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Frequently Asked Loft Conversion Questions

Can any loft be converted into usable living or leisure space?

Provided there are no structural problems associated with the roof or house itself, elite lofts can transform virtually any loft area into useable living space like bedrooms, studies, offices and bathrooms.

The very first consideration is whether or not your house has enough height within the loft to be able to have a conversion. To check this a measurement needs to be taken from the TOP of the ceiling joist (A) within the loft, to the BOTTOM of the roof ridge board (B) in the apex of the loft as shown in the diagram to the left. This measurement must be at least 2.2metres (2200mm). If your loft does not have this height, there are further options where the ridge of the roof may need to be lifted to provide the required height.

How long will the loft conversion work take?

The time taken to complete a conversion is normally between 4 to 6 weeks depending on the requirements of the conversion.

Is there a lot of mess and disruption to the rest of the house?

All materials are lifted externally up into the roof space during the conversion. Work is then carried out by entering the conversion through the newly created windows rather than through the house. We then open the ceiling aperture for the new staircase from inside the loft – but make sure the first floor area is sheeted up. We also construct a tarpaulin catch net below the opening so that no mess or dust is created within the house itself. 

How much will the loft conversion cost?

This can only be assessed following a full and detailed survey of the site. We will be pleased to arrange a visit and provide you with a "no obligation, fixed-price" quotation. Please see the contact page for more details . The visit takes no longer than 1 hour and can be arranged at your convenience. Again there is absolutely no obligation.

Do I need to get planning permission and building regulations approval?

You do not normally need planning permission for a loft conversion if the overall size of the house remains the same and the height has not increased. All conversions still have to be built to comply with stringent building standards, which are controlled and monitored by your local authority. Our Architect will provide you with a full set of plans for you to approve before any applications to your Local Authority are made. We will deal with all applications on your behalf. Taking care of all the necessary paperwork is all included as part of our service to save any worry for our customers whilst still keeping you informed at every stage! More info

I have a water tank in my loft?

Usually any water tanks are moved to an agreed area within the loft conversion so that they are not seen but are still accessible. Depending on the requirements of the loft conversion the tanks can be removed totally and the system is sometimes changed over to a fully pressurised system or to a combination type boiler. As each loft is very different we can advise on the best system for each conversion

I want a conversion - should I get some drawings made up?

We will arrange for our Architect to visit and draw up the initial plans for the conversion. The drawings are then sent to you once complete. Once you have checked them we shall then submit the drawings together with the structural calculations to your local authority.

Once the local authority has approved them we can then start your conversion

What is the party wall act?

The Party Wall Act (1996) applies throughout England and Wales. It provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to party walls, boundary walls and excavations near neighbouring buildings.

Anyone intending to carry out work of the kinds described in the Act must give adjoining owners notice of their intentions

See our Party Wall page which gives further information on this

Will I get a certificate for the work?

Absolutely, all work is carried out to strict regulations enforced by the Local Authority who will check the conversion at agreed stages. No work is allowed to carry on until each stage is checked and signed off. Upon completion the local authority will then issue a completion certificate.

All electrical work is undertaken by our Part 'P' registered electrician as required within domestic premises who will issue a completion certificate once finished to show that your loft conversion meets all the current electrical regulations.

All plumbing works are carried out by our approved gas safe registered plumber and all other work is carried out by our own direct craftsmen as we do not use sub-contractors on our lofts.

 

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