Thinking of adding a loft conversion to your home, but not sure where to start?
The most popular questions that we are asked are; Can I extend into my loft? Will I need dormer windows? Will I obtain Planning permission? and is my roof suitable for a loft conversion?
Our answer is: anything can be built ……..
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It depends how much headroom you want and how your existing roof is constructed
- modern houses tend to be built using “trusses”
- older houses tend to be built using a “cut roof”
What is a truss roof?
These are typically used in modern house. Trusses are pre-fabricated, triangulated wooden structures used to support the roof – they are very strong. You can span large distances with a truss roof as the truss transmits all of the weight to the exterior walls. Therefore, none of the interior walls are load-bearing,
What is a cut roof?
These are typically used in more complex roofs and older houses. A ‘cut roof’ – is the traditional method of cutting the timber on site and building up the roof using rafters, ridge boards, joists and purlins etc – the exact details being determined by the size of roof, size of timbers etc. In simple terms, the joists prevent the outward spread of the rafters/walls, and conveniently give support for the ceiling below.
Would I Need Planning Permission For My Loft Conversion?
This depends on the location of your house and the type of conversion
- if you are installing just Velux roof lights – possibly Not,
- if your house is in a conservation area, or if you are designing with Dormer windows to the front, or changing the ridge height– most likely YES you will require Planning permission.
How Can We Help You?
One of most popular services is our “Feasibility Package“. Our designers will visit your home and talk through your ideas with you. They will discuss possible ways for you to create your vision. With our 20 + years of experience of construction design, you can be reassured that you will receive expert, unbiased advice. We can advise you on whether or not we think planning permission will be required. Click here to read more about our Feasibility Package on our extension page.
We can visit your home and discuss your ideas for your loft conversion. Because we are structural engineers we can see straight away what will and won’t work on site (we charge a small fee – but this is reimbursed if you proceed and we carry out the design for you).
Choosing a builder is something that we can also help you with. We can obtain quotes and choose the most suitable building contract for the proposed work. Alternatively, if you have a builder you would like to use, we can also work closely with them throughout the build phase.
Why Choose us to Help You?
Loft conversions have a very high structural content – good design will save you money in the long run. All designs are carried out in-house and we have strong links with a number of local builders.
We have been working with Local Authorities in the area for many years and have a good idea of what they require to be submitted, increasing your chances of approval the first time.
Please give us a call now 0118 962 9666 to see how we can help you