For those with limited space in their home, a loft conversion is the ultimate saviour.
Being able to transform the space usually reserved for forgotten sporting equipment, old furniture and nick-nacks into a modern space is incredibly useful.
If you have questions about planning permission and how long it will take, here is a guide for the full process.
If you’ve been inspired by friends or family who have recently had a loft conversion, you may be wondering what the processes are for getting one completed.
Is my loft even able to be converted?
Before you set about hunting for the right builder and the right shade of paint, it’s important to do some cursory checks on the space you want to convert.
This will give you a realistic sense of what is achievable with the space in your home. Here are the most important aspects to consider:
- The height of your loft needs to measure 2,500mm. In order to measure this, you will need to take a measurement from the very top of your ceiling joist (which can be found in the apex below the ridge board.)
- Your footprint should measure 5,500 mm on either side (not excluding the chimney, if you have one) and from the front to the very back it should measure 7,500 mm.
- The angle of your roof, known as the roof pitch, should also be your final consideration. Looking at this will help you to estimate just how much headroom you will have when you’re walking around in your space.
For many people planning a loft conversion, this is the most intimidating aspect of the project.
Planning a budget and sticking to it is important for your loft conversion to be a success.
However, you don’t necessarily have to be a registered accountant to be able to work out how much the full endeavour will cost. Planning the cost of your loft conversion online with specialised websites will help to give you some inside knowledge.
These helpful online guides and cost estimators will help to provide you with an accurate figure.
Do I need permission?
Truthfully, this will come down to the nature of your loft conversion, but you will be pleased to know that most loft conversions are considered ‘permitted development.’
In short, this means that you do not need planning permission. You will, however, be required to have Building Regulations approval on the condition that you are not raising the actual height of your home, or extending the dimensions of the roof.
You may also need to have a Party Wall Agreement with all of your surrounding neighbours. Of course, if you live in a listed building, you will need consent to make any changes.
Adding a loft conversion to your home is a great way to not only add space, but also value. If you simply want more room for your family or are looking to sell in the future, it’s well worth considering.
Remember to plan well in advance for both your budget and any planning permission you may need.