Unlock the space you already have
On average, 30% of a property’s space is in the loft. Converting this unused space typically adds 20% to the property’s value (so it pays for itself!) and can give you extra space without encroaching on your garden and outside spaces.
Planning permission is rarely required for a loft extension, and our planning team are experts at getting the most out of the space. We can add tons of natural light in a variety of ways, use supports in place of existing beams, add in electricity and plumbing, and finish your new conversion to the highest finish and specification.
This conversion benefits those with limited loft or attic space. There are 4 main forms of dormer conversions: Flat Roof, Shed, Gable Fronted and Hip Roof.
Velux windows are installed into the existing roof, allowing tons of natural light to flood through through, making a room more spacious and inviting.
This conversion extends the full plane of your property’s roof, converting the sloping side of your roof to an almost vertical one, with small dormer windows.
Hip to Gable
This conversion removes the slope of the roof along the side of the property, maintaining a consistent ceiling height throughout your new rooms
Commonly, most people find that they can convert their lofts. But as a general guide, a headroom lower than 2.2 metres may not be eligible. To measure your loft’s headroom, stand in the middle of your loft, measuring the distance between the ceiling joists and ridge board at the apex of the roof.
Here is how it works…
The local authority receives the plans from the architect and then checks that all the structural calculations are up to standards.
Once this is confirmed, approved plans are returned and then the conversion may begin.
As we proceed through different stages of the conversion, a building’s instructor from the local authority visits on site to ensure the work is carried out properly and professionally. Once the work is complete, a final inspection is undertaken to accept the final results.
You (the homeowner) should then receive confirmation in form of a completion certificate, validating that all work complies with the building regulations across England and Wales.
The length of completion depends on the size and complexity of the conversion. For an average sized home, work should be completed in between 5 and 8 weeks, from when work commences.
Typically, no. We believe that there is no sense in converting your loft for more space if it means losing a room which you currently have! Our preferred method is to install the staircase from the landing, or an alternative space which is already available.
Answer: Generally, many home conversions do not require planning permission. In October 2008, the planning laws for loft conversions in England and Wales were reassessed. Previously, many suffered with the old laws because local authorities had different requirements and permissions, meaning that some loft conversions were inevitable. However, the good news is that with the new and simplified laws only a minor amount of homes require planning permission.
Here is a list of restrictions surrounding planning permissions:
The conversion must not exceed the ridge line of the property
Dormer windows are excluded from facing a highway
Maximum volume limit of 40 cubic metres for terraced homes/ 50 cubic metres for semi-detached and others
Homes in conservational areas must have planning permission
Materials on the outside of the conversion must match those already on the building
Excluding a gable end, rear dormers shall not be less than 200mm from the edge of the original eaves
Side window in gable end loft conversions have to be obscure-glazed, non-opening or have the opening sash positioned more than 1.7 metres from the floor level
Other alterations to the roof cannot be more than 150mm from the original roof plane/ higher than highest part of the original roof
Dormer windows can be put on almost any loft conversion. Dormers offer extra space and light into the room. For those with a smaller loft, a dormer may need to be fitted at the top of the stairs for extra headroom.
We’re proud to say we can fit your loft conversion all year round. The winter months are easily handled – we use a weatherproof technique to ensure minimal disruption and heat loss during the process.
Answer: The Party Wall Act of 1996 enables a property owner to carry out works on a party wall, with rights beyond ordinary common law. You should require this is if your property is terraced or semi-detached as RSJs (steel beams used to support your building’s structure) rest on and inside the party wall. The Act is used to keep possible disputes at bay once work has commenced.
The Act is relevant to the following works:
Cut into a wall to take the bearing of a beam/insert a damp proof course through the wall
Raise the height of the wall/ increase the thickness of the party wall/cut off projections
Remove/Rebuild the party wall
Underpin the thickness of the party wall
Protect 2 walls (which are attached to one another) by putting a flashing from the higher over the lower
If you will be doing any of the above, you must contact and inform the adjoining owners (before ANY work commences). Your notice must include your name and address (including joint owners), the address of the building the work is being done on, a complete description of the works and the time work will begin. Remember to date the notice.