Loft Conversions 
There are various ways that we can transform existing attics into living accommodation. Listed below are some key points that effect all loft conversions and the various construction methods used. 
 
To successfully transform a loft space into living accommodation the work must be inspected and passed by the local authority Building Control Department. If this is done the completed loft conversion will be classed as extra living space when the property is put on the market. Without it, the converted loft is only classed as storage space, which will affect the added value to the property. 
 
Planning permission is not normally required unless a dormer window is to be constructed which will change the appearance of the outer roof.  
 
We can provide detailed building regulation plans and act as the property owners agent in all communications with the local authority if requested. 
Above. Construction of a loft conversion using steel beams to support the new floor. 
Loft converted under existing roof covering 
Lofts can be converted without effecting the existing outer roof. This is done by installing the new loft floor on steel beams above the existing ceilings. 
  
Loft converted under existing roof covering  
( extra space ) 
This is constructed as above, but the existing ceilings are completely removed and the new floor installed in a lower position. This will provide extra head room in the loft and hence extra usable width. 
  
New roof structure ( room in roof trusses ) 
This method can be used on new builds or where the existing roof structure is in poor condition. The existing roof is completely removed and new ‘room in roof’ trusses are installed. The new roof covering is fixed on the outside and the loft room is completed on the inside. 
New roof structure ( traditional ) 
This method is constructing the ‘room in roof’ trusses in place using treated timber and bolts. These trusses are much stronger than the manufactured ones above. When using this method in a warm roof structure it is possible to construct the new roof inside the existing structure so that the roof is securely covered at all times during the work. Once the new structure is complete the existing structure is removed from the outside as the outer insulation is installed. 
  
Dormer style loft conversion 
This method will require planning permission. The construction can be any of the above structures with a dormer window built into the construction. This will allow 
extra headroom and usable floor area.   
Loft conversion using the ‘room in roof’             
trusses constructed in position under the             
existing roof structure. 
External view of a warm roof structure loft conversion.