Loft Conversions UK – Common FAQs

Loft Conversions UK – Common FAQs

Can all lofts be converted?

A loft conversion can only take place on a property that has a pitched roof. A loft conversion cannot take place if the roof is not pitched as there will not be enough space in the room over the ceiling. The desire to have a loft conversion has increased in recent times due to the increase in property prices and the need for more space in the property as families become larger. The good thing is that most properties can have the loft converted, so long as there is enough space. 1.5 m is the usual amount of height space that is needed in order to explore the possible options for a loft conversion.

Is planning permission required for a loft conversion?

Planning permission is not usually required for a loft conversion. However, there may be situations where planning permission is required. This may include the issue of whether the property is a maisonette or flat, as well as if the property is listed or is based in a conservation area, an area of natural beauty, or whether it is in a green belt. Planning permission may also be needed if the property is based in a conservation area as planning in these spaces can often be complex. In all of these situations a letter of lawful development will need to be applied for and this will allow for a legal route into the ability to convert the loft. A professional building team should successfully be able to do this and take the planning of the project into complete inception, regardless of the space that is being developed. Whether it is within a set of flats or a large apartment, most issues can be dealt with.

Are building regulations needed?

Building regulations are designed from building standards which the government put in place and which your work needs to comply with in order to be acceptable. If your plans meet these building regulations, then you will be provided with a certificate that allows your work to go ahead. This includes a certificate for the electrical planning and once this is achieved you also get a calculation of the structural plan as well. A building inspector will then visit to decide and will carry out checks throughout the build to make sure that it meets the requirements of the building regulation document. This document is also required when you are selling your home and is important to have in place.

Can I still convert my roof if I have a trussed roof in place?

The trussed roof is a style of roofing which became more common throughout the 1970s. This style of roof was implemented into building systems for a number of different reasons. One of the main reasons is that it is cheaper and easier to use when correcting a property. The fact that this type of roof can save so much money means that it is incredibly popular throughout the UK. If you have a trussed roof on your property you will have a design which consists of many smaller supports of roof that will take up almost all of the space within the loft. In this situation it can be difficult to work out for the homeowner how they will incorporate a loft conversion. However, professionals within this field will be able to work around this design and incorporate a loft conversion within the property.