Our Patch Autumn 2017 Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush - Page 18

Our Patch AUTUMN 2017 Your essential guide to local partners for I your home builder Matthew Ryder Director Ash Island Lofts (Chiswick) matthewryder@ashislandlofts.co.uk Building 3, Chiswick Park 566 Chiswick High Road W4 5YA Tel: 020 8166 5145 www.ashislandlofts.co.uk ncorporating your loft space into your home will not only improve your lifestyle, it will also be a sound investment for the future, says builder Matthew Ryder. Convert your loft and you won’t just be adding an extra room and more space to your home, you will also be adding significant value to your property when you come to resell What are the most popular type of loft conversions and what do people use them for? Single and L-shape dormers, mansards and L-shape mansards, and hip-to-gable conversions on 1930s homes. We’ve also completed a number of double mansard roof extensions which featured in the Sunday Times Home section. Generally, one or two bedrooms, plus a shower room is what people require. How long does it take, how much does it cost, and is it a good return for the investment? The build usually takes between five and six weeks. An average spend, including completely fitting out, would be around £60,000. Depending on where it is, you could add an extra £100,000 to the value of your home. How much head height space will I get? What if I don’t have enough within the existing loft space? We look for a minimum of 2.3 metres in the existing space. If it is under that, we might be able to lower the ceilings below or raise the height of the roof ridge under planning permission. Where do the stairs go? In most cases, we look to fit over the existing staircase, meaning no space is lost from the existing rooms below. 18/19