A conversion with an extension to the roof is called a “Dormer”.
A feasibility study is the way to determine the most efficient, cost-effective way of carrying out your loft conversion. An experienced surveyor will visit your property and inspect your roof space discussing specific issues with you that arise without obligation.
A full conversion includes:
- Technical survey
- Design and full working drawings complying to building regulations
- Structural calculations
- Planning permission if necessary
- All submissions to local authorities
- Full structure inc. Floor, stairs, windows, supports, walls
- Skirting, doors, architraves, etc.
- Electrics and plumbing as required
- Plaster finish and ready to decorate
Local authority building inspectors
Upon completion, building inspectors from your local council will inspect your property to check whether it meets building regulations. They will forward a certificate to confirm that your conversion has passed.
Converting your existing roof spaces means that you can maximise existing space and extend your living space easily and cheaply. The existing structure and roofing can often be utilised, thus reducing construction costs, by avoiding excavations for new foundations, and the moving of underground drainage or other services.
The buildings regulations do not specify a minimum height requirement for new rooms, however, there is a requirement of a minimum height of 2m from the top of the stairs.
If you live in a terraced or semi detached property, the wall between yourselves and your neighbours is called a party wall.
In a terraced or semi-detached house, the separating wall needs to be able to resist the passage of sound, irrespective of whether or not the neighbouring house has a habitable room in the roof (sound can travel through the wall into your neighbour’s roof void and through the ceiling, and vice-versa).
If you live in this type of property, then you have certain responsibilities under “The Party Wall Act 1996″.
These are legal requirements aimed at achieving adequate standards of building work within the new construction. You are required to achieve compliance with the Building Regulations when you consider a loft conversion.
The Building Regulations 2000 differ and are dependant on your local council. With over 30 years of experience behind us, we contact your local council and liaise with them to gain permission on your behalf.
The general rule is that if your property is listed or situated in a conservation area, listed building consent and planning permission may be required. It’s likely that if your property is not listed or is not situated in a conservation area, it may be extended up to a particular volumetric limit without planning permission being required.
Space saver staircase
A Space Saver Staircase is a staircase that has alternating treads allowing you to get up a flight of stairs in approximately half the going distance of a normal flight of stairs.
A shell conversion includes:
Part build will include as much of the following as required:
- Technical Survey, Plans and Design
- Design and Full Drawings complying to Building Regulations
- Floor, Structural Work for Stud Walls, etc
- Window, Roof Work, External Furnishings
Velux is the brand name for skylights, loft windows and roof windows. Velux windows are available in a huge range of designs and styles, for flat, sloping and pitched roofs, in wood and polyurathane frames, with various shutter designs, rollers and glazing, and with electric controls.