Loft conversions: 5 things you need to know before you get started

Loft conversions are one of the most popular options of renovation in the UK, which isn’t surprising as it could increase the value of your home by up to 25%!

Planning a loft conversion? Here’s all you need to know before you start work…

  1. Planning permission

Normally this isn’t required as most loft conversions are considered to be “permitted development”, therefore not needing an application for planning permission. However, if you are looking to extend or alter your roof space and it exceeds specified limits and conditions, then planning permission is required. More details can be found here.

  1. Is my loft suitable for conversion?

Good news – almost all lofts are suitable for conversion. Lofts with a minimum head height of 2.3m are usually seen as fit to convert, but chimneys, water tanks and the pitch of the roof can affect this. If your roof space if less than 2.3m, then don’t worry, there are options such as removing sections of the roof. However this is more complex and will require planning permission.

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  1. Types of loft conversion 

There are various ways to convert your loft space, but the most popular are dormer loft conversion; hip to gable loft conversion; roof light loft conversion and mansard loft conversion. We will advise you on the best option for your home and budget, and ensure the new loft is sympathetic to the architecture of your existing house.

  1. It is a good return on investment?

Most definitely! Adding a room to your home could increase its value significantly. Whether you decide to create a further bedroom (with en suite), playroom or office. According to RICS, the addition of a loft room can increase the value of your home by up to 25%.

At Premier Building Solutions we can design a space to meet your own specification and guide you on costs, budgeting and all aspects of planning.

Loft conversions: 5 things you need to know
  1. Time & budget

Project times vary based on the size and complexity of the loft conversion, but generally it will take around 8-12 weeks from start to finish. Simpler loft conversions can take less time, around 4-5 weeks. Scaffolding will be used for access until the staircase is installed, meaning disruption is kept to a minimum.

Budgets vary depending on the loft conversion required, so please get in touch for a free quote. Client communication is a key part of a successful loft conversion, and we will outline all the costs upfront and keep you updated throughout the build.

At Premier Building Solutions, loft conversions are one of the services we pride ourselves on, with our leading property refurbishment knowledge, we can offer you the quality of service you deserve, along with affordable prices which include no hidden costs.

Call our team on 0151 427 1325 or email us for a no-obligation chat.