Loft conversions are a clever way to add more space and value to your home. However converting a loft can be a complex and costly process. We have selected the top five things that you need to know before undertaking a loft conversion project, to ensure it runs smoothly from start to finish. Listed below is our tips and recommendations for a stress-free conversion:
- Loft conversion type
The type of loft conversion that you select will determine the end price. The cheapest type is a simple conversion that utilises the current space without needing to build out from the roof. The most expensive type is a Mansard conversion, which runs the entire length of the house and alter your roof to make it almost vertical. We recommend that you seek advice of an expert loft converter or builder who has carried out numerous projects, in order to get realistic quotes and advice on what would suit you and your properties needs.
- Planning permission
With the majority of loft conversions, you do not require planning permission. Most homes have a allowance of permitted development which incorporates how much they can extend outside the original building. Planning permission is only needed if the building work looks to extend the property, rather than converting the interior.
- Building regulations
Although you might not require planning permission, you will need to abide by the building regulations – as this can affect more than just the loft conversion. Legislation requires some homes to install a new fire doors not just from the loft but into other rooms too. You should take the time to see what building regulations may affect your project.
- Ceiling height
In order to be approved for a loft conversion then the distance between the floor and ceiling needs to be at least 2.2.m at the tallest point. If your property does not meet the minimum height requirements then you might have to consider lowering the floor or altering the roof. Having to change either of these components will add a lot more time and money on to your project. Measure the height yourself and if you are confused or significantly below the minimum, then we would suggest calling in an expert to discuss your options.
- Shared walls
If you own a semi-detached or terraced house, then you may need to get a party wall agreement to ensure you don’t affect your neighbours property. This agreement outlines that the neighbours are happy for you to start work on a wall that adjoins to their property. We would recommend doing this during the early days before any work starts. This will help to avoid any future disagreements or delays.