Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Can my loft be converted?
A: Most people who look up into their loft see that they have no means of using it as a room, because of all the 'W' shaped roof trusses that form the structure of the roof. We can remove these and construct steel or timber trusses which run the length of the loft and provide all the support necessary.
Q: Is my loft too small?
A: In order to comply with Building Regulations, the loft has to be a minimum of 2.4m or 7'8" at its highest point (ie the apex of the roof). Those measurements are taken from the top surface of the ceiling boards below, to the felt at the very apex of the roof. With that in mind, we can make the most of even the smallest lofts with the imaginative use of dormer windows and staircase positioning.
Q: How long does a loft conversion take?
A: For an average sized home, from commencement of work, we would normally be complete in an average of 4-6 weeks depending on the size and scope of works.
Q: How much does a loft conversion cost?
A: All costs are dependant of size and complexity of the property. Please contact us for an accurate quotation.
Q: Will I need a Dormer Window?
A: Nearly all loft conversions can have a dormer window, which can provide useful extra space in a tight loft, and add light and outlook to a room. Some smaller lofts may require a dormer at the top of the stairs to provide the necessary headroom as you climb the stairs into the loft.
Q: Will I need to arrange Building Regulations Approval and will that be an additional cost?
A: Acorn Lofts are used to dealing with Building Control at local Councils, and we will complete all necessary paperwork for you. The costs for these are detailed within your quotation.
Q: I have a water tank and a chimney in my loft, is that a problem?
A: Using our own plumbers, we can easily reposition any plumbing to maximize usable space in the loft. Chimney stacks usually have to remain in position, but can be removed, often subject to planning.
Q: My home is timber framed, is this a problem when completing a loft conversion?
A: Acorn Lofts have undertaken conversions of timber framed properties throughout the UK and Scotland.
Q: I'd like a bathroom in the loft conversion, what impact does this have?
A: Bathrooms do require additional considerations, particularly ensuring the water supply to the loft is sufficient to meet your expectations. Often when placing a bathroom in a loft we recommend removing traditional tanks and installing an unvented water system. Your surveyor would be happy to discuss these options with you.
Q: How much space will I realistically achieve from a loft conversion?
A: This is entirely dependant on the size of your property and height of your loft today. By completing our online estimate request we will be able to provide you with an idea of the floor area available.
Q: Do you provide Velux Windows as part of the loft conversion?
A: Your surveyor will work with you to utilise roof windows from Velux and dormer windows if required to achieve your objectives.
Q: I'd like to install combinations of Velux roof windows, do you undertake this as part of a loft conversion?
A: Yes, we undertake installations of banks and combinations of Velux roof windows to create large combinations. We recommend using combinations of windows to achieve maximum light for a loft conversion.
Q: My house is quite large and others have told me it would be too difficult to undertake a loft conversion, whats the problem?
A: Larger properties may present difficulties in terms of the structural elements that must be used when converting the loft space. Some companies may be uncomfortable with this. Acorn Lofts are experienced in converting larger properties and our steel installation teams have sufficient experience to undertake the structural works required.
Q: How will a loft conversions effect my home?
A: Acorn Lofts undartakes all conversions to cause as little distruption as possible to our clients. You will be able to remain in the property throught the conversion.
Q: I'd like a games room with a pool table in the loft conversion, is this possible?
A: Yes, conversions provide a floor with no less loading capability that a standard domestic floor.