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How do you construct a dormer loft conversion?

There are a few different styles of dormers available, although the most popular tends to be either a smaller box dormer, or a full width rear box dormer.

The dormer’s facing cheeks are usually constructed using building timber but in some instances can be constructed using masonry.

With the timber construction they will be finished using roofing tiles /slates however we do have a choice of other materials to finish the external look in line with your property.

If you are the owner of a typical two storey property then fire doors will need to be installed to each habitable room at ground and first floor level.

Alternately if you would prefer to install smoke alarms to each habitable room fire doors would not need to be required.

Steel beams are usually required in a new loft conversion, although timber can be used as an alternative.

These beams will bear the load of the extended floor space and to support the newly constructed roof.

To construct this style of loft conversion there will need to be enough room in the existing loft space to allow conversion without extending the roof. Velux windows will be installed to allow natural light and ventilation into your loft conversion.

This will not be a requirement. The installation of the new flooring in the loft conversion, along with the insulation in between will ensure the fire, thermal and sound building regulations are adhered to.

In the modern age there is a lot of information available on how to build almost anything. Much of this is made to look far easier than it actually is.

There is no getting around the fact that building a loft conversion takes a considerable amount of knowledge, skill, time and money.

Building loft conversions is what we do every day of week and our team have decade’s worth of combined experience in the field. This means we can build a loft conversion within a relatively short space of time, without costly mistakes that will incur an even heavier financial burden.

We make building a loft conversion easy, allowing you to concentrate on your normal daily routine.

Every loft conversion project we take on is different from the last with separate specifications and requirements. However, as a general guide, a Velux loft conversion takes approximately 3-4 weeks and a dormer loft conversion roughly 4-5 weeks.

We will provide a more accurate completion time once we have visited your property and assessed the current space in your loft.

This is a small issue that can easily be resolved. It can relocated into the eaves of the loft quickly and safely by a plumber usually within one day.

If you have been thinking about converting to a pressurised heating system, rather than using a water tank, this could be the perfect time to get this done, before construction of the loft conversion begins.

Our Design Team will establish high quality, accurate plans, including all the relevant structural calculations.

These will be submitted to the local authority or approved building control body and any amendments made in accordance with their recommendations.

This will take place before any materials have been ordered and work has commenced. Once agreed, and construction has begun, the local authority or approved building control body will make site visits to ensure the build matches up to the building regulations.

It is very rare that a loft cannot be converted. The core of any successful loft conversion is derived from the achievable headroom in the space. The minimum should be a gap of approximately 2.1m between the current ceiling joists extending up to the underside ridge board or truss at the apex of the loft.

If you’re unsure on the measurements please get in contact and we can arrange for a free survey.

This will depend on how much you wish to invest into your new loft.

We offer a range of solutions to suit your requirements which we will discuss during our initial visit to your home.

As loft conversion specialist our goal is to find a design and style to suit your property and lifestyle, and we can tailor our package to suit your specific needs.

All of our quotes will detail the full costings so you can see where your money is being spent.

In accordance with current building regulations, smoke detectors are a requirement for new loft conversions. We will be able to fit these in the required places;

Ground floor entrance

1st floor landing

2nd floor landing

A loft conversion designed and built by professionals like UK Loft Rooms could add up to 20-25% to the value of your home, depending on the size and scale of the space and where your property is situated.

UK Loft Rooms guarantees that our staircases will be fully compliant with current UK building regulations. The guidelines state that fixed stairs must allow for safe access to and from the loft conversion.

Where possible, we will try to position the new stairs over the existing set. If this is not achievable we will find a suitable place that is both structurally and aesthetically pleasing for you. You can discuss this in more detail with our design team as they put together loft conversion design ideas.

Since a change in regulations in late 2008, loft conversions are more likely to fall into the permitted development bracket than not. Put simply, this means you will probably not be required to seek planning permission. There are still some guidelines to follow, and the Planning Portal website is the ideal place to visit for initial reading.

Please feel free to ring us if need assistance.

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