Loft Conversions

A loft conversion is a great, and increasingly popular, way to extend your living space. It makes perfect sense to turn a dark, unused attic it into bright, flexible living space that will add value to your home.

Changing the roofline

Your attic conversion is unlikely to need planning permission, but if you are changing the roofline you will need to check this aspect with the planning authorities.

Many will not allow dormers or roof extensions on the front of the house, facing the street, so your chances may be better off if they are at the rear. You can probably put rooflights at the front if you need the extra light.

This is why the most popular loft conversions involve a rear dormer, creating a square end to the back of your house and with a flat roof, giving significant extra floor space and height.


Replacing the roof

Although the roofline at the front of the property will remain intact, pretty much all attic conversions require the whole roof to be replaced. This is because the timbers that will support the floor of the new room will need to be replaced to take the weight of the structure.  

Replacing the whole roof does give you a greater choice of roof tile as you won’t have to match the existing ones, but you should consider choosing tiles that blend in unobtrusively with the houses around yours.

Your loft company may suggest that you re-use existing tiles when you re-roof, but you will get a much better look if you replace them all, and you will also benefit from the guarantees that come with new products.

Most of these projects are carried out by loft conversion specialists and you should check their specialist knowledge of roofing. Those that have significant expertise are likely to be members of Redland Select. Other loft conversion companies may subcontract the roofing work – if this is the case it is worth checking that this subcontractor is a member of Redland Select.