Frequently Asked Questions About Loft Conversions

by | Jun 8, 2023 | Loft Conversions

Loft conversions are considered to be one of the most practical and cost-effective ways to maximise space in a property. They have become incredibly popular over the years and they enable you to make the most of your underutilised roof space. A loft conversion involves transforming your loft into a functional living area and it typically entails adding flooring, walls and windows to create usable room/s.

When considering whether a loft conversion is a good choice for their home, people will often have questions and concerns about this type of renovation. Below our experienced team has answered a few of the most frequently asked questions about loft conversions to provide some insights for anyone considering this popular home improvement project.

Can Every Loft be Converted?

In most cases, a loft can be converted. However, factors such as the roof structure, internal height available and local regulations will impact whether your loft is suitable for a conversion. It’s beneficial to speak to a loft conversion specialist or architect to determine the feasibility of converting your loft space.

Are There Different Types of Loft Conversions?

There are several different types of loft conversions to choose from and they all have their pros and cons. Commonly, Velux loft conversions and dormer loft conversions are favoured by homeowners, but it’s beneficial to explore all options before making your decision. Several factors will influence which type of loft conversion is best for you and your home. 

Do You Need Planning Permission For a Loft Conversion?

Lots of loft conversions fall under ‘Permitted Development’, which means you won’t require planning permission. However, certain designs and conditions such as extending beyond the existing roofline or altering the roof structure, may require planning permission. When you’re working on a loft conversion plan, an architect will be able to advise you as to whether planning permission will be required for your project. 

It’s worth noting that it’s beneficial to get a Lawful Development Certificate from your Local Authority if your loft conversion doesn’t require planning permission. This certificate can provide peace of mind and be useful when you sell your home. 

Do You Need Building Regulations Approval For a Loft Conversion?

Regardless of which type of loft conversion you choose, Building Regulations Approval is always required. You can get approval from either your Local Authority or an Approved Inspector and you can submit a Building Notice or a Full Plans Application. Generally speaking, a Full Plans Application is the better option as it will prevent you from building anything non-compliant and having to make expensive corrections. 

What Can a Loft Conversion be Used For?

Loft conversions are incredibly versatile and the space they provide can be used for a huge range of purposes. Commonly, loft conversions are used as additional bedrooms or home offices, however, they can also be gyms, playrooms and hobby spaces. How you choose to use your loft conversion will depend on your needs and lifestyle. 

How Long Does a Loft Conversion Take?

No two loft conversions are the same and various factors will impact the timeline of your project, from the complexity of the design to the builders you hire. There are a few ways you can speed up your home improvement project and getting loft conversion plans from Arkiplan can prevent you from waiting around for your local architect. 

Will a Loft Conversion Add Value to a Home?

Generally speaking, loft conversions can significantly increase the value of your home. Adding a functional living space and increasing the overall square footage of your property can make your home more valuable. A well-designed and executed loft conversion can make your home more appealing to potential buyers too and enhance the desirability of your property.

How Much Does a Loft Conversion Cost?

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to this question and the cost of a loft conversion will be impacted by lots of different factors. From the loft conversion design and type of roof materials to the building contractors you use, there are several things to consider when budgeting for this type of renovation project. 

Getting Bespoke Loft Conversion Plans

Hopefully, the information above will be beneficial if you’re trying to decide whether a loft conversion is a good choice for your property. If you would like to convert your loft space and you need some assistance with planning drawings, permitted development drawings or building regulation plans, contact our team at Arkiplan today. 

We have experience creating loft conversion plans for detached and semi-detached houses as well as terraced houses, and we can help you to transform your unused roof space. Our online service is a convenient alternative to using a traditional architect and we can design, draw and obtain all consents on your behalf. We look forward to hearing from you.