Loft & Garage Conversions
Loft and garage conversions are becoming increasingly popular and are an efficient way to maximise the space you have in your home if you feel that your garage or loft areas are going unused or have a better purpose. If you plan on converting these areas to bedrooms or liveable areas, you'll need to understand the building requirements in order for this to happen and be legal. Rooms that will serve as bedrooms must have at least one window for fire escape and should be lit and insulated for comfort and safety.
Loft conversions are done when you want to make use of that extra space upstairs that’s otherwise dark and probably filled with dust and insulation. These areas can be converted into extra bedrooms, assuming that the ceilings are high enough and there is access to the rest of the floor levels from the loft itself. The loft must also include a window for safe exit during an emergency and you may be required to install further enhancements in the walls and flooring to ensure that it’s safe for others to use. This is often true in older homes, where the loft space was built for mostly storage.
Garage conversions are similar to loft conversions but making use of the garage area that's attached to the front or side of your home, rather than mounted on top and under the roof. Garage conversions differ slightly in that they usually require removing the garage door itself and replacing it with a wall or barrier to enclose the space. Many garages also do not have large enough windows, so this may also need to be added if your garage does not currently have one.
Every room in your home should have some level of insulation, especially if you are converting the loft and garage areas (that may not always have insulation) into liveable spaces. Your rooms do not have to have heating or air conditioning units but there should be connected access to those features if they are located elsewhere in the home. You’ll probably want to consider installing them, nonetheless, so that the air system is cohesive throughout your home and in the newly-converted rooms.
As mentioned previously, there are several requirements that are mandated by law in order to make a converted room a ‘room’ and one that can be used as a bedroom. If you plan to use your converted rooms as extended storage spaces, then you don’t have to worry about meeting these requirements. Otherwise, if your converted rooms are to be used as separate bedrooms or communal living spaces, they must meet a series of government building requirements to make them safe and up to code standard. We go through these points with you during the consultation to ensure they can be met during the building process and with the final product. We also adjust planning so the contractors understand how to integrate them into the building plan during implementation.