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Loft Conversions in Essex

Complete Lofts and Extensions Ltd are your premier choice of loft conversion specialists UK wide. Converting your attic space is a fantastic way to unlock the potential space in your home, providing you with a much-needed extra bedroom, en-suite bathroom or workspace to suit your new homeworking role.

When you hire professional loft conversion builders, you can be assured that you’ll not only receive excellent value for money, but you’ll also add value to your property price too.

Typical Projects Handled by Our Loft Conversion Specialists

Our loft conversion teams are available to tackle your conversion project in Essex. We provide bespoke conversions for your loft as well as extensions elsewhere in your home. Each project taken on by our loft conversion specialists is customised to your individual space and finish requirements. However, there are a few types of loft conversions that would be common within your general domestic household.

Here we have listed some of the most common ones with a general starting price below. These prices are starting prices only and will range depending on the specification for your home. All prices are exclusive of VAT.

Dormer
Loft conversion

Prices start at £29,000

Hip to gable
Loft Conversion

Prices start at £32,000

L shaped
Loft conversion

Prices start at £33,500

Velux
Loft conversion

Prices start at £17,500

Planning Permission and Building Control

For most loft conversions you generally do not need planning permission. They are generally covered under a permitted development which means you don’t need to go through the daunting and sometimes costly stage of applying for planning permission. You simply have your architectural drawings done, notify your local planning department of what you are doing and just check it all falls within permitted development regulations within your area and then you are good to go.

You will however still need to appoint a building inspector to inspect the job at specific stages and assure everything meets current building regulations and is up to acceptable standards.

We work along side a private building control company and can appoint these on every job we do for no additional fee except for the building controls fee per job.

On most properties you will need to have a party wall agreement in place. This does not apply for loft conversions on detached properties that are over 1 metre away from neighbouring properties. This agreement is put in place to assure no damage is done to the neighbouring property during the works and in the unfortunate even damage is done, both properties have been surveyed prior to works starting so that all damages can be assessed and repaired fairly without conflict between neighbours. This can generally be done by submitting your neighbour a party wall notification, in which you can find many different template’s for this online. However your neighbours are completely entitled to appoint a surveyor to survey there property to record any existing damages and assure the property is left at the end of the work exactly as it was before works commenced. If they choose to do this then you the homeowner are liable to pay all charges.

The Party Wall Act

The Party Wall Act 1996 comes into force particularly in terraced and semi-detached homes and blocks of flats, although detached homes may not be exempt, depending on where the boundary lines of the plot are drawn and the walls are constructed.

Essentially, a ‘party structure’ is any wall, floor, foundation or other structure that sits astride the boundary of a property or is used to separate distinct properties. 

If you plan to build across a boundary line, excavate near a neighbouring building or carry out work directly adjacent to a party structure (even if the work doesn’t extend beyond the centre line of the structure), you must obtain WRITTEN CONSENT from the adjoining parties.

Before we begin any work to which the Party Wall Act applies, you will need to notify the adjoining owners two months in advance via a Party Structure notice. If your neighbours agree to follow the simple process involving the Party Structure notice, we can send you an example of one to help you. Otherwise please review ‘The Party Wall Act 1996’ explanatory booklet, provided by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

If any dispute arises, the building owner should appoint a surveyor to resolve the matter prior to starting any building work.

Contacting A Loft Conversion Specialist Today

If you’re ready to explore the possibility of extending into your roof, then get in touch with our loft conversion builders in Essex today. Our professional team is available on 07428 488831 or email info@completeloftsandextensions.co.uk.