Can I convert my loft?
Will my loft be suitable for a conversion?

Provided there is sufficient headroom, most lofts can be converted. As a general rule you will need a minimum height of 2.2 metres across around half of the floor area to make a loft conversion worthwhile.

Once the floor has been built up and the roof insulated, this will leave you with around 1.9-2.0m of headroom, which is the minimum practical ceiling height.

Most lofts can be converted whether they are trussed roof or purlin and even the most modest sized loft will provide enough space for a new bedroom and bathroom.

Also think about where the stairs would be located

An important consideration is where the stairs for the new loft conversion will go. You may have a large landing space or be happy to remove an airing cupboard or sometimes part of an existing bedroom but think about the ‘landing zone’ which is 1m either side of your standing position and where typically the top of the staircase leading to your loft conversion will be.

The stairs must land where there is at least 1.9m of headroom (and 1.8m at the sides). The maximum pitch under Building Regulations is 42° and whilst here is no minimum width less than 600mm isn’t practical. Maybe consider a beautiful space-efficient spiral staircase.

We will arrange for one of our experienced team to visit you and advise on utilising your available loft space to its maximum potential. Regardless of the size and shape of your loft, our advice will be clear, accurate and helpful – benefit from our vast experience in creating beautiful living spaces.

If you think your loft doesn’t offer enough space to make it viable for conversion – either because of the shape or height of your roof, a truss roof design or the location of your cold water tank – there is probably a design solution that could make it possible – talk to us today!

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What else must I consider?

  • Planning permission  – not normally required unless the roof space is extended.

  • Permitted development – additions up to 50m³ (40m³ for terraced homes) to the side or rear of the roof, including a dormer conversion, are classed as Permitted Development, thus planning permission is not usually required.

  • Planning permission – is required for larger extensions, or roof alterations if Permitted Development is restricted such as conservation areas.

  •  Listed buildings – will require listed building consent.

  • Fire regulations – these can be met using two layers of plasterboard and installing fire doors, and of course fire alarms!