From your very first idea to the final lick of paint, we have a 4 step, hassle free approach to realising your perfect loft conversion.
Below is a more detailed overview of the steps…
FREE, NO OBLIGATION SURVEY?
One of The Loft Consultancy experienced surveyors can visit your property at a time which suits you. We can discuss your ideas and requirements, helping us understand your needs more closely. We offer current, accurate information you need to consider when converting your loft. This is a free, no obligation service
WANT TO SEE OUR WORK?
We would be happy to arrange for you to talk to one of our previous customers or to see a completed loft we have converted. Just ask and we can arrange this for you.
A personalised, tailored written quotation will be sent to you. This will clarify the options which are available to you and the various, competitive cost to do these.
Whatever your question is about loft conversions, we would be delighted to talk to you via email or telephone.
Things change. It’s a fact that our needs and expectations don’t stay the same. There may be a reason or a desire to create more living space.
The current economic situation has made moving properties increasingly difficult and expensive. You don’t have to leave the place you call home to gain the additional space you want. The unnecessary disruption of relocating, Estate agents fees, legal costs, stamp duty and removal expenses can be avoided.
Your existing loft space could become the additional bedroom you need, a playroom for the children, a working space at home or an additional shower room for your teenagers or guest. The list is endless.
It has been proven that by converting your existing loft area in to a habitable room adds value to your home;
Loft Conversions are ‘biggest boost to house values’ – Guardian.co.uk May 2011
Homeowners looking to add significant value to their properties should consider carrying out a loft conversion. A new study by Halifax Bank found that loft conversions are the biggest value-boosting projects, with experts saying they can increase a property value by an average of £20,876, at a cost of about £10,000. – estateagents.co.uk May 2011
It’s estimated a loft conversion can add an extra 10% to a property’s value. – Primelocation.com
In times of rising property prices, more and more people are turning to loft conversions to solve the problem of extra living space. Loft conversions are a significant investment and can cost from £20,000 but research shows that in the majority of cases they do add more value to the property than the initial outlay – UKTV
All lofts can be converted, the question is can it be done within the existing roof space or will more space need to be created, altering your existing roof or living space. The Loft Consultancy can advise on this and clearly explain how your proposed loft conversion would tie into your existing property.
Roof Light or Velux Conversion
- You can convert your existing loft space without changing the existing appearance of your property.
- You can create natural light and ventilation by inserting a velux or skylight window into your existing loft space.
Flat or Pitched Roof Dormer
- Constructing a Dormer extension to your roof creates more headroom and loft space.
- Dormers can be placed on the rear, front or side of the property.
- Rear dormers are the most popular as they usually fall within the Permitted Development Allowance.
- Dormers can be constructed so that they have either a flat or pitched roof.
- Dormers can accommodate windows & French doors . Velux windows can be also be used with this style of conversion.
- This enables you to achieve maximum loft space as the conversion goes up to the apex of the roof spac
- The front Mansard wall is pitched at 70 degrees. This creates a sympathetic appearance to the existing property
- Mansards are constructed so that they have a flat roof
- Windows, French doors and velux windows can be inserted into the mansard<
Hip To Gable
- The existing hip ended roof is modified constructing a gable ended roof
- A Hip to Gable conversion creates more headroom and living space
- This enables you to achieve maximum loft space
- Gable walls can accommodate windows & French doors
- A Dormer can be erected with this type of conversion
- Velux windows can be also be used with this style of conversion
The Loft Consultancy can originate full working drawings and structural calculations for your proposed loft conversion.
We will demonstrate our experience when preparing your plans. They will be originated to provide you the maximum space achievable while being considerate to the existing property. We will consider all relevant approvals required so that they are considered in the design of your loft.
Loft design is specialised and many draughtsman do not consider ambiguous elements such as creating adequate head height, the positioning of staircases and structural steel formation when designing the loft layout. We have the experience so that we do consider these factors.
We have numerous lofts that we have previously converted for you to look at. This may help when deciding on a final design for your loft conversion.
This will enable us to be sympathetic with the existing property when designing your proposed conversion. Preliminary drawings will then be originated in accordance with your specific requirements.
Once you are happy with the plans, Full working plans will be originated incorporating a structural layout. Full, working structural calculations will be originated.
Building Regulation Approval
All loft conversions need Building Regulation Approval. Either you’re Local Authority or an Independent Building Control Company would be appointed.
Full plans and structural calculations will be submitted to the chosen Building Control authority. These, in turn with onsite, visual inspections will ensure that the proposed design and work is sufficient to meet their requirements.
Once they are satisfied that your loft conversion meets the set Building Control Regulations, a completion letter will be forwarded to you.
Permitted Development Allowance
A loft conversion for your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission. This is because the effect of such developments on neighbours or the surrounding environment is likely to be small.
The permitted development allowances described here apply to houses and bungalows, not flats, maisonettes or other buildings.
If you are unsure, your Local Authority will be able to confirm if your permitted development rights have been removed from your property
The following conditions and limits must be met to ensure your proposed loft conversion complies with Permitted Development:
ADDITIONAL VOLUME LIMITS- Any additional roof space must not exceed these volume allowances:
Terraced Houses & Bungalows 40 cubic meters
Dethatched Houses & Bungalows 50 Cubic meters
Semi-detached Houses & Bungalows50 Cubic meters
Please bear in mind that any previous roof space additions must be included within this volume allowance. Although you may have not created the additional space, a previous owner may have done so.
Roof extensions are not permitted if your property is within a conservation area.
An extension beyond the plain of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts a highway is not permitted development.
Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house.
No part of the extension to be higher than the highest part of the existing roof.
Balconies, verandas or raised platforms are not permitted development.
Any side facing window must be obscured glazed and non-opening unless the parts which can be opened are more than 1.7 meters above the floor of the room in which it is installed.
DISTANCE FROM EAVES
Roof extensions, apart from hip to gable ones, to be set back, as far as is practicable, at least 20cm from the eaves.
The 20cm distance is measured along the roof plane.
Work on a loft or any roof may affect bats. You need to consider protective species when planning work of this type.
Certificate of Lawful Use
If you want to be certain that your property does not require planning permission, an application for a lawful development certificate can be applied for at your local authority.
It is not compulsory to apply for a Lawful Development Certificate but you may be required to produce one at a later stage for example when selling your property.
This certificate will confirm that your loft has been converted using your Permitted Development Allowance.
Should your proposed loft conversion not be permitted under Permitted Development and a Certificate of Lawful Use be refused, a Planning Permission Application would need to be submitted to your Local Authority. It is their responsibility to decide whether a proposed development should go ahead. Planning permission takes approx. 8 weeks from the date the validate your application. We will consult with the Planning Officer appointed to your application to check the progress of it and act accordingly should it be visible.
Party Wall Agreement
Walls shared by adjacent properties are usually jointly owned by the two owners and are termed party walls.
The party wall act provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls.
If you intend to carry out any work to the party wall, it is your duty to inform your neighbouring property of your intentions. This should be done in writing before work commences.
The Act contains no enforcement procedures for failure to serve a notice, However, if you start work without having first given notice in the proper way, adjoining owners may seek to stop your work through a court injunction.
An adjoining Owner cannot stop someone from exercising the rights given to them by the Act, but may be able to influence haw and at what times work is to be done.
It would be advisable to discuss your plans with your neighbour first. You may find that they have no objections. Even if they are not 100% supportive of your decision, they will no doubt appreciate being asked and consulted.
We can recommend a Party Wall Surveyor should it be required.
We pride ourselves on being able to deliver each and every conversion on time and on budget.
A dedicated Loft Converting team will be assigned to your project. A Principal Contractor will be responsible for the whole of your Loft Conversion, from start to finish. This will be the person you can liaise with on a daily basis and will coordinate the various trades and suppliers needed to convert your loft.
During your Loft Conversion, our Project Manager will visit you. They will ensure that work is progressing in accordance with the work schedule and address any concerns or questions you may have.
Our team will certify each of your weekly stage payment, ensuring that you are paying for the work completed on site.
The Building Control Inspector will also be attending the site periodically throughout the build. They will ensure that all aspects of the work are being carried out in accordance with current Building Control Regulations.
No two loft conversions will ever be the same. Deviating factors will determine the precise way your loft is converted.
Below is a common example of the stages of work and is intended to give you an idea how we will create your loft conversion….
Hand Over Meeting
Our Surveyor, Project Manager and Principal Contractor will attend a meeting at your property. The following issues will be addressed:
Proposed work schedule will be agreed
Any additional work required will be discussed
Anticipated start will be confirmed
Final site measurements for steel works will be taken and confirmed
Any Health & Safety issues or other concerns will be addressed
Independent Scaffolding will be erected to accommodate your proposed loft conversion. This will only be done by an approved company with clear method statements, full public liability insurance and current, company approved Health & Safety policy.
Install load bearing steels, trimmers and steel plates that are relevant to your job. Structural walls of the dormers, hip to gables or mansards are formed. New Structural floor joists are laid.
Plumbing 1st Fix
Old tanks are removed if necessary. Tanks that are in use are disconnected and re-located in the void area within your loft space. At this point, many customers choose to upgrade their existing heating system. New pipe work is laid ready to accommodate fixtures to the loft room.
Electrical 1st Fix
New wires are laid ready to accommodate all electrical fittings to your loft room(s)
New UPVC / wooden double glazed windows are installed. Velux skylight windows and flashing kits are installed. Roofing work including tiling, lead work and flat roof/s is completed. Fascia boards, guttering and down pipes are fixed. New external walls are tiled, rendered or pebble dashed.
The whole of the loft is insulated to comply with building regulations. Internal walls are formed. Flooring is laid creating loft room floor. Stairs to loft area are installed. Whole area of loft conversion is clad with plasterboards. Two coats of plaster are applied to boarded areas.
Plumbing 2nd Fix
Radiators, sanitary ware and new boilers are installed. Waste connection is connected into your existing drainage system. Existing S.V.P is extended.
Electrical 2nd Fix
Plug sockets, light points, extractors fans etc are connected to the wiring in your loft connection is made to your existing fuse board.
Skirting and architrave is fixed throughout your newly converted room/s and 1/2 – hour fire checked doors are hung.
Scaffolding and skip is removed. Site is left clean and tidy.
Building Control Approval
Inspections from your appointed building inspector will take place throughout your loft conversion. A final inspection will be carried out and a completion certificate issued.
Your whole loft conversion should be completed within 4 to 6 weeks.