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    Mrs has found a house she likes.....Me, I Hate it but, With some wortk it may be acceptable. One I dea I have is a loft conversion. So simple questions.....

    Who has one? How costly is it? and how complicated?

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    give SRiDan a pm, hes having a conversion done now.
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    Hello mate my dad has his own building company has done hundreds of loft conversions. It all depends on the shape of your loft and what your after the main problem is finding a place for the staircase to go as there are regulations on the minimum head height allowed and alot of people think you can fit it somewhere that infact is no good at all. As for money it again depends on the size of the loft and what you want as in do you want just a bedroom or do you want a shower room uo there too how many radiators and lights and sockets also come into it, how many and what size windows would you be after and so on.
    There is no maximum price on any sort of conversion if you have a price in mind then the loft conversion can be built around that price within reason ofcourse.
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    It's a Bungalow....Probably 80's or 90's build. Roof looks quite high although its a Hip roof. Only other points are that if we made an ensuite up there I guess we'd have to move the water tank too (which makes space for a staircase I think).... oh and its an oil fired house.

    Definatley staying away from flat dormer roofs!

    I do like the first image on this home page:

    http://www.wirralloftconversions.com/

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    Loft conversions.
    1. often will not require planning permission. You can site dormer extensions on the rear without planning permission, and also to the side (however they will require obscured glazing and non opening windows if on the side). - this depends on the GPD - general permitted development rights applied to the property or also if you are sited in a conservation area.
    2. MUST be run through building regulations - fee circa £350 - £400 for the inspectors depending on your area and if you use the council building control or approved inspectors - would suggest the latter.
    3. assuming you are adding bedrooms, you must positions windows correctly and be able to escape from them.
    4. Staircase must have 2.0m headroom on the flight and also where you arrive in the loft.
    5. account for your ceiling joists to increase to around 230mm and increase in depth of the roof thickness of an extra 120mm.
    6. ensure you have structural calculations prepared for the inspector and for the builder. I'd suggest finding a reputable architectural technician to prepare the plans - he should also arrange for th estructural package to accompany the details. ALL my loft conversions come complete with structural calcs.
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    plans £750 - £1250 depending on complexity, this should include calcs.
    app fees £150 planning (if required - payable to the local authority and will take 8 weeks to decide)
    app fees £350 - £400 building control
    Loft conversion: cheapest I've seen one completed with skylight windows only is £17,500

    pm me if you need, I run my own architectural practise and submit these all day long.

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    big red is correct most reputable builders will work around the cost you want it done for, but ask around see some work that the builder has done then ask the person who had the work done what the builder was like, ie, quality of work and time spent, i converted my own loft into a bedroom for the middle boy and it is a blessing plenty of insulation and with his mates around we hardly hear them even with his so called music blaring, so good luck and always remember if the missus likes it go with the flow and if it dosn,t work out you can always say, well you picked it!!

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    with you on the missus bit, thats how to play it

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    had mine done 7 years ago , no dormer or anything like that but has velux windows front & back , has all been done to building regulations , including fire doors , smoke alarms etc .
    the whole job was just under 9000 quid .

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    I only paid 15k for a single story ext above the garage, value of peace n quiet priceless lol

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    single storey extension at ground floor budget £1000 per m sq, at 1st floor £700 per m sq ... loft conversions are purely determined on the actual house and it's own complexity. The extra loading in the roof must be transferred down the building - bungalows are usually good for this. If your loft is fitted with fink trusses then there are costs involved over purlined roof. Some bungalows are already fitted with 'attic trusses' which again make the works cheaper. Keep 10% back for unforeseen issues. When you pull a house apart you do not know what you might find.
    Cheapest way as DTi elite says is to go for Velux type windows to gain natural light. Adding the dormers gives you often needed headroom and are sometimes unavoidable to gain headroom dependant on where the staircase can go.

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