Loft Conversions Colchester

  • Colchester Wide Loft Hatch with Extending Ladder Fitting
  • Colchester Velux Skylights & Windows Fitted
  • Colchester Loft Plans and Planning Applications
  • Colchester Home Office in Loft
  • Colchester Dormer Bungalow Conversions
  • Colchester Loft Conversions - Design & Build
  • Colchester Extra Bedrooms and Storage in Loft

Loft Attic Rooms Colchester

Use your home to provide the best possible living space by building 2 or 3 extra bedrooms within your existing loft space

Roof Repairs Colchester »

Colchester Planning Department Colchester Planning Permission

Loft Hatch Colchester How much extra living space do you want?
Rather than purely convert your loft area it's worth considering how much extra space you want or need and decide if a loft conversion, extension or both may be required
Building History Colchester Local History Colchester
Take a look at neighbouring houses in your street and locale; use a notebook to record what kind of alterations have been allowed then make a rough plan of the type of loft conversion you want
Loft Accomodation Colchester What type of living space do you want?
Think of how you want to use any extra living space: Master Bedroom with ensuite, Children's Bedrooms, Storage, Office Space, Dining Room or Large Kitchen

Submitting Colchester Building Plans to Colchester Planning Department

Planning Advice Colchester Contact Your Local Planning Department
Talk to your local planning department and ask if they will meet with you to discuss their current policies regarding extensions and alterations to your property
Planning Help Colchester Help From Your Planning Office
They handle many planning applications and know which applications are approved and which are rejected; Use their knowledge to short-list the type of property developments that are likely to be approved and use this as your strating point when considering a loft conversion or extension to your home

Building Confidence with Neighbours

Local Opinion Colchester How Do Your Neighbours Feel?
Talk to your neighbours about your plans and ask them if they have any objections before you begin consulting about building plans
Local ApprovalColchester Do your neighbours approve?
If your neighbours have no problems with your idea or you can agree on the areas likely to raise objections then you're less likely to have a neighbour complain when the planning department contacts them once you submit your planning application

Loft Conversions: Building Plans Colchester

Dormer Construction Plans Colchester Dormer Windows in Loft Conversions Colchester
If you can incorporate dormer windows into your loft alteration then you can increase the available floor space within any loft rooms
Loft Construction Plans Colchester Available Loft Space
Standing room is important so you need to get a reasonably accurate idea of the available loft space where you can stand upright
Building Plans Colchester Initial Home Improvement Plans Colchester
Once you have a clear idea about the type of loft extension or conversion it's time to make initial sketches and plans of the room sizes and types you want - Base your initial plans on existing rooms so you can have a better idea of how the space can work

Colchester Loft Plans & Architectural Drawings

Meeting Plans Colchester Talking Through The Building Process
Ask someone to visit your home and go through your ideas so you feel comfortable with the planning permission and home alteration process for Colchester and can get advice on what is involved including a cost estimate for your building work or loft conversion
Expert Architectural Plans Colchester Loft-Attic Plans Colchester
Time to call in the experts - You are now ready to get help from Loft conversion and extension experts

Colchester Loft Floors

Floor Joists Colchester Will The Loft Floor Be Strong Enough?
Ceiling joists will have to become floor joists then cope with a much greater weight loading hence will need to be strengthened

Wooden Joists Colchester Loft Floor Joists
The new joists are independant of the ceiling below and take the loft flooring boards or traditional floorboards as required
Sound Insulation Colchester Loft Sound Proofing and Fire Protection
If the loft is to be used as an additional living space then the floor will need to incorporate sound proofing materials and fire protection
Wooden & Steel Beams Colchester Wooden or Steel Support Beams
In order to ensure the loft is sturdy enough to handle storage and living requirements; the floor should be strengthened with additional wooden or steel beams to spread the additional load of a loft room
Floor Support Colchester Strengthening your loft floor
Most modern lofts were only designed to support ceilings and occasional loft access and would not take the weight of a loft floor with storage or furniture hence without warping and damaging the ceiling below

Construction: Trussed Rafters Colchester

Attic Alterations Colchester Opening out the loft space
If there is sufficient loft height to create a serviceable room; then building regulations allow for trussed rafters to be replaced with an alternative roof support system that opens out the loft area
Attic Layout Colchester Dwarf Walls and Loft Room Layout
As the attic-loft area is converted; the walls to create the new room layout will be constructed in the roof space: rafters and ridge beams will be upgraded and altered as required to maintain a solid integral roof and then the old roof trusses will be removed

Loft Access Colchester

Loft Staircases Colchester Loft Openings with Permanent Staircase Colchester
Compact Spiral staircases and other permanent staircases will need building regulation compliance to ensure the structure remains safe and complies with fire regulations
Loft Hatch Opening Colchester Loft Hatches for Occasional Access
If you want the loft hatch openend up and a retractable folding ladder-staircase then planning permission should not be needed

Colchester Loft Windows

Loft Double Glazing Colchester Flush Fitting Loft Windows
Velux windows and similar flush fitting windows for roofs may be allowed without planning permission as they do not materially alter the roof outline
Dormer Double Glazing Colchester Dormer Loft Windows
Altering the outline of your roof by building a dormer window opening or similar roof alteration to increase the usable loft living space will require planning consent from the local authority and compliance with any additional local bye-laws and caveats

Bungalow Colchester Dormer Roof Conversions Colchester

Loft Window Installation Colchester Removing Roof Sections
The area of the roof to take the new dormer is removed and a dormer frame is constructed in-situ then strengthened with a skin of plywood, insulated and protected before completing the roof and flashing as designed and agreed
uPVC Guttering Colchester New Fascias and Guttering
The exterior fascia boards are installed along with soffits and guttering to create a unified and weather proof roof structure

Colchester Internal Loft Conversion

Stud Walling Colchester Interior Stud Walls
The room layout is re-created according to the building plans with the construction of the interior stud walls
Loft Room Storage Colchester Loft Room Development
Depending upon the design the layout will allow for bedrooms, office space, an ensuite shower or bathroom, walk-in wardrobes so that the timber stud work is ready for the next stage

Colchester Construction: First Fix Trades

Plumber Colchester First Fix Loft Plumbing Installation
Toilet, Bath, Shower and Sink locations will be marked on the plans and the appropriate waste pipes and water pipes will be installed; central heating radiators will also require installation of appropriate pipework to connect into the heating system
Electrician Colchester First Fix Loft Electrical Installation
Wiring for lights, switches and sockets will be made ready and additional heavy duty cable installed for a shower unit, whirpool bath etc

Double Glazing Colchester: Lofts & Attics

Flush Fit LOft Windows Colchester uPVC Flush Fit (Velux) Windows
Depending on the room layout; openings can be created in the roof to install double-glazed window units
Dormer PVC Windows Colchester uPVC Dormer Windows
Once the interior loft structure is in place; new double glazing units can be installed into the ready-made opening

Loft Insulation Colchester

Loft Insulation Colchester Insulating the pitched roof
Insulation can be fitted between the rafters or within the stud walls of the conversion to ensure the the loft space complies with modern insulation requirements

Colchester Plasterboarding Lofts

Builder Colchester Wall boards
With insulation, 1st fix plumbing and electricals in place the rooms can be plasterboarded and the individual loft areas made ready for plastering and joinery
Ensuite Colchester Showers and Bathrooms
If the room is going to be finished as a wet room then the appropriate boards can be applied to create a waterproof shell

Colchester Joinery - Loft Construction

Replacement Skirting Boards Colchester Skirting Boards
There are a huge variety of skirting boards available from narrow modern designs to the large fancy Victorian designs: Hardwood,softwood and mdf type skirting complete the popular choices
Joinery Services Colchester Door Architraves
The architrave of choice will be fitted to complete the door openings - There are a vast range of architrave sets while usually a simple to maintain softwood architrave is fitted
Interior Doors Colchester Door Casing
Depending on the desired finish, softwood door casings will be fitted to create the door openings and walkways

Loft Plastering Colchester

Plasterer Colchester Skimming and Finishing
As with most building construction, the finishing trades start the transformation from building shell to home; plastering the walls and ceilings completes the first first fix stage

Second Fix Trades Colchester

Shower Installation Colchester 2nd Fix Plumbing Colchester
Installation of bath, shower, toilet cistern and taps and plumbing into the cold water and hot water systems; installation of central heating radiators
Door Furniture Fitting Colchester 2nd Fix Joinery Colchester
Hanging doors and cutting out for door furniture, installing fitted wardrobes, cupboards and any bespoke shelving or storage space
New Electrical Sockets Colchester 2nd Fix Electrics Colchester
Installing light fittings, switches and electrical sockets, connecting the shower and installing ring-mains into the main distribution board and fuse box (circuit breakers)

Colchester Staircases: Loft Access

Joinery Services Colchester Spiral Staircases
There's something quite exciting about a spiral staircase rotating its way into the loft space
Most spiral staircases are custom made in wood, steel, or mixed materials and come ready made to fit the specified loft opening
Spiral diameter, step height and rotation direction are all worked out in advance
Loft-Attic Access Colchester Circular Staircase
The staircase sweeps in a broad circular arc between floor levels and is one of the more complicted staircase to build
Attic Stairs Services Colchester L Stairs
Similar to the return staircase; the direction changes through 90 degrees with a landing
Stairways to Attic Colchester Return Stairs
The run from lower floor to loft is split into two with a landing allowing the run to rotate 180 degrees
Staircase Installation Colchester Straight Staircase
If space permits ;this is the easiest and often cheapest solution going from lower floor to loft in a single run

Handrails & Spindles Colchester

Staircases Colchester Stair Spindles Colchester
An open effect can be achieved with glass panels instead of individual wooden, wrought iron or metal spindles or wooden panels
There's such a variety of spindle shape choice that 2 loft converions rarely use the same choice except for wall mounted hand rails
Staircase Fitting Colchester Handrails Colchester
Modern handrails for staircases and landings are available in a variety of profiles and maaterials with Hardwood, oak and pine being the most commonly used

Colchester Upstairs Flats: Loft Conversion

Flat with Attic-Loft Conversion Colchester Flat Conversions Colchester
Depending upon the agreements covering the property and/or lease regarding loft space; it is perfectly feasible to convert the top floor flat into a twin level dwelling by adding a loft conversion

Fire Doors Colchester

Home Conversion Colchester 2-Storey to 3-Storey Dwelling House in Colchester
Converting a home in the Colchester area to a 3-storey property with a loft conversion will require fire resistant doors
 Colchester Fire Resistant Doors Colchester
When needing to replace existing interior doors with fire doors due to a loft conversion; the ground floor and first floor rooms off the main landing will need upgrading and a higher rated door used into the attic conversion itself
Bungalow Conversions Colchester Bungalow to 2-Storey home in Colchester: Fire Doors
Generally when converting a single storey bungalow to a 2-storey property normal interior doors will be acceptable

Roof Repair Services

Roofers Colchester

Commercial Properties

Commercial building alteration and roofing services in the Colchester area

  • Colchester Shop Fitting
  • Colchester Rented Property Maintenance
  • Colchester Office Modernisation
  • Colchester Factory Buildings
  • Colchester Mezzanine Floors

Colchester Builder:

  • Office Storage Colchester Carpentry & Joinery
  • Outbuilding Conversion Colchester Bricklaying
  • Stud Walls Colchester Plasterboarding & Skimming
  • Commercial Heating Systems Colchester Plumbing & Gas Fitting
  • Industrial Electrician Colchester Electrical Wiring
  • Drain Clearing Colchester Drainage

Creating Attic Rooms

Structural improvements to convert lofts and add living space

Roofers & Builders

Colchester property renovation and alteration services:

  • Colchester Attic Rooms
  • Colchester Dormer Conversions
  • Colchester Roofing Services
  • Colchester Building Maintenance
  • Colchester Ground Floor Extensions

Building services for home owners, commercial property owners, developers and landlords in Colchester

advertising for Roofers

Timber Trusses

  • Colchester On Site Truss Construction
  • Colchester Room in Loft Trusses
  • Colchester Pre Constructed Trusses


  • Colchester PVC Cladding
  • Colchester Bargeboards
  • Colchester Replacement Cladding
  • Colchester Soffits
  • Colchester UPVC Facias
  • Colchester Replacement Wall Panels

Gutters, Guttering and Downpipes

Replacement UPVC Guttering and down pipe fitting

  • Colchester UPVC Hoppers
  • Colchester UPVC Drain Covers
  • Colchester Replace old Guttering
  • Colchester UPVC Downcomers
  • Colchester UPVC Guttering
  • Colchester Rainwater Collection
Windows - Roof Lights
  • Colchester Velux Windows Installed
  • Colchester Replacement Windows
  • Colchester Skylights Fitted
Roof and Ridge Tiles
  • Colchester Ridge tiles re-pointed
  • Colchester Building Insurance Estimates
  • Colchester New Ridge Tiles Fitted
  • Colchester Broken Tiles Replaced
Colchester Flat Roofs
  • Colchester high tensile - HT
  • Colchester polyester
  • Colchester elastomeric
  • Colchester polymer-modified
  • Colchester high performance - HP
  • Colchester Reinforced Bitumen
  • Colchester Flat To Pitched Conversion
Roofing Tiles
  • Colchester Clay Tiles
  • Colchester Slate Tiles
  • Colchester Corrugated Roofs
  • Colchester Cement Tiles
  • Colchester Wood Shingles
  • Colchester Bitumen Felt Shingles
  • Colchester Ridge Tiles

New Roof Fitting

  • Colchester Outbuilding Refurbishment
  • Colchester Pitched Roofs
  • Colchester Roof Tiles Removed & Replaced
  • Colchester Flat Roofs

Windows in Roof

  • Colchester uPVC Windows
  • Colchester Flush Fit Windows
  • Colchester Velux Windows
  • Colchester Dormer Windows
  • Colchester Replacement Windows
  • Colchester Skylights

Chimney & Flue

  • Colchester Chimney Chimney Flashing Replaced
  • Colchester Chimney Cowlings Fitted
  • Colchester Chimney Old Chimneys Capped and Vented
  • Colchester Chimney Leaning Chimneys Rebuilt
  • Colchester Chimney Chimneys Rebuilt
  • Colchester Chimney Chimney Repointing

Roofing and Guttering

  • Colchester Soffits
  • Colchester Lead Roof
  • Colchester Concrete Tiles
  • Colchester Skylights Fitted
  • Colchester Rainwater Soakaway
  • Colchester UPVC Facias
  • Colchester Velux Window Fitting
  • Colchester Roofing Repairs
  • Colchester Roof Tiles Replaced
  • Colchester Cladding
  • Colchester Leaking Roof Repairs
  • Colchester Flat Roof Repairs
  • Colchester Leaking Guttering Replaced
  • Colchester Facia Boards
  • Colchester Bargeboards
  • Colchester Asbestos Roof Removal
  • Colchester Ridge Tile
Colchester Wiring

Loft Rewiring, socket and light fitting installation, shower cables installed Colchester

Felting Colchester
  • Colchester Outbuilding Roofs
  • Colchester Roofing Felt Replaced
  • Colchester New Felt Roofs

Loft Beams Colchester

  • Colchester Steel Beams
  • Colchester Flitch Beams
  • Colchester Plywood Box Beams
Colchester Felting
  • Colchester New Felt Roofs
  • Colchester Metal Lattice Beams
  • Colchester Roofing Felt Replaced
building plans uk

Colchester Roof Trusses

Resources for a new Roof Trusses access point Colchester