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Loft Conversions

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Providing dormer loft conversions in Leeds

Currently one of our most enquired about service. Loft conversions are a great way to add extra space to your home without the need to extend. The need for more space at home has increased with many people working from home and ever-growing families. A loft conversion might be needed to create an extra bedroom and we are happy to be able to offer a complete package service, including design, drawings, build and building control approvals.

Dormer loft conversion in Horsforth Leeds with composite cladding

House prices are at an all-time high so the thought of moving to a bigger house may not be an option for many at the moment.

Home owners requiring the extra space are now looking at alternative ways to make great use of their existing home. Converting a loft space into a bedroom with an en-suite can increase the value of your home by up to 20%.

You then might think about using one of the smaller bedrooms as an office space to be able to work peacefully.

We specialise in loft conversions, and we enjoy doing them. 

The Loft Conversion Process

As with any project there is lots to consider with a loft conversion, such as the best way to utilise the space, layout, location of existing services (i.e. plumbing) and, most importantly, the roof and headspace. Some loft conversions will require structural works or specific works to meet requirements and, whilst planning permission is not usually required for loft conversions, we will ensure that our work meets building regulations.

Generally, the initial plan would go as follows (not necessarily in the exact order):

  • Work-out your budget and consider how this will be financed;

  • Research a number of local builders (4 or 5, perhaps), get in touch with them informally at first, get a feel for them, discuss your plans, get an idea of availability, arrange for a site visit, if possible, etc. Following which, whittle the number of builders down (say, to 3);

  • Decide who will project manage the works (you, the building contractor, a split between the two?); Do you want the works carried up to first fix, or to second fix? What about decorating? Will you take on this task or do you want decorating to be included in the project?

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  • Consider whether the Party Wall Act applies to the project and act accordingly. This process can be completed yourself or, for extra peace of mind, a party wall surveyor can be instructed (please ask for a recommendation). Either way, we would recommend that you read the following: Party walls and building work: Overview (GOV.UK);

  • Consider whether or not planning permission is required (some extensions can built under Permitted Development, meaning that you won't have to obtain the formal planning permission). You can use this interactive service to find out whether or not you need planning permission on projects such as loft conversions, porches and small single-storey extensions here: Interactive House – Planning Portal;

  • Based on the above, it is a good idea to create a simple project plan yourself. Write a brief summary of what is currently required from your property and what you are hoping to achieve. Write any pointers you have obtained from your initial discussions and considerations above. Include any pictures of extension types/loft conversion floorplans you have seen or imagine. List what the extension/loft conversion should have (i.e. utility space, kitchen area, en-suite, storage, etc.). Finally, list any concerns/foreseeable issues that may arise following your discussions/research, above. Some Architects like to be sure that a client is serious about going ahead with an extension/loft conversion and having this in place shows that you are serious;

  • Instruct an Architect who will draw up the plans for you. Research local architects in your area and get a feel for one that will understand exactly what you want to achieve in your home. Some Architects are able to offer a service that assists you in taking you right up to instructing your builder, such as arranging the structural engineer and dealing with planning permissions and building regulations;

  • Ensure that you are complying with Building Regulations (dealt with by your local authority), whether planning permission is required or not. To do this, either submit a 'Full Plan Submission' (sends plans to your local authority prior to the works for approval. A building inspector will visit the site throughout the works to inspect the progress) or a 'Building Notice' (informs the local authority that works are to begin which shall comply with building regulations. A building inspector will inspect the work and inform you (or your builder) if there are any problems, which, if works have already started/ended and there is a problem, it will need to be put right). We can act as an "Agent" with the local authority and carry this step out for you.

  • E-mail or arrange a second visit to the property with your chosen potential builder(s) with a view of getting their estimation of costs. Let them see/have (by email) your drawings and structural calculations (as above), specifications, planning permission, any legalities, such as Party Wall Agreement, etc. Expect around 4 weeks for all builders to come back to you. Go through everything carefully and if you're not sure about something, ask questions. Understand their requirements for paying a deposit (if required). Check to see whether your deposit will be protected. After careful consideration, choose which builder you wish to go with and let them know. The next stage would be to provision in a starting month/week/date. Its a nice idea to keep in regular contact with each other;

  • If works are to commence, notify your insurer of the work to discuss cover during the works and understand any conditions they may have. However, it may be that your insurer's do not provide cover during works such as these;

  • Await your plans becoming a reality!

If you have a moment, take a look at our other works we have carried out to see if we are right for you: 

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