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Loft Conversions FAQ

This will cost upwards of £20,000. However the average dormer loft conversion with a double bedroom and en suite costs about £35,000–£45,000.

Planning permission is not normally required. A loft conversion for your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions: A volume allowance of 40 cubic metres additional roof space for terraced houses.

Homeowners in the UK could add up to £100,000 + to the value of their home by converting their loft, if they open up 24 square metres of new space in their property. The value your conversion adds will differ depending on where your property is based.

There is no minimum ceiling height to meet the Building Regulations, other than above stairs, which require 2m of clear headroom. For a loft conversion this can be reduced to 1.9m at the centre of the flight and 1.8m at the edges to allow for sloping roofs.

On average, VELUX loft conversions, including the installation of VELUX pitched roof windows, will cost upwards of £20,000, while the average Dormer loft conversion with a double bedroom and en-suite can cost around £35,000–£45,000.

A reasonably decent loft conversion costs in the region of £30,000 and £40,000. So in the example given it’s clearly worth it if your house value increases by £60,000 – £100,000.

Velux loft conversions are one of the simplest conversion types and may be completed in less than 4 weeks. A dormer conversion may take a minimum of 4 weeks but not usually more than 6 weeks, depending on the overall size and roof work requirements. Hip to gable end conversions may also last up to 6 weeks.

Yes, fire doors are essential in loft conversions. Building regulations state that you need to create a safe corridor from the loft to the outside of the building, This requires changing all the existing doors on rooms on the escape route to fire doors.

There are 5 basic types of structural alterations.

  • Dormer loft conversion
  • Mansard loft conversion
  • Hip to gable loft conversion
  • Roof light loft conversion
  • Mansard loft conversion

Bungalows built before 1960 are the best for conversion, as they were built with large, open, cavernous loft spaces and many have load bearing walls capable of supporting new loft rooms, too. The steep pitch of their roofs means that it is unlikely that you’ll need a dormer window either.

For roof lights, dormer windows or other roof extensions, planning permission is not required provided that no part of the roof light, dormer or extension is higher than the highest part of the existing roof.

How much will a loft conversion cost? The cost will vary depending on size, but is usually between £30,000 and £50,000. A typical conversion with a rear dormer in a mid-terrace property costs around £35,000

In Scotland, you’ll need to get planning permission if your build meets any of the following criteria: you want to make a major change to your building (including an extension) your building is in a conservation area (this may require extra permission)

You own the loft space, so on the face of it there is little the freeholder can do without your agreement and you could certainly refuse to sell the space to him. The freeholder could of course offer to buy you out and vary the terms of your lease.

You can insulate this area in the same way you would insulate a standard loft – by laying wool insulation between the joists. This is cheap and straight forward. The stud walls – These are the small walls at the end of the sloping ceiling. You can insulate these by stapling wool insulation or adding rigid boards.

Part K of the Building Regulations sets measures to prevent, falling, collisions and impact. This demands a minimum headroom of 2m in all escape routes, including the stairs. This head height can be reduced to 1.8m at the edges of a stairway if allowing for a sloping roof, as long as the centre of the flight is 2m.

The Velux loft conversion is a design that uses Velux windows, which are installed into the pitch of the roof, and this allows light into the room.

A shell loft (sometimes referred to as a first-fix loft conversion) is a basic loft conversion perfect for customers looking to do a little D.I.Y, or those working to a limited budget. Shell lofts are an easy way to minimise the costs of a loft conversion.

Why every Loft Conversion should include Rooflights. In a bid to enhance and expand ones living space as well as add value on to a property, a growing number of homeowners have taken to transforming one of their biggest and most neglected spaces, into a useable living area – their loft.

In terms of building regulations, the key requirements for a loft conversion to be considered a bedroom pertain to there being a ‘safe means of escape’. The higher you go in a house or building, the tougher the fire regulations. Your plans may have implications for the insurance that cover your home.

This depends on your current trusses as they may need re-designed by an engineer. As well as forming the new floor structure, your trusses also provide support to the roof rafters via vertical stud walls near the edges of the room. It typically costs around £4,000 for a set of 10 TeleBeam trusses — sufficient for loft conversion of a small semi.