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Information on loft conversions
The bottom line when planning any building project is ‘How much will it cost’. Loft conversion prices vary from region to region within the
But, we can use some ballpark figures and rule-of-thumb. The first, and arguably the most important, is that by building a loft conversion you should immediately add at least the amount you spend onto the value of your house.
Figures released in July 2006 show that a loft conversion which incorporates a bedroom and en-suite bathroom can add up to 20% to the value of your home.
But, for a full scale, and well built loft conversion, loft conversion prices are usually somewhere between £15-£32,000.
Can I convert my loft? What will I need to check?
It is possible to upgrade any loft space from it's present condition (usually a dark dusty space only really suitable for storing boxed items) into a useable clean storage area. However to convert your loft into a real extension to your home, that could be a bedroom(s), playroom, or home office (with or without plumbing for a bathroom/shower room) there are many regulations set out by all the local building control departments.
Loft Conversion Planning
We are familiar with the requirements considering a Loft Conversion, with or without Dormer window extensions in your localities, so you can be assured that there will be no hidden extras along the way. These "Regulations" are in place to ensure that any project undertaken is built to a standard that is not only safe and environmentally friendly but is also practical and easily usable. To try to help you determine whether or not your loft will comply with these, we have shown a few very simple drawings to explain some of the initial requirements.
We must have at least 2.15M (7ft 2 inches). If you have this dimension or more, then yes you can convert your loft in the knowledge that it will meet building regulation approval. If you do not have this minimum dimension, then there is a possibility of lowering existing bedroom ceilings. This process is not as disruptive as you may think as we install the new lowered ceiling structure first, and remove the old messy structure from above later. This process usually takes 2-3 days to complete and is virtually dust free.
With this type of loft conversion, we would create a room/rooms within the existing shape of the roof using Velux windows for light and ventilation. With this type of loft conversion, we would not extend or alter the existing shape of the roof at present.
Normally, planning permission is not required for this type of loft conversion. However, a full set of Architect's plans would be necessary along with the designs of a Structural Engineer and subsequent calculations to verify designs. This will be necessary to justify all current building regulations. However, if your property is in a conservation area, there may be restrictions on the design and shape of the Velux windows to be installed.
Again, as per roof line conversions, even if planning permission is not required, Architect's plans along with Structural Engineers calculations will be necessary to conform and to comply with the current building regulations.