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LOFT CONVERSIONS

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Summary: Loft Conversions. Making a room in the attic

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Loft conversions carry many regulations and permissions with them. They are each unique and very much depends upon the condition and structural ability of your existing property. The majority of lofts can be converted and can provide you with often the most attractive and largest living area in your home, it also adds to the value of your property. Companies such as Loft Masters who have many years of experience and know how carry a highly qualified and skilled work force, who will carry out the work quickly and efficiently with the minimum disturbance and inconvenience.

Completed loft conversion project

Completed loft conversion project

There is no doubt whatever you will need to gain building regulation approval for your conversion. There is also no little doubt, that you will need the services of an architect. For each designed load you intend to place on an existing floor, a calculation will need to be made to prove that the floor is capable of withstanding it. You will also have to comply with the fire regulations at every point in the construction of your loft conversion.

Construction of frame work

Construction of frame work

Loft Masters will arrange all of this for you and keep you informed at every stage as to the progress of your loft conversion project.

Some properties may not require planning permission, provided the loft conversion is the first extension and does not exceed 40 cubic metres on a terraced property and 50 cubic metres on others. This condition only applies when properties are not located in a Conservation Area and are not at the junction of two public highways. All flats require planning permission.

Once the plans have been approved by you, and signed, they will be submitted to the Local Authority for determination under the Section 63 of the Town and Country Planning Act General Development 1990. (approx 2-3 months for approval to be granted)

Once planning has been approved we will then prepare Building and Fire Regulation plans and submit to your Local Authority Building Control department for design appraisal and structural calculations to justify the proposed design to the Structural Engineers department for checking and approval. (approx 4 - 6 weeks for approval)

Upon approval, we will then serve the necessary Statutory Commencement Notice upon the Local Authority Building Control Department in accordance with the Regulation 14 of the Building Regulation 1985 (amended 1994).

Loft Masters and similar reputable companies will then obtain the following permits from your Local Authority prior to the works commencing.

  • Skips and material use and storage on the highway (Local Authority Highways Section)
  • Waste disposal containers (New Roads and Street Works Act 1991)

When done properly, a loft conversion will increase the value of your house considerably. A future buyer's surveyor will (or should!) check on the permissions for the conversion, and its compliance with the relevant regulations. Do not take chances. Ceilings are designed only to hold what is already there and even a cold water tank has to have its own platform within the roof void. Loft conversions really are a specialist job, and the specialists do not come any better than Loft Masters

The construction, typically is in 10 stages. An example of each one is shown below.

Most loft conversion companies will give at least a full ten–year guarantee, with an Insurance Backed Warranty and an after sales service, so enquire about your chosen loft conversion companies guarantee period during negociations.

Scaffold erected

Scaffold erected

Access hole in roof

Access hole in roof

Supporting members lifted in

Supporting members lifted in

Supporting steel joists in place

Supporting steel joists in place

Internal floor joists laid into position

Internal floor joists laid into position

Dormer window roofing joists in position

Dormer window roofing joists in position

Stairs placed into position

Dormer window framework constructed and boarded

Stairs in position

Stairs in position

Internal studwork errected and fixed in position

Internal studwork errected and fixed in position

Insulation placed in between floor and ceiling joists

Insulation placed in between floor and ceiling joists

Internal partitions boarded and plastered

Internal partitions boarded and plastered

The building Inspector is then invited for his final visit and the scaffold is struck leaving you with the extra room you need and money left to decorate it !

Completed loft conversion, building inspector checked final items and scaffolding removed<

Completed loft conversion – building inspector checked final items and scaffolding removed

Skylight fixed into position

Skylight fixed into position

Completed stairway to new loft conversion

Completed stairway to new loft conversion

Completed loft conversion space

Completed loft conversion space

Stairway with window

Stairway with window

En-suite bathroom in new loft conversion

En-suite bathroom in new loft conversion

Completed loft conversion with dormer window

Completed loft conversion with dormer window

For more information on what is involved in a loft conversion and how this major project can be managed to ensure the desired outcome click through to Loft Masters for a complete rundown on their services.

Roof Construction and Loft Conversion book available on Amazon

Roof Construction and Loft Conversion book available on Amazon

Loft Conversions book available on Amazon

Loft Conversions book available on Amazon

Home Conversions book available on Amazon

Home Conversions book available on Amazon

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