Loft conversion tips?

  • craigy Staff 13 Apr 2019 17:39:32 9,443 posts
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    We’re doing a loft conversion. Any tips from people who have done the same?

    Heard that it’s worth going for the larger velux windows. Is it worth impacting the floorspace for a bit more storage space that gets built in below the pitched bit of the roof?
  • mothercruncher 13 Apr 2019 17:44:58 16,198 posts
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  • Mr_Sleep 13 Apr 2019 17:48:19 22,571 posts
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    Look into party wall agreements if your place is connected to another house. Try your best not to involve a party wall surveyor as they charge a fortune and seem to be super dodgy. Some neighbours insist on it, some are cool, so it just depends. Also, try to get a company that doesn't want to pierce the walls on either side with steels, it is possible to just use posts if your architect knows what they are doing and the supporting walls are appropriate.

    It can be a good idea to get a velux to allow one to air that area as it can get very warm where the pitch is as one often doesn't have the height for proper insulation.

    Check the regs for how much height you have at the theoretical top step, that is a stumbling block to having it done. Saying that, you can use the Velux to fake that height and you can also raise the ridge sometimes, depending on the house.

    What is the proposed layout?
  • Frogofdoom 13 Apr 2019 17:52:07 13,222 posts
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    That was far too helpful. We should have withheld the info to force new forum features out of Craigy.
  • You-can-call-me-kal 13 Apr 2019 18:03:40 15,733 posts
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    I would say yes to the storage, although I don’t know how much floor space that leaves. Big bedrooms are kind of pointless though imo. If they’re big enough for a bed, they’re big enough. Storage for the win.
  • craigy Staff 13 Apr 2019 18:15:24 9,443 posts
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    @Mr_Sleep you sound like you've done this before!

    We're doing a hip-to-gable with a rear dormer which will give enough room for a bedroom plus en-suite/shower. Just getting things going with an architect who is going to provide schematics for us as a starting point. Some friends down the road have the same house build as us and have done a conversion so we have a good idea what the space will end up looking like.

    What's the beef with steels versus posts?
  • craigy Staff 13 Apr 2019 18:15:46 9,443 posts
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    @Frogofdoom wait i thought this place was feature complete?
  • craigy Staff 13 Apr 2019 18:15:58 9,443 posts
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    @mothercruncher /bans
  • Mr_Sleep 13 Apr 2019 19:35:14 22,571 posts
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    @craigy yes indeed. Had one done last year, although it has been held up by some stupid and should get signed off soon, hopefully.

    Steels often have to be pushed through the party wall which will mean you absolutely need a party wall agreement. If you use posts instead then you don't break through the wall and then one can avoid too many party wall issues.

    Sounds pretty standard, what have you budgeted?
  • Armoured_Bear 13 Apr 2019 21:43:55 26,694 posts
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    craigy wrote: this before!

    We're doing a hip-to-gable with a rear dormer.
    I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve got the horn now.
  • AboutHalfaStevas 13 Apr 2019 21:58:02 1,694 posts
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    Mr_Sleep wrote:
    Look into party wall agreements if your place is connected to another house. Try your best not to involve a party wall surveyor as they charge a fortune and seem to be super dodgy.
    So much this it should break the whole damn internet, frankly.
  • Fake_Blood 13 Apr 2019 22:39:07 9,491 posts
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    Anyone ever seen one of these velux cabrio balcony things?

    http://i.imgur.com/rbBWc54.gifv
  • Dirtbox 14 Apr 2019 05:03:31 91,097 posts
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    Remove the firewall between yours and your neighbours houses. If you live on a terrace, just go through all of them.

    WA LA!

    Giant fuckin loft.
  • craigy Staff 14 Apr 2019 07:29:40 9,443 posts
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    @Fake_Blood that looks coooool! We’re most likely getting a little Juliet balcony added to the rear dormer so we’ll have something close to that.

    Edited by craigy at 07:29:59 14-04-2019
  • Youthist 14 Apr 2019 09:14:18 13,773 posts
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    We got all the plans and calcs completed before we engaged with any contractors. Then we got 5 companies in and asked them to price to that exact spec. We then got rid of the cheapest and most expensive quotes and focussed on talking more to the 3 quotes that were coming in at about the same price range. Worked well and we picked the right one. Lots of cowboys out there.

    Edited by Youthist at 09:14:36 14-04-2019
  • Mr_Sleep 14 Apr 2019 09:43:01 22,571 posts
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    Definitely lots of cowboys, I regularly talk to people who have had nightmare extensions.
  • gammonbanter 15 Apr 2019 12:01:27 1,772 posts
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    You have to do the boring thing and see who's done it on your road and see if it actually adds value. Or in fact if it's cheaper to have the conversion than move to a house with an extra room. Loft conversions add the most value in London.

    Putting the ensuite in their is a great move!
  • SnackPlissken 15 Apr 2019 12:53:00 972 posts
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    My previous house had a pretty pointless loft conversion for a victorian terrace. The stairs spiralled and went into the middle of the room, so there were two spaces between the stairs, but the ceiling height on each meant.. well what can you do with them? I'm surprised I managed to sell the house with it classed as a third bedroom.
  • Dombat 15 Apr 2019 15:41:02 1,564 posts
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    I assume your architect has this covered, but have you checked whether you need planning permission? Provided you aren't in a conservation area or certain other sensitive areas your permitted development rights probably cover you on this, but people can be caught out when loft conversions include extensions or alterations to the roof requiring permission.
  • robthehermit 15 Apr 2019 15:47:17 7,294 posts
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    Not a single offer to PM the information? I'm very disappointed with the lot of you.
  • mrpon 15 Apr 2019 17:21:27 35,211 posts
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    @craigy pics, dimensions and costs plz, when you've finished.
  • Load_2.0 15 Apr 2019 17:40:40 29,324 posts
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    I don't want measurements.

    Just the tip.
  • Mr_Sleep 15 Apr 2019 21:55:56 22,571 posts
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    @Dombat this is good advice, never assume anyone knows what is going on.
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