Here are a few frequently asked questions, if we have not answered your question below please do not hesitate to contact us, we are more than happy to answer any questions.
HOW CAN I TELL IF MY LOFT IS SUITABLE FOR A CONVERSION?
As a general rule the steeper the slope (pitch) the greater the potential living space .
Houses built before the 1960s are easier to convert because roofs were usually constructed from individual rafters (the traditional rafter and purlin roofs ) This is ideal for a loft conversion as it usually has a reasonably steep pitch and relatively clear space between the supporting frame work.
Since the 1960s most roofs have been built from TRUSSED RAFTERS these are factory assembled triangles which results in a lower pitch with more struts . Converting a roof constructed like this is a more complicated process as it requires timbers to be re arranged or the roof raised .
Although there are no regulations governing height , a minimum height of 2.3 meters approximately is needed over half the floor area to make a conversion worth while. As the existing joists were designed to hold up a ceiling, not to support a floor so you will need to fit new joists in between the existing ceiling joists ( you may also need steel beams where required )and then screw 22mm chip board to your new joists which creates your new floor
UNDER PREVIOUS LEGISLATION IT WAS NECESSARY TO APPLY FOR PLANNING PERMISSION FOR MANY LOFT CONVERSIONS . NOW MOST LOFT CONVERSIONS CAN BE COMPLETED WITHOUT PLANNING APPROVAL .
WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS FOR NOT APPLYING FOR PLANNING APPROVAL?
Any loft conversion not exceeding 40 cubic meters in volume for terraced houses and 50 cubic meters for detached and semi detached houses will not require planning permission on condition that :
THE CONVERSION IS NO HIGHER THAN THE HIGHEST PART OF THE ROOF
THE MATERIALS ARE SIMILAR IN APPEARANCE TO THE EXISTING HOUSE
THERE ARE NO VERANDAS ,BALCONIES OR RAILED PLATFORMS INVOLVED
NO EXTENSION OF THE ROOF BEYOND THE PLKANE OF THE PRINCIPAL ELEVATION THAT FRONTS THE HIGHWAY (this means only roof windows can be installed on this roof slope whilst a dormer may be constructed at the rear )
HOW MUCH IS A LOFT CONVERSION LIKELY TO COST?
The cost depends on the type of property . The average loft conversion can cost £18,000 to £50,000 depending on the design and how difficult the house is to convert .A property with an existing entrance hall is a good start and is worth bearing in mind that fitting roof windows usually cost 70% less to install than the equivalent dormer windows and that roof windows provide significantly more light in a room than a dormer .
WILL A LOFT CONVERSION ADD VALUE TO MY HOUSE?
A loft conversion can add at least £ 25,000 to £ 50,000 to the value of your property sometimes can add a lot more providing it creates a living space with an en-suite bathroom
The most important point to bear in mind is that a loft conversion should not look or feel like an add on because if it does it will add less value to the house . The staircase is the key to making a conversion look as though it is part of the original house . Wherever possible the staircase should be natural continuation of the original staircase so that the transition from OLD to NEW is seamless and with in the conversion itself the style should follow that of the rest of the house ie skirting boards , architraves , picture rails , ceiling heights etc
DO I NEED TO TELL MY INSURANCE COMPANY IF I COMPLETE A LOFT CONVERSION?
Yes so that the additional space is covered in the event of a fire or any other problem