Loft Extensions in Brighton

Loft Extensions in Brighton | Everything You Need to Know

Extending or altering the roof structure of your property to convert your attic space has several benefits. Not only does it increase the value of your home, but it also provides the opportunity to create a purpose-built, liveable room. You could really maximise your investment by adding an extra bedroom, which may help to push your property into a higher price bracket. Alternatively, you could focus on something more tailored to your current needs, like a home office or reading room.

Whatever plans you may have in mind, there are certain factors you should probably consider before you undertake loft extensions in Brighton.

 

This page aims to guide you through the important steps of converting the loft space of a home, for your convenience.

 

Initial Thoughts

 

The first thing to be aware of is that your loft must have a head height of at least 2.3m at the centre, to be suitable for conversion. However, be mindful that the pitch of the roof, as well as obstacles like water tanks or chimneys, may influence suitability. If, however, the head height is below 2.3m, don’t give up on your hopes for loft extensions.

 

At Richley Contractors, we offer several options to overcome such problems in Brighton properties. We can remove sections of the roof structure, or raise it altogether, to gain the necessary headspace. Alternatively, we could lower the ceiling of the rooms below.

 

However, please note that such works will be more costly and complicated than a simple conversion.

 

Plan Your Space

 

Depending on how you intend to use the additional living space can help you decide what kind of extension to go for. After all, if you want to create a living room with a view of the sea, then a dormer is probably a better idea than just adding rooflights. Likewise, why go to the trouble of a mansard conversion to create a guest bedroom, when a simple room-in-loft conversion will do?

 

Once you have decided on the use of the room, spend time planning the design and layout. Remember that most attics have angled ceilings. If you are planning to add an en suite, for example, take this into account when planning where the wash basin and shower will go.

 

Do I Require Planning Permission for Loft Extensions?

 

Most attic conversions are covered by permitted development and, therefore, do not require planning permission. However, if you are raising the roofline or altering its overall structure, you will need to attain permission. You may also require prior permission if you live in a designated area in Brighton, such as:

 

  • Conservation Areas
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • National Parks
  • World Heritage Sites

 

In such cases, certain restrictions may apply.

 

Whether or not you need planning permission, you will require Building Regulations approval. At Richley Contractors, we work alongside the local building control inspector to ensure that our work complies with the current Regulations, for your safety and peace of mind.

 

What Do Loft Extensions Involve?

 

We specialise in room-in-loft, dormer, mansard and hip-to-gable conversions. Whichever option you choose, we install the appropriate rooflights or windows, to increase natural light filtration. We also make any necessary structural changes to your roof, extending or raising it where necessary. A conversion usually requires reinforcing the rafters and upgrading loft insulation, in addition to installing staircases or loft ladders for access.

 

Whatever plans you have for your attic space, Richley Contractors is the only company you need.

Call us on 01273 682 650 for more information on loft extensions in the Brighton area.

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