Are you planning to convert your home’s loft into a functional, comfortable room? Whether you’re opting for an extra bedroom, home office or any other design, you likely have multiple questions about the process that you want time-served builders to answer. At L Vella & Sons, we take the time to give you the ultimate peace of mind. Conversion types, planning permission requirements, the Building Regulations – our answers make loft conversions easier to understand.
From Catford to Dartford, our company covers locations throughout Kent and the neighbouring parts of London. With the skillset and expertise to manage your conversion from start to finish, your project is in safe hands with us.
To ensure you have complete confidence for the duration, we have used this blog to answer 4 popular questions people ask our builders during the pre-build stage.
Is my loft suitable for conversion?
This question is the most important in the early stages of your job because not all lofts meet conversion suitability criteria. When assessing your own loft, you must take into account:
Current guidelines state lofts should have a minimum head height of 2.2m for a basic conversion. You should measure this from the floor to the highest part of the roof.
To clarify, the current Building Regulations do not state a minimum ceiling height for loft conversions. Rather, the figure of 2.2m reflects the 2m of space builders need to fit an access staircase linking your converted loft with the floor below.
Can I still convert with less than 2.2m of headroom?
In short, yes. However, the process will take longer and significantly increase your budget. This is because you need to carry out construction work to prepare your Catford, Dartford or local area home for the conversion itself.
This building work can focus on one of two solutions:
Will the pitch of my roof affect my conversion?
The higher the angle of your existing roof’s pitch, the more central head height your loft has. If you have your heart set on a dormer conversion – the most popular choice for loft conversions in the UK – our builders can draw up a solution to increase the available floorspace. This will result in a large habitable room with ample clearance overhead.
Conversely, roofs with a pitch at a lower angle are more likely to need a roof redesign. But even if you avoid this step, a lower pitch typically results in less overall comfort.
Do the Building Regulations apply to loft conversions?
Yes, every conversion we deliver in Catford, Dartford and the surrounding areas must comply with the relevant building regulations. Our builders ensure compliance with Parts B and P (fire and electrical safety, respectively), Part K (preventing falls, impacts and collisions) and Part L (U-value target for thermal efficiency).