Loft Conversion FAQ’s

Through our years of experience with loft conversions, we have gained a clear understanding of the general needs and concerns of our customers. With this unique knowledge we have compiled a list of questions that we are frequently asked by our customers. We have dealt with clients from all walks of life and therefore, our FAQ’s list hould be applicable to most.

We always remain available to offer answers and advice to specific questions regarding your property, regardless of the size or scope of your project.

How do I contact you?

You can also reach us by email at info@specialistloftconversions.co.uk or through our contact page

What areas do you serve?

As we are based in the City of Brighton and Hove, we often undertake loft conversions in Brighton and the surrounding areas. However, we are able to serve customers across Kent and Sussex also.

We can provide loft conversions for customers in Worthing, Arundel, Littlehampton, Shoreham-by-Sea, Newhaven, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Chichester, Lewes, Haywards Heath, Uckfield, Hailsham, Bexhill, Hastings, Battle, Polegate, Westham, Burgess Hill, Hassocks and Maresfield.

Is my loft able to be converted?

Answer: It is quite common for folks to take a look at their loft space and come to the conclusion that it cannot possibly be utilised as livable space. However, 9 out of 10 conventional roof lines can indeed undergo conversion once a survey is conducted. This also includes truss rafter styles.

Is our loft space large enough for conversion?

Answer: Compliance with Building Regulations requires loft space of at least 2.3 meters or, put otherwise, 7’6″ at the apex, or highest point of the roof. These dimensions are taken from the very top of the ceiling boards at the low point, upward to the felt placed at the roof apex. Even with those parameters, we can maximise the space contained within the smallest of lofts simply with innovative installations of dormers and with the creative positioning of staircases.

What will the process cost?

Answer: Our team is happy to offer comprehensive loft conversion price quotes via mail within a week of conducting a survey. Therefore, you have nothing to lose by learning more.

Are dormer windows always used?

Answer: Just about all lofts utilise dormers, and they do offer extra amounts of light and space in otherwise cramped rooms. In the case of smaller loft spaces, dormers may be necessary at the tops of staircases so that there is sufficient headroom available.

What sort of planning permission will I need?

Answer: You will only need to receive planning permission if your loft conversion design calls for a dormer on the front of the home and the home sits within 26 metres of the roadway. Permission will also be needed if your home has been the subject of a significant addition in previous years. We handle every facet of the necessary planning permission application, making the process easier than you may have expected.

Will Building Regulations Approval be needed, and will this cost more money?

Answer: We have a great deal of experience working in conjunction with Building Control at all local Councils and are prepared to complete required paperwork on your behalf. This typically costs between £300 and £500, which is rolled into your initial price quote.

My attic contains a chimney as well as a water tank. Is this a problem?

Answer: Our team of plumbers can relocate pipes as needed to make optimal use of the loft space. While it is often the case that a chimney stack will have to be left in place, there are some circumstances in which they can be removed altogether.

Will doors need to be changed to meet fire regulations?

Answer: Not at all, because we apply the Enviro-graft paint system which is designed to boost your existing doors’ fire rating to a level in keeping with applicable fire regulations for loft conversion projects.

Will heating, electrical and plumbing concerns all be addressed?

Answer: For loft conversions our team includes qualified, highly-skilled plumbers and electricians whose work meets and often exceed Gas Safe and NICEIC standards.