Attic Conversions

WHAT WE DO

Unlike some loft conversion companies, we pride ourselves in offering a start to finish service. This means that we will assist you in every step of a conversion project. Starting with an idea of what you need, we then consult with architects and draftsmen to design the perfect addition to your property, meeting every need and suiting your personal tastes.

Why convert my attic?

There are many advantages to converting your attic or loft space. Currently, the attic space you have is most likely filled with nothing but pipes, insulation and the odd box that had nowhere else to go. Converting what you already have can mean an extra bedroom, more storage space, or a working environment, like a home office. It allows you to make the most out of an underused area of the house. 

Deciding to convert your loft can also add value to your property. With the additional area or extra room, it can add much sought-after space, increasing the amount you'll get if you ever decide to sell your property. This is especially the case for properties where there isn't an abundance of space. An attic conversion in a major city can add real value.

 

Is my attic suitable for conversion?

If you need help knowing whether or not your attic space is suitable for conversion, we can help you assess your proposed plan. Using our contacts with architects, we can analyse your area and draw up appropriate plans and ideas for a loft conversion.

There are several factors to look at when deciding if your attic is suitable, one being the current head height of the space. While there are no regulations required, the head height is an essential factor to consider if you wish for the attic to become a habitable space.

Space for a staircase is needed for a full attic conversion, which can take up more room than you may initially have considered. This affects the floor below the loft and so is easy to forget when thinking about conversion. Staircases also need to follow building regulations in regards to their pitch, head height, rise and width to make them safe.

The existing roof structure of your house is also an essential factor. It determines the extent of changes that can be made. This may need to be looked at by a structural engineer and will potentially limit the amount of space you can gain from a conversion. The roof structure is important when considering more extensive projects such as dormer or mansard conversions.

A simple way to get an idea of whether your attic can be converted is to look at similar houses in your area. If you can see other homes near you have converted their attic space, it is more likely that yours can be converted too.

 

What to consider

As with any construction project, there are certain things to consider before any work can start. One example of this is whether or not you require planning permissions from local authorities. Exceptions to the standard rules and guidelines are listed buildings and those in conservation areas. If you're unsure about any details regarding your project and permissions, get in touch, and we can help guide you through it.

Regarding building regulations, we do everything possible to ensure a smooth project. All our teams comply with every necessary regulation and meet every required specification. This includes regular checks of fire safety, damp proofing, energy efficiency and structural integrity.

A final aspect of a loft conversion project to consider is neighbours. If your property shares walls with those around it, then any building work must comply with The Party Wall Act. This act is to resolve any disputes, and so we recommend informing your neighbours of your plans and the types of work you plan on being carried out.  

To make the project as smooth as possible, we always make sure to respect you and your neighbour's space, creating minimal mess and disturbances.

If you need any more advice or guidance regarding your project, then please get in touch.

 

What we offer

Unlike some loft conversion companies, we pride ourselves in offering a start to finish service. This means that we will assist you in every step of a conversion project. Starting with an idea of what you need, we then consult with architects and draftsmen to design the perfect addition to your property, meeting every need and suiting your personal tastes.

If you're unsure on the best way to use your space or get the most out of an attic conversion, we can offer guidance for every aspect of the project. We can also provide advice on or what design works best for your property if you don't already have a clear idea. If needed, we can also aid in the applications for the necessary permits and permissions from your local planning authorities.

There are different types of attic conversion you can consider. If you have an attic that is large enough already, the addition of roof lights or simple windows is a quick and easy way to make the space habitable.

An option for your project is a dormer loft conversion. Dormer conversions are an extension to the existing roof structure that protrudes from the slope of the roof, the most popular type of these being the flat-roof dormer.

A more extensive conversion which radically changes your existing roof is a mansard conversion. This type of conversion runs along the entire length of your existing roof structure, altering the angle of the slope, making it almost vertical. While more complicated and expensive, this type of conversion results in lots of extra room and head height. Mansard conversions are also suitable for most types of property, semi-detached, detached and terraced houses.  

Designing an addition to your existing property allows for you to add your input and personalised touch. We offer a range of options for almost every part of a build, covering internal and external aspects of the attic conversion.


Internal options

We offer a range of design and material choices for almost every aspect of your attic conversion. 

Flooring can be installed with laminate or solid flooring options with the additional option available for an underfloor heating system. The walls of the conversion can be constructed and finished as painted plaster or timber-lined and filled plasterboard.

If installing a new heating and electrical systems in the new loft space, these can be adapted to your needs. Air and ground source, gas, electric and oil are all options for heating systems, with electrical systems available for use with smart home technologies.

Windows and doors can be the standard UPVC or created from timber by bespoke joiners. For attic conversions, dormer windows are also an available option, which would be created with pitched or flat roofing using combed walls.

For internal finishes, you can include pine, oak and medium-density fibreboard (MDF) with the addition of worktops that we offer in a range of materials, such as:

  • Laminate 
  • Tile 
  • Quartz 
  • Granite 
  • Timber 

If your conversion project includes plans for a new staircase, and if the space you have allows, we can manufacture and install one to suit your style. We can construct stairs as standard or offer choices of something a little bit different such as spiral staircases. We hope all the small decisions we can offer add up to a unique and beautiful conversion that suits all your needs.


External options

If the project needs to change your existing roofs, such as for extra head height or roof space, there a variety of materials and styles, such as:

  • Slate
  • Tiles
  • Flat roofing systems
  • Metal profile sheeting
  • Zinc
  • Steel

If you were thinking of anything different, let us know, and we will try to accommodate.

If you're considering converting your attic space or need some advice on how the process would work then, please get in touch.