Planning A Loft Conversion – Getting Started

Planning a loft conversion requires a great deal of thought. Unless you are simply adding insulation and boards to create additional storage space, you need to be prepared. Knowing where to start will help you in getting to the finish point on time and budget.

Before considering your actual loft conversion plans, you need to do some research. This could involve talking to your neighbours to discover how they converted their loft spaces, or if they haven’t, why they made that decision. This will give you an idea of the complications you may face in terms of the structure of your house, adding ventilation, and providing suitable access to the newly created room. They may be able to point you in the right direction in terms of time and cost as well. As with any house extension plans, you should take the time to look into building regulations and planning permission. It is rare that permission is needed for a loft conversion, but that may depend on where you live. Certain conservation areas may face more hurdles. It is also a good idea to put some thought into how you are going to use the space. There will be different considerations for a bathroom than for a new bedroom or extra living space. Once you have got this far, it is time to start considering a professional architect to complete a survey and take measurements of the loft. This will provide you with the information you need to see whether your plans are feasible. This information will also provide the basis for the architectural floor plans that your builders will need.

Once you are ready to start planning a loft conversion, you will need the support of KJM Design and Planning Services. We can provide everything from the initial measurement survey, to full floor plans, and support with building regulations. If you are unsure how to get started, then visit today or call us on 01375 267 888.