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Loft Conversions in Brighton, East Sussex

Expertly executed loft conversions in Brighton

Every large family deserves a large enough space to accommodate every last member. However, you don’t have to purchase a new house because extending your existing home is a viable option.

But, wouldn’t that mean you’d need to let go of your beautiful garden or have garden space at least? Not to worry, you have the option of extending your house upwards rather than on the ground. Clifton Hill & Montpelier Loft Conversions are a loft conversion company in Brighton, catering to homeowners in and around Brighton. Improve the value and space of your home when you trust us with your loft conversion project. Our bespoke process means that your new space will be designed to suit your requirements to the very last detail.

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Why getting a loft conversion is a good idea

Whether you’re in Brighton or any of the surrounding areas, there are many reasons why you might want to convert your loft. Often, the first reason is to create enough space for everyone in the family. A loft conversion is also ideal for a nice little hideaway to enjoy a hobby or a game room if you’re looking to add to your living space. A home office is a viable option if you work from home as many people now do.

In addition, a loft conversion can add value to your home, making it a good investment for the future. You might also want to consider loft conversions because of their unique benefits over other ways of creating more space.

It doesn’t take as long as other methods to be completed and you don’t need a garden either. It can save you a great deal of money as it’s not as expensive as moving houses. It’s not as much hassle either as you may not need permission from the authorities, plus your garden will not be damaged. Our team will be certain to keep the new room true to your desires, from the initial design to the final fittings. At Clifton Hill & Montpelier Loft Conversions, we have worked with many homeowners in Brighton to help them realise their dreams of having more spacious homes.

You can be like them and get the home of your dreams.

What will your home be worth if you add a loft conversion in Brighton? Many surveys cite a loft conversion as the most ideal way to improve the value of your home. A loft conversion with lots of glass can increase the value of a house by up to 20%, according to a study by the Nationwide Building Society.

That could mean a £20,000 increase in value for a property valued at £100,000. If the hassle and money you have to spend isn’t a problem, then converting your loft is a great way to expand the space in your home while increasing its value.

Am I really better off with a loft conversion?

Yes, you will be. En suite bathroom, nursery, or anything else you have in mind, a loft conversion is a great way to achieve your dreams for a house that’ll keep you happy for a long time to come. Loft conversions don’t take too much time before the work is done. We must warn you that it will be messy as we work, but you’ll have no reason to regret it.

Is loft conversion in Brighton a project that requires Building Regulations approval? Building Regulations approval may be needed for your loft conversion project in Brighton, but that depends on the kind of work to be done.

There are specific requirements that guide the kinds of alterations that can be made on homes that are at least two storeys high. Such building regulations are put in place for your own sake in order to ensure staircases and fire escapes are securely and safely designed and installed. Other major concerns include how stable the structure and roof are, how structurally sound the new floor is and how good the sound insulation between the loft conversion and the floors below is.

The Building Regulations may apply in different ways as the extent of work differs. Regulations tend to apply when extensive work is carried out, such as installing a stair to the loft, lining the wall or boarding it out. At Clifton Hill & Montpelier Loft Conversions, we are accustomed to working within the national and local guidelines that apply in Brighton. When you work with us, you wouldn’t have to worry about getting the necessary approvals done. How much do loft conversions go for in Brighton? A loft conversion can cost anywhere from £20,000 to twice or three times that. The number of dormers, the size of your extension and your location will all factor into how much you’ll have to pay in the end. You don’t have a problem in Brighton as far as location is concerned because it’s not one of the more expensive options in the UK. Plus, Clifton Hill & Montpelier Loft Conversions offer fantastic prices for loft conversions.

What types of loft conversions in Brighton should I be looking out for?

The type of loft conversion that will be best for your house will depend on several factors. First, we’ll have to consider how much you plan on spending. We also have to think about how suitable your home is for a loft conversion, including factors such as your roof type and the amount of room available. Planning permission is also another important point to consider.

Examples of loft conversion types include:

Rooflight conversion; involves creating a loft conversion without adding any more space to what you already have, but roof lights will be added to the back and front. If desired, we may also add windows into the gable walls. More than any other type of loft conversion, rooflight conversion is cost-effective since you won’t be making too many alterations. Dormer conversion; this type of conversion gives you more volume in the back, sides or front since we’ll be adding dormer windows into the pitched roof plane.

We can keep the extension small by installing only one or two windows, depending on what you intend to use the room for. If you like, we can build something larger across the entire width of the roof to create a large area with full headroom. Hip-to-gable conversion; this kind of loft conversion is ideal for ‘hipped’ rooves, which are slanted all the way to the eaves on each of the four sides. We can increase the usable space within such a roof by replacing one or more hips with a gable wall.

That’s not the end of it as we’ll extend the roof over the gables to create the needed space. Gable-to-gable conversion; our team will rebuild the roof at the back after building the gable wall, with the end result of raising the pitch to make it slightly vertical and high as the ceiling. This will result in a wall with windows. This loft conversion method is ideal for terrace houses. It can produce a large area with full headroom. Mansard conversion; this involves removing your entire roof and putting a box-like structure in its place. This essentially adds another storey with four tile-hung walls that are almost vertical. On top of the new structure, we’ll place an almost flat roof. Are there cases where it wouldn’t make sense to do a loft conversion? In most cases, a loft conversion can be done.

However, there are houses where the shape and pitch of the existing roof can be a hindrance. We can schedule an appointment to come see your house in order to determine whether we can carry out a loft conversion. We would need to know the number of usable load bearing walls are available to support the new structure. Having a loft conversion done won’t be a problem if you have a roof with a gable end wall. However, it’ll be a different story if you have an intersecting pitched roof, a hipped roof or a trussed rafter roof as those are more complex to work with. You’ll not be making a mistake by choosing us to handle your loft conversion even if yours is a complicated roof, as we’ve worked on several kinds of rooves in Brighton and beyond.

Why Clifton Hill & Montpelier Loft Conversions is your best bet for professional loft conversions in Brighton

We put in all it takes to ensure we deliver on every loft conversion project we embark on. We take our time to understand your vision and then make that our mission. From start to finish, you can count on us to deliver a superb service and fine workmanship, all in good time.

About Clifton Hill & Mont Pelier

  • Clifton Hill & Mont Pelier is proud to offer Loft Conversion services in the town of Brighton, which lies within South East England in the county of East Sussex. Part of the Brighton and Hove built-up area, Brighton is located in the City of Brighton and Hove, a Unitary Authority in Sussex. As well as Clifton Hill & Mont Pelier, Brighton is home to many of East Sussex’s leading businesses.
  • Brighton formerly used to be called Brighthelmstone. Local nicknames include Brighthelmstone & Blightey. Brighton contains a number of settlements and villages including Hangleton, Aldrington, Black Rock, Bevendean, Coldean, Brunswick, and Old Steine. Clifton Hill & Mont Pelier’s Loft Conversion service area in the City of Brighton and Hove also includes Mile Oak, Moulsecoomb, Hollingbury, Hollingdean and Hove. Other service areas of Clifton Hill & Mont Pelier within Brighton, Sussex include Saltdean, Rottingdean, Portslade-by-Sea, Ovingdean and Patcham, in addition to Brighton and Hove’s outer urban areas Woodingdean, Withdean, Westdene and West Blatchington.
  • In conclusion, Clifton Hill & Mont Pelier’s Loft Conversion services also cover the Brighton Municipality which includes Stanmer, Brighton Marina and Bear Road area. The Brighton postcode district is the BN postcode area. The Sussex University and University of Brighton are known through out the United Kingdom. Queen’s Park, Brighton and Preston Park, Brighton are popular with local residents and known through out England. Integral major roads in Brighton are the A27 road and the A23 road. The town of Brighton and Hove is bordered by Littlehampton, Shoreham, Worthing, Lancing, Sompting and Southwick to the West. The City of Brighton is flanked to the East by Burgess Hill, Peacehaven and Lewes.

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Loft Conversions FAQ's

Why is my loft conversion so hot?
Building a loft with cheap or poor-quality materials usually results in problems. A new loft conversion will be thermally efficient when built correctly. Clifton Hill & Montpelier Loft Conversions ensures that the external roofing is insulated with loft wool and covered with thermawrap. This keeps your loft cool in the summer and warm in winter.
What are the issues with loft conversions?
The first problem is the inconvenience caused during construction and the time and money spent on building regulations, planning permissions and potential surveys required for your loft conversion. Another issue is the lack of headspace and the landing below the loft. Most Brighton homes don’t have enough space for a staircase, so you have to consider where the entrance will be depending on the layout of your home.
Can all lofts be converted?
Some lofts cannot be converted. When you call us for a consultation, we’ll offer more information on the loft conversion options available to you. Simply call us on PHONEXXX to book a consultation or use our contact form.
I need a loft conversion with a staircase, can you install it?
The staircase is usually the first thing that is completed on your loft conversion. It acts as the gateway to your loft so it has to be done by a professional. Our architect will draw up a plan for the loft staircase and create a fitting design.
How long does planning take?
It might take 4 to 5 weeks for some clients to approve a plan. Clifton Hill & Montpelier Loft Conversions will do everything in our power to expedite the process whilst delivering the best possible service. We will never rush or pressure you into accepting a design as we want you to be 100% satisfied with the planning and proposed changes to your Brighton home.
What are the permits and building regulations for a loft conversion?
As with any significant home alterations or new building work, all loft conversions require building regulations approval before a loft conversion project. You need planning permission for conversion in a conservation area or listed building. You also need permission if you’re altering the roof shape or height. Additions of 40m³ for a terraced home and 50m³ for other homes fall under permitted development.
How do I finance my loft conversion?
There are three ways to pay for your Brighton home loft conversion project. The first option is the cash buyer payment that allows you pay for your loft conversion in eight payments throughout the build.
The second option is the buy now, pay later deal. Up to 50% of the cost is paid before construction begins. At the completion stage, you spread the payment of the remaining 50% over a period of 12 months. This option is protected by the Consumer Credit Act, a safeguard for your deposit.
The third option is deferred and preferred. The design stage is self-funded by the client. Up to 50% is paid by the loft structure stage. The final 50% is spread over a period of 60 months at 4.9% or 120 months at 5.9% representative APR.
Alternatively, you could get a more cost effective loan with a repayment of roughly £300 to £400 every month. You could also put it on your credit card if you have a good credit history.
What about fire doors?
A loft conversion turns your Brighton home into a three-story building. You will have to upgrade the door to an FD30 fire-rated door. This ensures that your stairs, landing and hallway will withstand 30 minutes of heat if a fire breaks out in any room.
What happens to the boilers and water tanks?
Sometimes is impossible to move the boilers, but in most situations, we will remove the heating system if it’s an old one. We always suggest that clients upgrade their heating system instead of spending money by relocating the old tanks. Newer models offer a better warranty and improved efficiency.
How much will my loft conversion cost?
The price of a loft conversion is determined by several factors such as the type of loft conversion, the installation of a new staircase, inclusion of framing carpentry, the existing quality of your loft and the level of finish you’ll require. The average cost of loft conversion varies from £11,000 to £40,000 depending on your conversion needs. Requesting a quotation is the only way to know for certain what the real cost will be.
Once I sign a contract how quickly will work begin?
We can begin building your dream loft in as little as 2 weeks. It is the same time frame no matter where your property is based in Brighton. This time frame of two weeks is based on the assumption that all your plans, party wall notices and structural designs are in place. Otherwise, we’ll have to get those settled before starting construction. It might take 2 to 3 months to get the party wall agreed and plans approved.
Do you have a portfolio I can see?
There is a good possibility that we’ve designed and built some of the lofts you’ve seen around Brighton. You can look at our case studies for descriptions and images of previous work we have done to understand what your completed work will look like.
Will there be any disruptions to my home during construction?
While most companies will say that there will be minimal disruptions. The truth is that you have to deal with the noise of people above your house, the sound of tools and the dust from all that work might disturb you. However, most of the work is done in the loft area so you should be able to go about your day without any fuss.
How long does a loft conversion take?
The timeframe for your loft conversion depends on the complexity of the work. How big is it going to be? What is the layout of your home? Do you have any special custom designs you want us to add? These are all factors that affect the time it takes to complete your loft conversion. However, it takes no more than 8 weeks for a typical loft conversion and up to 12 weeks for a complex project.
Do you build extensions?
We can build extensions at the same time that the loft conversion is going on. Our versatile architects will create extensions that improve the value of your home.
What is a loft conversion?
A loft conversion is a space under the roof of a house adapted into a living area such as bedroom, home office, play area or any design the client has in mind.
What are the different types of loft conversions?
Popular options for loft conversion include
Dormer loft conversion offers additional headspace. It is a structure attached to the roof to create more headspace with a window jutting from the roof.
Mansard loft conversion is situated at the rear of a property. It has a flat roof, with a sloping back wall and windows housed in small dormers. This require planning permission due to the major changes to the structure and shape of the roof.
Velux loft conversion is a roof light conversion where the roofline is unchanged. The Velux windows are installed to the roofline without altering the original roof structure. The cost of conversion is lower because there are minimal alterations.
Will a loft conversion add value to my home?
There are three things you can do to add value to your home. A new kitchen, a loft extension and a rear extension. A loft extension is a considerable investment on your Brighton home. Note that the loft conversion that provides the highest return on investment comprises of a master bedroom and ensuite. It increases the value of your home by up to 21%.
Can I do a loft conversion in a conservation area?
Properties on conservation areas have special character histories and features. It adds to the charm of the area but makes it difficult to do things like a loft conversion. You have to get planning permission from the Brighton planning authority, which could be subject to specific planning conditions.

Once approval is granted, you have to check the types of loft conversion possible in your conservation area. Popular options include Mansard and Velux loft conversion designs.

How long does it take for plans to be approved by council?
We have overseen many loft conversions in Brighton, and most of the plans take roughly 6 to 8 weeks to be approved. Sometimes it could take longer if the approver wants something added.
Will I need a fire escape for my loft conversion?
Smoke alarms are required for every level of the house, including the loft. They must have a backup battery and be wired to the mains in case of a power failure. There must be a protected area from your loft to the ground floor to ensure the occupants are evacuated safely.

The fire route has to be protected to withstand 30 minutes of fire. The loft conversion should be complete with a functioning window with non-locking fasteners to ensure a swift exit.

Is the price fixed?
The price for a loft conversion is fixed. We send you a fixed quote detailing what the final cost entails. If you want more than was initially agreed upon, it will come at an extra cost.
Who will supervise my loft conversion?
Our staff are highly skilled and require little supervision. However, your loft conversion is managed by a project supervisor who conducts regular inspections to ensure that the work is carried out to our very high standards. They will update you and answer any questions that you have.
What is a party wall agreement?
This is an adjoining wall between properties. The agreement has to be signed by the owners of the properties on either side of the walls. It is required for terraced or semi-detached properties in Brighton which share a wall with another property.
Will I receive a guarantee?
All Clifton Hill & Montpelier Loft Conversions include a 10-year guarantee for your peace of mind.
Why should I work with a conversion loft specialist and not a general builder?
Clifton Hill & Montpelier Loft Conversions has specialised in loft conversions for a many years. Our certified and experienced architects produce loft conversion designs that maximise your loft space. The in-depth knowledge, planning and design you enjoy with a loft service cannot be compared to a general builder.
Can I do a loft conversion without planning?
Planning permission is not always required except when you plan to alter or extend the roof space or exceed specified conditions and limits. Your loft conversion is considered a permitted development if it conforms to government standards.
I already have my own plans; can you work with them?
Of course. Our goal is to create the living space you desire.
What is the minimum height for a loft conversion?
The crucial measurement is the top of stairs height. The height has to be between 2.0m and 2,2m between the top of the floor joist to the bottom of the ridge beam. Most people are not 2m tall so you can build a reasonable loft with this height.
What is an illegal loft conversion?
This is a property where a loft conversion was built without planning permission or building control. It is crucial that you work with a licensed loft conversion company in Brighton to avoid this scenario. You could be fined a hefty sum or made to spend thousands of pounds on renovations for an illegal loft conversion.
Do you have insurance?
We have an employee liability and public liability insurance that protects you from liability if anything goes wrong during construction. We are happy to provide documentation of our insurance.
Can I convert the loft myself?
We do not advise a DIY loft conversion project. The installation is a complicated process that sometimes involves building regulation sign off and the local planning department. The sheer amount of work and the dangers of injuring yourself or damaging your home has led many people to contract their loft conversion to a specialist company such as Clifton Hill & Montpelier Loft Conversions.

Information About Brighton

  • Clifton Hill & Montpelier offers Loft Conversions services in Brighton, East Sussex, a large town located in South East England.
  • Brighton is part of the City of Brighton and Hove forms part of the greater Brighton and Hove built-up area, a Unitary Authority in Sussex.
  • A large number of leading businesses make Brighton and East Sussex their home including Clifton Hill & Montpelier.
  • Brighton used to be called Brighthelmstone.
  • Commonly used nicknames include Blightey & Brighthelmstone.
  • Brighton is formed by a number of villages and settlements including Coldean,Bevendean, Aldrington, Old Steine, Black Rock, Hangleton and Bevendean.
  • Clifton Hill & Montpelier’s Loft Conversions service area in the City of Brighton and Hove also includes Mile Oak, Moulsecoomb, Hollingbury, Hollingdean and Hove.
  • Other service areas of Clifton Hill & Montpelier in Brighton, Sussex are comprised of Patcham, Ovingdean, Rottingdean, Portslade-by-Sea and Saltdean,
  • in addition to Brighton and Hove’s outlying urban areas Withdean, West Blatchington, Woodingdean and Westdene.
  • Just as importantly, Finally yet importantly, Clifton Hill & Montpelier’s Loft Conversions services cover the Brighton Municipality along with Bear Road area, Stanmer and Brighton Marina.
  • Brighton is covered by the BN postcode area.
  • The University of Brighton and Sussex University are famous through out the United Kingdom.
  • Queen’s Park, Brighton and Preston Park, Brighton are enjoyed by residents and known through out England.
  • Brighton is the starting-point of the A23 road and Intersects with the A27 road.
  • Bordering to the West of town of Brighton and Hove is Sompting, Worthing, Southwick, Shoreham, Littlehampton and Lancing.
  • The town of Brighton is bordered by Lewes, Burgess Hill and Peacehaven to the East.

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