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FAQs

Why convert my loft?

If you need more space at home a loft conversion could offer the perfect solution, whether you are looking to make room for a growing family, need space to work from home or simply need more storage. Creating extra space is an ideal solution – with none of the upheaval and expense of moving, whilst also adding value to your home.

Is my loft suitable for conversion?

If you are unsure whether your loft is suitable for conversion, the following two checks should help you find out whether it is:

  • Roof construction

Most homes built before 1960 will have the traditional ‘rafter and purlin’ constructed roof. These are often suitable for conversion as they tend to have a steep pitch to provide the required height. The more modern method of trussed roof construction has been common since the 1960s – these are also generally good for conversions, so long as they have sufficient height.

  • Roof height

To make a loft conversion worthwhile, you really need a minimum roof height of 2.3m.

Do I need planning permission for a loft conversion?

You may be surprised to know that planning permission is not normally required for loft conversions.

  • Planning Permission

Under new regulations that came into effect from October 2008 loft conversions are viewed as permitted development and, subject to certain limits and conditions, you won’t require planning permission.

  • Building Regulations

All loft conversions must meet the standards set by Building Regulations, which is why it is important that you commission a professional company with a proven track record to undertake your conversion.

Let us take the strain

In the unlikely event that planning permission is required we will take care of everything on your behalf, from making the application to liaising with the authorities.

What types of loft conversions are there?

There are four main types of loft conversions and the type we recommend for your property will depend on a number of factors – property style, roof height, available space, conservation area, local planning regulations, your budget and needs.

  • Rear Dormer

A dormer loft conversion is an extension to the existing roof that projects vertically from a sloping roof, creating additional floor space and headroom within the property.

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  • Mansard

A mansard loft conversion is situated to the rear of the property. This type of conversion has a flat roof, with the back wall sloping inwards at an angle of 72 degrees. Windows are usually housed within small dormers.

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  • Hip-to-gable

A hip-to-gable loft conversion involves changing the sloping side of the property to a flat gable end.

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  • VELUX

With a velux loft conversion the roofline is unaltered, as the velux windows are installed fitting flush to the roofline, leaving the original roof structure untouched.

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Can all lofts be converted?

No, it is not practical to convert some lofts. We offer a FREE, on site survey and consultation and will advise on all the options available to you.

How long does an average loft conversion take?

This really depends on the size and type of loft conversion you are intending on having. On average Manor Loft Conversions Ltd can build loft conversions in 6-8 weeks.

How quickly can you start building on my property?

2–4 weeks assuming you have plans, structural designs and party wall notices in place.

How long does it take to get plans drawn up?

On average it takes us 4–5 weeks from signing the contract to and our client agreeing on a set of plans.

How long does it take for plans to be approved?

In general 8 weeks.

What is permitted development?

If your property is not in a conservation area or is a flat, you have permitted development rights (PD). This means you can develop your loft space without needing to gain planning permission. Your development will need to keep within the PD constraints, i.e. terraced properties are allowed to develop an additional 40 Cubic Meters of extra space and semi-detached and detached properties, 50 Cubic Meters.

What is the difference between permitted development and planning permission?

With planning permission you are asking the council if your proposed scheme is acceptable. It is open to rejection by them and/or your neighbours and will have to follow the local development plan. With permitted development you are asking the council to simply confirm that your scheme fits within the permitted development criteria.

How much disruption should I expect with a loft conversion?

Assuming we do not need to lower your ceilings, the disruption is kept to a minimum as the work is confined to the loft space and the heavy work can often be carried out from scaffolding outside your property.

How much does a loft conversion cost?

Most loft conversions will fit within a budget of £22-£40K depending on the size and type.

What insurances and guarantees do you have in place?

We have public liability, employee’s liability and, the most important, contract all risk insurance. Documentation can be provided on request.

Can I visit some loft conversions you have completed in my area?

We cover the majority of the West Midlands and are more than happy to share references with you to contact and visit.

How long does it take to get a quotation?

Once Manor Loft Conversions Ltd have visited your property and carried out a free site survey and consultation it will take no longer than 1 week for you to receive a comprehensive quotation.

Can I have other refurbishment work completed at the same time as my loft conversion?

Yes. We are a main contractor who can carry out in-house trades covering all aspects of domestic building work, whether this is fitting new kitchens and bathrooms or entire refurbishment.