Loft Conversions in Enfield | Everything you Need to Know

Loft conversions are the best way to add extra space to your property without losing valuable outdoor space. Whether you need an extra bedroom, want to create a stunning master suite, or could benefit from a private home office, there are many ways a conversion can enhance your overall living experience. Colin Lynch Builders’ house refurbishments will bring the rest of your Enfield property up to standard with the newly converted room and our builders also offer a range of other house improvement services. 

If you would like to see what clients think of our previous attic conversions, please read our testimonials

A well-designed conversion can increase property value and has a variety of benefits, but it’s important to know what the project entails and whether it’s a suitable choice for you. 

Below we have created a guide that answers the most important questions you will need to consider, and remember, if you have any questions, our team at Colin Lynch Builders are only a phone call away.

Is Your Attic Suitable For A Conversion?

Not every roof is suitable for a loft conversion, some may require extensive structural work or be limited to certain types of conversions to meet Building Regulation requirements.

Notable considerations include the available head height, the roof pitch, the roof structure and obstacles like chimney stacks. Traditional framed roofs are the most commonly converted spaces because it is a straightforward and affordable option to open-up the space. 

W-shaped rafters and water tanks can make conversions a complicated process, though it is not impossible to transform these attics.

How Much Attic Space Do You Have?

When it comes to loft conversions, the first thing to establish is whether you have enough attic space at your Enfield property. Most conversions will require at least 2.2 metres of usable space between the bottom of the ridge timber in the attic to the top of the ceiling joist. When the angle of the roof pitch is higher there is likely to be more head height in the attic. Less space does not make the project impossible, but it will require more structural work and possibly using space from the rooms below.

Will It Require Planning Permission?

Not all attic conversions will require planning permission. In fact, in many cases the project will fall under Permitted Development rights. Although, the conversion will need to adhere to a specified criteria and if it does not you will need to seek planning permission. It’s also worth noting that most mansard loft conversions will require planning permission.

Will The Current Foundations Support A Conversion?

Attic conversions will add extra weight to your property, which can put a strain on the foundations. Having your home’s foundations checked before moving ahead with the project is the best way to avoid the disappointment of unexpected issues and delays. If your foundations cannot support the extra load, structural work will need to be undertaken. This may increase the cost of your conversion but will ensure stability for the long term.

Loft conversions by Colin Lynch Builders are a great way to maximise the space in any Enfield property. Just make sure you know what your specific project will entail.

Call 01992 717370 to speak with one of our builders about loft conversions in Enfield.