Frequently Asked Questions
As a rough guide a Dormer conversion can start at £28,000 and a Velux conversion at £18,000, however prices can vary due to the size of the conversion and complexity.
Yes. If your conversion is for habitable accommodation then it needs to be planned professionally to ensure it confirms to stringent building regulations, Top Storey Lofts have the own drawing office, where our technical draughtsmen will produce your plans to the highest standards and specifications.
Under regulations that came into effect from 1 October 2008 a loft conversion or small dormer extension is considered a permitted development, and generally does not require planning permission. Permission is required if you plan to extend or alter the roof space more than specified limits and conditions:
Volume increase of 40 cubic metres for terraced houses or 50 cubic metres for detached & semi-detached houses. No extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway (i.e. no dormer to face the street).
No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house (i.e. in keeping with the house and street). Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7 metres above the floor. Dormer extensions, excluding hip to gable dormers are set back, as far as practicable, at least 20cm from the eaves. Roof extensions are not permitted development in designated areas, i.e. National Parks, Conservation areas, World Heritage Sites.
However the majority of Loft Conversions including those with quite large dormers do not require Planning Permission as the development can be completed under Permitted Development Rights.
No. It is not feasible or practical to convert some lofts. Top Storey Lofts offer a FREE no obligation survey. This would involve a visit from one of our surveyors. Ring our freephone number 0800 014 2407 to arrange a visit.
* For an average sized Velux / Rooflight conversion from start to finish is between 12 – 14 days.
* For an average Hip To Gable Conversion 14 – 16 days
* For a Rear Dormer Conversion we aim to have it completed within 18 – 20 days.
* For a Roof Lift Conversion usually 18 – 20 days
We have been involved in Loft Conversions over 27 years. In that time we have built up a strong dedicated customer service with thorough knowledge and expertise in all aspects of loft conversion.
Top Storey Lofts will do all that on your behalf.
Yes, please click here go to our loft conversion page.
Yes, these types of lofts are getting a lot more common around 50% of our conversions have trussed roofs.
All Loft Conversions carry a 5 year guarantee for labour and materials. (Smoke alarms exempt 1 year manufactures)
Disruption to the householder is kept to minimum as possible, only breaking through the stairwell on the last few days to incorporate your new staircase.
We have qualified supervisors who visits each job from start to finish during the conversion.
Water tanks are a usual feature in most lofts, a plumber will be instructed to move and relocate your water tanks, when and as required.
Of course, if there is sufficient room in your loft, a bathroom/en-suites will always enhance your conversion.
No problem at all, we can help.
We dispose of the waste via skips, the cost of which will be included in your proposal.
The existing loft hatch will be made good, and plastered finish.
Yes, we can provide a full planning and design service only if required. Top Storey draw plans not only for potential customers, but also draw plans for other Loft Conversion Companies, Top Storey Lofts are experts in this field.
Your next move is to have a free no-obligation feasibility study, call our freephone number on 0800 014 2407, our in house advisers will guide through the next stage, and arrange for a site visit to the property you wish to convert.