We will take you through the potentially tricky process of defining and designing your loft conversion and every piece of work we carry out is done to a fixed price. This is all important when the work can have a lot of potentially unknown issues. We thoroughly survey your property and ensure that everything is considered and discussed with you and very importantly, included in the price.
If you are in the early stages of considering a loft conversion you may also want to read our Do I even need a Loft Extension or Conversion? page.
This is all important when the work can have a lot of potentially unknown issues. We thoroughly survey your property and ensure that everything is considered and discussed with you and very importantly, included in the price.
Why not get in contact with us with your ideas for your project and see if we can help.
Is my property suitable for a loft conversion?
There are a number of considerations to determine if your property is suitable for a loft conversion:
Is there a suitable place to position the stairs? This does not just mean is there a suitable space on the floor below, but also when you enter the loft space from the stairs. Building Regulations determine that above the stairs there should be 2m of clear headroom. Positioning the stairs so that they suit the floor below and so they alight in a suitable spot in the loft, is not always easy. The place likely to have the highest headroom might be in the middle of the loft space, but do you want the stairs in the middle of your new room?
Is the head height sufficient in the loft? Building Regulations often require 200mm to be reduced from the ceiling height to accommodate insulation. More often than not, if the loft has been created originally just as a storage space, the floor joists will not be sufficient, with a result that the floor height will increase (usually by about 45mm) when deeper joists are installed and the floor laid.
The issue of head height is approached in a number of ways:
- By installing a dormer window or windows which will increase the headroom but this is limited by the height of the ridge (the upper most part of the roof).
- By making a gable end from a hipped end, but again this is limited by the height of the ridge.
- By raising the ridge height which means putting on a new roof.
Does your loft have trussed rafters?
This roof has trussed rafters and as you might be able to see, there is no space to provide accommodation. Such roofs have to be re-built if they are to be converted which can make the project not cost effective.
A non-trussed rafter roof. If your roof looks more like this with a nice open space in the middle, then there is a chance it can be converted. It might have a couple of cross members but these are able to be removed as we replace them with an alternative.
If you have considered the key points above and the answer is positive then there is a good chance your property will accommodate a loft conversion. If it is not practical to convert the loft, either because the space does not lend itself or it does but will cost a lot of money, you might find it is more cost effective to consider extending the main dwelling – perhaps adding a single storey extension. A double storey extension is unlikely to be more cost effective than a loft conversion, so if first or second floor bedrooms are required this might not be the answer.
Some costs to consider when pondering a loft extension or conversion:
- Most loft conversions require one or more steel beams and whilst these are not particularly expensive, getting them into the building can be costly with the use of either or both, scaffolding and cranes.
- If the roof is being removed (which part of it will be if a dormer or gable is being added) it is likely this will need to be covered with scaffolding and a weather protective cover.
- If you intend to heat the space, will your existing boiler accommodate the additional capacity?
- If you require a bathroom, is it possible to run the waste with the appropriate fall or will you need a macerator?