The Complete Guide to Loft Conversions In East London

At iLoft Conversions we like to let our clients know what to expect from a loft conversion so that they can make informed decisions. Creating a new loft is an exciting time and getting it right will mean a beautiful new loft and extra space for you and your family. It also adds value to your property, making it a sound investment.

To help you make the right decision on the type of loft that best suits your needs and for an overview of the process, here is our comprehensive guide on loft conversions.  

Choosing the right loft conversion contractor

A reputable loft conversion company will ensure the chances of error are minimised and that costs are kept as low as possible. They will also talk you through the process and be on hand to answer any questions you may have. It’s important to choose an accredited company. This means that they have to comply with certain industry standards and ensure their staff are trained and qualified. It also assures you that they keep up to date with changes to construction codes and standards.

Look for recommendations, ask to see their work, and find out what their clients have to say about their work through online reviews. A reputable contractor will be a member of at least one trade body where you can find out more about them and their past work. 

Planning Permission

Planning permission may or may not be necessary, and this will depend on the type of property you own and what loft conversion you want. While most loft conversions don’t need planning permission, those over 50 cubic centimetres will as will any conversion on a property that is listed or in a conservation area. If you, or a previous owner, have already extended or altered the property you may also need to apply for planning permission.

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Building regulations

Compliance with applicable building regulations will always be required where you are altering a loft into a liveable space. Approval is sought in writing from the council’s Building Control team. While work can start as soon as you submit your application, it is usually advisable to contact them first to discuss the process and your property. They can then advise on exactly what is required, giving you complete peace of mind.

Party walls

These are the walls between your property and that of a neighbour. For projects that involve any work to a party wall you will need your neighbour’s consent before work can begin. For a comprehensive overview of party walls and what is required you can talk to us.

Costs

The average cost of a loft conversion ranges between £30,000 and £50,000. The final cost will depend on a number of factors, including the type of property you own, the size of loft you want to add, loft design, number and type of rooms you would like, consideration of applicable building regulations and/or planning permission, and any additional installations, fittings, fixtures or furnishings you would like to include. We can provide a tailored quote for you taking all these parameters into consideration.

Timescales

The average cost of a loft conversion ranges between £30,000 and £50,000. The final cost will depend on a number of factors, including the type of property you own, the size of loft you want to add, loft design, number and type of rooms you would like, consideration of applicable building regulations and/or planning permission, and any additional installations, fittings, fixtures or furnishings you would like to include. We can provide a tailored quote for you taking all these parameters into consideration.

Insulation and ventilation

A good loft conversion contractor will ensure your new space is properly insulated and that there is adequate ventilation to prevent the build-up of condensation which can lead to mould and mildew. Close attention should be paid to bathrooms, which are weak points for condensation, and the roof.

Plumbing

We work with leading plumbing teams in East London to ensure that your new loft conversion has all the necessary plumbing fitted and that it works well. This way you can add an en suite bathroom or kitchenette to your new loft living space if you wish.

Emergency exits

Fire safety is a key concern and a building regulation requirement for loft conversions as there must be an exit in case of emergency. The drawings prepared during the planning and design stages will take these requirements into consideration, making the process seamless for you. For example, the new staircase will be designed to meet building regulations and any additional exits, should they be required, will also be designed in where necessary.  

Fixtures, fittings and furnishings

Once the outer shell of the loft conversion is complete the next stage is to work on the finer details that bring your new room(s) to life. This will include things such as electrical and plumbing installations, window frames and doors, as well as the smaller touches such as interior design work, wall hangings and other appendages.

Our iLoft Conversions team can incorporate any of the following into your loft conversion quote:

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Bathroom installations

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Carpeting

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Doors

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Electrical components

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Floorboards

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Guttering

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Kitchen installations

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Lighting

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Mirrors, paintings and other wall hangings

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Plastering

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Plumbing

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Staircases

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Tiles

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Windows

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