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ATTIC CONVERSIONS

If you are considering converting your attic please contact me for advice.

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ATTIC CONVERSIONS

An attic / roof space conversion is an ideal method of extending your home. But even if you are experienced in construction work, this is not a project to rush into without a great deal of thought and care. Where such works are carried out without Building Control Approval it is likely that the future sale of your property will be jeopardised when solicitors acting on the purchaser’s behalf carry out conveyancing procedures.

 

Conversions are generally considered to be a simple procedure; however, this is not the case. They need to be carefully designed by a professional fully aware of all Planning constraints & current Building Control Regulations.

How can I help? With over 35 years experience in Architecture I can advise on the best approach for your attic, also helping you to obtain all the necessary statutory approvals.

 

As a general guide the following issues must be considered and catered for in any roof space conversion and with my experience I can help and advise you on all the issues: 

 

  • Provision of natural light through either windows, rooflights or dormers or a combination of each.

  • Consideration and detailing new insulation to reduce heat loss and expensive heating bills.

  • Floors, walls and doors need to resist the spread of a fire to ensure occupants can escape safely.

  • Provision of automatic smoke detection and alarm is essential to give early warning of fire.

  • Location of emergency escape windows crucial in any roof space conversion.

  • Existing ceiling joists are rarely adequate as a floor, new floor joists need to be designed to prevent collapse.

  • Condensation if not properly catered for can cause serious problems, leading to expensive remedial action. The roof construction type, additional ventilation will require careful consideration & detailing to protect timbers and comply with Building Regulations. 

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Irwin Crescent, Belfast

Many of my clients have asked me if they can convert their existing attic, because they simply needed to utilise the space and did not want to relocate, move home to a larger property. If you need more space then your attic may be a great option. This attic conversion provided a new Master Bedroom / Ensuite and additional space for laundry. 

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When converting an attic it's important to get the details correct, helping your builder understand exactly what is required to meet Building Regulations including the new insulation, ventilation & roof structure. I have added my detail of the new flat roof dormer / ridge abutment detail to show that conversions are not as simple as many believe. 

Kings Road, Belfast

This project involved providing a new Ensuite within the current attic space accessed from the front bedroom

Attic conversion to Ensuite. Building works in progress.
Before: The existing attic

Building work in progress, a new steel beam was required to provide support and add to the headroom needed

efore: The existing attic

BEFORE (and during construction)

Beautifully finished new ensuite
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AFTER (fitted drawers, part of the new space )

New velux rooflight

AFTER: The completed new ensuite looking fabulous and the client delighted with the end results!

Morey Drive, Donaghadee (Larger Bedroom with new Ensuite in the Attic)

A dormer window extension within the existing attic to provide a new ensuite. Also greatly increasing the size of the existing Bedroom. Not quite as simple as you would think, a little steel work added to provide structural support.

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Morey Drive Existing and Proposed Elevations

The Grange, Old Holywood Road, Belfast

Replacing an existing small dormer with a much larger new dormer to provide full head height / extended Ensuite in Bedroom 2, new Bathroom and also providing a new Master Bedroom with it's own separate Ensuite. 

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before

This was removed to make way for a new extended dormer

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after
after

three times the size and room enough to provide a new bathroom and ensuite

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after
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compare good and bad dormers
compare good and bad dormers

the one on the left shows a badly designed dormer, the new one at this property compliments the existing house

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before
before

old ensuite was stripped out, removed and extended

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after
after
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after

with new shower, wash hand basin and wc

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new bathroom with full height ceiling, my clients no longer needed to stoop down to avoid the sloped roof

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St. John's Park, Ormeau Road, Belfast

This project involved the full conversion of the existing attic, with a new staircase to provide an upstairs games room and next to that an office. Typical construction drawing / photos before & after below.

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original roofspace
original roofspace
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original roofspace
original roofspace
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extended roof
extended roof
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new stairway
new stairway
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a pool room...
a pool room...
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and a study
and a study
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Strathearn Park, Belfast

Full conversion of the existing attic, with a new staircase, large dormer window to the rear to provide two new bedrooms and a shower room. Typical construction drawing / photos before & after below.

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original facade
original facade
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after refurbishing
after refurbishing

as part of the works my client asked for the front of the bungalow to be improved, the timber cladding was removed and rendered, new front door and steps provided

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poppy red door
poppy red door
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new stair?
new stair?

just enough room in the alcove to fit a great new staircase

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new stairway
new stairway

bright and spacious as if it had always been there!

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the new rooflight
the new rooflight

floods the stairway with natural light

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original loft
original loft

once converted it became a great space for an extra shower room, store and two new bedrooms where the grandchildren can sleepover

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original loft
original loft
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new shower room
new shower room

just what my clients asked for

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Manselton Close, Bangor, County Down

fire damaged roof
fire damaged roof
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fire damaged roof
fire damaged roof
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original hip roof
original hip roof

While repairs were being made to the roof my client asked for the loft over the garage to be converted into a double bedroom. This meant removing the hipped roof and installing a dormer window

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Completion
Completion

The loft conversion provided plenty of space for a good sized double bedroom and by providing a dormer window it gave great headroom inside the room

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flat roof dormer
flat roof dormer

designed and detailed correctly these can look great and the modern advanced flat roof system comes with a 15 year guarantee

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looking good
looking good

it would be hard to notice that the loft was extended, the right choice of materials and the design meant it all blended in nicely with the existing house

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