Loft Conversion Guide – Loft Conversions Wigan

Loft Conversions Wigan offers a wide range of quality building services to home and commercial property owners. We take great pride in the high level of workmanship we consistently deliver to each of our customers and customer satisfaction is always our top priority.

Steps to Take When Planning a Loft Conversion

Determine if Your Loft is Suitable for a Conversion

Not every loft is worthy of a conversion. For instance, if the loft is too low in the middle or the pitch too steep, it won’t be possible to create a decent sized room without having to lower the ceilings of the rooms below – which is an expensive process to carry out. In order to be in compliance with building regulations, the loft must be a minimum of 2.3 metres or 7′ 6” at its highest point (the apex of the roof). These measurements are taken from the top surface of the ceiling boards below to the felt at the very apex of the roof. With that in mind, Loft Conversions Wigan can make the most of even the smallest loft through our imaginative use of dormer windows and staircase positioning.

Decide if You Want to Convert the Existing Space or Extend

You can convert existing space of up to 50 cubic metres for a detached or semi-detached property and 40 cubic metres for a terraced property without obtaining planning permission. However, if you alter the roof line or change the external appearance of your home (by adding a mansard or dormer windows for example), you will need to obtain planning permission. Building Control will also be involved.

Speak with Your Neighbours About Your Plans

For building work on any wall, floor or ceiling of an adjoining property, you will need to get a party-wall agreement with your neighbour.

Hire a Reputable, Experienced Builder

An architect or loft conversion specialist (like Loft Conversions Wigan) will handle the entire process from the planning & design of the conversion to the end of the project. The Federation of Master Builders recommends obtaining at least three quotes before starting work. Ask for a schedule of work from the builder you choose and keep in mind that a basic conversion should take between 5 and 7 weeks.

Calculate the Costs

While the cost of conversions can vary greatly due to size and design, it is always wise to calculate how much your conversion will cost based on the size and design as well as on the estimates you’ve received. It is always a good idea to set aside approximately 10 per cent extra to cover any unforeseen expenditures.

Do Not Attempt a Covert Conversion!

Curious neighbours are sure to notice the work going on plus you will need to obtain a completion certificate for the work carried out from a building control officer when you sell the home. You also must keep your mortgage lender and insurer informed of the changes made to your home as your premiums may be affected. If you neglect to inform them, you could end up having your insurance policy invalidated so always be on the up-and-up when undergoing a conversion.

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