Loft conversions in Weston super mare

Questions about converting a loft into an extra room

Will I need Planning permission to convert my loft?
Planning permission for a loft conversion is normally only required in the following circumstances,
  • You plan to fit a dormer window on the front of your house,
  • Your house is within 26 meters of the road, more below....
 How long does a loft conversion 
take?
The building works and carpentry would normally be completed within 5 to 8 weeks. We will give you a time scale with the quote.
Fitting a Dormer window etc.  will add time to the conversion

Loft extension furniture and roof access hatches. 
You may already have a loft extension and want better access or better stairs to the loft for storage or to a flat roof to sunbathe we also supply and fit roof hatches, loft ladders and loft furniture.


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I run a loft conversion company based in Weston super mare, North Somerset, converting roof space and lofts into living areas to create more room in your home. Through from planning and building the loft to fitting the loft furniture. 

You won't lose out as the housing market picks up. Loft conversions are a guaranteed way of increasing the value of your house. With the current low interest rates, banks willingness to lend for home improvements like loft conversions, why not ask us for a free  quote to convert your roof area into an extra space.

Nationwide reported that a Loft Conversion could improve the value of a property by up to 26%  and in many cases is more cost effective than moving your family to a new home.

I offer a free, fully detailed all inclusive loft conversion quote within 7 days, that will answer all of your questions about having a loft converted. Rikki has answered some of the more Frequently asked questions regarding loft conversions below.

I only employ local builders, tradesmen and carpenters to work with me on converting your loft and current savings on timber and other building materials are passed on.

We are not a so-called nationwide loft conversion company. We are based in Weston super mare, North Somerset.

More frequently asked questions about loft conversions

 
How long does a loft conversion take to build?
The building works and carpentry would normally be completed within 5 to 8 weeks .We will give you a time scale with the quote. Fitting a Dormer window which can provide useful extra space, add light and outlook to a room and in smaller lofts provide the necessary headroom as you climb the stairs into the loft will add time to the conversion

Is my loft big enough to convert to an extra room?
To comply with Building Regulations, the loft has to be a minimum of 2.3m or 7'6" at its highest point. We make the most of even the smallest loft conversion using dormer windows and sensible staircase positioning.

Converting "W" shaped trussed rafter roof systems.
To overcome the problems of lack of space and utilising loft space in modern homes which have a trussed rafter roof design. (Most modern houses are built using the  "W" shaped trussed rafter roof system).  We can remove the trussed rafters and replace them with horizontal metal beams at floor level. This loft conversion method creates more practical living space and meets Building regulations
Will I need Planning permission to convert my loft?
Planning permission for a loft conversion is normally only required in the following circumstances,
  • You plan to fit a dormer window on the front of your house,
  • Your house is within 26 meters of the road,
  • The house has been substantially extended in the past.
  • Please see more planning permission information specific to your loft extension below.

Planning permission is not normally required. However, permission is required where you extend or alter the roof space and it exceeds specified limits and conditions.

Under new regulations that came into effect from October 2008 a loft conversion for your home is considered permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:

  • A volume allowance of 40 cubic meters for terraced houses
  • A volume allowance of 50 cubic meters for detached and semi-detached houses.
  • No extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway.
  • No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof.
  • Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house.
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
  • Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.
  • Roof extensions, apart from hip to gable ones, to be set back, as far as practicable, at least 20cm from the eaves.

We will run through the planning permission regulations for  loft extensions with you.

 

Building Regulations  and cost of  loft conversions below.

We can handle Building Control for you, the cost is usually about £400.

We can arrange for a local plumber to reposition any plumbing to maximise usable space in the loft. Chimney stacks usually have to remain in position. 

How much will a loft conversion cost?

The cost of a loft conversion compares favourably with other forms of home extension. A basic loft conversion can cost from £10,000 to around £20,000 according to the size and design of the loft conversion project.

A bedroom with ensuite bathroom and dormer window could raise the cost of the loft conversion to around £30,000.

The cost of a loft conversion will also depend on the location of the conversion company you decide to use. As local builders we have less travel overheads and will pass these savings on.

Building regulations.

Building regulations approval is required to convert a loft or attic into a livable space.

You will need to gain building regulation approval for your conversion, probably need the services of an architect and certainly have to comply with fire regulations at every point in the construction of your loft conversion.

We can arrange all of this for you and keep you informed at every stage.

As we have said above you may not require planning permission, provided the loft conversion is the first extension and does not exceed 40 cubic meters on a terraced property and 50 cubic meters on others and your house is not in a Conservation Area or at the junction of two public highways.

Loft extension furniture and roof access hatches. 

You may already have a loft extension and want better access or better stairs to the loft for storage or to a flat roof to sunbathe we also supply and fit roof hatches, loft ladders and loft furniture.

We can source, supply and fit loft hatches and access or loft ladders, tubular skylights, door canopies, solar door lights, and even roof hatches for easy and safe access to your flat roof. 

We will check out the dimensions for you and inform you of the choices and prices of the various loft hatches and access ladders, loft ladders, tubular skylights, door canopies, solar door lights, and roof hatches available.

We also fit loft floorboards and loft insulation.

If you plan to make your loft into any kind of living accommodation you must first get building regulation approval.

Velux roof windows
We also supply and fit Velux Windows and other makes of loft windows.
 

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