1930’s Semi Detached House- hip to cedral gable with flat roof dormer

Exeter 1930’s semi-detached house loft conversions are top on our list of work we carry out.  We were contacted to quote for a hip to gable plus flat roof dormer loft conversion by this lovely couple. They had great ideas on what they wanted in an ideal conversion including the many finishes the external elevations could have.

The “first draft” design we provide was to remove the existing hip end and replace with a new gable or “Hip-to-Gable loft conversion”. This would allow the new staircase to continue about the existing set of stairs. In addition to this a flat roof dormer to the rear elevation will allow for an en-suite above the existing bathroom, plus it would dramatically increase the amount of available headroom.

Having looked at the proposal lots of questions were sent across to us. A follow up quote was provided incorporating the design changes requested.

Final hip to gable loft conversion had a Cedral gable along with a Cedral flat roof dormer to the rear roof slope including a glass Juliet balcony. One Fakro roof window was positioned to the front roof slope to allow the master bedroom a greater spread of light and ventilation.

Built in cupboards behind the bed were added for storage and to position headboard of bed in the optimum position to appreciate the fabulous view from the French doors and balcony. Built in wardrobes along with an amazing en-suite add to the final fantastic conversion.

In the words of our client Mr & Mrs P “We had lots of quotes for our loft conversion. The minute Chris came round we could tell he knew exactly what he was talking about. Having now come out the other side with a loft even better than we could have hoped, I couldn’t recommend attic designs highly enough. Proper craftsmen who are a joy to work with. We were sad to see them go. Don’t waste your time going anywhere else”.

Sidmouth Victorian Terrace House

Our client owned this Sidmouth terrace house family getaway home and was seeking a free loft conversion quote to make the family stays more comfortable. We initialled chatted by email as the client lived out of the area. We confirmed ballpark figures etc.

Having already obtained estimates from builders client really wanted a fixed price quotation and know what they would get for their money. We arranged a free visit where we discussed how the loft conversion would affect other parts of the home and completed a full survey. An existing ground floor lintel that had recently been installed by a builder was one item that needed to be checked.
With the survey measurements we produced a scale plan and a full fixed price quotation. This quotation was chatted over at length via email and it underwent two updates. Final design having a cloakroom and an open plan bath to the bedroom. Contact was agreed and clients loft conversion was put into out booking schedule.
The next stage was our architect to survey the property in order to produce CAD working plans. These plans would follow the design we had already produced and agreed with our client. The plans could be produced from our survey notes but a new survey makes sure were doubly sure on all dimensions. This survey was the first time we had meet our client so it was good to have a chat to make sure were all singing from the same song sheet. We also exposed a very small section of the ground floor lintel that was in doubt. Findings would be sent to our structural engineer.
Working plans were produced along with confirmation that the recently installed lintel was in fact to small so we would fit a new one at a quoted price. The plans were sent to the client to confirm accepted. Then of to our building control approved inspector with structural calculations. The plans etc. were approved and a compliance with building regulation was issued.
Due to a change in circumstance with one of our other clients we were able to move this conversion forward in our booking schedule by quite a few weeks. We arrange to meet our client when they were in the area to go through all the various details such as electrical positions, door and handle style, sanitary fittings etc. etc. It’s really important we have all these details so we have a build set of plans. This means we can simply get on with the job and the client, especially if they live away not have to worry about the works.
The scaffold was erected prior to the work beginning. Day one of works, materials were delivered to site and entry to the roof via the scaffold was made. The conversion was completed to a near complete stage before the necessary changes were made to the first floor and the new stairs fitted. New lintel was also installed to the ground floor followed by all areas being plastered as required. Final stages were fitting of sanitary good, electics etc. Our decorator completed this room to his normal high standard so the client ended up with a ready to move in room in the roof. All finished to schedule, on budget and to the client’s satisfaction.
We quote our client.
“I am so happy with the loft, it is much better than I ever imagined. Alan has done a great job with the painting and everything is looking fantastic. If you ever needed a reference please don’t hesitate to let me know, it is always a worry when I am miles away but your knowledge and the expertise of your team has been amazing and the finish is of a great quality, I am so pleased”.