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Loft Conversions

Convert your loft and add space and value to your home.

Planning your loft conversion

The main concerns when converting your loft are.

  • How to gain access to your loft space.
  • The type of window that is best for you.
  • Do I need planning permission.
  • Do I need to apply for building regulations.

Loft Staircases

The three main types of staircases are as follows.

  1. Fixed staircase installed above the existing staircase. This is not always possible but it minimises the amount of floor space lost on first floor of the house. However the staircase usually comes up into the loft space close to the middle of the room which is not the most space efficient.
  2. Alternate tread space saver staircases are excellent where space is tight as they take up the smallest area on both the first floor and within the loft.
  3. Spiral staircases are the most decorative but not the most practical.
  4. We will help you choose the best staircase for your needs.

Loft Windows

The two window options are as follows.

  1. Velux windows keep the original shape of the roof line using windows that are set flush with the roof tiles. Velux windows are the most popular and more cost efficient. We usually install two velux windows to most houses, one at a standard height and an escape window lower down to meet building regulations. Velux conversions do not require planning permission.
  2. Dormer conversions create more walk around space than a velux conversion but is considerably more costly. Dormer conversions also require council planning permission are so you are changing the look of the house.

Both are excellent options we will help you find the best option for your house.

Your roof type

Houses built before 1960 usually have a traditional roof which means it is an open space. These are the easiest to convert. Houses built after 1960 usually are made up of trusses which involves more work than a traditional roof as steel purlings have to be installed before any of the trussed roof can be cut away. The easiest way to find out if your loft can be converted is to measure from the highest point to the existing joists. If the height is 2m or more then the loft can be converted to building regulations.

Converting a loft is not a D.I.Y. job, it requires a specialist company like ourselves with experience and knowledge to make a structurally safe conversion. A good loft conversion will almost always increase the price of your house enough pay for itself, a badly done conversion can reduce the price of your house.

Loft Flooring

Hardwood and laminate floors

A.D.C. Housestyles Ltd. Supply all kinds of timber floor coverings. Laminate flooring is as popular as ever, as it is reasonably priced and easy to install, however over the past 2-3 years there has been a steady increase in people choosing solid timber floors.

These are of course much more difficult to install and cost much more but leave an outstanding finish and feel to any room. Oak (French Oak), Walnut, bamboo are just some of the range of floorings we can supply and install, if you wish for further information please contact us and we can supply samples of each type.

Basic step by step guide to converting your loft:

  1. Obtain drawings and submit them to local council for building regulations.
  2. Install steel joists to loft ( usually three ).
  3. Install floor joists and create stairwell.
  4. Insulate joists, install wiring then lay flooring.
  5. Install windows and build out rafters for insulating later.
  6. Insulate rafters leaving an air flow within the roof.
  7. Ventilate ridge and tiles to create airflow.
  8. Plasterboard and skim loft.
  9. Complete electrical installations.
  10. Install staircase.
  11. Isolate loft from first floor with fire door and fit door closers to all other doors in house.
  12. Install electrical fire alarm system with a sensor on all floors.

This is just a rough guide to what work is involved in converting a loft.

Cost of converting a loft

Loft conversion prices vary from house to house:

  • A average Velux conversion will cost between £ 10,000 and £14,000 plus VAT.
  • A dormer conversion will cost between £ 16,000 and £19,000 plus VAT.
  • This is just a rough price guide but in general these are realistic figures.

These prices are for creating a bedroom / office with electricís / heating / electrical smoke alarms / skirting boards / lighting etc. , but most people tailor make their loft projects to exactly how they want them. For example they may want a bathroom installed or fitted furniture.