Loft Conversions Dorchester

  • Dorchester Loft Conversions - Design & Build
  • Dorchester Velux Skylights & Windows Fitted
  • Dorchester Over Garage Extensions Built
  • Dorchester Loft Floors & Storage Installed
  • Dorchester Master Bedroom with Ensuite in Loft Space
  • Dorchester Home Office in Loft
  • Dorchester Wide Loft Hatch with Extending Ladder Fitting

Loft Attic Rooms Dorchester

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

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Planning Department Dorchester Planning Applications Dorchester

Loft Accomodation Dorchester 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
Building History Dorchester Local History Dorchester
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 Hatch Dorchester 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

Submitting Building Plans Dorchester Planning Department Dorchester

Planning Advice Dorchester 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 Dorchester 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 Neighbourly Relations

Local Opinion Dorchester 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 ApprovalDorchester 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

Dorchester Loft Conversion Plans

Loft Construction Plans Dorchester 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
Dormer Construction Plans Dorchester Dormer Windows in Loft Conversions Dorchester
If you can incorporate dormer windows into your loft alteration then you can increase the available floor space within any loft rooms
Building Plans Dorchester Initial Home Improvement Plans Dorchester
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

Dorchester Loft Plans & Architectural Drawings

Expert Architectural Plans Dorchester Loft-Attic Plans Dorchester
Time to call in the experts - You are now ready to get help from Loft conversion and extension experts
Meeting Plans Dorchester 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 Dorchester and can get advice on what is involved including a cost estimate for your building work or loft conversion

Dorchester Loft Flooring

Floor Joists Dorchester Old Ceiling Joists New Loft Floor Joists: Are They Strong Enough?
Ceiling joists have to carry very little weight compared to a floor joist hence the joists in your loft will need to be strengthened

Sound Insulation Dorchester 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 Joists Dorchester Loft Floor Joists
The new joists are independant of the ceiling below and take the loft flooring boards or traditional floorboards as required
Floor Support Dorchester 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
Wooden & Steel Beams Dorchester 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

Construction: Trussed Rafters Dorchester

Attic Layout Dorchester 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
Attic Alterations Dorchester 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

Loft Access Dorchester

Loft Staircases Dorchester Loft Openings with Permanent Staircase Dorchester
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 Dorchester 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

Loft Windows Dorchester

Dormer Double Glazing Dorchester 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
Loft Double Glazing Dorchester 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

Bungalow Dorchester Dormer Construction Dorchester

Loft Window Installation Dorchester 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 Dorchester New Fascias and Guttering
The exterior fascia boards are installed along with soffits and guttering to create a unified and weather proof roof structure

Interior Loft Alterations Dorchester

Loft Room Storage Dorchester 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
Stud Walling Dorchester Interior Stud Walls
The room layout is re-created according to the building plans with the construction of the interior stud walls

Dorchester First Fix Trades

Plumber Dorchester 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 Dorchester 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 Dorchester: Lofts & Attics

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

Loft Insulation Dorchester

Loft Insulation Dorchester 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

Loft Plasterboarding Dorchester

Ensuite Dorchester 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
Builder Dorchester 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

Dorchester Joinery - Loft Construction

Joinery Services Dorchester 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
Replacement Skirting Boards Dorchester 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
Interior Doors Dorchester Door Casing
Depending on the desired finish, softwood door casings will be fitted to create the door openings and walkways

Loft Plastering Dorchester

Plasterer Dorchester 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

Dorchester Second Fix Trades

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

Loft Staircase Fitting Dorchester

Loft-Attic Access Dorchester 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 Dorchester L Stairs
Similar to the return staircase; the direction changes through 90 degrees with a landing
Staircase Installation Dorchester Straight Staircase
If space permits ;this is the easiest and often cheapest solution going from lower floor to loft in a single run
Stairways to Attic Dorchester Return Stairs
The run from lower floor to loft is split into two with a landing allowing the run to rotate 180 degrees
Joinery Services Dorchester 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

Dorchester Handrails & Spindles

Staircases Dorchester Stair Spindles Dorchester
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 Dorchester Handrails Dorchester
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

Dorchester Upstairs Flats: Loft Conversion

Flat with Attic-Loft Conversion Dorchester Flat Conversions Dorchester
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

Dorchester Fire Doors

Bungalow Conversions Dorchester Bungalow to 2-Storey home in Dorchester: Fire Doors
Generally when converting a single storey bungalow to a 2-storey property normal interior doors will be acceptable
Home Conversion Dorchester 2-Storey to 3-Storey Dwelling House in Dorchester
Converting a home in the Dorchester area to a 3-storey property with a loft conversion will require fire resistant doors
 Dorchester Fire Resistant Doors Dorchester
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

Roof Repair Services

Roofers Dorchester

Commercial Properties

Commercial building alteration and roofing services in the Dorchester area

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

Dorchester Builder:

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

Creating Attic Rooms

Structural improvements to convert lofts and add living space

Roofers & Builders

Dorchester property renovation and alteration services:

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

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

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Trusses: Timber

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

Fascias & Cladding

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

Gutters, Guttering and Drainpipes

Replacement PVC-U Gutter & Drainpipe Fitting

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

New Roof Fitting

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

Windows in Roof

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


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


  • Dorchester UPVC Gutterings
  • Dorchester Cowlings
  • Dorchester UPVC Facias
  • Dorchester Cladding
  • Dorchester Roofing Repairs
  • Dorchester Leaking Guttering Replaced
  • Dorchester Velux Window Fitting
  • Dorchester Rainwater Soakaway
  • Dorchester Lead Roof
  • Dorchester Roof Coatings
  • Dorchester Ridge Tile
  • Dorchester Facia Boards
  • Dorchester Roof Tiles Replaced
  • Dorchester Leaking Roof Repairs
  • Dorchester Soffits
  • Dorchester Bargeboards
  • Dorchester Asbestos Roof Removal
Wiring Dorchester

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

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

Loft Beams Dorchester

  • Dorchester Plywood Box Beams
  • Dorchester Steel Beams
  • Dorchester Flitch Beams
Felting Dorchester
  • Dorchester New Felt Roofs
  • Dorchester Metal Lattice Beams
  • Dorchester Roofing Felt Replaced
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Dorchester Slate Roofing

Resources for a new Slate Roofing access point Dorchester