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loft conversion costs please

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correllia Wed 16-Mar-16 10:41:39

We live in bromley, Kent (ok, probably more south east London really!) and have a big standard 3 bed semi which we'd like to convert to a 4 bed.

Can I ask people to kindly tell me roughly what they've paid/been quoted if you've had a recent conversion? Ours is a classic bog standard house & we'd like to have a hip to gable extension & en suite bathroom. We've got 30,000 to spend but don't want to waste people's time if we're really short!!

Any tips/advice when approaching builders would also be most welcome xx

Palomb Wed 16-Mar-16 10:44:35

Watching with interest smile I'd particularly like any West Midlands based prices. I think Kent is probably more expensive.

Madblondeog Wed 16-Mar-16 11:19:52

Ours was £32K ex VAT, giving us 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. That price didn't include the supply of the bathroom fixtures, the tiles or the carpet.

I think you might find £30k total a bit too tight to be honest.

HappyHippyChick Wed 16-Mar-16 11:25:11

Ours was 35k for two bedrooms and a bathroom. Again not including the supply of bathroom fittings or carpets. We are in SE London/Surrey borders (not that far from Bromley).

correllia Wed 16-Mar-16 11:30:14

Thank you, looks like me might need to keep saving for a while longer 😄

2016Hopeful Wed 16-Mar-16 13:42:36

Looking too, do the prices above include dormers or significant changes to the roof?

Madblondeog Wed 16-Mar-16 16:10:25

Mine included a small dormer and a small change to the roof, just pushing out the end of the roof line (if that makes sense)

HappyHippyChick Wed 16-Mar-16 18:35:50

Mine included a dormer.

BananaPie Wed 16-Mar-16 18:44:43

Hip to gable is going to be in the region of 45k to a plaster finish (at the cheaper end of the scale). But I've heard prices are likely to go up as conversions become more and more popular

Suzietwo Wed 16-Mar-16 21:35:32

I'm doing a hip to gable and a roof raise and 2 dormers. No idea what it's going to cost me but hoping to keep within 60k. Am on a day rate. Scaffolding alone was 15k

JeffreySadsacIsUnwell Wed 16-Mar-16 22:10:53

We're SE London, had a 3 bed terrace prior to conversion. All in, 60k. Feel free to PM me if you want more details/breakdown.

JeffreySadsacIsUnwell Wed 16-Mar-16 22:12:57

All in = bathroom fittings, velux blinds, carpets, fitted cabinetry into the eaves slope etc, i.e. To make it habitable.

Helendouglas72 Thu 17-Mar-16 12:38:14

We're hoping to convert our loft soon but can't decide whether to include an en-suite toilet off the new master bed (in the new loft) or opt for more space/ storage instead. The nearest loo would be on the floor below. What are people's experience of en-suites; invaluable or redundant?! BTW there would be a freestanding bath and sink in the main bedroom

Imperialleather2 Thu 17-Mar-16 12:50:29

Ours has just cost 40k incl. VAT but excluding shower room.fittings and flooring. We had to get out boiker changed which was another £4k.

We've got 2 bedrooms and a shower room. A large dormer and they had to build the hip to a gable.

We're in Surrey and not far from Bromley a few junctions further round on the M25.

We had a quote at 45k Inc vat and one at 50k incl. VAT.

fruitandvegbaskettablecloth Thu 17-Mar-16 13:39:28

west midlands, march 2015 £36,000 inc vat including upgraded pressure system, upgraded doors and handles for 12 doors, floor and wall tiling, local chain supplied roper rhodes cabinet, porcelain and hansgrohe bathroom.

fruitandvegbaskettablecloth Thu 17-Mar-16 13:41:17

to add...we changed a hip to a sort of half gable/half hip to keep to late 30s look and a large rear dormer.

Maro11 Thu 17-Mar-16 14:22:08

also interested in this as we are thinking of doing the same and am in the same area

Maro11 Thu 17-Mar-16 14:24:23

forgot to add that neighbour did theirs three years ago, two beds and a bathroom but theirs is a terrace, it cost £42K took forever and they were not happy with company who did it, hence watching this thread for recomendations

Palomb Thu 17-Mar-16 15:33:04

fruitandveg any chance you could pm me the name of the company that did yours please? It sounds perfect smile

Imperialleather2 Thu 17-Mar-16 16:03:36

I should add we also had to spend £1200 having smoke alarms fitted in the whole house.

gingerdad Thu 17-Mar-16 16:08:13

Ours was £50k including new roof. With dormer and ensuite. Expensive area of the north west.

LandmarkLoftsLondon Fri 18-Mar-16 12:37:33

Hi Correllia,

We are a loft conversion project management company that works in your area.
In general a hip to gable dormer with an en-suite would be quite a lot more than £30,000 in your area, but if you would like to get a better idea of what it is likely to cost we would be more than happy to give you a free quote.

In terms of sourcing a builder or loft conversion company to manage the build, we would strongly advise you make sure they have insurances in place that will protect you whatever happens to their business. We would also advise that you use a company that is a registered and regulated member of well known industry bodies such as RICS, or CIOB, both of which we are members of.

You can see a list of some of the major memberships and insurances you need to look out for here

We would also strongly suggest you meet past clients and their finished loft conversions to see first-hand the level of quality and service the company you are considering can provide.

If you would like to be out in touch with any of our clients who are either local or have had a similar type of loft conversion to what you want, please contact us. You can call us on 020 3 150 0505 or visit our site and we'll be happy to help.

All the best,

Landmark Lofts

2016Hopeful Fri 18-Mar-16 12:38:38

So it looks like around 40-50K on average with 2 room, bathroom and roof alterations like hip to gable and dormer. Having someone around on Monday am hoping he says more at the 40K end of things!!!! New boiler might be another cost to consider.

Has anyone needed underpinning due to extra weight/building in loft??? Bit worried as tons of houses in my area have subsidence!

Zisterhood Fri 18-Mar-16 12:48:34

Hi I'm in west midlands cost between 32-35k. Things that put the price up was having velux window and extra large dorm window.
We decided not to have bathroom enquire but had it separate. So glad we did, it means kids and visitors don't have to go through our bedroom should they need to use loo. Also it feels less intrusive should you be getting up early and your partner still in bed.
If you want it desperately you could tell your builder and see what compromises you could make i.e we could have painted ours ourselves to save money, choose our own bathroom fittings and got our own tiler in.

PalePolkaDot Fri 18-Mar-16 12:49:15

Ours was over 30k without fittings or associated costs - fire doors, new boiler, wired smoke alarms etc.

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