Why not unlock that unused space in your home with a loft conversion?
It offers a perfect opportunity to maximise the available area and transform it into a functional living space. Whether you need an additional bedroom, home office, playroom, or relaxation area, a loft conversion allows you to fully utilise every corner of the loft space to create an environment that perfectly suits your needs.
Say goodbye to wasted space and embrace the versatility and practicality of a well-designed loft conversion. Before embarking on any ambitious project, please do your research first.
This article aims to address some commonly asked questions by property owners and traders when embarking on a loft conversion – from budgeting to the potential return on the investment.
Frequently Asked Loft Questions
01. Is my loft perfect for converting?
Determining the suitability of your loft for conversion depends on various factors.
In general, lofts with steeper slopes (higher pitch) offer greater potential for living space. Older houses constructed before the 1960s are often more suitable for conversion because their roofs were typically built using individual rafters, known as traditional rafter and purlin roofs. Since the 1960s, roofs have featured “trussed rafters,” producing
lower pitches and more structural components. Converting these roofs is complex as it may require rearranging timbers or raising the roof to create extra space.
While there are no specific regulations for loft height, however, it’s always best to check first before raising the roof (as it were). If it doesn’t conform with local authority rules and regulations, any alterations may have to be reversed, which could be expensive. For further information, access the link 👉 Permitted development rights for householders: technical guidance – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Remember that existing beams in the loft were designed to support a ceiling, not a floor. The floor will likely need strengthening, with more beams between the original ones and chipboard sheets to raise the floor level. This adjustment may reduce the headroom in the loft space.
Typically, a minimum headroom of 2 meters is required over the flight of the staircase and landing for a loft conversion. However, it’s important to note that the Local Authority may grant a slight reduction in this dimension under certain circumstances – don’t proceed without the all-clear!
02. What are the building regulations for a loft conversion?
Regulations examine practical details for ensuring the safety and habitability of constructions. When planning to use loft space regularly as a ‘habitable space,’ acquiring approval is necessary. You or your architect must submit plans to the Building Control Office. Local authorities currently accept ‘Full Plans’ or ‘Building Notice’ applications.
Even if you don’t require planning permission, adhering to building regulations for loft conversions is essential. These regulations ensure structural integrity, fire safety, and sound insulation between the loft and downstairs rooms.
Regulations regarding conversions may differ based on the specific type being pursued. We strongly recommend consulting with your local authority for guidance, clarification, and accurate information about your case.
When undertaking loft conversions, it is important to note that the additional space must adhere to specific limits.
However, building regulation permission from the local authority is necessary for all loft conversions. These regulations provide a standard for architecture and buildings while ensuring that safety precautions are in place.
Contact your nearest building regulation office for more details.
03. Is planning permission needed for my loft conversion?
Most loft conversions fall into the permitted development category. Hence no planning permission is necessary. However, some exceptions may apply if your area is a listed building or conservation area and conversing over a certain size—no need to worry, though, as we’ll expertly guide you through every step.
04. Can I get a quote?
You get an online quote by completing our online enquiry form or contacting us; we can arrange for one of our qualified professionals to visit and discuss the design features and construct action details that will maximise your loft space and add value to your property.
05. What could be the cost of a loft conversion?
The project cost depends mostly on its size and desired features. Our fixed, itemised quotes enable you to exercise full control over your budget, including any cost savings we can pass on. From conception to completion, we will take charge of your project and ensure you are kept informed throughout the process. As a ballpark, anything from £10K – £25k+.
06. What's the timeframe for a loft conversion - start to finish?
Our conversion process usually takes 9 to 12 weeks, depending on the project size (weather/materials availability etc.). A site survey is recommended to give a more accurate costing and timeframe to complete.
07. What is the standard insulation for a loft conversion?
According to estimates, as much as 25% of a building’s heat escapes through the roof; properly insulating your attic can significantly impact the rest of your home.
Therefore, adding insulation material from mineral wool, PIR insulation, Kooltherm insulation etc., will prevent heat loss. The ideal insulation would be discussed during the initial consultation stages of planning.
08. Can I add value to my property?
Recent research findings have revealed that a loft conversion has the potential to enhance your home value by as much as 20%—a valuable investment and not as expensive as an extension.
09. Does Loftteam give guarantees?
Yes, Loftteam is proud to offer a 10-year guarantee on workmanship and materials. We are aware that investing in a loft conversion can be a significant decision, so we provide this guarantee to ensure that our customers feel confident and reassured that they have made the right choice.
With years of experience in the industry, Loftteam has a thorough understanding of the building trade and is committed to delivering high-quality and reliable services. Rest assured, your loft conversion will be handled with the utmost care, precision and professionalism to meet your expectations.
Contact us today to initiate the first step towards realising your dream loft conversion.