Tradecall Lofts

 

A successful conversion or alteration can transform any home and there are an array of options for maximising your available space. You don’t just benefit from gaining extra space and light with an extension or loft conversion. It's also one of the most cost effective ways to increase its value. 

 

Loft conversions are a great way to utilise the space in your property.

At Tradecall Lofts we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional service from the start to end of your project. We will always be respectful of your home and conduct all building works in the least intrusive manner as possible. Our dedicated team will be on site every day to discuss any queries or concerns you may have.

We can deal with all aspects of the building work for your loft conversion, including the initial design process, planning applications (if required) and building regulations. If you have used your own architect to formulate the design we will be only too pleased to work alongside them.

 

Velux Conversion

A velux window conversion is a lower cost than a loft conversion as it does not increase the loft space. The loft is converted to the oringinal loft space without adding a dormer project through the roof line. Velux windows can be installed to the front and the back of the property. It might not give you as much room as a dormer conversion but it would still give you a large bedroom and even an en-suite.

Dormer Conversion

A dormer loft conversion can be a larger flat roof or pitched roof dormer to the rear of the loft. Or it could be one of several smaller dormers to the roof line. The advantages of dormer loft conversion is it increases space the loft size and gives more head room as well as providing the opportunity for a larger room or multi rooms.

TeleBeam loft conversion and flooring system is a totally new concept.
It has been designed primarily for the retrospective conversion of existing modern (post 1960’s) roof trusses to provide accommodation in the roof space. It can also be used in traditional ‘cut roofs’ where it may be difficult to provide adequate support.
Roof trusses work on a ‘Load Sharing’ system in that each truss typically carries only a 600mm width of roof load. TeleBeam extends this concept further by employing two beams to help the truss carry its existing roof load plus the additional floor load as a result of the conversion. This approach minimises loss of headroom.
The beams are telescopic and adjust to the span of the building and work for any roof pitch. They span from outside wall to outside wall and do not rely on any internal support.
TeleBeam requires no temporary propping or support as it is installed entirely before any of the ‘W’ braces are cut out from the trusses. The vertical stud walls at the edge of the room transfer the roof load down to the TeleBeam system and the remaining horizontal section of the oiriginal truss takes all of the horizontal loads. The floor is fixed directly to the TeleBeams. No need for timber floor joists.

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We understand that deciding to have a loft conversion is a big undertaking; That's why we offer a free consultation where we can help guide you through the process and offer honest advice from over 40 years experience. We also offer a free quote service - contact us today to book your visit

 

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Building Regulations – UK

Planning permission is not normally necessary for loft conversions, although this does depend on a number of conditions (for example, there must be no extension higher than the highest part of the roof, no balconies, and there are volume limits too, as well as a number of other factors to consider).

However, building regulations are always part of the process for all loft conversions, whether the conversion needs planning permission or not.

How do loft conversion building regulations work?

Each and every conversion must be inspected for approval, either by your local authority’s Building Control, or by independent, regulated inspectors. No matter who is charged with inspecting your conversion, a ‘building notice’ is required from your local authority before any construction work can begin. We will apply for the building notice on your behalf. Once the application is submitted, construction cannot begin until at least 48 hours later.

Three inspections will be required during the construction of your loft conversion. After the final inspection has taken place and the work has been passed (i.e. your loft conversion meets the building regulations), a completion certificate will be issued. It’s important to keep this somewhere safe so you can prove the safety of your conversion if you ever sell your property.

What do loft conversion building regulations cover?

UK building regulations will cover a number of elements of a loft conversion, including the floor, the structural soundness and the insulation. The regulations are there to ensure that the new structure is completely safe.

Joists

Using your loft as a living space will mean that the floor has to hold a lot more weight than it did originally. As such, the structural strength of the new floor of your loft conversion must be sufficient enough to hold the added weight, or it will not meet building regulations. Any joists and load-bearing walls must be strong enough to support the extra weight, and you will also have to install steel beams to support the new joists.

Fire doors and fire escape

There must be the provision of a safe escape route from your loft conversion in case of fire. Each room of the conversion must have an appropriate escape window, and each window should be easily accessible, with the use of a ladder, from outside. Furthermore, fire alarms should be installed, there must be a self-closing fire door, any new floors and walls must be capable of resisting fire and any glazing used in doors should be fire resistant.

Stairs and access

The stairs to the new floor of the loft conversion must be safely designed. Any staircase to the new living space must be wide enough to allow anyone to use them easily in case of an emergency.

Headroom and ceiling height

Your loft conversion must offer sufficient headroom and a high enough ceiling height for it to be a practical living space. This applies both to the living area itself, and the staircase up to the conversion as well.

Insulation depth, energy efficiency and U-Value

Any dwelling should be energy efficient. Any walls, roof slopes, ceilings and new windows and doors installed in a loft conversion will be measured to determine how much heat passes through the glass and framework. The amount of heat lost must not exceed a certain limit, known as the ‘U-Value’. Even if the rest of your existing property doesn’t comply with this standard, your new loft conversion still must have sufficient insulation to meet the building regulations.

In terms of keeping sound transference to a minimum, insulation between the conversion and the rooms below must be sufficiently effective, as must the insulation in any new internal walls. If you live in a terraced or semi-detached house, you may also find that you have to improve the insulation between yours and your neighbours’ lofts.

Ventilation

Your new loft conversion must be ventilated properly to ensure that it meets building regulations. There should be a window that is a twentieth of the total floor area of the new living space, and there should be a mechanical fan of sufficient power if you are installing a bathroom. The roof void must also be ventilated to prevent condensation.

The information provided about loft conversions and building regulations above is designed as a brief guide to get you started thinking about what you might need to do to comply and get your conversion passed. However, each conversion will be judged individually. If you have any questions about loft conversions and building regulations in your area, you should call your local authority.