You are considering converting your loft space but need to take into consideration a number of factors to ensure you understand the full scale of the project. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions we hear from customers considering a new loft conversion.
How much will a loft conversion cost?
A member of our team can assess this in more detail after visiting the property and discussing what type of conversion you want to achieve. This could be anything from a hip-to-gable, mansard, roof light/Velux or a flat or pitched roof dormer. As a rough estimate you could be looking at a cost ranging from £20,000 to £45,000 +.
Do I require planning permission?
The restrictions that planning permission imposes on many properties used to be huge stumbling block for loft conversions. However, new regulations introduced in October 2011 has changed all of that. As long as you are not extending the roof space then you will not require planning permission as it comes under the permitted development category.
How long does a loft conversion take?
This will be something a member of our team will be able to advise on more accurately once they have viewed the loft and understood your requirements. In general terms it takes between 4-6 weeks for a standard loft but for larger or more complex loft conversions it could take up to 8 weeks to complete.
What is the minimum ceiling head height?
If you are concerned your loft is too small to be converted there are some general guidelines you can follow. The minimum ceiling height should be 210cm (or in some cases 200cm), although the standard height is usually around the 240cm mark. Much will also depend on the type of room it is being converted into and who will be using it.
How much value will a loft conversion add?
According to a report from Nationwide Building Society, converting the loft can add as much as 20% to the value of your home. It is a cheaper alternative compared to many other types of home extensions in terms of the extra floor space it provides. It also causes far less disruption so you don’t have to move out while it is being built.