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FAQs

Q. What is the advantage of working with a loft conversion company?

A. Good loft conversion companies offer many advantages over working with an independent architect and separate builder. Firstly, an all inclusive price will often be cheaper but more importantly a loft conversion company will oversee all aspects of your loft conversion. Another important factor is that during the project you won’t have the builder adding extra costs on account of the architect not detailing an item.

Q. What is the minimum height required within my existing roof space to carry out a loft conversion?

A.2.2- 2.3 metres would be the minimum for most properties within London. Narrower properties can sometimes get away with a little less while wider properties may require even more as they will have larger beams. If you do not have the required height there is still an option of lowering the ceiling height of the rooms below though this is a lot more disruptive to the household.

Q. How much does a London Loft conversion cost?

A. Loft conversion prices begin at around £20,000 to a maximum of £50,000. This would be from design to completion for a Master Bedroom with En-Suite.

Q. How long should a loft conversion take?

A. On average a loft conversion should be ready for painting and decorating 6 – 8 weeks after construction begins.

Q. Will my loft conversion require planning permission?

A. From October 2008 Loft conversions,(Under Permitted Development), will also be allowed without planning consent, as long as they extend no more than 20cm (about 8in) from the eaves of a property. They must also be no more than 50 cubic metres on external development for a Semi Detached house or 40 cubic metres for a Terrace. In conservation areas, loft conversions will still be restricted to local planning laws.

Q. WillI need permission from my neighbours?

A. Most conversions require the shared Party Wall to be used in the construction. This will require the adjoining owners consent which LOFT LIFE will guide you through the process. This is purely a formality as no one can stop you having your conversion under Permitted Development.

Q. What happens to the water tanks in my roof?

A. If you have an older style heating system with water storage tanks in the roof space these will need to be removed. We always suggest that our customers upgrade to a new heating system rather than spending large amounts of money relocating the old tanks as this can be very expensive itself and the money is usually better spent on a new system which will also come with warrantees etc.

Q. What’s the difference between Planning and Building Control?

A. Planning permission relates to the siting, design, size, height and bulk of the development and its impact on neighbouring properties and the surrounding area. Applications for planning permission are assessed against national and local planning policies. Building control relates to the actual construction and uses the current Building Regulations to ensure, by inspection and approval, that the work is safe, healthy, minimises heat loss.

Q. How long will my loft conversion take to design?

A. From our designer’s initial visit you will receive quotes and sketch plans within 5 days.

Q. How do I decide upon which loft conversion company to use?

A. Only choose a company with a long standing track record with proven experience.They should agree to be given financial penalties to ensure your conversion meets all the regulations/built to a high standard and of course on time.LOFT LIFE encompass all this in our standard quote for our clients peace of mind.

Q. What is the level of disruption to our family home.

A. Minimum.We access the loft via the roof and only when the main construction is built we install the stairs which takes 1-2 days .The great thing about a LOFT CONVERSION is that 98% of the work is in the loft an area where you don’t live.

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