Brian Watt Partners – Our guide to loft conversion

Rising prices are making it difficult for homeowners to relocate, so converting a loft into a liveable space is a great idea. If sustainable materials are used, they will also reduce the energy costs. There is no other form of home improvement that costs so comparatively little yet adds so much to the value of a home, and pays back on your investment.

In addition to an extra room – a well-planned loft conversion can provide additional storage and decrease the strain on your home life as well. If you are considering a loft conversion the following few steps are recommend during the planning stages of a loft conversion.

Planning Permission
Velux or Dormer conversions don’t interfere with the building structure, so you may not need planning permission. If you are going for a Mansard loft, you may have to ask for planning permission as the construction work is more sizeable. Our experienced team we would recommend to check with your planning department to be on the safe side.

Not requiring an application for planning permission is subject to some limits and conditions. You can check these limits and conditions by clicking here .

You will need good insulation
If your loft isn’t adequately insulated, you will lose most of your heat / energy which is very expensive, this can also lead to condensation problems. There are three major insulation options – rigid, flexible and thermal lining board insulations. Your builder can explain these options and can help choosing the best insulation method for your loft.

Types of windows can also be a substantial source of heat loss. This can be reduced by double or triple glazing, which helps reduce cots and cancels out noise pollution.

Your budget
As with most home renovation projects, your budget dictates the type of loft conversion available and the options within the project – the size, the roof structure, the age of your home and type of conversion you’re planning to build will all be influenced by the budget.