Things to consider when planning a loft conversion
Loft conversions have become a popular way for people to create more space in their homes. Thanks to their high desirability, they can also add significant value to a property if completed to a high standard. There are a few things to consider when planning a loft conversion. Keep reading to find out what they are.
What are the types of loft conversion?
One of the first things to consider when planning a loft conversion is what type you’ll need. There are several different types of loft conversion, including roof light, dormer, hip to gable, gable to gable, and Mansard.
Roof light conversions are generally considered the cheapest and least disruptive option. This is because you won’t need to change the shape or pitch of the roof. With this type of conversion, you’ll simply need to lay down flooring, add a staircase, and install skylight windows to make it habitable.
If you’re not sure which type of loft conversion is right for you, speak to one of our team. At AKB Lofts, we can provide you with expert advice and guidance, helping to choose the right solution to meet your needs and budget.
When considering a loft conversion, you’ll need to find out if planning permission is required. The good news is that loft conversions are usually considered to be Permitted Developments. Although this means that they don’t normally require planning permission, there are some stipulations.
For example, the new roofing must not add more than 40 cubic metres of space for terraced houses or 50 cubic metres on semi-detached and detached houses. You should be aware that previous roof extensions count towards this allowance.
Buildings Regulations approval
Buildings Regulations approval is always necessary when converting a loft into a liveable space in the UK. This is intended to ensure the conversion has the right structure and materials and that it will be carried out by a team of competent professionals. Don’t confuse Building Regulations with Planning Permission – these are two department departments.
Regulations will check a variety of factors, including that the structural strength of the floor is sufficient, there is a safe means of escape from fire, the stairs are safely designed, and that there’s reasonable sound insulation. To get Buildings Regulations approval, you’ll need to notify your local planning department of your plans. Once your project has been evaluated, you will receive an inspection certificate allowing you to go ahead.
Lighting is an important factor to consider when planning a loft conversion. Whether you’re using it as a bedroom, office, or even a bathroom, you’ll need to think carefully about how you’ll light up the space. Great lighting isn’t just crucial for practical reasons – it can also enhance the aesthetics of the room brilliantly.
Consider how you’ll position the windows to ensure that the right amount of natural daylight can enter. At AKB Loft Conversions, we can assist you with the design of your loft conversion project, offering expert advice on positioning the windows effectively. We can help you to select windows that don’t just let insufficient light but that is energy efficient too.
One of the key things to consider when planning a loft conversion is insulation. Insulating the space is crucial for keeping it warm during the colder months. It’s no good turning your loft into a beautiful guest bedroom only for it to be chillier than the Arctic once winter arrives. Insulating your loft properly will also help you to reduce your energy expenses, saving you money.
There are two ways you insulate the sloping roof of your loft. One is to insulate between the ceiling and the roof. This requires either taking down the ceiling or removing the tiles from the property (re-roofing). The other option is to insulate internally by adding an extra layer to the ceiling. Although this is cheaper, it’s usually not considered very practical since it will restrict the height of the room.
If you’re looking to create extra storage space rather than add an extra room – a bedroom for example – you’ll need to check how much weight the floorboards can take. You may want to consult with a structural engineer who will be able to tell you if the joists need strengthening for it to be safe.
A full loft conversion isn’t required if you’re only using the space for storage. The loft will simply need boarding, which is much more economical. Loft boarding can increase floor space in your property by up to 50%, and if you install a ladder, it can offer a safe and accessible storage solution. You can raise your home’s value by adding extra storage space since this feature is highly desirable to potential buyers.
Choose a loft conversion specialist
One of the key things to consider when planning a loft conversion is which company you will choose to carry out the work. Don’t risk hiring a firm that doesn’t have a good reputation for delivering high-quality workmanship. Make sure they have experience in carrying out loft conversions like yours. Ask to see photos of finished projects and request references.
You should also ensure that all work is fully guaranteed. This will provide you with peace of mind the finished conversion will be up to standard. For loft conversions in Leeds, look no further than AKB Loft Conversions. We serve customers in and around the city, building a fantastic reputation for our professional, affordable services.
To find out more about our loft conversions in Leeds, contact our team today. Call us on 0113 436 0357 to discuss your requirements or get a free quote. Alternatively, send us a message via the website and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.