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How to plan for a loft conversion

When you transform your loft into a habitable room you could be adding more value to your home, not to mention allowing more space for you and your family. A loft conversion can be turned into a number of things – bedroom, gym, office, relaxation room – but before labelling the room, it’s important to make plans before diving straight in. This month, Kingsmead Conversions will raise a few questions and give advice on what to consider next, once you’ve decided that you would like to go ahead with a conversion.

How to use the space

Firstly, you should consider the space you have to work with and ask yourself whether it’s suitable for a loft conversion. If you notice other houses of a similar size to yours along your road with an obvious loft conversion then this is a good indication that you can use this space as well.

If you are unsure, measure the height of the floor to the roof to check that you meet the required height a loft conversion needs. If you measure 2.2m and over, then you’re good to go. With the height allowing for a loft conversion you will also want to consider your footing, and ask yourself ‘is the floorplan enough to make for a decent, usable room?’. The minimum footprint should measure a minimum of 5.5m x 7.5 or above.  

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Be realistic with what you can do with it

What you want from a loft conversion may be slightly different to what you can actually do with it. Although it’s likely that you can convert your new room into a bedroom, study or child’s den, you may also be considering a guest bedroom with ensuite too. This is not impossible by any means, but it’s important to consider where’s best to position the bath or shower as you will need plenty of head room. You may even need a loft lift, if your roof slopes dramatically. This need not be an issue for bedrooms or relaxation rooms because smaller furniture and floor beds are available to maximise the space when a roof limits the corners of the room.

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Budget

If you’re on a budget, find a company that has no hidden extras. Tell your professional what it is you want and be there when your loft conversion is designed and planned. This will allow you to understand the future work without any costly surprises, and stay within the fixed price.

Planning permission

Normally planning permission isn’t required for a loft conversion unless you’re having a roof extension or wish to build outwards. However, if you are unsure you should seek advice or opt for planning permission.

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Building regulations

You will need to have a surveyor check to ensure your loft conversion meets all safety requirements.

Need to talk to a professional about your loft conversion ideas? Our trusted professionals here at Kingsmead Conversions have a wealth of experience, a number of accreditations and our previous customers have also been kind enough to write their own testimonials. For free design and planning, fixed price conversions with no hidden extras, give our team a call today and see how we can transform your home.