The Specialist Loft Conversion Company
We offer a range of loft conversion project options that can turn unusable existing space into a brand new room.
Loft conversion projects are a stylish way of adding more space to your home. While complex, even a basic loft conversion can open up a lot more internal loft space and provide you with versatile, habitable rooms. Planning out and constructing the perfect usable space in your loft isn’t easy on your own, though.
Our loft conversion services are some of the best in the UK, and our past experience with thousands of individual customers has allowed us to refine our craft.
But what kind of conversion options are available, and what would work best for your own home?
If you’re unsure of what to look for or don’t know anything about loft conversion, then this breakdown of different options and benefits can help you decide which of our services are right for your home and lifestyle.
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We at Elite Loft Conversions are loft conversion specialists with years of in-depth home building experience, having worked with countless clients to give them the best results possible. Whether it’s extra space or a specific kind of loft room, we have handled every type of loft conversion and are fully equipped to take on new challenges for each new customer.
We handle each of our conversion projects as a distinct process, making sure that it is perfectly suited to the client that we’re working with at the time. Our expert staff are able to find the perfect balance between client preferences and building regulations, delivering a perfect conversion of your existing loft space in record time.
Our work is tailored to each client and designed according to their tastes. We always aim to give our clients the best loft conversion outcomes possible, no matter how specific their requirements are or the kind of work that might be involved. If you have a project in mind, we can make sure that it sees the light of day.
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We promise all of our clients that we’ll deliver the best loft conversion project results every single time. Even now, we’ve been working with countless clients to help them convert attics at an extremely high standard of quality, giving them everything they need to open up more space in their homes.
Our work spans projects of all shapes and sizes, working with clients at any scale. Whether they’re able to complete part of the project DIY or rely on us for all of the work, we can make sure that we give them exactly what they ask for – while also observing safety standards, building regulations and quality control.
If you have a loft conversion idea and no easy way to carry it out by yourself, then our staff are perfect for bridging the gap. No matter what you need, we have the skills to provide it.
As a company, we have over 20 years of experience in the loft conversion niche and have installed thousands of individual loft conversion projects across the UK alone. Each piece of work we complete only improves our skills further, letting us provide better and better results to any clients we have.
We are able to tailor our work to the client rather than forcing the client to choose from pre-defined options. Every single loft conversion project is unique, and we make sure that it works with the client’s wishes, no matter how specific some of them may be.
Our staff are able to observe important factors like roof structure, floor space limits, load-bearing walls and overall safety standards during each project, ensuring that your finished loft is perfectly safe to use. This also allows us to find ways of improving the loft conversion plans if we encounter any roadblocks or other temporary setbacks.
Planning out a loft conversion project is tough. We have created a department that is specific to creating loft conversion plans for you. Check out Elite Loft Conversion Plans who are able to review your existing plans or help draft new ones based on your preferences, setting up the foundations for an amazing loft that is both practical and appealing.
All of our loft conversion projects are handled to the highest possible standard of quality. Our work is meant to be as good as possible, providing clients with exactly what they want no matter the situation. We aim for this consistently and will always create the best attic we can from the plans that we’re given.
Each basic type of loft conversion that we offer is aimed at a specific kind of work or location, but all of them are equally practical and constructed to the same high standard of overall quality. If you haven’t looked into loft conversions before, then knowing some of the basics can help you decide on what suits your home best.
Remember: we can offer high-quality conversion projects regardless of scope, scale, or style. Even so, having a general idea of how you want your loft to look and feel can drastically speed up the project.
If you are unsure on which type of loft conversion is best for your house, check out our article here.
A Dormer conversion is one of the more common types of loft conversion within the UK and is mostly used on semi-detached or terraced houses. These conversions extend the roof upwards to create more headspace, changing quite a lot about the size and shape of your roof in the process.
Dormer designs are very simple, but they can sometimes have limits to how far they can be extended. Changing too much can heavily alter the silhouette of your home, so they always require planning permission and often have to be kept simple to stay consistent with the rest of your home.
A flat roof conversion is the simplest way of adding more loft space. It adds a new ‘room’ onto the existing roof structure, effectively giving you a new part of the house to enjoy. This flat roof is very practical and creates a lot of space, making it a great choice for many homes.
A pitched roof conversion gives you less space but can look more appealing and may fit in with the aesthetic of the house better. The sloping roof can also help when dealing with a lot of rain or snow, but the biggest differences are purely in how much roof you get – thanks to the sloping roof, you do not have quite as much floor space to enjoy.
As a good example of an ‘average’ loft conversion, dormer designs are some of the easiest to install windows in. We can make sure that you get the exact window options you want for your new loft expansion and even match the style of window to keep them consistent with the rest of your home.
A hip to gable loft conversion opens up much more floor space but is also focused on opening up more headspace. Like dormer conversions, these are quite common and very practical but are installed on the side of your roof instead of the front or back. In practical terms, they’re simply in a different position.
Again, these are most often seen on semi-detached housing and provide a lot of additional space in homes that already have an average-sized loft. However, they also involve big changes to the room, meaning that they can take a fair amount of effort to create. We can help you get the best hip to gable loft possible, but it will take some effort to plan.
Mansard loft conversion projects extend the entire roof, turning it from a pointed slope into an extra room that runs across the whole length of the house. These are often installed at the rear of the property and are one of the easiest options if you want to create a space that feels like an entirely new floor of your home.
A mansard loft conversion is quite large and can be more expensive than some other options. They also tend to require a lot more construction work since they’re focused on maximising space while still sticking to the general shape and style of the house. Our staff can help you plan out the perfect mansard loft for your home and preferences.
Mansard lofts have a lot of options when it comes to their design, allowing them to easily fit into an existing roof slope design without much effort. While they’re larger than a dormer loft conversion, they provide a lot more space, letting you create top-floor rooms out of an old, unused loft area.
Unlike the vertical wall of dormer loft conversion projects, these are slightly more slanted. While this might reduce loft space on paper, they can be much taller, offering extra space in terms of head clearance and comfort.
A Velux loft conversion is a very cheap way to turn a loft into a living space and is one of the least disruptive options overall. We can offer you a full Velux loft conversion while keeping construction work to a minimum, which not only makes the process faster but also much more convenient for you.
Velux loft conversions don’t alter the roof structure very much, other than adding windows: they use the existing roof space of the loft as a basis for a room. This means that planning permission isn’t always required, although it still has to stay within usual building regulations.
Velux loft conversion projects are ideal for roof windows since there are barely any changes that need to be made to the loft itself. This means that the roof can be partially opened up to allow for natural light, making it a much nicer living space or bedroom.
We can ensure that you get the room you want, even if you’re using a simple Velux conversion. If you want windows and other adjustments made to your roof, then our expert staff are able to offer it and can even work to help you plan out specific parts of the project based on the current state of your loft and home.
An L-shaped loft conversion is a great loft conversion option for some oddly-shaped homes, primarily homes that already have an L-shaped roof layout (usually due to an extension that sticks out from the house’s main ‘body’). These can create extra loft space compared to your typical conversion types, although they take some extra work to build.
We are able to construct the perfect L-shaped loft for your home, whether that’s on terraced, detached or semi-detached houses. Our services include the stress of having to find out what planning permission you need, making it much easier for you to get your new roof space without having to worry too much.
L-shaped loft conversion options are perfect for building over any kind of room, including first-floor habitable rooms in bungalows. They could extend the total size of your loft while still conforming to the general shape of your home and can be useful for connecting two different loft areas if they were built separately.
If your house has an extension, this kind of loft is a bit more costly but also provides far more internal loft space without requiring any other major changes. We can install this kind of conversion in the same way as a dormer loft conversion, only with an alternate shape.
L-shaped lofts can be tailored towards what each client wants, meaning that we can adjust our work to suit your preferences. We could design an L-shaped loft with dormer windows, sloping roofs, or even more specific features like sound insulation: all to the same high standard of quality that we always aim for.
This makes L-shaped lofts a very customisation choice since they’re more of a shape than a specific kind of loft design. Our experts can help you plan out the ideal design and layout for a new attic conversion, all while still observing the usual safety concerns and the physical limits of your home.
Our wrap-around loft conversions are some of the largest that we can create, giving you a massive amount of additional space on your home roof. Not only do they offer more head height than regular sloping roofs, but they effectively form a complete room, using multiple vertical walls to build the new loft space.
Unlike most other loft conversion options we offer, a wrap-around loft is very versatile. It acts like a ‘box’ or a standalone room, replacing part of your loft with a new roof space – an upwards extension to your home. Thanks to this, you get plenty of head height and a lot of additional flooring space.
Our wrap-around loft conversion options are perfect for anybody who wants an entirely new room in their home. While they require a lot of planning permission to construct and can be quite time-consuming and costly to create, they’re also some of the largest conversions we can offer.
This is almost like adding a new floor to your home, with all the benefits and drawbacks that you would expect. All of our wrap around conversions are built to the highest level of quality and care that we can manage, and we can make sure that we maximise the amount of space you have available in the conversion plan.
Modular loft conversion projects are pre-fabricated conversions that are built off-site then installed in place of a house’s original roof. These can be very complex to prepare for since they require an entire roof to be removed and replaced, but they also open up a massive amount of customisation and control over the space you get.
We can help you arrange the perfect modular loft construction project for your home and make sure that any relevant contractors or companies are hired and available to construct the modular pieces themselves. Of course, our excellent staff are also on standby to help you with planning, getting you the exact design you want in the most efficient way possible.
A roof light loft conversion is one of the most simple loft options we offer. Rather than loft extension, this project is simply based on adding roof lights (also known as skylights) to keep the loft well-lit through natural light. This means that they don’t tend to need much planning permission and that they can be cost-effective overall.
Our roof light conversions can either be handled as a standalone conversion or as part of a larger loft extension. We have multiple different types of roof lights on offer, from roof-flush conservation lights to more contemporary pitched lights that angle themselves downwards at one side.
There are no specific rules or designs when it comes to these lights. Whatever your loft conversion design or personal preferences, you can let us know what you’re looking for, and we’ll be able to build you the ideal lighting windows for your loft.
Loft conversion costs can vary quite heavily since there isn’t a major standard to consider when looking at any loft conversion work. Aside from things restricted by building regulations and planning permission, you can do almost anything with most loft conversions.
Because of this, the exact cost of your new loft conversion project is likely to vary heavily. Fortunately, we at Elite Loft Conversions are able to suggest some rough estimates that might show how expensive different techniques and loft types are.
A Velux loft conversion can cost around £15,000 to £20,000 in total.
This sounds like quite a lot, but remember that most loft conversions include things like warm roof insulation, cold roof insulation, preservation of existing ceiling joists and floor joists, the addition of new supports by a structural engineer and the material for the attic conversion itself.
This makes a Velux loft one of the cheapest types of loft conversion cost-wise if you count all ‘full-scale’ conversions that change the shape of the roof itself.
A dormer loft is at least twice as expensive as a Velux loft, coming in at around £30,000-£60,000 in total. This is because a dormer requires much more extensive attic conversion work, as well as a full overhaul of the roof layout and design. This might also involve new floor joists.
A hip-to-gable conversion is similar to a dormer loft, but they will often cost more due to the way that they are installed. This can raise the price to between £40,000 and £65,000.
A mansard loft space is the most expensive of the standard options, costing around £45,000 to £70,000 in total. This depends on the exact style of the loft and how it is set up to work with the house’s roof.
Of course, a loft isn’t a set cost. It varies heavily depending on things like the total quality of the loft, the size of the space being created, the additional features that are being installed, and even things like the plumbing and wiring involved in making the space into the room that you want.
This means that your loft conversion cost can increase if you want something like underfloor heating or an additional shower. On the other hand, a loft that’s smaller or less invasive to your home’s shape will generally cost less.
If you want to convert your loft into a liveable space as fast as possible, then we have two core options that have drastically reduced prices compared to the rest of our loft offerings.
The first is Velux loft conversion work, which only makes minimal changes to the loft and roof. This is perfect for anybody who wants the loft to be usable but doesn’t actually care about having any extra space made available.
The other is through roof light installation. While this is much cheaper, it only really opens the loft up to natural light, meaning that it’s a very simple option with very limited scope or scale.
|Conversion Method||Description||Advantages||Disadvantages||Cost Estimate|
|Rooflight/Velux Conversion||Installing roof windows for natural light and ventilation. Minimal structural changes required.||Low construction cost||Limited headroom; Limited space gain||£4,000 – £20,000|
|Basic Dormer Conversion||Adding a small dormer for extra headroom and space. Simple construction.||More space and headroom than rooflights||Limited design flexibility; Limited space||£10,000 – £30,000|
|DIY Attic Conversion||Utilizing the existing space without major alterations. Insulation, flooring, and basic finishes added.||Low construction costs; No major structural changes||Limited design options; Limited usable space||£8,000 – £15,000|
|Shell Conversion||Creating a structural shell with flooring, walls, windows, and insulation. Interior finishing left for later.||Reduced upfront costs; Finish at your own pace||Unfinished space; Limited immediate usability||£15,000 – £35,000|
|Garage Loft Conversion||Converting an existing garage into a living space. Basic layout changes and insulation.||Pre-existing structure; Simplified construction||Limited space; Potential loss of parking space||£8,000 – £25,000|
All conversions can require planning permission, although it heavily depends on the exact project taking place. This is important since it allows you to get permission to make and refine changes that have a possible risk to them. Generally, you will need permission if:
If you do not fall under any of these conditions, then permitted development rights may allow the work to go ahead without planning permission. This means that things such as roof lights or small-scale changes can be done at will.
We can help you work out the planning permission you need, so don’t hesitate to contact one of our experts to secure the rights for your new loft conversion project.
Wondering if you need planning permission? Check out our article here to help you decide.
Normally, you won’t need direct permission from a neighbour to start a project like this. However, a party wall agreement can be necessary if you’re making changes that are going to impact the party wall (the wall between you and a neighbour, physical or property-wise.
After getting planning permission, neighbours can also sometimes comment on the plans. If enough comment negatively or see issues that might interfere with their own property, then you may need to take extra steps to avoid cutting into their land or obscuring something that they own.
To read more about what your neighbour can do to prevent your loft conversion, check out our article here.
There are certain building regulations that you will need to consider when working on a loft conversion with us. This includes things like loft stairs (loft conversion stairs need to allow safe movement between floors), fire exits, structural strength and sound insulation.
A building control inspector or building control officer is the best way to handle an inspection like this. An early inspection should involve things like safe, secure vertical walls and sound support roof trusses, while a final inspection needs to focus on details like a protected stair enclosure. An approved completion certificate is an important thing to earn here.
|Structural Stability||Ensure the loft conversion doesn’t compromise the overall structural integrity of the building. Structural calculations and professional assessment may be required.|
|Fire Safety||Implement fire-resistant materials, escape routes, and fire doors as required. Adequate fire protection for the new living space and existing areas is crucial.|
|Means of Escape||Provide suitable escape routes in case of a fire, such as staircases and emergency exits. New rooms should have adequate windows or other means of escape complying with regulations.|
|Headroom and Stairs||Ensure sufficient headroom and safe access to the loft space. Staircases should meet minimum width, rise, and tread requirements to ensure safe and comfortable movement.|
|Insulation and Ventilation||Comply with insulation requirements for walls, floors, and roofs. Adequate ventilation, especially in bathrooms and kitchens, is essential for preventing dampness and ensuring air quality.|
|Sound Insulation||Install sound insulation to minimize noise transmission between the loft conversion and other parts of the house. Soundproofing is particularly important for separating walls and floors.|
|Windows and Natural Light||Provide suitable windows for ventilation and natural light. Window sizes, positions, and egress requirements must comply with regulations.|
|Energy Efficiency||New loft conversions should meet energy efficiency standards. This includes factors like insulation, windows, heating systems, and reducing energy consumption.|
|Electrical Safety||Comply with electrical safety regulations. All electrical work must be carried out by a qualified electrician, and new wiring should meet safety standards, including fuse boxes, outlets, and lighting.|
|Plumbing and Drainage||If your loft conversion includes new bathrooms or plumbing fixtures, ensure proper connection to existing plumbing and drainage systems. Waterproofing and leak prevention are also crucial.|
|Party Wall Agreement||If the loft conversion affects a shared wall with a neighbor, you may need a Party Wall Agreement. This outlines the rights and responsibilities of both parties and helps prevent disputes.|
|Planning Permission and Permits||Check whether planning permission or permitted development rights are required for your loft conversion. Obtain any necessary permits from your local authority before starting the work.|
Almost any loft can be converted, but not always. There are some cases where a loft may need major work before it can be converted, usually if it contains vital water tanks and chimney stacks that have to be moved or removed.
We can inspect your loft to figure out how suitable it might be for a conversion project, taking into account details like the floor structure, head height and vertical wall strength. If you’re in a listed building, an area of outstanding natural beauty or a conservation area, then you may not be able to make major changes easily.
While you can convert your loft yourself, especially if it falls under permitted development and you have building regulations approval, the end result is always better when managed by professionals. We can create top-quality loft spaces far easier than a single DIY team can.
A large part of loft conversion isn’t just about the physical work but the planning, measuring, and other fine details along the way. Our experts are experienced at loft conversion projects and are much better suited to handling a cheaper, faster, and higher-quality loft conversion project on any scale.
After planning out a loft through planning permission and building regulations approval (or simple through permitted development), the conversion itself can take anywhere from a few weeks to multiple months. There isn’t a simple answer – all loft conversion projects are different.
Always assume that a loft conversion will take at least three months, more if you haven’t planned anything. Our staff are much faster than you may expect, but it’s important to overestimate the time it will take, rather than underestimating the process and being stuck with a half-finished roof.
For more information, check out our article on loft conversion duration here.
Loft conversion projects tend to add at least 20% additional value to a house’s total worth, although this varies heavily based on the type of conversion done.
Bungalows benefit from only having a first floor, meaning that a loft conversion adds a massive amount of space. We can offer any kind of loft here, and the work may even be cheaper due to the reduced height of the building.
Like bungalows, detached houses are fully standalone and can usually receive all loft conversion types. The only limits are based on the house shape. If you live in a listed building or conservation area, expect other restrictions.
Semi-detached houses can usually get every loft conversion, although there will need to be extra work (as well as internal stud walls or other blockers) to separate the two lofts if they are one combined space.
Terraced houses are the most restrictive, with some additional challenges being present due to the fact that there are houses on either side of your own. You also need to serve Party Wall notices to both houses next to you, unless you live on the end of a housing row and only have one neighbour.
Whether you want a wider space, wall mounted sanitary ware or just a big window, we can provide what you need at the appropriate level of complexity and quality. There are a lot of loft options to choose from, but before you can do anything, you’ll want some panning help from professionals like us.
Contact us directly if you want to know more about what we offer, how we can help, and what sort of loft conversion you could get for your preferred price range. The more you know, the better.
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