Frequently asked questions
Is Loft Conversion Practical for my property?
Loft Conversions usullay fall into two cattegories. Either property is crying out to be converted, and will be easy to do or its a job that will be very difficoult to accomplish, with awkward floor and stair layouts and minimal headroom.
Is it open plan on ground floor (the fire regulations can cause your loft extension to be expancive in order to meet fire regulation criteria, it is worth talking to building control before architects are employed)
Consider what you want extra space for? Majority of the Loft Conversions are used as bedrooms, very often with a new ensuite shower room or WC.
Lofts can also provide flexible accomodation small offices, the games rooms or home cinemas
However children may not be suitable to hang out in the loft by them selfs due to natrual curiosity of roof windows or older people who have problem climbing steep stairs.
Home gyms are not recommended to be in the loft they are best suited on the ground floor and garage conversions where most of heavy and noisy activities should be.
Will I get my money back on Loft Conversion?
Loft conversions generally are citied by leading mortgage lenders as the best way to increase property value. Estate agents routinely define residential property in terms of number of extra bedrooms.
Is Loft Conversion Neighbourly?
At an early stage it pays to consider what effect your proposed building work is likley to have on your neighbours. Even is the Loft Conversion itself is not a problem, the inevitable noise, mess and deliveries of building materials at all hours of the day surley will be. Involving neighbours in your plans at an early stage not only helps prepare them for inconveniences to come but will help sweeten things up a little as co-operation may be needed in the future.
Can I afford my Loft Conversion?
Loft Conversion Project Management
Every succesful outcome comes from planning ahead and applying common sense to problems as they rarise, which isn't always as easy as it sounds.
Essential maintenance, improvements, conversions and extensions are all chraged at the full rate. The new house build from scratch the VAT will be exempt.
Is my Loft Conversion Legal?
It is always good to keep one step ahead of lawyers, by spotting any legal nasties before they jump out and bite you. For Example:
Is your house a terrace or semi? the party walls will be jointly owned with the neighbours. it is very common for loft conversions to require new structural beams to be inserted into party walls. so before letting rip with the SDS Drills it is very essential to follow the rules set out in Party Wall Act.
Altering your home may be legally prohibited by restrictive covenant. These are conditions sometimes written into the deeds of the property. Their intention is to prevent residents lowering the tone of the area.
Restrictive covenants to Council houses sold under Right to Buy rules.
Houses and bungalows that are flats and maisonettes that are leasehold you will not be able to usually be permitted to make structural alterations.
Mortgage lenders like to know in advance of any significant alterartions
Check your buildings insurance does it cover major work done on the property
Six Key Loft Conversion Questions?
Is there enough headroom?
What is the Point of My Home Extension?
House extensions are a great asset to compliment your current house. For example:
More space: end of every year battle of cooking Xmas dinners draws in, there is inevitable realisation in many households that the kitchen is just too small. But also our lifestyles change babies arriving, oldies needing a granny annexe or just need extra space.
Greater Comfort: why not more space is always welcome whether you want to increase the value of the property or just have your piano by the new bi-fold doors, at current economy building home extension is cheaper than moving.
Will I get Money Back on my Home Extension Project?
Do not always assume that you will make loads of money by adding home extension. Having poorly designed and badly built your home extension could seriously damage its resale value. There is a process that has to be followed without short cuts. In most cases you will increase your property value it is dependant on ecconomy, demand, popularity at that time.
Is my Home Extension Neighbour Friendly?
Neighbours are your most important asset when building home extension. By keeping your neighbours well informed from the start and listen to their concerns it will pay off on the end.
Can I afford my Home Extension?
There are many factors that can contribute to your project. structural alterations, dept of the foundations or type of finishing products used.
Thinking of converting my loft, what is the minimum headroom for my Loft Conversion?
While there are no height regulations a minimum 2.3meters will be required from top of ceiling joists to below of the ridge beam of your roof and 2 meters is required over the flight of stairs.
I'm Thinking of adding a 3 meter extension to the rear of my property, what can I do?
Development is permited for extensions that are up to 3 meters, it is mandatory that you still do the appropriate drawings and have building control involved as well as your party wall notices in place.
How long does it take to build Loft Conversion?
typical construction of the loft conversion takes between 4 to 9 weeks depending of the size and spec.
Can all lofts be converted?
No, some lofts would not be practical or have enough height. Durring your consultation we will advise if possible.
Do I need building plans for my loft conversion?
Yes. If your conversion is for habitable accommodation it needs to be planned professionally to ensure that it conforms to building regulations.
Do I need planning permission for my loft conversion?
Planning permission is generally required if you have a flat or live in a conservation area. If this does not apply to you then we can obtain a ‘Certificate of Lawfulness’ (COL) from your local council. We will advise you of this during your consultation.
Will you arrange for the installation of plumbing and electrics?
Yes. Your quote includes the extension of the existing central heating system into the new loft area unless you opt for a ‘first fix’ package. If you require a replacement boiler, ‘Megaflow’, new tanks, pumps etc. to be installed, we will arrange for a separate quote for you, which will be carried out by a Gas Safe registered heating engineer.
How long is my quote valid for?
you quote is valid for 6 months.
Can you renovate the exsiting home too?
Yes. We are a construction company and we do the internal renovations too.
Do I need to pay a deposit or signing fee?
We ask for a small deposit, which after 14 working days becomes non-refundable. Within the 14 day period of siging you are eligable for a full refund minus any of the work that has been carried out in the mean time by the company or any of its partners on your project.
How much is your architecture deposit?
Our design phase deposit is just £250, this fee is paid before the start of the architecture services.
How much is your design and build deposit?
Our design phase deposit is £1250, this fee is paid before the start of the design and build services..