If you are considering investing in a loft conversion for your home, it can be baffling to know where to begin. There are so many options to consider and the right style for you will depend on the type of home you have and the intended use of the loft conversion.
The first thing you need to confirm is if your loft is suitable for a conversion, this is something you can easily work out yourself by measuring what the maximum height of the loft is. To meet building regulations, the minimum height should be 2.2m to allow sufficient space for someone to stand comfortably.
The next thing that will need to be considered is what type of roof you have and if it has roof trusses or rafters. This will usually depend on the age of your home, but you will be able to identify rafters as they run along the edge of the roof with a triangular hollow space, whereas trusses are support that run through the cross section.
Either type of roof can be converted, but it is easier with rafters rather than trusses, as trusses will require the replacement of structural support and result in a more complicated conversion.
The other thing to consider initially is if there is enough space on the floor below to install a staircase to lead to the loft conversion. Will it impact your home to lose that space and how would it fit into the overall layout? Thinking about this issues before moving forward with your loft conversion are a good way to consider if a loft conversion is for you.
The Different Types Of Loft Conversion
If you have decided that the space is suitable to continue with a loft conversion, the next thing you will need to do is work with the loft conversion company to work out what type of loft conversion is for you.
Again, this will usually be influenced by the size and style of your home, but the three most popular types of loft conversion are roof light, dormer and hip to gable.
Roof Light Conversion
If you have a large loft with suitable headroom and want to transform it into a living space, a roof light conversion is an easy and cheap way to do this. To make it a habitable area, skylights are added into the roof structure to allow natural light to flow through as well as suitable flooring and a staircase. It’s one of the most affordable, quickest and least disruptive types of loft conversion.
Dormer Loft Conversion
If you need to extend headroom or floor space, a dormer loft conversion is a good way to achieve this and can be added to most types of home. Added to the rear of the property in most cases, they provide an extension protruding from the slop of the roof. These can either be single or extend across the width of the roof to maximise space. The dormer can be added to the front or side of the property in some cases, but this may require planning permission.
Hip To Gable Loft Conversion
If you have a semi-detached or detached home, a hip to gable loft extension may be for you. In this type of loft conversion, the sloping hip roof is extended at the side of the property to create a vertical gable wall, which the roof is extended over to create additional floor and headspace. Again this is a popular choice and is a way to maximise space and compliment the rest of your home.
Choosing Your Loft Conversion Company
When selecting a loft conversion company to go with, you should take a look at their past work and the services they offer. At The Brighton Loft Company, we never take on more than three clients at one time, so we can focus our full attention on each project and keep our clients updated with progress.
We also take care of building regulations and planning permission for you, so you never have to worry about a thing.
Call us now to work with a loft conversion company that provides excellent customer service, expert advice and first class workmanship.
What building regulations are there for loft conversions?
When embarking on a loft conversion, it is important to be aware of the building regulations in place. For loft conversions these include providing adequate structural strength for the floor, strong stability of the structure, a safe escape from fire, safely designed stairs to the new floor, sufficient headspace, adequate sound insulation, thermal insulation and electrical supply as well as ventilation and lighting.
As your loft conversion company, Brighton Loft Company will advise the best solutions for providing these requirements. In most cases you will not need planning permission for your loft conversion unless you live in a conservation area or a heritage building but we are happy to sort any required planning permission for you.
How much does a loft conversion cost?
The average price of a loft conversion is between £30-50k, but this will depend on the type and size of your loft conversion as well as the amount of work that needs to be done. When you contact us about installing a loft conversion, we will conduct an initial site survey of the space and talk to you about the type of conversation you would like and what you wish to use the space for. From there, we will put a quote together for you and are happy to adjust this to add or remove any elements to fit your budget and requirements.
How long does a loft conversion take to complete?
The length of time it will take us to complete your loft conversion will depend on a variety of factors such as the size and layout and if we are extending or adding elements to the loft area. Following our survey of the site and plans being drawn up, we’ll aim to provide you with a realistic competition date and will advise if this changes for any reason.
The average time it takes to complete a loft conversion is between eight and ten weeks. We aim to provide as little disruption as possible to you and your neighbours during this time.