Step by step – Planning your loft conversion.

These days, many people find themselves struggling for space but unable to afford to move home. This has led many to consider a loft conversion. By planning carefully, you’ll create more space in the home you know and love, whilst adding value to your property.

Expecting a new arrival, or maybe you’re in need of a home office? Loft conversions allow you to work with what you already have, maximising the potential of your home and therefore the value too.

Where do you begin? To help you get started, we have put together this handy guide to planning your loft conversion.

The Concept:

The first step is deciding what you want from your conversion, and what purpose you want it to serve. Work out a rough budget and try to think of some general concepts as to what sort of style and look you want. If you need inspiration you can download our brochure for free.

The Design:

This is possibly the most important part of the process. Any project is unlikely to be successful if the design and planning stage is flawed. At this point we suggest you seriously consider hiring an architect. Builders, whilst essential for the practical side of a project, cannot offer the same level of design insight, planning experience and project management skills that a qualified architect can. Architects will listen to your ideas and requirements and aim to incorporate them within the design of the project. They will also ensure that the plans comply with any rules and regulations. Hiring a professional architect can help you feel more at ease during the build. They are expert problem solvers who can provide advice if any issues arise. RSJ can organise an architect for you, and take care of the whole design process so you’re only dealing with one company.

The Approval:

Some loft conversion projects won’t need planning permission if they adhere to certain guidelines. These guidelines can be found here. Your architect might be able to help you decide if you need planning permission, and how to apply.

The Building Regulations:

Whether you need planning permission or not, you will still need to ensure your plans adhere to the standards laid out in the Building Regulations 2010. These regulations cover new builds, extensions and conversions. They are there to ensure that your planned build is safe and structurally sound. If you’re unsure of anything concerning these regulations, then your local council or your architect should be able to help. You will need to apply for Building Regulations approval and, once approved, you have a 3-year time frame to complete the build. There are different types of applications depending on the type of build. Each one has their own application conditions, however both will require you to notify the inspectors in advance of your build and when certain steps may be completed in the build. You can find more information about Building Regulations approval here, or you can read our blog about them here.

Ready to transform your home? The team at RSJ Loft & Garage Conversions are experienced at delivering high quality loft and garage conversions, guiding you through the process, right from the design stage through to completion. Call us today on 01943 884899 or 07401 707886 to arrange an appointment to get your free estimate.