Fife's Leading Loft Conversion Builder
Luke Lloyd Builders is a Fife-based company that specialises in loft and attic conversions. Your home’s loft area may be turned into a high-quality living space, such as an en-suite bedroom, a home office, a playroom, or a hobby room. There is a desire for more space to accommodate a growing family, yet many people can not afford to relocate. Others are searching for that one place in the house that they can truly call their own. If you require a Fife loft conversion, Luke Lloyd Builders is the firm you should choose.
Our objective is to take as much stress and concern out of the process of completing a loft conversion in Fife as possible. We can handle the complete process from beginning to end, including all architectural drawings, planning permission, structural calculations, and construction, as well as assigning you a dedicated Project Manager.
We are professionals at making every loft or attic conversion as simple and stress-free for our customers as possible. Are you considering selling your house and moving? You should consider a loft conversion for your Fife home since it may enhance the value by up to 25% if done properly. To put it another way, your loft conversion is likely to make money in the long run. Loft conversions are one of the most frequent forms of home improvement projects in Fife. They are less expensive than relocating entirely, yet they still allow you to expand your living space.
Garden rooms, house extensions, and conservatories are also available.
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Why Should You Convert Your Loft?
Before you begin to consider your possible project, you must first determine whether your roof space is suitable for conversion. Many individuals are, but there are three key considerations:
From the top of the ceiling joist to the floor below, take a measurement. It should be approximately 2,500mm in length in order to be appropriately altered.
The roof is incline. It is important to measure the roof angle. A higher pitch angle corresponds to a higher centre head height.
To ensure the least amount of wasted space, interior rules must be at least 5,500mm side to side, including the chimney, and 7,500mm in length.
What will I do with this space?
Consider how you intend to use your property. A second bedroom with a separate bathroom, for example, or a playroom for your children. Isn’t it great to have a space to relax or do your homework?
Or it might be a multipurpose room that serves many roles, such as extra living space and a place for guests. Will there be enough space for a bath or only a shower? When designing a bathroom in a loft, keep headroom in mind.
Keep in mind where you’ll store your bikes and other gear, as built-in room is usually provided in the eaves.
Don’t underestimate the amount of room you’ll gain with the floor plan. Because your ceilings are angled, you are limited in the amount of furniture you can have and the amount of room you can move. Though it is very hard to convert a loft into a habitable space that also serves as an office, it is usually always done out of necessity since it is a livable space that also serves as an office.
Is it feasible for me to do the loft conversion on my own?
A loft conversion requires planning department clearance and is nearly always necessary for Building Regulations compliance.
While it is possible to attempt a DIY loft conversion, the majority of people prefer to engage with a specialised loft conversion firm due to the large amount of work that is required.
Providing High-Quality Loft Conversions at Reasonable Prices
From start to finish, your project will be given special attention. By keeping in touch with you, the client, we ensure a smooth transition from one phase to the next, and, most importantly, a successful project and a satisfied customer.
Quality and architecture are prioritised with the consumer in mind. When working on your project, we take pleasure in utilising only the best – the best tools, the best construction processes, and the best personnel.
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Types of Loft Conversions in Fife
It’s not just about the diversity of accessible homes, but also about people’s diverse tastes, opinions, and lifestyles. It also depends on the type of house you reside in, which offers you greater flexibility in the type of loft conversion you may do.
Not only will the type of property you live in give additional information about the amount of planning permission required, but the neighbourhood you live in will also have an impact on that information. We will offer you the most beneficial space for your needs and current construction standards at any moment.
We put in long and hard hours designing a loft conversion that fulfils the client’s demands and gives them all they want. When it comes to what you can do with your building, adding toilets, wet spaces, or stunning natural light is only the tip of the iceberg.
Your idea is in good hands. A hip or gable dormer, a mansard, a velux, or an L-shaped dormer can be added to a dormer. Staircases, cabinets, storage furniture, and electrical installations are all included in our service.
Pitched Roof Dormer
Converted pitched roof dormers favour larger footprint or high-pitched roofs. Decisions are to be made on a case-by-case basis. Raked dormers look lovely and you may alter their quantity. Most houses will require approval for dormers, however, rear-mounted dormers are often granted.
Hip To Gable Conversion
loft conversions increase the loft’s ceiling height as well as usable floor area. A roof stripping such as this needs removing the hip ends, constructing a gable on the flank wall, and extending the ridge toward the gable. Reconstruction of the front roof is required.
This style of Loft Conversion is excellent for gaining additional interior space. One or both roof slopes with very steep sloping sides and a flat roof on top are replaced in this technique. Ideal for detached and semi-detached homes.
Velux Loft Conversion
This is probably the cheapest and straightforward Loft Conversion since you may enlarge your loft area without changing the roof structure’s design. Because everything is done inside, there is very little interruption and construction. Suitable for a wide range of characteristics.
Is Your Fife Loft Appropriate For A Conversion?
Make sure your loft area is suitable for conversion before you begin your loft conversion project. Most Fife houses have permitted development, which means you may finish your loft conversion without seeking planning permission. We may visit your house to do a site assessment and advise you on what you can accomplish with your loft conversion.
Determine the Headspace
Did you know that your loft must have a minimum head height of 2.3m in order to be converted? Yes, there is a height restriction for loft conversions. Other elements, such as roof pitch, chimneys, and water tanks in the loft, might affect this decision or impede the planning permission process. Don’t worry if your roof space is less than 2.3m; there are numerous options for expanding headspace, including removing a section of the roof or the complete roof. This, in turn, raises the cost and, unlike a simpler conversion, needs planning authorization.
Consider the ground under your feet.
Another alternative is to lower the ceilings in the rooms below, which will increase headroom in your loft and bring it up to the required 2.3m height. This approach may be costly, but it can fix your problem and offer you more space.
Look for conversions in your neighbourhood.
Looking for loft conversions in your neighbourhood is an easy way to determine whether your loft can be converted. Look around your neighbourhood for similar houses and check if any of them have been converted to lofts. If you see an example, you’ll most likely be able to replicate it. Overall, everything is doable if you want to convert your loft.
Most Popular Questions
Converting a loft into a living space is an investment. In the long run, the upfront fees might save you time and money. A loft conversion, for example, might save you money on moving fees while also increasing the value of your property if you decide to sell later. In 2021, the average cost of a loft conversion will be between £40,000 and £160,000.
Is there any other form of Council approval I require? Yes, to put it simply. Building Warrant A Building Warrant is a legal instrument used in Scotland. It authorises you to commence construction or conversion work on your home. Many individuals are unaware that most building projects require a Building Warrant. There are several areas of conformity with current Building Standards that must be met in order to achieve it.
A loft conversion can take 5-9 weeks on average, depending on a variety of criteria such as planning approval and a signed party wall agreement. During the course of the restoration, issues with the structure were discovered.
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A Quick Overview of the Loft Conversion Process
1) Feasibility Study – Review of Needs and Options THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STAGE
This is a fact-gathering meeting between you (the client) and John Webster Architecture to determine project restrictions, budget, and start and end dates. Some customers can give us a brief and are extremely clear about what they want, while others are unsure. Don’t worry, this step will help you gain the clarity you need to continue forward. Most other businesses hurry their customers into the design process, so we spend a bit more time on research.
The first thing you’ll need to do is go through your needs and options.
We created this approach a few years ago because there is a significant problem in the construction sector when individuals start designing and building before they have completed all of their research and study.
People are attempting to run before mastering the walk.
Building a house on faulty foundations is the result of insufficient prior assessment of needs and possibilities. Because everything is built on top of the foundations, they are the most significant portion of the entire structure. After you’ve begun building on top of the foundations, it’s quite expensive to replace them. But if they’re just lines on a map, they’re incredibly easy to update!
We generate a report at the conclusion of this step that clearly outlines your objectives (Needs) and determines your possibilities. (In certain circumstances, you may have a number of possibilities)
This is stage 0 and 1 of the RIBA plan of works.
This procedure is meant to eliminate assumptions and lower your risk.
*When we provide a set charge for minor work and there is no need for an initial site visit, no Need & Options Review is required.
2) Submission of a Design & Planning Application
The feasibility study’s findings are used to guide the design and planning phases.
The clarity provided by the feasibility stage will aid in the development of a design that you love and, more importantly, fits within your budget!
We’ll create the first design and continue to improve it with your input (the customer) until you’re completely satisfied. (It is, after all, your home)
All of our projects are rendered in 3D, lowering your risk by allowing you to see what you’ll receive before you commit to developing it.
There will be no more pointless line drawings that are difficult to comprehend!
The designs are then refined to the point where they may be submitted as part of a Planning application*.
Additional information, such as drainage arrangements, may be requested by the planning officer to support the planning application.
You must pay a planning fee to the local authority (currently £202).
Once the Planning Submission has been submitted, it will be vetted by the local authority’s planning department, and a decision on whether or not planning permission will be given will usually take roughly 8 weeks.
(If the first planning application is denied, a revised design that is more likely to be approved can be submitted, or the decision can be appealed.)
Following the approval of planning, the next step is to apply for a Building Warrant.
This is stage 2 and 3 of the RIBA plan of works.
*Depending on the nature of the project, loft conversions may or may not require planning permission.
3) Construction Permit
Building Regulations must be followed for each house addition project carried out in Scotland.
“Scottish Ministers are in charge of developing Building Regulations and technical guidance to ensure that buildings are safe, efficient, and long-lasting for everyone….” This provides useful information to anyone who wants to do construction work and where they may get help.”
Your design drawings will be further developed into technical drawings that demonstrate compliance with these building rules, ensuring that your House Extension project meets the needed requirements.
A building warrant application is submitted to the local authority’s building standards department after the designs are ready. The money for a Building Warrant is paid directly to the local authority’s Building Standards department (Building Warrant fee is related to the cost of the works)
The documentation will be supplied together with the Construction Notification Plan after the Building Warrant has been approved. You are now legally permitted to commence building.
This is the fourth stage of the RIBA plan of works.
4) The Pre-Construction Phase
What is the definition of pre-construction? What exactly does it entail?
This is the stage in the building process when we compile all of the documentation that will help you receive the greatest deal. We create a ‘List of Works’ document that lists all of the project’s components, from light switches to doors. A tender pack (which has all of the papers that will allow a contractor to provide the most accurate pricing) is created and sent out to three separate contractors.
We will assist you in selecting an appropriate contractor for your project after the tenders (prices) are received.
This is also the fourth stage of the RIBA plan of works.
5) The Building Stage
A construction contract will be established between you (the customer) and the Builder once the contractor has been chosen. Learn how to locate a good builder in our post How to Find a Good Builder.
We then take on the role of Contract Administrator, which entails visiting the site on a regular basis (usually once a week), and doing tasks such as (but not limited to):
This is what we specialise in!
Meeting agendas on the job
Interim certifications are issued
Contract Administrators Variations host a weekly project meeting to discuss construction progress.
Confirm that the contractor is following the design and specifications for the project. You’ll want us to verify that the building contractor is following our construction papers when constructing your project.
Available to promptly handle any unexpected or unanticipated situations, ensuring that the site keeps moving forward and delays are kept to a minimum.
Examine your contractor payments to get additional clout or control throughout the building phase. This leverage (Power) allows us to safeguard your interests and ensures that you only pay for the job that is really done at any given moment.
Assist with snagging list preparation and ensure that the Completion Certificate is provided.
We are legally liable for their health, safety, and well-being, and must ensure that all HSE (2015 CDM) rules are followed.
For the various reasons listed above, it is our policy as specialists to be involved in the building of every project.
This is the fifth stage of the RIBA plan of works.
6) After the Construction (Snagging)
We’ll help you build a snagging list of issues that need to be addressed, and the contractor will have a certain amount of time to fix them. The contractor will be paid the retention (last payment) once this is accomplished. We also work with building inspectors to get your all-important completion certificate.
This is the sixth stage of the RIBA plan of works.
After this stage is finished, you may relax and enjoy your new loft conversion.
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