Things to Consider when planning a loft
to gable, rear dormer window, sky light conversions
The first thing to
decide when planning a loft conversion is
- Do you have
- What type of loft
conversion do you want?
- Are you in
- What will you use the extra space for?
you plan to build yourself?
you want the lowest builder quote?
knowing the answer
to these basic questions may save you considerable
of time and money.
Do you have the
space? if you cannot stand in your existing loft
space then it may cost over the odds to lower the
ceiling on the floor below to gain the 2.1m ceiling
height in the loft.
will you use the additional space for? For most of
us a loft conversion will provide additional bedrooms. as you are
working within the confines of an already existing
space the design and having plans prepared will mean
the difference between a well designed usable space
to a uncomfortable unapproved one.
you plan to build yourself? A loft
conversion is a fairly difficult project
for the average DIY enthusiast to
complete and so should be left to those
who have experience, however if you are
a builder our service can be modified to
suite your requirements from material
lists, structural calculations, 3d
visuals, interior design concepts, and
you want the lowest builder quote?
It may be
difficult to find a builder that will
come in on budget and have the time to
build your loft conversion, for this
reason we can prepare you project for
builder tender. we will submit your
project to a handful of selected
reputable builders who will return there
quote for you to approve.
Loft conversions are one of the best and
increasingly popular ways to add value to your
property. It's easy to see why:
by extending upwards instead of outwards you don't
lose any garden space, loft conversions don't tend
to need planning permission but they will require
building regulations approval, this means you will
still be require you to submit plans, calculations,
and specification for all intended works, this
allows building control and there checking engineers
to asses the design prior to construction. We are
finding with the current climate the average home
owner will save thousands of pounds as opposed to a
conversion without the correct approvals with
building control requirements constantly changing it
can prove hard for some builders to keep up.
At Sharpe plan we will provide you with a set of
plans detailing the type of materials to be
used its composition and scale and specification,
allowing builders to provide you with a more
accurate quote not only do we also submit you plans
as standard we will also deal with the building
control department directly as your agent allowing for
a smooth design and development process, it seems
easy because it is. just let us know what you would
like to do and we will let you know the type of
permissions you require and services that we can
provide for you.
The majority of lofts can be converted and
not need full planning permission it can often
provide you with the most attractive and largest living
area in your home, it also may add to the value of your
how ever you are required by law to have building
control consent this requires you to build to specifications that meet
architects are keen to charge for this service or
leave you to submit your own applications we do not.
we believe that you should only be concerned with
your design requirements.
When speaking to
builders one of the first questions they ask is "do you
have a set of approved building control plans?" followed
by "have you appointed a structural engineer? amongst a
catalogue of other questions. when embarking on your
loft conversion it's important to have a clear concise
understanding of the structure, building fabric and
space you are about to create. Here at sharpeplan we
intend to take the hard work out of designing and
planning your loft conversion conversion by offering a
one stop planning and design shop.
that most home owners are aware that there loft is an
unused space and if they can get the right advice they
could to have a loft created to there specification
without the need to spend over there contingency. our
planning and design service has been design to do that
Adding a loft
conversion will provide the additional space that your
growing family needs , let alone the fact the increased
value to your property, that is a saying that is bounded
about frequently but its not one that is a given fact, a
loft conversion that hasn't been planed and design
correctly will cost the client more than average wiping
the profit off the top. there are many new technologies
that we employ that will allow you to create the space
you need, the fact that we provide structural
calculation in house will mean that the design and
structure are in complete unison without over design. we
have recently amend an overdesigned loft conversion with
5 oversized steels with a design that was picked up by
building control as un buildable, we redesigned it to
use 3 steels and provided full structural calculations
plans detailed bespoke section details and written
specification to receive a full un amended approval.