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Loft Conversions - Gloucester & Stroud



Converting the space in your loft to a habitable room has become much more popular in recent years. Over 70% of loft conversions are for extra bedrooms which is not really surprising when you consider the cost of moving from a three bedroom home into a four or five bedroom home, especially when taking in to account moving costs and stamp duty. Certain loft conversions may be carried out under Permitted Deveopment but all loft conversions will need Building Regulations approval.

A loft with a traditional rafter and purlin roof construction ( pre 1965) is idea for a loft conversion as it has a steep pitch and spaces between supporting timbers. Modern (post 1965) houses normally have trussed rafter roof construction which has a more shallow pitch and more struts, this is more difficut to convert but many loft conversions carried out are with this type of construction. As a basic rule you need 2.3m from the ridge to the ceiling joist ( under the apex) but there are solutions ( raising the roof of lowering the floor) if you do not have this height but obviously build costs will be highter. 



A Rooflight conversion is the cheapest and simplest option and there is no limit to the number of rooflights you can have. Rooflights are also allowed under Permitted Development on a front elevation ( facing the street) and are often used in conservation areas as dormer windows may not be allowed.


Dormer Windows

Dormer windows are ideal if you have a hipped roof or want a larger loft extension. A dormer window will provide a lot more headroom. Dormer windows are allowed under Pemitted Development on the rear of a property but not allowed on the principle elevation ( facing the street) and may not be allowed in a conservation area. A dormer can have a flat roof, pitched roof or pitched roof with a gable.


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  For more information about extending your loft or if you wish a free no obligation consultation call 01452 595600