Hertfordshire has a variety of different types of properties that make ideal home renovation projects, ranging from Victorian properties which can be found in towns like Barnet and Hertford, to 1980’s properties which can be found all over Greater London and home counties. Towns like Borehamwood and Potters Bar, for example, have houses mostly built in the 1930’s and 50’s, which make ideal loft conversions.
Styles and space available
The styles of conversions vary, according to the type of roof as well as the space required and budgets of homeowners, but the average loft conversions can provide at least a bedroom with a shower room. Some of the 1930’s properties that require a hip-to-gable conversion and are typical of Greater London can be converted with two bedrooms and a shower room, which make them ideal for converting.
It’s hard to imagine when entering into a loft, the potential space that can be created. Some of the Victorian terraced properties that we have converted in the Barnet area have consisted of what is known as an L-shaped conversion. This means that we have built over the rear edition as well as on the main roof. Under permitted development, two bedrooms and a shower can be created within this style of conversion.
Costs to convert
The average cost of a loft conversion is around £32,000, which is about 10% of the value of the average 1930’s semi-detached property. Gaining approximately ¾ of an entire level for 10% of the value of the average property has become the simplest and most cost-effective way of extending your home. It has no doubt become the most popular choice for homeowners requiring the space they need. The current climate, cost and stress of moving has also contributed to the popularity of loft conversions.
The historic Hertfordshire town of Berkhamsted boasts many historical treasures including the ruined Berkhamsted Castle and the oldest existing shop in the UK with timbers dating back to the 13th Century.
Following the displacement of Londoners following World War II, towns such as Borehamwood experienced a large increase in population with the creating of large areas of council housing.
The Hertfordshire Borough of Broxbourne is often considered to be part of Greater London, due in part to its close proximity to central London and popularity with commuters.
Property types in Bushey covers a vast period of around 200 years, due to an initial expansion of the town in the early 20th century following the arrival of the railway and industrial boom creating plentiful jobs in and around Watford.
Once known for its vast nursery industry, since the 1960s much of the land around Cheshunt previously occupied by pioneering glasshouses has now been redeveloped into residential housing estates.
The Hertfordshire town of Harpenden boasts abundant parks and commons, such as Harpenden Common stretching over a mile from the town centre, and Church Green, Leyton Green and the High Street Greens which give the town its provincial feel.
Alongside nearby Stevenage, Welwyn Garden City and Letchworth, the Hertfordshire town of Hatfield developed as one of the “New towns” built to house the thousands of families displaced from London after the Blitz.
Many of Hemel Hempstead’s properties are post-war, semidetached houses, designed to provide maximum living space for growing families.
These properties, whilst spacious downstairs, have large attic spaces perfect for converting, although more often than not require a party wall agreement and come up against tough planning permission restrictions – all legal requirements which Abbey Partnership can take care of.
The small county town of Hertford in Hertfordshire boasts a thriving high street packed with independent retailers making it an extremely attractive location for London commuters and their families.
Adding a loft conversion is a very popular way to increase the value of your home in Hitchin. Before embarking on a loft conversion project, it is important to carry out sufficient research and to spend a little time to establish exactly how you want your Hitchin loft conversion to work for you.
Whatever type of property – be it a bungalow, 1930s semi or modern end of terraced, and whatever reason you may require a loft conversion, Abbey Partnership have the skills and experience to carry out an exceptional loft conversion in your Hoddesdon home.
Letchworth Garden City is the world’s first Garden City designed to fuse together the finest elements of the countryside with city life.
Predominantly a commuter town, Potters Bar lies only 18 miles north of central London, in the Hertfordshire borough of Hertsmere.
The leafy suburb of Rickmansworth is a much sought after Hertfordshire town whose residents enjoy a high quality of life. Standing on the Grand Union Canal, Rickmansworth developed in the 1920s and 1930s and is home to numerous red brick Victorian properties.
If you’re looking to add value to a semi in Sopwell, or desirability to a detached property in Wheathampstead for example, a loft conversion could help you to increase your asking price and stand out from the competition.
Alternatively, if moving home is too costly in this sought-after city, extending into your loft space could be the perfect solution if your circumstances require a bit of extra living room.
Offering better value for money than other nearby commuter towns in Hertfordshire, Stevenage is a great place to get your foot on the property ladder, and a loft conversion can help you boost your asking price and make your home more saleable if you ever did think about relocating.
Tring in the north east of Hertfordshire is a bustling market town nestled at a low point in the Chiltern Hills. Home to the workers of Heygates Mill and many London commuters, Tring provides a rural lifestyle; for many it provides the perfect combination of community life, countryside and good transport links to the Capital.
No matter the size of your loft space, adding loft conversions to your Ware property really does maximize your home’s potential. If you are looking for a reputable company to convert your loft, Abbey Partnership are here for you.
If you’ve settled here, you’ll already know the benefits of owning a property in a town that’s significantly more affordable than London, but just a 20-minute train journey into the capital. So, when it comes to seeking out more space, if you’re happy with your location, it makes sense to explore your loft conversion options.
Welwyn Garden City
The post-war Georgian style properties that sit along tree lined boulevards with wide grass verges in Welwyn Garden City often have vast roof spaces, most of which remain unused other than for the storage of a few dusty boxes and old suitcases.
Our dormer loft conversions are often a popular choice for this particular property type, and when carried out by a professional loft conversion company such as Abbey Partnership, they can even enhance the external appearance of a property.