Loft Conversions Company manages every aspect of loft conversion from drawing architectural plans right through to completion of all finishing trades, leaving the completed Loft Conversion ready for decoration. As Chingford's leading Loft Conversion specialist, we have been transforming homes for over two decades building hundreds of fantastic living spaces to suit your lifestyle and needs. With us, you will get a cost-effective Loft Conversion that will add value to your property in Chingford.
Chingford Loft conversions are a popular way to add space to your home. But there are five main types of loft conversion: roof light/Velux conversions, dormer conversions, hip-to-gable conversions, mansard conversions, and L-shaped.
A roof light conversion involves installing an additional window in your roof with Velux windows being the most common. The advantage of this type of loft conversion is that it's cheaper than other options but you will need planning permission for any alterations to your roof.
A dormer conversion involves raising the height of an existing attic space by adding dormers onto the front or side of your house. This type of conversion can be done without planning permission but you'll need expert advice if you want to keep the original look of your house.
A hip-to-gable conversion is where part of a hip roof is converted into a gable end. This type of loft conversion can be done without planning permission but you should get expert advice so that it doesn't affect the appearance of your house.
Mansard conversions involve adding a pitched roof on top of an existing flat roof and converting part of it into a habitable space with windows and doors fitted around them.
For example, a dormer conversion usually doesn't require planning permission. Still, if the dormers are large enough that they make a significant change to the appearance of the house, then it may be necessary. Similarly, rooflight conversions don’t typically require planning permission as long as they don’t make any structural changes to the building.
For any loft conversion project, it’s essential to adhere to safety regulations. This includes ensuring that the structure of your house is sound and stable, as well as making sure that all wiring used for the project meets current electrical regulations. It’s also essential to fit smoke alarms in any new living space created by a loft conversion and to ensure adequate insulation is installed in order to keep energy bills low and reduce the risk of dampness or mold developing. Finally, if you intend on fitting roof windows, then these should be appropriately fitted with an opening restrictor device which will stop them from being opened too far and prevent anyone from falling out!
Insulation is essential for ensuring that your loft conversion is as energy efficient as possible. Still, in general, it should be at least 270mm thick, with an additional layer of 50mm between the joists and any existing rafters.
If you would like to discuss the ways in which a Loft Conversion could enhance your Chingford home, call us on 0208 1020 675 or email to ask us any questions. For a free site survey and design consultation please fill out the form on the right and our team will get back to you as quickly as possible.