Loft Conversions

  •  Loft Plans and Planning Applications
  •  Roof Trusses & Bespoke Roofline Joinery
  •  Over Garage Extensions Built
  •  Velux Skylights & Windows Fitted
  •  Loft Floors & Storage Installed
  •  Extra Bedrooms and Storage in Loft
  •  Home Office in Loft

Roofspace Rooms

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  Planning Permission

Building History  Local History
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  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
Loft Hatch  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 to Planning Department

Planning Help  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
Planning Advice  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

Building Neighbourly Relations

Local Opinion  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 Approval 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

Building Plans  Initial Home Improvement Plans
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
Dormer Construction Plans  Dormer Windows in Loft Conversions
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  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 and Architectural Drawings

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

Loft Flooring

Floor Joists  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

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

Roof Trusses : Trussed Rafters

Attic Alterations  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  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 Hatch Fitting

Loft Staircases  Loft Openings with Permanent Staircase
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  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

Dormers & Skylights

Loft Double Glazing  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  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  Dormer Conversions

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

Interior Loft Alterations

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

First Fix Trades

Plumber  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  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: Lofts

Dormer PVC Windows  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  uPVC Flush Fit (Velux) Windows
Depending on the room layout; openings can be created in the roof to install double-glazed window units

Thermal Loft Insulation

Loft Insulation  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

Builder  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  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

Loft Joinery

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

Loft Plastering

Plasterer  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

Shower Installation  2nd Fix Plumbing
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  2nd Fix Joinery
Hanging doors and cutting out for door furniture, installing fitted wardrobes, cupboards and any bespoke shelving or storage space
New Electrical Sockets  2nd Fix Electrics
Installing light fittings, switches and electrical sockets, connecting the shower and installing ring-mains into the main distribution board and fuse box (circuit breakers)

Staircases: Loft Access

Joinery Services  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
Stairways to Attic  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  Straight Staircase
If space permits ;this is the easiest and often cheapest solution going from lower floor to loft in a single run
Attic Stairs Services  L Stairs
Similar to the return staircase; the direction changes through 90 degrees with a landing
Loft-Attic Access  Circular Staircase
The staircase sweeps in a broad circular arc between floor levels and is one of the more complicted staircase to build

Handrails & Spindles

Staircases  Stair Spindles
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  Handrails
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

Flats: Penthouse Conversion

Flat with Attic-Loft Conversion  Flat Conversions
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

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

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Commercial Properties

Commercial building alteration and roofing services in the area

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

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

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Timber Trusses

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

Facias

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

Guttering:
Gutters & Downpipes

Replacement PVC-U Gutter & Drainpipe Fitting

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

Replacement Roof

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

Roof Windows

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

Chimney & Flue

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

Guttering & Roofing

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

Loft Rewiring : Sockets, Lights and Shower cable installation

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

Loft Beams

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