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What You Need To Know

Check out some of the commonly asked questions. If your question isn't covered below then please feel free to get in touch with the team!

The process of a loft conversion typically involves the following steps:

1. Assessment and design: An initial assessment of the loft space is conducted to determine the feasibility of the project and to provide an estimate of the costs involved. A detailed design is then produced, taking into account the intended use of the space and any specific requirements.

2. Planning permission: Depending on the scope of the project, planning permission may need to be obtained from the local authorities.


3. Preparation work: This includes the preparation of the roof and loft space, such as strengthening the existing roof structure, and installing insulation and roof lights.


4. Installation of services: Electrical, plumbing and ventilation services are installed, as well as flooring and partitions to create separate rooms within the space if required.


5. Finishing work: This includes the fitting of internal doors, skirting boards, and staircases if required, as well as the decoration and finishing of the space.


6. Inspection and completion: Final inspections are conducted to ensure that the work has been completed to a high standard, and any necessary modifications or corrections are made.


The exact process and timeline of a loft conversion can vary depending on the specific requirements of each project and the regulations in the local area. At Lush Lofts, we'll provide a clear and detailed schedule for the work to be carried out and keep you informed each step of the project.

What is a loft conversion and how does it work?

A loft conversion is the process of converting an unused attic or loft space into a functional and usable room in a building. The process typically involves strengthening the existing roof structure, adding insulation and windows, installing flooring, and fitting electrical and plumbing services. This can add valuable living space to a building without the need for a costly extension. The exact steps involved in a loft conversion can vary depending on the specific requirements of each project.

How much does a loft conversion cost?

The cost of a loft conversion can vary drastically depending on the type of property, size, type of conversion, plumbing and electrical works and much more. If you'd like an idea of how much it could, fill out our pricing calculator.

How much space do I need for a loft conversion?

The minimum amount of head height required for a loft conversion is usually around 2.2 meters, but this can vary depending on the intended use of the space and local building regulations. It's also important to consider the shape of the roof and any existing obstacles such as chimneys or ducts that may affect the layout and design of the conversion. In general, the larger the space, the greater the potential for a comfortable and usable room, but even a small loft can be converted into a functional space with careful planning and design.

Can you convert any type of loft or attic?

Not all lofts and attics are suitable for conversion, as various factors such as roof structure, head height, and access can affect the feasibility of the project. Some older buildings with more fragile roof structures may not be suitable for conversion, while other buildings may have limited access to the loft due to a small hatch or staircase. A member of Lush Lofts team can assess the suitability of a particular loft and provide advice on the options available. In some cases, a bespoke solution may need to be designed to work around any limitations or challenges posed by the space.

What is the process of a loft conversion like?

How long does a loft conversion take to complete?

The time it takes to complete a loft conversion can vary depending on the size and complexity of the project, as well as the local building regulations and requirements. On average, a simple loft conversion can take around 4-8 weeks to complete, while a larger or more complex project can take up to 12 weeks or more. It's important to note that the timeline can be affected by various factors such as the availability of materials, access to the loft, and weather conditions.


Lush Lofts team will provide a more accurate estimate of the timeline for a specific project after assessment.

What are the benefits of a loft conversion?

A loft conversion can offer several benefits, including:


Additional living space: A loft conversion can provide valuable extra living space without the need for a costly extension. Increased property value: A loft conversion can add significant value to a property, making it a worthwhile investment.


Energy efficiency: A properly insulated loft conversion can help to reduce energy bills and improve the overall energy efficiency of the building.


Customisation options: A loft conversion can be customised to meet specific needs and preferences, such as creating a dedicated home office or a spacious bedroom.


No loss of outdoor space: Unlike an extension, a loft conversion does not reduce the outdoor space of a property.


Quicker and less disruptive: Compared to a traditional extension, a loft conversion is typically quicker and less disruptive to carry out, as it does not involve any major changes to the existing structure of the building.


Environmentally friendly: A loft conversion can help to reduce the carbon footprint of a building, as it involves the reuse of existing space rather than the construction of new space.​

Do I need planning permission for a loft conversion?

In some cases, planning permission may be required for a loft conversion, while in others, it may be exempt under permitted development rights. Whether or not planning permission is required will depend on various factors such as the size and scale of the conversion, the location of the property, and any local planning restrictions.


In general, most loft conversions that fall within certain parameters such as size, height and location restrictions, are considered to be "permitted development" and do not require planning permission. However, it's important to check with the local authorities and to consult with a professional loft conversion company to ensure that all regulations are met.


In some cases, even if planning permission is not required, it may still be necessary to comply with building regulations and obtain building control approval for the work to be carried out. Each case is different, but the team will work through this with you to ensure everything is above board.

How do I know if my loft is suitable for conversion?

To determine the suitability of a loft for conversion, several factors should be considered, including:


Head height: The minimum head height required for a loft conversion is usually 2.2 meters. If the height is less than this, it may still be possible to carry out a conversion, but it may involve lowering the floor level or installing a dormer window.


Roof structure: The strength and stability of the existing roof structure is a crucial factor in determining the suitability of a loft for conversion. Older properties with more fragile roof structures may not be suitable for conversion, while other properties may require additional strengthening work to be carried out.


Access: Adequate access to the loft is essential for a successful conversion. If the loft is only accessible via a narrow hatch or staircase, it may not be suitable for conversion.


Services: The location of existing electrical, plumbing, and heating services in the loft should be considered, as they may need to be rerouted or relocated during the conversion.


Planning restrictions: Local planning restrictions, such as conservation area status or listed building status, should be taken into account, as they may impact the feasibility of the project and the type of conversion that is permitted.

Can you undertake a full design and build service for a loft conversion?

Yes, we offer a full design and build service for loft conversions.


Our in-house team of professionals can handle every aspect of the project, from design and planning to construction and finishing. We work closely with our clients to understand their needs and requirements, and use our expertise to create a unique and functional design that maximises the potential of their loft space.


Our team is equipped with the latest technology and equipment, and has the skills and experience to deliver a high-quality, safe and efficient conversion that meets building regulations and planning requirements.


Contact us today to learn more about our full design and build service for loft conversions.

Do you also handle electrical and plumbing work for the loft conversion?

Yes, the Lush Lofts team can undertake all electrical and plumbing works as required for the conversion.

What areas do we service?

We mainly work in Wokingham and surrounding areas such as, Twyford, Henley, Ascot, Virginia Water, Bracknell, Camberley, Sandhurst & more.


If you have a job outside of these locations then please contact us as we take on work on a job-by-job basis. 

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