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

st johns park, ormeau road, belfast

strathearn park, belfast

manselton close, bangor, county down

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