This really depends on the size and type of loft conversion you are intending on having. On average QLC can build loft conversions in 8 weeks +/- 2 weeks.
2 to 4 weeks assuming you have plans, structural designs and party wall notices in place.
A party wall agreement is required if your home has a wall that is connected to another property on either side. Each neighbour will have to be informed of the proposed works using a party wall notice form at least two calendar months before the intended start of the build. The party wall agreement is there to protect you and your neighbour from issues that might arise due to work done on the party wall. It draws up an agreement between you and you neighbour on what needs to happen if there is a problem. By law your neighbour can insist you have one before the work starts. At QLC, we can advise you on this process and if necessary put you in touch with one of our certified party wall surveyors.
On average it takes us 4 – 5 weeks from signing the contract to get our client to agree on a set of plans, but of course we have had faster approvals if a client is in a particular hurry.
In general 8 weeks.
If your property is not in a conservation area or is a flat, you have permitted development rights (PD). This means you can develop your loft space without needing to gain planning permission. Your development will need to keep within the PD constraints i.e. terraced properties are allowed to develop an additional 40 Cubic Meters of extra space. Semi-detached and detached properties 50 Cubic Meters.
With planning permission you are asking the council if your proposed scheme is acceptable. It is open to rejection by them and/or your neighbours and will have to follow the local development plan. With permitted development you are asking the council to simply confirm that your scheme fits within the permitted development criteria. The council will issue you a Lawful Development Letter if they agree. Technically you are not required to have the Lawful Development letter in place before the work starts and in fact there is no law stating you have to have it. This allows clients who request it, to start the work without waiting for the Lawful Development Letter thus saving time.
As a rule of thumb you need 2.2m between the top of the floor joist of the loft to the bottom of the ridge beam.
Skylight, rear dormer, L-section Rear Dormer (double dormer), Mansard, L-section Mansard (double Mansard), Hip-to-Gable and Hip-to-Gable Rear Dormer. See our planning section for further details.
Assuming we do not need to lower your ceilings, the disruption is kept to a minimum as the work is confined to the loft space and the heavy work can often be carried out from scaffolding outside your property.
Most loft conversions will fit within the budget of £30K- £40K depending on the size and type.
We have public liability, employee’s liability and the most important, contract all risk insurance. Documentation can be provided on request.
We cover the majority of the North East and are more than happy to share references with you to contact and visit. There is a high chance there is a loft conversion we have completed in the vicinity of your home.
Please click here to visit our interactive map of the UK for a comprehensive list of areas we cover. You can also see case studies of loft conversions we have completed in different areas.
You can check your ridge height with a tape measure, which will give you an indication if the space is convertible. But the only real way to know for sure is to invite one of our specialist surveyors to fully assess your property.
Once a QLC representative has visited your property and carried out a site survey it will take no longer than 1 week for you to receive a comprehensive quotation. If you have not received your quotation in this time, then please visit your junk email folder or give our team a call on 0800 043 4083.
Yes. Please visit PSPlumbers which is the specialist extension arm of our company. We are very often asked to build loft conversions and extensions at the same time for some of our clients. PSPlumbers specialises in kitchen extensions, rear and side return extensions as well as general refurbishment and works all over the North East.
Yes. We are a main contractor who has in house trades covering all aspects of domestic building work, whether this is fitting new kitchens and bathrooms or entire refurbishments.