In this blog, we discuss all things regarding loft conversions to allow you to decide whether it may be suitable for your home.
Dormer loft conversions are the most popular type of loft conversion. A Dormer conversion is a structural extension of the loft which projects vertically from the slop of the existing roof, allowing extra headroom, floor space, and natural light without any drastic changes.
Another popular type of loft conversion is a roof light conversion, where the original shape and layout of the loft remain the same. The roof space is not altered or expanded - you simply add windows and reinforce the floor to transform the area into an additional living space.
Before considering a loft conversion, you must take a look at your loft space to ensure that it is suitable. There should be at least 2.5m of vertical space before the conversion to ensure there is comfortable headroom and that it will be suitable for its planned future use. It is also worth considering how big your loft is and whether, once converted, it will be worth the cost and provide a usable living space. It is also important to take a look at what is in your loft. If there is a water tank or plumbing, this may need to be moved and accommodated elsewhere before a conversion can go ahead. Finally, it is critical to consider where the staircase will go and the amount of space it will take up. If your staircase takes up a bedroom on a lower floor, it may mean that the conversion only compensates for the bedroom lost rather than adding any additional benefit.
All loft conversions have to be approved under building regulations. Building regulations are separate from planning permission which is often not required unless the loft space is extended, but it is worth double-checking with your local planning department before starting any work. We recommend having a full design plan approved by building regulations before approaching a builder as it enables them to give a more accurate quotation. In addition to this, the party wall act 1996 required you to notify your neighbour of the construction if you live in a terraced or semi-detached property. You will also need to contact and liaise with your building control office at various stages and you will need a certificate issued upon final inspection.
At Arc Design Services, we specialise in architectural design, dedicated to offering a fresh and exciting approach to every project. With this in mind, Arc Design Services could help you convert your loft into a comfortable living space and help increase property value. Contact our experts today at Arc Design Services at www.arcdesignservices.net or 0161 928 4433.