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Dormer Loft Conversions: Your Guide

  • Posted by: Sebastian Grayson
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A dormer loft conversion is a popular type of loft conversion for UK homes. It will work with any property that has a sloping roof and adds a window to increase the length of the room by altering the roof slope. The window should face the front side of the property in order for this loft conversion type to meet building regulations. A dormer loft conversion will allow you to increase both the headspace and the length of the floor in your loft.

What’s the Cost of a Dormer Loft Conversion?

The dormer loft conversion can vary in price based on a lot of different factors including the location of your home, the complexity of the work, and the size of your loft, for example. The quality of the work will also impact the price, but it’s always worth paying more for quality work that you can trust to reduce the risk of problems later. 

On average, a typical loft conversion with a bedroom and an en-suite bathroom will set you back around £35-45k.  Since this is quite a large investment in your property, it’s important to consider the current value of your home and determine how much value a dormer loft conversion will be able to add to your property before deciding if the investment is worthwhile. 

It’s also worth considering any additional costs that you may need to cover in the process of having a dormer loft conversion such as redecorating costs, adding a staircase from your first floor to your loft, and if your roof needs additional support for the work to be completed. 

How Long Will It Take to Complete a Dormer Loft Conversion?

You may be wondering how long your loft conversion will take to complete, and how disruptive the dormer loft conversion process is going to be to your life. 

The length of time that it will take may depend on several factors. The age of your property might add on some time, for example, if additional roof supports need to be added first to make the loft safe. Additionally, a larger loft will usually take longer than a smaller loft. In general, a dormer loft conversion will take between ten and twelve weeks of work to complete. The planning stage is generally the longest stage, as you will need to have blueprints drawn up and approved. In some cases, you may be required to get planning permission from your local authority first, which can sometimes take some time. 

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Do I Need Planning Permission for a Dormer Loft Conversion?

For the most part, you will be glad to hear that dormer loft conversions are covered under permitted development rights, which means that you do not need to get additional planning permission to start work. However, you should always do your research beforehand as there are some circumstances where this may not be the case, such as if your home is a listed building or if you live in a conservation area. 

Your property will need to meet some conditions if you want to have a dormer loft conversion without planning permission, including restrictions on the height and size of the dormer. You should also use materials that are similar to those used for the rest of your property. 

What Other Things Do I Need to Look Out For?

Before you get a dormer loft conversion, there are some things to be aware of, such as restrictions. You cannot add a dormer window that overlooks a neighbour’s house, for example. You will also be required to make sure that your house meets fire safety regulations and that there is a clear exit from the loft to the front door, which may include replacing doors in your home. 

If you have any questions about dormer loft conversions or want to discuss your options, get in touch with the friendly team at Simply Easy Refurbs. 

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Author: Sebastian Grayson