The Loft Conversion Specialists
Most homes in the UK have unused loft space yet struggle to manage their growing families or other needs for space in the home. This is why for most homes, a loft conversion is a great idea.
Using existing roof space, our company can work on any loft conversion that will give you additional living space or storage space at home. There are many benefits to a loft conversion, and as one of the leading developers of this kind of project in the UK, we can help meet every need.
If you are interested in creating more space at a home in Dorset, get in touch with our team today.
We are a specialist loft conversion company in Dorset and work to provide the best loft conversion for you.
Our company operates across the UK, and we have years of experience in the field, meaning no loft conversion project is too much for our team. We can provide the best types of loft conversion available at an extremely high quality.
When it comes to a loft conversion, we can work with all forms of properties, building regulations approval required, from semi-detached properties to terraced houses, as we offer all forms of loft conversion.
Most homes in Dorset have a great deal of loft space that is being unused or misused, which is where a loft conversion comes in.
Depending on your roof structure, it is possible to convert your loft into a living area that can greatly benefit growing families as well as many other households. A loft conversion is often a better and cheaper option compared to moving home, especially with the increasing property rates, as it gives you additional space that is already available in your current property.
As an experienced loft conversion company in Dorset, we can work with all forms of properties and any existing roof space to provide you with more room at home.
We help our clients at every step of the process, including obtaining planning permission and building regulations approval, which vary based on location and property type, as well as constructing a new loft space.
If you are looking to create an extra living space in your home in Dorset, then our expert loft conversion design team is the one to call.
We will work directly with you to ensure all your needs are met and, through our years of experience in the field, can provide any type of loft conversion to suit your home.
You will work with a designer and structural engineer throughout this process, and our company only hires the best in Dorset.
To learn more about how you can get a new loft space at home, as well as more details regarding the cost and approvals needed, speak to our friendly customer service team today via phone or email.
Enquiries can also be taken on our website through the online form.
Expert Loft Conversion has almost two decades of experience in the field in Dorset, and we have worked on many loft conversion projects over the years. Our work has taken us across the UK, where we have encountered all forms of households and clients.
It is this experience that allows us to be an expert in the field of loft conversion and contributes to the fact we are a leading company in this industry.
With 10 years of experience, our engineers, designers, and contractors can work on all types of loft conversion to ensure we can work with all properties and client needs.
From a standard semi-detached house to terraced houses and bungalows in Dorset, we can help make the most out of existing loft space to provide additional living or storage space in your home.
We help our clients save money by relying on their current usable space to transform their living areas. Instead of being forced to move out of their homes to accommodate their growing needs, our company provides all forms of loft conversion to ensure we can make the most out of what you have available.
This high quality of work and professionalism would not be available without our many years of experience, and we continue to be a leading service provider across the UK.
We understand that every home in Dorset has its own needs, which is why we work with more than one kind of loft conversion.
Depending on the existing roof of your property and the space available, as well as local building regulations, our company can work on various forms of loft conversion to suit your needs.
From the design and development of the loft conversion to continued support to assist with any drawbacks, our company works directly with clients from start to finish.
We offer all forms of loft conversion, including:
A hip to gable loft conversion is ideal for homes with a hipped roof in Dorset, as this kind of roof will inhibit the available space. Even if your existing loft space is quite large, this will be for the floor space as the hipped roof takes away some height which needs to be considered in the loft conversion.
With this in mind, a hip to gable loft conversion project works to extend the roof space in accordance with local building regulations so the space can be put to better use.
This kind of loft conversion is ideal for various property types across the UK, such as semi-detached houses or bungalows that were built in the period between the 18930s and 1950s, as these typically have a hipped roof structure.
This kind of roof makes it difficult to do a loft conversion, especially when it comes to maximising available space and installing a new staircase.
Homes with a hipped roof will require a hip to gable loft conversion as it allows engineers and contractors to create more headroom, which will then be beneficial not only in the development of the new roof space but also in the installation of the new protected stair enclosure, as well as other facts such as roof windows.
This loft conversion requires contractors in Dorset to replace your current hipped roof with a standard gable roof to offer more headspace in the new loft.
A mansard loft conversion project tends to take longer than many of the other conversions we offer because there is more building work involved, but it does allow for a large additional living area to be created in all kinds of homes.
A mansard loft conversion takes place over the entire roof structure and is an extension across the entire plane. It is a way of making use of all space and is commonly done to the rear of the property, where it will change the current roof structure, so it slopes more dramatically on the current sloping side.
Sloping roofs will be adjusted, so they are at least a 72-degree angle, and then a flat roof is installed on the top.
As there is a lot of work that goes into this kind of loft conversion, planning permission is almost always required for a mansard loft conversion. This is something our team will help you with, and our years of experience make the application process easier for you.
A mansard loft conversion can be done to all forms of properties as it works to create more space in the loft area. However, the cost of these conversions in Dorset, along with the required permits needed to get the work done, is something to consider when trying to decide which conversion is right for you.
Dormer lofts are the most common kind of loft conversion in the UK and also one of the cheaper loft conversion projects available.
Like all other forms of loft conversion in Dorset, a dormer loft conversion aims to add more space to your home without using the garden. It is a way of extending the living space up instead of out, which is ideal for all kinds of properties.
A dormer loft conversion can be done to both a semi-detached house and a terraced house, but it does require a structural engineer to change the current shape of your roof.
Homes with a flat roof may benefit most from this kind of loft conversion because a dormer loft conversion offers maximum floor room and is fairly straightforward to complete as it juts out of the existing roof.
For a pitched or sloped roof, a dormer loft conversion is less popular but is still possible. On a sloped roof, this kind of loft conversion does not allow for as much floor room in the new loft, but it can be an attractive adjustment for the exterior of your property in Dorset.
While a dormer loft conversion is not recommended for those people with sloped roofs who are looking to maximise space, it can be a great project to get done as it adds to the style of your property.
If you have an older property and want to preserve the outstanding natural beauty of this building, then a dormer roof conversion may be your best option as they tend to look more attractive from the outside.
This is why this kind of project is the most popular form of bungalow loft conversion we do in Dorset.
An L shaped loft conversion is a way of adding space to the back addition on your property, which is why this kind of project is ideal, and therefore the most popular, with older buildings that already have a back addition.
This kind of loft conversion allows you to extend from this back addition, found on many period properties to create additional space in the home. It can also be done to other kinds of properties as long as this space is available.
An L shaped loft conversion is done by installing an L shaped dormer window to the existing roof. Dormers are windows that extend from the vertical outer walls of the roof slope and are used in other forms of loft conversion in Dorset.
What sets apart an L shaped loft conversion is the fact two of these dormer windows are installed on the roof, where they will connect at the corner. The larger end of the dormer is then attached to the roof, creating the L shape.
There are various benefits to this kind of loft conversion, depending on the property you live in, but the biggest is the amount of space it creates in the loft.
This is one of the largest loft conversion projects available, and the space created on your roof is suitable for a bedroom and new bathroom or a large living room.
Another great benefit to this kind of loft conversion is the fact it falls under the permitted development rights of your property, meaning planning permission is not required. There are strict planning permission guidelines that need to be followed if you are getting an L shaped loft conversion without permission, but as long as you stick to this, there will be no issue.
In most cases, our clients should obtain planning permission for the roof conversion as it allows for greater freedom in the work that can be done.
If you are wanting to extend your home in this way, obtaining permission is usually the best idea, and our team in Dorset will guide you through the process to make sure you are doing the best thing for your needs.
Modular lofts are perhaps the most accessible kind of loft conversion project we offer in Dorset as it can be done to all kinds of roofs, even the smallest, most sloping roof structure. It is ideal for those who want to add more space to their current family home, and this loft conversion is easy to complete.
This kind of loft conversion is an ideal way to develop an extra bedroom or living room into your loft without much disruption. If you cannot extend outwards to create this new space, then a modular loft conversion is the right choice for you.
As the modular loft conversion is built off-site and in sections, this type of loft conversion allows you to remain at home as the work takes place. There is little disturbance which is why many people aim for this kind of conversion when it comes to extending the space in their homes.
A whole new roof structure is developed in the factory, including a new floor as well as internal walls and outer walls. This will be designed to your exact specifications, which is why a modular loft conversion is ideal for all kinds of properties and is very popular with new builds.
External finishes, like stud walls, cladding, and warm roof insulation, along with the installation of windows, electrics, and other internal factors, can also be done in the factory, saving time when it comes to installing your new roof and loft.
If you want to make use of your loft room but do not want to add the stress and hassle that comes with a traditional attic conversion, then a modular loft conversion is ideal.
It is a way of creating more internal loft space, helping you save the first floor habitable rooms in your home for other things without disturbing your routine or taking over the home entirely, as most of the work is done off-site. Using your exact specifications, this kind of attic conversion is done to meet the strict building regulations.
A VELUX loft conversion is considered to be the cheapest and easiest way of extending your home in Dorset. This kind of conversion works best when there is a lot of useable space available, which includes ample headroom in the loft.
Unlike other forms of loft conversion, a VELUX loft conversion requires significantly less engineering or construction work to take place on your property which is why it is great for homes in a conservation area with strict building regulations.
This kind of conversion focuses on adding natural light to the loft and adding roof lights or roof windows to the space to achieve this.
As there is no change being made to the structure of the roof, as the main focus is adding windows for natural light onto the existing roof slope, then planning permission is not required for this kind of loft conversion.
While this is not a typical loft extension, in the sense that the work done for a VELUX loft conversion does not create extra space but instead makes use of the existing space on your roof, it is still an effective way of making your home seem bigger without extending.
VELUX windows, which are added in this kind of conversion, provide a lot of light and natural ventilation, which makes your loft more comfortable to be in. This is a project that will only work with an existing living space in the loft, and the installation of VELUX windows prevents the need for cold roof insulation or other additions.
To keep the space cool during the summer, a blackout blind can be installed. Our engineers can also provide other services, such as installing underfloor heating or other additions to your loft conversion to make the space more comfortable at all times of the year.
Velux windows are approved for fire safety, which is why they can be installed on all forms of roofs and homes. They work with egress window openings which is essential for fire safety and safe escape from a property in the event of an emergency.
A wrap around loft conversion is one of the biggest changes you can make to your home in Dorset. It is a form of loft extension that creates a whole new floor to your property without extending outwards and reducing garden space.
This kind of loft conversion is similar to an L shaped project in the sense that it fits well into the angles of your home. But, as the name suggests, instead of just adding dormers to one side of your property, it wraps around to cover the whole roof and all angles.
This is why it essentially makes a whole new floor in your property, allowing for additional bedrooms, complete with an en suite bathroom in each, or other living facilities to be added to your home.
As well as creating a lot of space, this kind of loft conversion creates the appearance of an essentially flat roof which may be preferable to some properties compared to the sloping roofs other conversions require.
It does this by flattening the roof on either two or four sides of the conversion, depending on the size and kind of property we work with, which can be more aesthetically pleasing for some properties. This maximum headroom, as well as floor room, is provided in the new loft space.
This kind of loft conversion is built into the existing roofline and works similarly to a VELUX loft conversion.
This kind of conversion aims to transform your loft into usable space, but like a VELUX loft conversion, there already needs to be enough space present in the first place for it to work.
It adapts the loft into a usable room without any structural changes to the property. Essentially, for this project, we will add windows or roof lights to this part of the home. To ensure safety and that things are structural sound, new floor joists are added to provide additional strength to the roof. Joists are also added into the roof structure itself, as well as timber trimmers.
Although new floor joists are added in this kind of conversion, there is very little structural work done to the property in Dorset, which is why planning permission is not needed.
The cost of a loft conversion will vary based on the kind of property we work on and the kind of conversion that can be done. There are many benefits to having a loft conversion done to your home, as it not only adds more space to the property but can also add more value.
It is important to remember these benefits when opting for a loft conversion, as in most cases, a lot of work needs to be done. Your home may be disrupted for several weeks at a time, and engineers will need access to both the outside and inside of the building.
Although the costs of a loft conversion vary based on the type you choose and, therefore, how much work, materials, and permission are required, the average costs of this kind of work in the UK start at £15,000. These are the average costs for a basic loft conversion in the UK.
It is important to note that the more work that is required, such as in a wrap around loft conversion where the whole roof is extended or a mansard conversion where a new roof is created, the more expensive it will be.
Other factors can contribute to the overall loft conversion costs that you may not have considered. To make this a comfortable space, insulation and other factors such as underfloor heating may be required, and installing this will add to the final loft conversion cost.
Likewise, the decoration and safety factors within your new loft will also contribute to the overall cost of the work.
You can determine how much a loft conversion may cost you, on average, using our loft conversion cost calculator on the website, or get in touch with our team today for more information.
We can provide an average loft conversion cost based on the information you provide us about the work you want to be done.
The cheapest kind of loft conversion to be done in Dorset is one that has little to no structural work required.
For example, a VELUX loft conversion or roof light conversion is commonly considered to be the cheapest available in the UK as the structure of the home is not altered in any way. Instead, windows are added for light and ventilation, making the roof a habitable space.
Depending on the kind of loft conversion you choose, planning permission may be required. In most cases, planning permission is needed as you will be adjusting the structure of your home in some way to create this new space.
Converting the loft into a new room can sometimes fall under permitted development, which means permission is not required.
There are very strict guidelines that must be followed for the loft conversion to fit under this category, which our engineers can guide you through to determine whether this is possible for your home.
Some of the guidelines that must be met include that no other work has been done under permitted development to the home and limits the kind of property where planning permission is not required.
Permitted development also limits the kind of materials that can be used, as the new roof must match the current structure, as well as how much work can be done.
This is why, in most cases, planning permission is best to be obtained before a loft conversion takes place, but this is something our engineers can guide you through based on your needs and budget.
Obtaining planning permission can contribute to the loft conversion cost in Dorset, which is why working within the permitted development guidelines is preferable for many clients.
However, failing to meet these guidelines and getting more work done on the loft conversion will contribute to even greater loft conversion costs overall, which is why permission should be granted first.
If you are yet to receive loft conversion plans and drawings, please get in touch with us via the contact form and we would be happy to provide these for you. We have many deals and can offer great prices on plans as we work alongside professional architects in Dorset.
While you do not need permission from your neighbours to get a loft conversion done, much like not always needing permission from the council, it is still a good idea to keep them informed.
Permission will be needed if your work is going to interfere with the Party Wall Agreement, which applies most commonly to terraced and semi detached houses.
This is in place to prevent work that will dispute your neighbours’ property, and a party wall is shared between two properties. In some conversions, this wall may need to be included in the work, such as in the installation of additional joists and support, loft stairs, or dormer windows.
If your Dorset loft conversion does not interfere with this Party Wall Agreement, nor will it disrupt their property’s load bearing walls, then there is little that your neighbours can do about it.
All conversions must abide by local building regulations, regardless of what kind of work is taking place. Building regulations are in place to ensure a new property is safe and therefore need to be met during the process.
The biggest section of building regulations that applies to all forms of conversions is fire safety. Under these rules, adjustments must be made to ensure there is sufficient insulation, safe escape routes, and other fire safety essentials in the home and the new loft in Dorset.
For example, the new loft room will need to be separated from the rest of the building with a fire door. This should be located at either the top or bottom of the new staircases that have been installed, and existing doors on the stirs, which may lead to the lower grounds of the house, need to provide at least 20 minutes of fire resistance.
Other safety concerns will be addressed throughout the conversion project, from the windows to the loft conversion stairs. We can guide you through this process to ensure all guidelines are being met.
These rules will be shown to have been met on the completion certificate, which is given to the homeowner at the end of the work. A building control inspector will have to assess the property before this can be given.
Building regulations are in place to keep residents safe within their homes, and the best way to ensure this when converting your home for more space is to work with experienced, accredited, and professional engineers like those on our team.
Much like the loft conversion cost, the length of time it will take to complete this work varies based on the kind of property we work on and the loft conversion you require.
To ensure that a Dorset loft conversion is done safely to meet building regulations, a quote of fewer than two months is suspicious unless this is for the simple installation of windows to the roofline.
As many things have to be replaced to meet these building regulations, as well as internal and external work to be completed on the property, a loft conversion can take between six to ten weeks.
Issues as well as external factors, such as weather, can affect this time frame, but we aim to offer a reasonable time frame to all of our clients.
The length of time a loft conversion takes will also contribute to the overall loft conversion cost in terms of needed labour and materials.
A loft conversion in Dorset can add value to your property by providing extra space inside the home. The better a loft conversion is done, the greater the added value will be to the overall property.
You can look at properties in your area to determine the average value added by a loft conversion, as the figures will vary based on where in the country you are based and the kind of home you own.
As there is a lot of work that goes into a loft conversion, as well as strict building regulations to follow for safety, this is a job best left to professionals like Expert Loft Conversion.
With our years of experience in the field, we can work will all form of clients and ensure that your home is safe throughout the process.
To learn more about the work we do in Dorset, get in touch with our team today.
Any loft can be converted with the right kind of work. We offer all kinds of attic conversions and extensions to ensure we can meet the needs of our clients across the UK.
A loft conversion can be done to almost all kinds of properties, although building regulations apply.
Almost all conversions are suitable for this kind of property in Dorset, depending on local regulations and the structure of the roof, as there will be no interference with neighbours’ properties.
There may be requirements within the Party Wall Agreement that need to be met, but most loft conversions can apply to these kinds of properties.
A bungalow loft conversion is an effective way of adding more rooms to a single storey property without extending outwards.
As long as there is no interference with the Party Wall Agreement, a terraced house can have a variety of attic conversions done.
Expert Loft Conversions is a leading company in the field in Dorset that can provide attic extensions or conversions to clients across the UK.
If you want to transform your home to accommodate a growing family, to add value to your property, or to have a more comfortable living environment, we can help with our loft conversion work to suit all structures, budgets, and locations.
To learn more about how we can help you, get in touch with our team today.