especially budgetary constraints; the progress of your loft conversion in Twickenham is closely monitored to guarantee value for money and complete customer satisfaction.
Your loft conversion in Twickenham isn’t just about the build. We install designer bathrooms and kitchens across the country; provide high quality interior decorating and soft furnishings via a full interior design service, and are consultants on every aspect of public and private construction projects.
On completion, your loft conversion in Twickenham will be a seamless part of your personal living area, providing much needed extra space, and increasing your overall investment.
If you’re in residence at the property in Twickenham during your loft conversion, then naturally we’ll not only respect your schedule and your requirements, but go out of our way to protect it, through strict planning and practical solutions to minimise disruption.
With your loft conversion in Twickenham dust, noise and inconvenience will be kept to a minimum. The planning and project management process will ensure strict compliance with your personal routines and spaces and we expect to maintain a regular consultation regarding the impact of the works, to mitigate the impact on your day-to-day peace of mind.
Encompass Twickenham Loft Conversion – Building trust through quality and innovation
You will observe that the quality of our loft conversion work in Twickenham is second to none on the many projects that we have completed. We have many years of experience in all forms of structural design and construction, with a diverse portfolio of private and public sector projects. We work closely with structural engineers. We are fully qualified loft designers.
At Encompass, we have a large team of personable, friendly and empathic tradespeople, all fully vetted, all highly skilled, and reliable; We insist on professional conduct, conscientiousness and respect at all times during the progress of you loft conversion in Twickenham.
We’re familiar with up-to-date technologies, methods and styles in modern construction, design and interior fabrication. We are experienced in fitting a wide variety of features including unusual staircases, balustrades, wet room solutions and environmental innovations such as solar; at encompass we can offer a whole range of ideas and options to enhance your loft conversion in Twickenham.
Loft conversions – The lowdown
If you’re thinking about a loft conversion, here’s what you’ll need;
- A survey to check the measurements and specifications of your loft make a conversion feasible; fear not though, there’s often a solution to challenging shapes and heights
- Plans and drawings for your planning permission application
- To know what you want from your loft. More bedrooms for a growing family? A luxury floor away from the family? A playroom for children or games room for grown-ups? This will all impact on the plans and price
- To work out your storage requirements
- To establish your budget – including all the bells, whistles and finishing touches
10 reasons to choose Encompass for your Twickenham loft conversion
- Earlsfield-based office
- Wide range of flexible services; architectural services only, design and construction works; bathrooms and kitchens, full interior design service
- Detailed estimates
- Weekly site visits with minutes
- Highly experienced and qualified in all aspects of the design and construction process
- Always isolate the work before project starts, to minimise disruption
- Can do it all for you; from the planning application, through to finishing touches – taking away the stress and hassle
- Fully insured (employer’s liability, public liability)
- Gas safety certified
- Roofing guarantees
Encompass Directors Leon Morrell and Jason Hunter have run this successful Earlsfield-based construction and design business for over 30 years. Over that time, feedback has been consistently positive resulting in high rates of referrals and repeat business.
Jason and Leon are often commended on their personal, approachable demeanour and clear communication. They are absolutely driven by completing projects to the highest standards and leaving clients with their dream home.
Jason’s experience spans from working as a modelmaker and film set designer, to working on the renovation of high profile innovative properties such as the Millennium Dome and Bristol waterfront. He applies his creativity and interior design skills to construction projects; meaning clients benefit from innovative solutions and ideas that will enhance and add value to their home.
A qualified carpenter, joiner and graphic designer; through Leon’s extensive experience in refurbishing and construction works, he has also amassed considerable architectural skills and knowledge of structural engineering. Leon’s communication style is popular with clients, due to his ability to translate technical jargon into clear, understandable and helpful guidance.
Types of loft conversion in Twickenham
The type of loft conversion you settle on can depend on many things; the most important being how much you want to spend. Then there’s the very real question of whether or not the space is suitable (ie what type of roof you have and whether there’s enough room for what you want) and thirdly, if you’re likely to get any necessary planning permission.
Velux – the least expensive option involves affixing one or two windows to the roof in order to introduce light. Cost: from £32,000-£48,000.
Dormer – the most common type of loft extension in the UK today, the Dormer is a small flat roofed extension with a window. It’s common to have two of these on the one roof for the sake of symmetry. But side dormers and even L-shaped Dormers (where an extension is added to the rear of the Dormer) are possible too. In the case of the latter it could result in up to four new rooms. Cost: from £48,000-£62,000 for a standard Dormer and £60,000-£85,000 for an L-shaped Dormer.
Hip to Gable – this is whether either one of both of the end sloping parts of the roof are replaced with a gable wall. Cost: £56,000-£70,000.
Mansard – the most extensive option, a Mansard extension means replacing one whole side of the roof to form a straight wall and flat roof. It could mean extending both sides, resulting in a whole new storey. The renovation is major and would involve planning permission (more later). Cost: from £55,000-£75,000.
Further down the page you can find more in-depth explanations of the different loft types.
Twickenham Loft Conversion – Types of tradesmen
- Builder – to construct those walls in the first place and find out what is structurally possible. You’ll also need insulation and sound proofing. Ask what type of insurance s/he has.
- Glazier – to deem what type of windows are best.
- Electrician – there’s no question you’ll need lighting, as well as sockets for electrical equipment (especially if you plan on turning the space into an office). Is this tradesman qualified and listed on the government’s Registered Competent Person Scheme? Can he give you a BS7671 test certificate once he’s finished to allow you to pass Building Regulations?
- Heating engineer – thanks to the awful British weather, heating is a must. This engineer should be able to tell you the best place to put a heater. Also, if you’re going for a big extension, would it be an idea to fit solar panels? Again, you’ll want him or her to be registered with APHE or similar.
- Plumber – you may want an en-suite if you’re planning to make the conversion an additional bedroom.
- Joiner – you will probably need new ceiling joists since there’s going to be a lot more traffic. You might also want to ask your joiner about bespoke storage solutions (loft conversations can be an awkward shape and you’ll want to maximise space).
- Plasterer – to smoothen out the new walls.
- Scaffolder – if you’re going for the larger extensions such as Hip to Gable and Mansard then you’re going to need temporary roof support.
- Painter – unless you plan on doing a bit of DIY decor, that is.
At Encompass we have all these tradesmen on hand for your Twickenham loft conversion so you don’t need to worry.
Length of time to build your Twickenham loft conversion
How long your conversion will take to complete depends, of course, on what type you plan on getting in the first place. The Mansard, for instance, is the largest and can take up to two months from start to finish. With a Dormer you’re looking at a timescale of from four to six weeks while a double Velux should take around a month.
Planning permission for you Twickenham loft conversion
Again, whether or not you need your local authority go-ahead for your Teddington loft conversion depends on the type of conversion and the status of your home (if it’s listed then you’ll definitely need to inform the planning department of any intended alterations).
If the Twickenham loft conversion is higher than the original roof or going to affect the view for others (as in the case of the Mansard) then neighbours are informed by your local planning authority and given 21 days in which to lodge an objection.
At Encompass we can handle the planning application process for you.
In the case of your Twickenham loft conversion sharing an adjoining wall with a neighbour, there must then be a written agreement between both parties before any work can commence.
The Party Wall etc. Act 1996, states that any property owner who shares a party wall must notify their neighbour in due course about the work they plan to have on their property. Because of the shared ownership of the party wall, you must therefore receive consent from your neighbour through writing with a Party Structure Notice and an Acknowledgement Form. It is common for neighbours of a party wall to agree and give consent to any work you wish to carry out, however if this is not the case the following are instructions for possible scenarios:
If a neighbour is unreachable and therefore unable to sign any agreement concerning the party wall, it is then you as the proprietor’s responsibility to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor on your neighbour’s behalf.
In the unfortunate circumstances that both you the proprietor and your neighbour are unable to agree the terms of your loft conversion, you are then able to appoint an “Agreed Surveyor”. This will be an agreed decision from both parties and the Surveyor will then contract an ‘award’ certificate that satisfies both parties.
Another possible instance in the case of an unwilling neighbour is they appoint their own Surveyor to write an award certificate. If this occurs, we strongly advise that you too appoint your own Surveyor. Once this has occurred, both appointed Surveyors will then meet and draw a contract that best satisfies both yourself and your neighbour.
However, if the two separately appointed Surveyors fail to reach an agreeable contract, a nominated third party Surveyor will be contacted. The nominated third party will then go on to draw the most impartial and satisfactory award with both parties in mind.
It should be made clear that any costs for required surveyors usually fall to that of the proprietor.
Twickenham Loft Conversion Types in Detail
- Twickenham Loft Conversions - Velux
- Twickenham Loft Conversions - Dormer and L-shaped Dormer
- Twickenham Loft Conversions - Hip to Gable
- Twickenham Loft Conversions - Mansard
Velux loft conversions are also known as rooflight loft conversions. Velux is the leading manufacturer of roof windows so hence the name.
With this type of project, the roofline is unaltered, as the velux windows are installed fitting flush to the roofline, leaving the original roof structure untouched. Therefore, planning permission is not generally required, making it an attractive option for many. Also, due to the fact that no large alterations need to be made to the roof, the cost of the conversion generally remains lower.
A dormer loft conversion is an extension to the existing roof that projects vertically from a sloping roof, creating additional floor space and headroom within the property. Internally, a dormer has vertical walls and a horizontal ceiling. It is the most common type of loft conversion, as the flat roof dormers often add the maximum amount of additional space. In addition, it is possible to create a gable front and a hipped roof dormer to make it look more attractive, however these types of dormers do not offer as much internal space. Additionally, due to the added complexity, a gable front and hipped roof dormer will cost more to build. The l-shaped dormer loft conversion is also very popular and is often considered the best way to extend a mid-terrace period property to maximize space as it can give around 40m3 of space or slightly more under planning.
Advantage: Normally a dormer loft conversion can be constructed without gaining planning permission, although planning permission may be required depending on the specifications.
The main styles of dormer conversions include:
- Flat-Roof Dormer – A Dormer Conversion with a flat roof
- Gable-Fronted Dormer – Sometimes called ‘Doghouse’ Dormer
- Hipped-Roof Dormer – A Dormer Conversion with a hipped roof
- Shed Dormer – A Single Planed Roof that is pitched at a lesser angle than the main roof
A hip to gable conversion will also allow for a more seamless staircase fitting due to the newly created space within your home. All changes made to the property externally will be fitted and matched with all pre-existing aspects of the house, allowing for an overall aesthetically pleasing look inside and out. However, if your property should require planning permission, there are other alternatives you can consider.
When a property is converted with a mansard style conversion, the additional space created is tenfold, to that of a dormer loft conversion for example. The mansard has a flat roof with the back sloping inwards at 72 degrees. The reason for this is due to planning criteria as the councils view 72 degrees as a roof, rather than a wall, allowing for the build to incorporate as much space across the conversion as possible.
The windows built into the loft conversion are constructed as small dormers, and are by far the most aesthetically pleasing aspect of the loft conversion. The parapet walls on either side of the conversion are also raised in brick work to match all existing aspects of the property.
What our clients say
"We’re thrilled with the finished result and so I’d highly recommend Encompass. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again.”
"They were quick to answer any concerns, ensure the work was carried out to a high standard and have been excellent in keeping in touch post the works. We’re thrilled with the job they have done for us."
"The professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment shown by the Encompass team is the same, regardless to the budget."
"Professional and extremely knowledgeable , Encompass team is reliable and approachable. Great upholstery and carpenter work , solid building and painting work, overall a good experience."
"I have worked with Encompass on various projects over the last 8 or so years and have always found them to be very professional and understanding of the client’s needs and wishes."
James L Burford
"Encompass delivered, designed and transformed our ideas into reality, on time and on budget."
"Leon and Jason’s friendly and knowledgeable service shone through in our first few meetings and their advice left the other building firms that came to look and quote for the job, in the shade."
" The quality of the building and structural work was good, and because of challenging dimensions in the loft space, Felix was adaptable to any new ideas/suggestions I made, and introduced some clever design ideas himself."