A loft conversion can add up to 30% to your properties value
Depending on the style of loft you have, and your taste preferences, there is more than one choice of conversion. Our surveyor will be more than happy to talk the options through with you.
Dormer conversion: this option is for when the existing loft space is of insufficient size for the proposed conversion. It creates additional headroom by extending the walls up into the roof. This is very practical especially if the conversion requires an en-suite to be fitted.
Gable up conversion: this option is extremely popular, and can easily double the size of the room, creating more standing space and extra space for the staircase to be fitted. This is the best choice for creating most space.
Velux conversion: this style in generally adequate for those customers contemplating the smaller loft conversion, where adequate height is available within the existing loft space.
There is no doubt that timber frame houses have been growing in popularity over the past 10 years with a rapid increase in the amount of new builds choosing timber frame.
For over 20 years Top Form Construction have been providing a superior building method that benefits clients in efficiency and versatility.
Top Form Construction have a design team with over 50 years’ combined experience, and as a result we can provide you with invaluable knowledge and support whilst guiding you through your project’s design. Our manufacturing facility can fit external windows, doors and internal conduits for sockets and switches, and with design and manufacturing all under one roof you can rest assure that last minute tweaks will be taken on board and achieved.
The majority of the timber frame structure is manufactured in a skilled workshop environment, as a result you as the client will have a quality product delivered to site.
Decisions which affect the ‘economic comfort’ requirement are the thermal resistance, thermal mass and thermal response of the roof, walls and floor and the thermal performance, natural lighting and ventilation characteristics of the windows and doors. These decisions are the major influences on the overall level of building heat loss, on the amount of solar energy collected and on the usefulness of this energy, i.e. on the space heating requirement.
Overall build costs are reduced by the shortened construction period and reduced running costs with thermally enhanced panel design.
Timber Frame construction offers a high energy saving solution offering different levels of thermal performance, tailor-made to your specification. From a bespoke design, factory quality manufacture and experienced installation crews, adds up to a process giving high performance product, yet lowering your Carbon Footprint in sustainable method.
Off-site fabrication speeds up on-site activities. The potential to accelerate the construction process is gained by removing on site procedures. A standard 2 story house can be erected and watertight within three weeks. A timber frame build is erected 30% faster than a traditional build.
From the outset, a design/project manager is appointed to guide you through the design and manufacture process, keeping in regular contact up to the delivery date. It is then handed to our construction crew who complete the construction phase, communicating with you daily right up to completion.
All our timber suppliers are PEFC certified – Ensuring products are sourced responsibly and environmentally with a robust chain of custody.
Timber frame has the lowest CO2 cost of any commercially available building material.
For every cubic meter of wood used instead of other building materials, 0.8 tonnes of CO2 is saved from the atmosphere.
Strength for strength, concrete uses 5 times (and steel uses 6 times) more energy to produce than timber.
As well as the obvious lifestyle improvements a garage conversion has to offer, it has been estimated that the average garage conversion adds up to £15.000 to the value of your home.
Garages tend to be dead space, so why not convert your garage to a warm welcoming family room?
Top Form Construction can typically convert your garage in 17 days.
Planning permission is not normally required for a garage conversion; however, Building Regulations are required for a habitable room.
However, there are occasions when that does not apply, and these instances are usually related to the fact that the property is a listed building.
Another reason why permission may be required is that something called permitted development rights have been removed from a property.
This is a rare occurrence but can occur in new houses on estates.
Also, a walk-in bay that extends past the property line will require a planning application.
The change of use from a garage to a habitable room will mean compliance with building notice to your council.
Building regs apply to ventilation, insulation, moisture proofing, fireproofing and escape routes.
The building inspector will want to inspect the windows, doors, DPC, and insulation.
The existing garage floor will be strong enough however it will need a 1200-gauge damp proof membrane and rigid insulation of at least 75mm to meet the regulations.
External walls must meet the requirements in terms of moisture proofing and thermal barriers.
We tend to build another wall alongside the existing outer wall with a 50mm cavity,100 mm insulation, a vapour barrier and then plasterboard.