Just think what a loft conversion could give you.
- Maybe it’s a guest bedroom to save the indignity of visitors sleeping on an inflatable mattress?
- An office to work in away from the hubbub of a family home?
- A playroom for the younger kids to leave their mess in?
- An extra bedroom as the older children start to need their privacy?
- Or, perhaps, it’s that man cave your mid-life crisis demands?
The fact is that recent research by the University of Cambridge has found that the UK has the smallest homes by floor space area of any other European country.
Yet the extra room we desire is often right there above our heads.
Let’s help you understand how you can turn that dead loft space into a living space.
Can My Loft Be Converted?
The good news is that most homes’ lofts can be converted.
Of course, this living space can be hard to visualise when you’re poking around in your semi-dark loft searching out the Christmas decorations each December.
When you talk through the possibilities with our experts we can help you see beyond the intrusive slope of the roof and help you picture a space without those clumsy ‘W’ or ‘M’ shaped roof trusses or rafters.
- If your house was built before 1965 the rafters will form an ‘M’ shape. As long as your loft measures 2.2m at its highest point a loft conversion can be considered
- After 1965, you’ll have trusses forming a ‘W’ shape and the critical measure here is 2.4m
An ideal angle for your roof is 30 degrees or more, but there are a number of ways we can create a living space if the pitch of your roof is lower.
Generally speaking, your loft’s internal walls should offer a minimum width of 5.5m and at least 7.5m from the front to the back. Again, though, we can make smaller loft spaces work, so your dreams are far from over if your loft falls a little short.
Planning permissions and building regulations
We can help you seek any approval required.
You will definitely need building regulation approval, but may not need planning permission.
Under Permitted Development Rights you can extend your roof space by up to 50m3 (40m3 for terraced houses).
This means that, in theory, planning permission is not needed for most loft conversions.
However, if your conversion involves any of the following you will need to obtain permission:
- Properties in conservation areas
- Larger extensions
- Altering the plane of the existing roof pitch
- Using different materials to the rest of your house
Party Wall Act
Also if your home is terraced or semi-detached you’ll need to notify your neighbours of your proposals under the requirements of the Party Wall Act 1996.
What’s The Cost Of A Loft Conversion?
You’ll be surprised at how little a loft conversion costs – and how quickly you can create that space you need.
Depending on the type of loft conversion you are having costs will vary from £20,000 to £50,000.
But bear in mind that Nationwide found that loft conversions can increase the value of the average home by more than 20%.
What’s more most loft conversions take just six to eight weeks to complete.
So, what’s stopping you?
You can get inspiration from some of the loft conversions we have completed, think through what you ideally want, and give us a call on 01273 539124 to start bringing your dream of extra space to life.