What You Need to know Before Starting a Loft Conversion

Our experts have many years of experience advising various clients on loft conversions in London and across the UK. Before planning yours, here are a few issues to keep in mind.

Legal & planning issues

Planning permission: Many loft conversions fall under permitted development (PD), which means planning permission may not be required, as long as strict measurements are observed. There are a few exceptions to this rule, and our experts are on hand to process any required planning applications on your behalf. We have an excellent track record of success: your project will be in safe hands.

Neighbours: Always notify your neighbours before commencing work on a loft conversion. Though they cannot prevent a conversion from happening, they can demand surveys which will need to be factored into the time taken to complete the project.

Layout, dimension & structural issues

Head height: As part of PD requirements, your loft must have a total height of 7ft 6in at its highest point. If you do not have enough space to achieve this, additional work such as raising the roof or lowering the ceiling might need to be considered. Our builders will be available to advise on the best course of action in the event of such requirements.

Roof: You will need to consider the pitch angle and type of roof in order to determine what type of loft conversion best suits your property. For instance, some roof types require more structural reinforcement than others during the conversion process. Our experts are on hand to talk through the various available options with you.

Obstacles: Depending on the location of your water tank, you might need to rework your plumbing before beginning a loft conversion project.

Existing occupants

You might have considered the impact of a loft conversion on your next-door neighbours but it is important to remember other occupants closer to home. If you have bats in your loft, you might need further specialist advice on how to proceed since bats are a protected species. Again, our vast experience providing advice and building support on various loft conversion projects will serve you well in navigating any issues involving animal habitats in your home.


If you have further questions about any of these points, our team is on hand to discuss them with you. Get in touch today for a free consultation with our team of experts.

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