Specialist loft conversion company in Sussex, Touchstone Lofts
Over 1,000 lofts converted since 1989
Enhance your Sussex home and maximise your living space with a bespoke Touchstone Lofts conversion. Our lofts are designed and built by our specialist team who keep you and your ideas in mind whilst also complimenting the look and feel of your property, both internally and externally. With over 30 years of experience in working through the area of Sussex and transforming houses in areas such as Bewl Water and Herstmonceux Castle, we have been able to gain valuable insight into the wide variety of architectural styles displayed within the county. Our level of experience means that you will be left feeling as proud of your loft conversion as we are.
Award-winning loft conversions
We have been recognised for outstanding quality craftsmanship and excellent customer service by the Federation of Master Builders in their Master Builder of the Year Awards, Southern Region.
In addition, we are proud to have been recognised as finalists in the ‘Best Loft Conversion’ category in the 2020 Homebuilding & Renovating Awards.
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Types of loft conversions for Sussex homes
These are the various types of loft conversion we can design and build:
Why a Sussex loft conversion?
- Keep the family close
Expanding your home with a new storey creates the space and opportunity for extra residents. Looking after our parents as they grow older is a situation that comes to the majority of us in life. With a separate floor away from the rest of the home, you’ll have the space to offer for a bedroom and separate bathroom, whilst keeping them away from the hustle and bustle of busy family life downstairs and allowing them to sit back and relax in the peaceful, open space while appreciating the broad views of Sussex.
- Increase your size without increasing your footprint
Why not increase the amount of living space in your home without increasing the size of your home? The loft space is something which is already a part of your house and is often overlooked when making the decision to extend or expand. By creating an additional living space on the top floor of your home, you are using the space which already consists in your property and have no need to increase your footprint and lose out on that valuable garden. With our thoughtful planning and intricate designs, we will fit sleek and practical storage solutions into the new space as well as create that highly anticipated games or cinema room or the much-needed relaxation area to unwind and soak up the Sussex skyline.
Commonly across Sussex, homeowners choose to use their personal loft spaces as creative studios. Living in the Sussex area clearly allows a spark of creativity to flow through its residents. A spacious and airy loft conversion will be a great place to work creatively whilst appreciating the wide views that the loft conversion opens up for you. You could also use your working studio to avoid the commute into town.
Transform your Sussex home with a stunning loft conversion
Storage inspiration for your loft conversion
What type of loft conversion is most requested in Sussex?
Due to the fact that Dormer’s work for all house types, it is not surprising that they are the most requested type of conversion. By building an aesthetically pleasing box structure to the side of your existing roof at a 90-degree angle, additional headspace and floorspace is created. Typically, planning permission is not required for a Dormer. Along with this, a dormer is one of the least complex type of loft conversion available and these factors combined are what allows the conversion to reach completion in a shorter space of time.
Planning Permission and Permitted Developments in Sussex
The stresses of complying to building regulations and worries of not being granted planning permission are enough to steer anyone away from the idea of expanding their home. We will assess the relevant requirements of your home and act accordingly. However, not every home will need planning permission for their conversion. For most detached, semi-detached or terraced properties, it may be possible to complete your conversion under permitted development regulations.
If you live in a flat or maisonette, or if your property is based in a conservation area, planning permission is something that you will need to consider. However, with our 98% success rate in achieving approval for planning, you shouldn’t let it put you off. At Touchstone Lofts, we don’t let anything stand in our way of producing that unique home improvement for you and your home. We pride ourselves in creating loft spaces where others can’t. No height, space or shape will be enough to stop us from producing your bespoke loft conversion.
Your loft conversion questions answered
Have a question about loft conversions? We’re happy to help. Read our answers to the questions that our customers frequently ask us.
How long does a loft conversion take?
Depending on the size and type, most loft conversions take around 12 weeks.
Will I need to move out during the project?
No – it’s safe to carry on living inside the property. We work from the scaffolding before the stairs go in. Any disruption you experience will mainly come from noise.
Where will you place our new staircase?
We will be able to fit your staircase around your existing layout and will find an option to suit you. If possible, we will try to fit your new staircase over the existing staircase so that it fits seamlessly within your property.
Do I need planning permission for a loft conversion?
This depends on your location and type of property – all flats require planning, but if you live in a house that isn’t in a designated area, then permitted development is usually used and no planning is required. There are many other factors to take into account and one of our surveyors can advise further.
How much does a loft conversion cost?
Most cost between £30,000 and £50,000. This depends on the size and type – bigger and more complicated jobs take longer and therefore will cost more. See pricing information for further details.
What is a party wall agreement and do I need one for a loft conversion?
A party wall agreement (PWA) is required if you have a semi-detached or a terraced property and you are working within or near your neighbour’s boundary. We can advise when the surveyor visits.
Does a loft conversion add value to a home?
Yes – it will add from 20% to 30% upwards depending on the size, design and type.
How much head height do you need for a loft conversion?
If you have a clear head height of 2m then a loft conversion may be possible. Our surveyor will need to assess this to confirm.
What’s possible with your loft conversion?
These are some of the build possibilities you might want to consider for your loft conversion:
What can be achieved with a dormer loft conversion
Since 1989, we have converted lofts all over England and the South East, including London, Essex, Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, and Northamptonshire. To find out how a loft conversion can transform your property, call 0800 881 8194 or email [email protected]