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Your loft conversion guide – questions answered

Can I convert my loft?


The first thing to think about at the outset of any loft conversion project is whether or not the space is right for what you’d like to use it for. Our loft conversion top tips outline the five top things to consider when thinking about converting your loft, including ceiling heights, access to the loft after converting it, natural light, acoustics and fire safety. It’s also important to look at the dimensions of the space – do you have the space to install a staircase for access, for example? Also, are there any chimney stacks or water tanks within your loft space that could impact the conversion?


If you’re unsure whether your space is suitable for conversion, get in touch – we can point you in the right direction.


How can I make the most of my loft conversion?


What would make the space perfect for you? Are you thinking about a loft conversion for an extra bedroom, office space or a relaxing room away from the busy living areas in your home, for example?


Alternatively looking to maximise your commercial premises through the creation of new office and meeting room space, breakout areas for your teams or perhaps new dining spaces for your guests.


Starting with the end in mind. Think about how you will use the space, then design the space around that. For example, consider the storage you will need to include to make the space work for you.


Who do I need to help with my loft conversion?


Loft conversions can be complicated, and will often require support from external professionals, such as architectural consultants. Architectural consultants can prepare draft designs and 3D walkthroughs to help you visualise your project before you commit to it, making sure the project is exactly right for you. They can also help to walk you through the process, including navigating building regulations, as well as putting you in touch with the right people to bring your project to life.


What are the different types of loft conversions?


· Dormer loft conversion – a flat roof conversion. This is often one of the most cost-effective conversion, projecting out from the sloping section of the roof using standard windows.

· Mansard loft conversion – effectively adds a new storey to your home, altering the roof structure to form almost vertical walls. These are often added to the rear of houses.

· Roof light loft conversion – often the cheapest solution to converting your loft space, with roof light loft conversions the structure of your loft space remains the same, with windows included to allow for natural light.

· Hib to gable loft conversion – these involve straightening the slanted end of a roof to create a vertical wall, offering equal and full headroom throughout internally.

· Modular loft conversion – ready-made conversions which are added to a home once the roof is removed, minimising onsite labour.


Do I need planning permission for my loft conversion?

Whether or not your loft conversion requires planning permission depends on a number of different factors, including the type of conversion and your individual building. For example, listed buildings will usually need to apply for planning permission for any alterations.


There are a number of different criteria that determine whether or not you need planning permission for your loft conversion, such as extension heights, window types and roofing materials. If you’re unsure, get in touch and we can help you to understand whether your project would be subject to planning permission.


There can also be lots of different regulations your project may need to comply with, such as necessary fire protection measures, sound proofing and construction. We can help to guide you seamlessly through these.


How much does a loft conversion cost?