Loft Conversions in Brackley, Buckingham and Oxfordshire

Our customers gain so much more than valuable living space from our loft conversions. They also reap the benefits of investment and see the value of their properties rise accordingly, often by tens of thousands of pounds. We can’t tell you exactly how much a conversion will add to the market price, but DJT Builders (Oxfordshire) Ltd can give you a valuable insight into the work that we do, how we go about it and what we can achieve by working with you.

Our company covers all major locations within a wide radius of Kidlington, our home town, including the nearby Banbury, Bicester, Brackley, Buckingham, Oxford and Witney areas.

 

Whether you have design aspirations for a master bedroom, a home office, a man cave, a children’s playroom or just some extra space to relax, DJT Builders (Oxfordshire) Ltd offers a complete design-and-build service to optimise the most underused space in the home. We create loft conversions in a wide range of styles with added features such as Velux windows.

 

Planning Permission

 

It surprises many of our customers that loft conversions rarely require planning permission because they fall under permitted development. What this actually means is that, subject to certain conditions granted by parliament instead of your local authority for Oxfordshire, the conversion of any loft space outside of a designated area has very few planning restrictions.

 

These conditions include:

 

  • The roof not exceeding an extra 50m³ on detached or semi-detached properties
  • The roof not exceeding an extra 40m³ on a terraced property
  • Loft conversions do not extend beyond the roof slope plane
  • The conversion doesn’t exceed the highest part of the roofing structure
  • The materials used match those of the property’s current décor
  • The build has no raised balcony and no raised platform
  • Side-facing windows must have obscured glass and a 1.7m opening above the floor

 

Most homes in Kidlington and the surrounding Banbury, Bicester, Brackley, Buckingham, Oxford and Witney areas will have no issues with permitted development rights on loft conversions as long as they aren’t in a conservation area, a national park, a heritage site or a location classified as an area of natural beauty. Listed properties have special requirements.

 

Please be aware that planning permission and compliancy with current building regulations are two very different things. Loft conversions, even under permitted development rights, must comply fully with current laws and legislations for structural, fire and electrical safety.

 

DJT Builders (Oxfordshire) Ltd advises on your obligations during the initial consultation.

 

Loft Conversion Types

 

Most of our customers have four different loft conversions to consider and the final decision usually rests on what we can do with the property’s current style. Each conversion varies in complexity and cost, and the typical time for completion is somewhere between four and six weeks. The most complex projects run a little longer, sometimes up to ten weeks in full.

 

The four standard styles are as follows:

 

  • Conversion with Roof Lights
  • Mansard Conversion
  • Dormer Conversion
  • Hip-to-Gable Conversion

 

We liaise with our Kidlington, Banbury, Bicester, Brackley, Buckingham, Oxford and Witney customers closely, and discuss key considerations for loft conversions when we arrive at their Oxfordshire properties to perform the site survey and compile the quotation. This is the stage where we look at your aspirations, and use those concepts as our own inspiration.

 

Based on what the customer wants to use a conversion for, we consider the following:

 

  • How can we best use the space we have available to work in?
  • Is there sufficient space for furniture?
  • Can we optimise the space to include storage?
  • Will a dormer create additional space?
  • How do we include a staircase without restricting space?
  • Can we improve loft interiors with roof lights or with Velux windows?

 

As you can see, loft conversions require considerable thought and planning. To achieve the best possible results, always choose a service provider with a proven track record and the backing of a major organisation such as the NHBC. This ensures you receive an insurance-backed warranty. DJT Builders (Oxfordshire) Ltd is a proud and approved NHBC member.

 

Our builders cover Kidlington and the surrounding Oxfordshire area. Call us on 01865 848310 or 07740 486844 to arrange free quotations for loft conversions.

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