Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, where we aim to address common queries about loft conversions. Below, you’ll find answers to key questions that homeowners often have when considering a loft conversion project.

Explore our answers to these questions and more to gain insight into the loft conversion process. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help make your loft conversion journey as smooth and informed as possible.

Here are some of the questions we’ve compiled to provide you with the information you need.

Frequently asked questions for loft conversions

1. Can My Loft Be Converted?

Answer: The feasibility of converting your loft depends on various factors such as the roof structure, available space, and local planning regulations. In general, most lofts can be converted but largely hinges on the height of the apex, the highest point of your roof. For a modern truss roof, a minimum height of 2.500 metres from ceiling to apex is required, whereas for a traditional cut and pitch style roof, 2.400 metres is needed. Should your roof fall short of these measurements, adjustments such as a dropped landing at the top of the staircase or lowering the ceilings on the first floor may be necessary. Alternatively, if your property is detached, raising the roof may be a viable option. During your free feasibility survey, we’ll assess whether your loft can undergo conversion.

For further details, please visit our Types of Roof page.

2. How Long Will My Conversion Take?

Answer: The duration of a loft conversion project varies depending on factors such as the size of the loft, the complexity of the design. On average, a loft conversion can take anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks to complete.

3. Will We Need To Apply For Planning Permission?

Answer: The majority of loft conversions typically fall under permitted development rights, particularly if the roof’s shape remains unchanged. Planning permission is usually unnecessary if the design conforms to permitted development rules, even with additions like dormers or gable wall constructions. However, if the proposed design exceeds permitted development limits, planning permission will be required. In such cases, the architecture must adhere to specific standards and criteria.

Planning rules vary depending on your location and the specifics of your project. If your property is located within a designated area, such as a national park or conservation area, planning permission for a loft conversion will be required. These areas have stricter regulations to preserve the character and appearance of the surroundings. 

During your initial survey, we’ll assess whether planning permission is necessary for your loft conversion and provide guidance accordingly. Further details on this topic can be found on our Assessment Criteria page.

4. Will I need building regulations for my loft conversion?

Answer: Yes, building regulations are typically required for loft conversions. These regulations ensure that the conversion meets safety, structural, and energy efficiency standards set by the government. Compliance with building regulations is essential to ensure the structural integrity and safety of the converted space. Building regulations cover various aspects of the conversion, including structural stability, fire safety, insulation, ventilation, and electrical installations. Our team will ensure that your loft conversion project meets all necessary building regulations.

5. Will We Need To Move Out While The Work Is In Progress?

Answer: In most cases, you can continue living in your home during a loft conversion project. However, there may be some disruption to your daily routine, such as noise and dust from construction work. We will strive to minimise inconvenience and ensure that you can still access essential areas of your home throughout the project. Under our Health and Safety regulations, access to the stairwell area is restricted during staircase installation. This is to ensure a safe working environment for our team and efficient installation of the stairs. However, if you require access, we will pause work, ensure the area is clear of obstacles or hazards, and grant you access. It’s advisable to plan to remain downstairs on the day of staircase installation.

6. Is there a contract?

Answer: Yes, there is a contract for your loft conversion project. Our contract provides a detailed outline of the project scope, including the agreed-upon work, project timeline, payment schedule, terms and conditions, and the rights and responsibilities of both parties involved. Additionally, to ensure transparency and keep you informed about the project’s progress, we send a progress Gantt chart every week. This chart allows you to track the progress of the loft conversion and stay updated on the timeline and milestones.

7. Will I Require a Dormer?

Answer: Not necessarily but in most cases, incorporating a dormer window into a loft conversion is highly beneficial. Not only does it offer valuable additional space, but it also introduces natural light and expands the room’s views. For smaller lofts, a dormer may be necessary at the stair’s top to ensure adequate headroom as you ascend into the new upper floor.

8. Do You Undertake Additional Building Work?

Answer: Certainly! If you’re planning a loft conversion and contemplating other building projects like extensions, conservatories, or minor alterations, we can handle them all. Consolidating multiple projects under one contractor can help streamline project management and potentially reduce costs.

9. If we don’t have a dormer will we need scaffolding?

Answer: Yes, scaffolding is erected for all our conversions, even without a dormer. This ensures safe transportation of materials through the roof, significantly reducing disruption within your home.

10. What equipment is required to lift heavy steels and materials into the loft space during a loft conversion, and is the cost of hiring this equipment included in your quotation?

Answer: Typically, a crane or hoist is needed for this task during loft conversions. Should a crane be necessary, its hiring expense will be factored into our quotation, ensuring transparency and no hidden costs.

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