Loft conversion services
Thinklofts have over 25 years of experience in planning and design having gained an unmatched expertise in the field. Our loft design team will design you a bespoke loft conversion that will not only make the most out of your loft space but also offer you the best return on investment.
Whether it’s a Velux or a roof lift conversion, we guarantee that your expectations will be exceeded and that you will receive a high quality build regardless of how much big or small your loft conversion may be.
Bespoke loft planning and design service
Thinklofts draw loft plans for not only their own clients. For customers who are looking to just have loft plans drawn up, look no further. Thinklofts offer a loft conversion plan service. Our loft planning and design team will not only make sure that your requirements are met but will also design you a loft conversion that will add the most value to your property and be outstanding for years to come in order to give you best return on investment.
Requirements and regulations
New planning regulations came into effect from 1 October 2008 that loft conversions can and are in most cases be constructed and carried out under your ‘permitted development‘ rights, however these regulations were updated in January 2013, therefore if your loft conversion falls within certain building regulations limits and considerations you still will not need to go through planning, but all loft conversions have to go through stringent building control regulations.
These are the main reasons you would not normally need to obtain planning permission providing that:
- A volume allowance of 40 cubic meters additional roof space for terraced houses
- A volume allowance of 50 cubic meters additional roof space for semi-detached and detached houses
- The property is a domestic dwelling and is not a marionette or flat
- The existing roof line to your property is not raised
- Hip to Gable side-facing windows must be obscure-glazed
- The building is not listed as special architectural or have historic interest
- The building is not located in a conservation area
- The proposed extension or dormer window is not raised above the highest part of the roof or slope, and does not face a public highway
However here is what has to be taken into consideration regarding planning.
Thermal insulation is an absolute must and is to be used in all new walls and ceilings, this insulation must comply with building regulations ‘Approved Document E‘ meeting the minimum energy efficiency values. When installing loft insulation at the eaves, extra care must be taken to ensure that they are not blocked to ensure the possibility of interstitial condensation is kept to the bare minimum.
‘Approved Document Part P‘ of the Building Regulations requires that the installation of all new and any repair/addition electrics must conform to BS 7671: 2008 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations. A ‘Residual Current Device’ must be installed to protect all electrical wiring carried out within a loft conversion.
Too much information?
Thinklofts will take care of everything you need for your loft conversion. You provide us with the space, and we will create your dream, hassle free.