Flat | maisonette loft conversions: Convert your loft | attic into a living / sitting room or lounge

Pinterest, sitting room loft conversion liked Jackson lofts

Pinterest, sitting room loft conversion liked Jackson lofts

Why not make your new loft conversion space into your living room?

This can be a cheaper way to have more space. Creating an interesting light, bright and warm loft living space. You may even have great views. Also see Pinterest for loft cinema rooms, who need windows when your watching TV.

For a free estimate please use this contact form to arrange a visit from Richard.

Bespoke hallway airing cupboard built by Richard Jackson, Carpenter

Airing cupboard built by Richard Jackson, Carpenter, Brighton

Airing cupboard built by Richard Jackson, Carpenter, Brighton

Airing cupboard built by Richard Jackson, Carpenter, Brighton

Airing cupboard built by Richard Jackson, Carpenter, Brighton

Hallway cupboards are a very useful addition to any loft or attic conversion

This bespoke airing cupboard I build with a radiator inside creates a fantastic airing cupboard. I built this as part of the corridor of this 1960’s bungalow loft conversion, in beautiful Chailey, East Sussex. For a free estimate please email me through my contact form to arrange a suitable time to visit.

Replacement Velux | skylight | roof windows

Replacement Velux, skylight, roof windows by Jackson Lofts
Replacement Velux, skylight, roof windows by Jackson Lofts

Yes roof windows get old and will need replacing!

When they start to leak, they course annoyance and eventually damage to other parts of the property.

If the Velux needs replacing I can do this in a few hours and when it is convenient to you or your tenants.

A damp roof may also be something simple like a cracked or slipped tile.

Velux windows come with a 10 year guarantee. This is what they to say, click here.

Gallery landing staircase in a loft conversion built by Jackson Lofts

Gallery landing and staircase, 60s bungalow built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Gallery landing and staircase, 60s bungalow built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

A gallery landing creates light, space and air movement in this 1960s bungalow

This gallery landing only required a small Velux window to create more light. These are oak spinals and hand rails with pine newel.

Position of a staircase in a loft conversion

The position of a staircase in a loft conversion by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

The position of a staircase in a loft conversion by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Loft conversion design starts with the staircase

In most terrace houses the position is generally above the existing stair case.

In a bungalow or a maisonette the position of the staircase has to be well thought through before hand, your drawings person will do this for you.

For a free estimate please email me through my contact form to organise a suitable time for me to visit.

The stages of building a loft conversion

Staircase fitted into 1960s bungalow for loft conversion by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Staircase fitted into 1960s bungalow for loft conversion by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

A very brief description a loft conversion build:

1. Scaffolding goes up and materials arrive

2. Install steels and new floor structure

3. Build new roof structure

4. Install windows

5. 1st fix of electrics and plumbing

6. Insulation

7. Plaster boarding

8. Fit staircase

9. Plastering

10. 2nd fix of electrics, plumbing and wood work

What does a Carpenter do?

Extension roof built by Richard Jackson Carpenter, Brighton, UK

Extension roof built by Richard Jackson Carpenter, Brighton, UK

An experienced carpenter can build your loft conversion

A carpenter (see Wikipedia) is one of the oldest professions, we build wooden structures and I am very proud to be one. Carpentry is also a bit of engineering as well as problem solving. There are different levels:

A 1st fix carpenter builds the structure of a house, extension or roof.
A 2nd fix carpenter finishes of a project, hanging doors, fits skirtings, architrave and staircases.

A loft conversion can add extra space and light to your new sitting room | living room | lounge

Installation of Velux windows onto an extension roof by Richard Jackson

Installation of Velux windows onto an extension roof by Richard Jackson

Adding extra space and light in your home

You don’t always have to move your bedroom into the loft or attic, why not move your living room into the loft space. This works well for maisonettes or flats. Saving you money and creating a new light and warm space. You may even have great views.

When is the best time to build my loft conversion

1950s bungalow loft conversion, materials delivery day by Jackson Lofts

1950s bungalow loft conversion, materials delivery day by Jackson Lofts

A loft conversion can be built anytime of the year

Anytime, is a good time to build a loft, winter or summer. Most clients would like a conversion built in Autumn for a Christmas deadline so why not try January, February and March when the construction business is quieter.

A loft conversion can be built in any weather

We work with the weather at Jackson Lofts

We work with the weather at Jackson Lofts

Loft conversions can be built at any time of the year. On dry days we work outside and on really wet days we work inside. Your home will never be vulnerable to the elements.

Part build loft conversion, Brighton

Part build loft conversion by Jackson Lofts

Part build loft conversion by Jackson Lofts

I am asked many times to build a ‘part build loft’ and I am very happy to help out with your project.

What is a part build loft conversion?

A part build is the first half of a loft conversion build and consists of building and changing the structure of an attic (this sometimes includes adding steels). Plus installing a staircase and Velux roof windows. These are all completed to building regulations, which I can help you with.

This gives you the freedom to finish the project yourself or hire your own trades (electrician, plasterer, 2nd fixer carpenter, plumber and decorator).

For a free estimate please email me through this contact form to organise a suitable time for me to visit.

Who is a loft converter?

Who is a loft converter? Richard Jackson, Jackson Loft Conversions, Brighton UK

Who is a loft converter? Richard Jackson, Jackson Loft Conversions, Brighton UK

A loft converter is a specialist qualified carpenter

Who is trained and specialises in building loft conversion (transforming an attic space into a room). Following architect drawn plans and completing the build to building regulations.

Who can build me a loft conversion? A professional carpenter can

Small flat roof dormer by Richard Jackson, Carpenter, Brighton

Small flat roof dormer by Richard Jackson, Carpenter, Brighton

Most good carpenters can build a loft conversion

Loft conversion carpenters, tend to be specialists

This is due to the complexities of the building process e.g. combining steel, timber and roofing disciplines. Knowledge of building regulations is vital.

For a FREE estimate please email Richard through this contact form to organise a suitable time to pop round.

See my references, click here.

Can a loft conversion add value with self build

Loft Conversions built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Loft Conversions built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Loft Conversions built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Loft Conversions built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Yes, if you are adding another habitable room. Speak to your local estate agent and ask them advise on your conversion ideas. Here is what the web has to say:
http://www.self-build.co.uk/10-ways-add-value-your-home
http://www.self-build.co.uk/how-approach-loft-conversion

Loft conversion inspiration photos and ideas on Pinterest

Jacksons Lofts BN1 Pininterest

Jacksons Lofts BN1 Pininterest

Pinterest loft conversions

Click on this image to view some photos of real loft conversions on my Pinterest. Some inspirational photo ideas to help you visualise and get excited about your new loft conversion.

Replacement Velux skylight roof windows in Brighton

A double Velux window replacement by Jackson Lofts in Brighton

Replace my roof windows installed by Jackson Loft Conversions

Replacement windows can be fitted in a couple of hours by Richard, Jackson Loft Conversion. See Velux for all shapes, sizes and prices.

For a FREE estimate please email me through this contact form to organise a suitable time for me to pop round.

Velux logo Jackson Lofts Brighton

Cabrio Velux windows with roof balcony in Hove loft conversion

Cabrio Velux windows with roof balcony in Hove loft conversion

Cabrio Velux windows with roof balcony in Hove loft conversion

Cabrio Velux windows in Hove loft conversion

My recent loft conversion featured a beautiful four panel Cabrio Velux Window in a master bedroom. Creating an enormous amount of light and space. Cabrio windows are quiet straight forward to fit and can be installed onto most types of roof. This is the loft before I started.

Cabrio Velux windows with roof balcony in Hove loft conversion

Cabrio Velux windows with roof balcony in Hove loft conversion

After view of Hove loft conversion, bathroom view built by Jackson Lofts

After view of Hove loft conversion, bathroom view built by Jackson Lofts

This is the loft once I had finished and the clients had decorated.

Please see my reference from Jon here.

Jackson Lofts Embroidered Shirts

Thank you to 1st Stop Work Wear for supplying my new work tops, I look very smart now.

Jackson Loft Work Shirts

Jackson Loft Work Shirts

Build an additional shower and toilet room

Additional bathroom built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Additional bathroom built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Additional toilet taken from a bedroom built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Additional toilet taken from a bedroom built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Terrace house loft conversion staircase with storage

Terrace house loft conversion staircase with storage built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Terrace house loft conversion staircase with storage built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Terrace house loft conversion staircase with storage built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Terrace house loft conversion staircase with storage built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Use space under loft conversion staircase can be used for storage

A simple staircase will create storage underneath, it can be left open or made into a bespoke cupboard.

Staircase details on your loft conversion

Staircase newel posts can be plan, turned or made to match the detail to your existing posts.

Room divided to add additional bathroom built by Jackson Lofts

Room divided to add additional bathroom built by Jackson Lofts

Room divided to add additional bathroom built by Jackson Lofts

Build another bathroom within an existing room

Additional bathrooms are very handy for growing families. It is amazing where you can find the space.

If you are adding a loft conversion always think about the existing rooms and how they will be used or not.

For a FREE estimate please email me through this contact form to organise a suitable time for me to pop round.

Kitchen in a loft conversion

Creative kitchen loft space conversion

House conversion, Kitchen in loft conversion built by Jackson Lofts

House conversion, Kitchen in loft conversion built by Jackson Lofts

My client is very creative with space.

House conversion, Kitchen in loft conversion built by Jackson Lofts

House conversion, Kitchen in loft conversion built by Jackson Lofts

My new scaffold banner printed by Budgeprint, Hove

Thank you to Matt at Budgeprint for printing my fantastic banner. Its been seen!

Jackson Lofts Trade Banner printed by Budgeprint, Hove and design by Freelance Artworker Sarahjane Jackson

Jackson Lofts Scaffold Banner, printed by Budgeprint, Hove and designed by Freelance Artworker Sarahjane Jackson

House converted into two flats with a loft conversion and basement

Student house loft conversion, with lots of sound proofing built by Jackson Lofts

Student house loft conversion, with lots of sound proofing built by Jackson Lofts

Very clever use of space

Its great to see the finished conversion. This is the second time I have help convert a house for my client.
Please see my references.

Another box of wine delivered, a thank you gift for a successful recommendation

Box of wine thank you gift for a successful recommendation, from Rich  Jackson Loft Conversion

Box of wine, thank you gift for a successful recommendation, from Rich Jackson at Jackson Loft Conversion

Thank you for the recommendation box of wine

Thank you to my lovely loft conversion clients for a recommendation. I have just delivered another box of wine.

For a FREE estimate please email me through this contact form to organise a suitable time for me to pop round.

Walk in wardrobes in your Loft Conversion

 

Walk in wardrobes in your Loft Conversion built by Jackson Lofts Brighton

Walk in wardrobes in your Loft Conversion built by Jackson Lofts Brighton

Maximize your new storage space

Add in a made to measure wardrobes / storage spaces within the sloping eaves of your loft conversion. Some larger lofts allow enough space for a walk in wardrobe. Creating a very neat and tidy living space. This can all be discussed when plans are being drawn up.

 

Loft conversion bathroom options

Loft conversion bathroom example, Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Loft conversion bathroom example, Jackson Lofts, Brighton

In many loft conversions the bathroom can be en-suite or accessible from a landing.

Beautiful hard wood flooring, laid in a day!

Hard wood floor installation by Richard Jackson, Carpenter, Brighton

Hard wood floor installation by Richard Jackson, Carpenter, Brighton

18mm solid hard wood floor

The home owner got up early and cleared the room of furniture. I cut and laid the 18mm solid hard wood floor and by tea time they could replace all the furniture and carry on life as normal! Another happy client.

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For a free estimate please email me through my contact form to arrange a suitable time to visit.

Natural light on your loft conversion staircase with a window or a light tunnel

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Window giving lots of natural light on stair case built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Always worth considering a window on your staircase of your loft conversion. See the benefits of natural light on your stair case, this is very achieve able and should be considered in your design.

If you don’t have an outside wall there is always the light tunnel option for extra, extra light.

Light tunnel example with Jackson Lofts Brighton

Light tunnel example with Jackson Lofts Brighton

Double up on a Velux window for more light with Jackson Lofts

Double up on a Velux Window for more light with Jackson Lofts

Double up on a Velux Window for more light with Jackson Lofts

Velux windows can be used in many ways. A clever idea is  to double up on letting more light into your loft room by connecting two Velux’s windows together.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Richard for suggestions or ideas.

VIP Velux window installer Brighton, Sussex

A Velux window installed in a loft conversion built by Jackson Lofts
A Velux window installed in a loft conversion built by Jackson Lofts

I will always promote Velux, buy quality and buy it once!

Velux Installer Jackson Lofts Brighton 4 Star
VIP Velux Installer, Jackson Lofts, Brighton 4 Star
Velux logo Jackson Lofts Brighton

For Velux inspiration go to www.velux.co.uk

Applesham Avenue by Jackson Loft Conversions

Loft conversion built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

reference Loft conversion built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

1930s semi detached house

Was: 3 bedroom and 1 bathroom.

Loft conversion: Hip to cable rear dormer.

Now: 4 bedrooms + 1 bedroom/office and 2 bathrooms.

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Please see my reference page.

I was also invited back to convert the little used sunroom into a kitchen/breakfast room which is now used every day!

Checkatrade loft conversion Brighton

Richard Jackson, Jacksons Loft Conversion and Carpenter Brighton

Richard Jackson, Jacksons Loft Conversion and Carpenter Brighton

Check my trade in person and see my references

You are very welcome to check my trade credentials any time here or there. Some of my customers are very happy to show off their new space. Use my contact form to arrange a time for me to visit. See my references here.

Before and after loft conversion by Jackson Loft Conversion

Before and after loft conversion by Jackson Loft Conversion

Before the loft conversion by Jackson Loft Conversion

Before and after loft conversion by Jackson Loft Conversion

After loft conversion by Jackson Loft Conversion

Built by Richard Jackson, Jackson Loft Conversions

For a free estimate please email me through my contact form to arrange a suitable time to visit.

Condensation cured on our solid Victorian walls by insulating in Brighton

Insulation inside our Victorian flat walls by Richard Jackson
Insulation fixed to the inside walls in our Victorian flat to stop condensation

It makes sense to insulate our house walls as we insulate our lofts

Condensation (hot air from cooking and bathing onto cold walls) in the winter is a real problem, living with mouldy walls, clothes and furniture is not fun.  It’s uneconomic to have the heating on all day and so the outer solid walls never warm up. After lots of research we decided to warm up our problem walls by insulating them.

I fixed plasterboard with foam insulation attached directly to the walls and decorate. At 50mm thick it is the current building regulations standard, also increasing our properties energy rating. My wife also said it hides that nasty old plasterwork.

Now we have our furniture up close to the walls and no more mould. PLUS the rooms warm up quicker and we have been able to turn down the boiler temperature, by half.

It makes sense to insulate our house walls as we insulate our lofts.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with ask any questions.

Airflow (another blog to come). We would also recommend heat recovery unit.

For a FREE estimate please email Richard through this contact form to organise a suitable time to pop round.

Velux windows in a loft conversion

Velux window installer Brighton

I have always chosen the Velux brand of window above other window manufacturers, I am a registered Velux installer. I can give advice on where to position your windows to create lots of light.

Here are a few I have fitted.

Bedroom Velux built by Jackson Lofts

Velux window fitter, Jackson Loft Conversions, Brighton
Velux window fitter, Jackson Loft Conversions, Brighton

Bathroom Velux built by Jackson Lofts

Richard also upgrades and replaces old roof windows

Richard is very happy to visit your old roof window or skylight for a free estimate and advise on repairs, replacements or upgrades. Velux windows are a standard size, Richard can also estimate for upgrading to a bigger size. Please see the Velux website for sizes and prices.

Velux window fitter, Jackson Loft Conversions, Brighton
Bathroom Velux window fitter, Jackson Loft Conversions, Brighton

Toilet Velux built by Jackson Lofts

Toilet Velux window fitter, Jackson Loft Conversions, Brighton
Toilet Velux window fitter, Jackson Loft Conversions, Brighton

Wardrobe Velux built by Jackson Lofts

Wardrobe Velux window fitter, Jackson Loft Conversions, Brighton
Wardrobe Velux window fitter, Jackson Loft Conversions, Brighton

Loft conversion staircases

The staircase is the most important element of a loft conversion. Each of these staircases are bespoke. Hand made by joiners from my measurements. They are to match your existing staircase and decor.

1950s bungalow loft conversion staircase

1950s bungalow loft conversion staircase, built by Jackson Lofts

1950s bungalow loft conversion staircase, built by Jackson Lofts

Victorian terrace house loft conversion staircase

Victorian terrace house loft conversion staircase, built by Jackson Lofts

Victorian terrace house loft conversion staircase, built by Jackson Lofts

First floor flat loft conversion staircase

First floor flat loft conversion staircase, built by Jackson Lofts

First floor flat loft conversion staircase, built by Jackson Lofts

This staircase was built over a bedroom and space was made for extra storage.

Applesham Avenue Kitchen Breakfast Room

Kitchen dinner knock through at Applesham Road by Jackson Loft Conversion

Kitchen breakfast room Applesham Road by Jackson Loft Conversion

Was: Sun room, extension.

Conversion: Insulated the ceiling, took down the wall between the kitchen and sun room.

Now: Large kitchen breakfast room.

Permanent loft ladder to play room

Permanent loft ladder to loft play room, installed by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Permanent loft ladder to loft play room, installed by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

 

This is a loft ladder giving children access into a play room in the loft. No building regulations are required for this as no one is sleeping up there. Useful for very small landing / hall ways.

For a free estimate please email me through my contact form to arrange a suitable time to visit.

 

 

Belfast sink installation. Utility room remodel, Hove

Utility Room Refurbishment

This is the jig needed to cut out for the Belfast sink.

Jackson Carpentry Utility Room Renovation

Jackson Carpentry Utility Room Refurbishment

This is the completed cut out. The tap has been installed. The 40mm thick, solid oak counter top has had its first coat of Danish oil.

Jackson Carpentry Utility Room Renovation

Jackson Carpentry Utility Room, Hove

Contact me for a estimate.

Could I see a previous loft conversion built by Jackson Lofts?

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Loft conversion built by Jackson Lofts Brighton

Yes you can

Many of my clients are proud to show off their recent loft conversion.

To arrange a suitable time to visit please email me through my contact form.

Is my loft suitable for a conversion?

Before a Jackson Loft conversion

Before a Jackson Loft conversion

Most lofts are suitable for conversion

You can check yourself by measuring the floor of your loft to the apex of your roof and this measurement is more than 7ft 6″ (2.3 metres, 90″ or 230cms) then you have a good chance of gaining the extra space you require. A consultation visit is FREE, I can help you with a ball park figure and ideas of how to get maximum space for your conversion.

Please email me through this contact form to organise a suitable time for me to pop round.

How much will my loft conversion cost?

The cost depends on the size and requirements of the customer. When I make an initial visit to a customers house I listen to their needs and take measurements then I can produce an accurate quote.

I am very happy to give a ball park figure once most lofts are the same size and shape.

How much?

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Will my loft conversion require planning permission ?

Loft Conversion built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Loft Conversion built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Velux installed and Loft Conversion built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

Velux installed and Loft Conversion built by Jackson Lofts, Brighton

It may do if your house is in a conservation area

Most lofts don’t need planning permission. Have a look at this government planning portal website. If planning permission is needed, my architectural services team will be able to advise you. The roof of this house was extended considerably and did not require any planning permission.

To arrange a visit for advise and a free estimate please email me through my contact form.

How long does a loft conversion take Brighton?

Dormer loft conversion built by Jackson Loft Conversion Brighton East Sussex
Dormer loft conversion built by Jackson Loft Conversion Brighton East Sussex

A loft conversion takes between 6 to 8 weeks to build

I am always asked this question and of course it varies on the size of your house. If it were an average, 3 bedroom terraced house, a Dormer loft conversion including a master bedroom and with an en-suite bathroom, this would take between 6 to 8 weeks.

Shower room built in dormer loft conversion installed and built by Jackson Loft Brighton East Sussex
Shower room built in dormer loft conversion installed and built by Jackson Loft Brighton East Sussex

A Velux or eves loft conversion in an average 3 bedroom terraced house with a master bedroom and an en-suite bathroom would take between 5 to 6 weeks.

Velux window installed in Loft Conversion built by Jackson Loft Conversion
Velux window installed in Loft Conversion built by Jackson Loft Conversion

All loft conversions are built to building regulations

For a FREE estimate and advice please email Richard through this contact form to organise a suitable time to pop round.

Types of loft conversions Brighton

Hip roof loft conversion Brighton

Jackson Lofts example hip roof
Jackson Lofts example hip roof

A gable end roof loft conversion Brighton

Jackson Lofts Example hip to gable
Jackson Lofts Example hip to gable

This roof has been converted from a hip roof to a gable end roof. This increases the internal space substantially. This method of extending a roof increases the design possibilities.

For example on a semi detached house you could accommodate 2 bedrooms and a bathroom in the loft conversion.

It can also include a box dormer on the rear of the property.

Box dormer loft conversion Brighton

Jackson Lofts example of a rear box dormer
Jackson Lofts example of a rear box dormer

The box dormer gives you room for larger windows, patio or bifold doors. Letting in more light to your room.

Sussex barn end roof loft conversion Brighton

Jackson Lofts example Sussex barn end roof
Jackson Lofts example Sussex barn end roof

This is an attractive architectural feature of Sussex.

A pitch roof dormer loft conversion Brighton

Jackson Lofts example pitch roof dormer
Jackson Lofts example pitch roof dormer

This addition to the roof allow head room for the staircase.

For a FREE estimate and advice please email Richard through this contact form to organise a suitable time to pop round.

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Wooden garden staircase with handrail, Brighton

Garden wooden staircase by Jackson Lofts Carpentry

Garden wooden staircase by Jackson Lofts Carpentry

Simple wooden staircase ready to print

A creative solution to gain access to the upper level of the garden. A lot easier than using a ladder! See Richards review here.

Garden wooden staircase by Jackson Lofts Carpentry

Garden wooden staircase by Jackson Lofts Carpentry

Amazing and inspirational space

When I grow up I will construct one of these.

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, The Jerwood Gridshell Space

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, The Jerwood Gridshell Space

Go see it for yourself.

http://www.wealddown.co.uk/

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