loft conversions

A loft conversion isn’t as straightforward as it first seems and needs a great deal of thought taking into consideration all the Planning & Building Control Regulations. Where a conversion is carried out without expertise and approvals the future sale of your property will be jeopardised when solicitors acting on the purchaser’s behalf carry out conveyancing procedures.

 

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: 

 

  • Consideration of 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 is essential to give early warning of fire.

  • Escape windows are a crucial aspect of life safety in any roofspace conversion.

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

  • Additional ventilation provision is essential to prevent unhealthy living conditions and comply with regulations.

  • Condensation if not properly catered for can cause serious problems, leading to expensive remedial action. The roof construction type will require careful consideration & detailing to prevent this.

the grange, old holywood road, belfast

before
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
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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after
after

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

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after
after
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st johns park, ormeau road, belfast

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

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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