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FAQ 2017-11-17T09:52:11+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

From our wealth of experience and expertise in loft conversions, Upmost Lofts recognise the client’s need to understanding the procedures and complexities surrounding the planning, regulations and build process of a loft conversion in London, Hertford and Essex. We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding loft conversions below.

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How soon can the work on my loft conversion start? 2015-07-15T13:05:54+00:00

The UK has seen a return to better times, with property development and demand for home improvements on the rise. Our schedule changes on a daily basis, please call for up-to-date timings, which can depend on any relevant planning, permissions and party wall agreements being in place.

How much will my loft conversion cost? 2017-11-17T09:52:14+00:00

Depending on the style of your property, a habitable loft conversion built to current building regulations would typically cost in the region of £15,000 to £40,000. We understand that this is quite a wide variation, and so for us to give you an exact costing on your property, you can arrange for a free no obligation quote by simply calling or emailing our team to arrange a time that’s suitable for you.

Do I need planning permission to convert my loft? 2015-07-15T13:11:15+00:00

Not necessarily, it may be possible to convert your Loft under Lawful* Development, provided you meet the criteria set out in the Government Legislation introduced in October 2008. For your property to qualify it must be a house**, it must not be in a conservation area and if it is a leasehold property, you must have held the lease for at least 7 years. When converting your Loft under Lawful development you must match the existing materials of the property and must build within the volume quota relevant to the type of property in which you live:

Terraced = 40m³
Semi-detached = 50m³
Detached = 50m³

*This is also known as Permitted Development, they are the same thing.
**Flats do not qualify, regardless of whether they are purpose built or converted.

If I own my property leasehold, do I need the freeholders permission? 2015-07-15T13:12:34+00:00

Yes, you will need written permission from your freeholder in order to convert your loft. If you have any concerns, please feel free to get in touch and our team, who will happily take time to explain all.

Can I view a completed loft conversion? 2017-11-17T09:52:14+00:00

At Upmost Lofts we are confident with our level of finish that we  actively encourage clients to view a completed loft conversion not only to see the standard our of workmanship, but also to speak with previous clients face-to-face.

Do I need to arrange local authority permissions? 2015-07-15T13:15:08+00:00

No, Upmost Lofts will arrange all Local Authority permissions where necessary. This includes drawing all the plans, making the application and liaising with council on your behalf to ensure the application is successful.

How long does it take to draw up the plans for my loft conversion? 2015-07-15T13:16:16+00:00

Using your own architect generally takes around 2-4 weeks to conduct the survey, draw up the plans and get them registered with the local authority. Utilising our own architect (who specialises in loft conversions) can reduce this process to approximately 10 days, although we are happy to work with your own architect, but bare in mind timings may differ.

How long does it take to obtain permission for my loft conversion? 2015-07-15T13:59:59+00:00

Due to recent changes in government legislation, under “Permitted Development”, home-owners more often than not, do not need to apply for planning consent as long as certain criteria are met. Please contact our team for further advice.

If planning permission is required, the process can take around 8 weeks for the local authority to make a decision on your submitted application. With vast experience in this field, Upmost Lofts can deal with any relevant submissions on your behalf.

Do I need to apply for building regulations when I convert my loft? 2015-07-15T14:02:03+00:00

Yes, it is necessary to apply for building regulations when converting your loft, but Upmost Lofts will handle this on your behalf.

How quickly can work commence? 2015-07-15T14:09:23+00:00

Typically, within 2-4 weeks of all permissions being obtained.

How much mess and disruption will there be? 2015-07-15T14:11:36+00:00

During the first four weeks, the builders normally enter through the roof and then access the house during the final stages. This keeps disruption to a minimum. All materials are brought in externally through the roof.

Who supervises the work? 2015-07-15T14:12:13+00:00

Your foreman will be on site at all times to project manage, supervise, and liaise with you on the works.

How long will my conversion take? 2015-07-15T14:12:48+00:00

Construction work is usually completed within 5-7 weeks depending of course on size, style and specification of the conversion.

Do I need planning permission to build my home extension? 2015-07-15T14:13:35+00:00

Not necessarily, it may be possible to build you extension under Lawful* Development, provided you meet the criteria set out in the Government Legislation introduced in October 2008. For you property to qualify it must be a house**, it must NOT be in a conservation area*** and if it is a leasehold property, you must have held the lease for at least 7 years. The Lawful Development regulations surrounding ground and first floor extension are quite complex and tend to be very specific to your property, for this reason they are best explained on an individual consultation basis, please give us a call to arrange this.

If I own my property leasehold, do I need the freeholders permission? 2015-07-15T14:14:33+00:00

Yes, you will need written permission from your freeholder in order to extend your property.

Can I see a completed home extension? 2015-07-15T14:15:09+00:00

Yes, we actively encourage you to view a home extension undertaken by Upmost in your area.

Do I need to arrange Local Authority permissions? 2015-07-15T14:21:00+00:00

No, Upmost will arrange all Local Authority permissions. This includes drawing all the plans, making the application and liaising with council on your behalf to ensure the application is successful.

How long does it take to draw up the plans for my extension? 2015-07-15T14:15:46+00:00

It takes approximately 2-4 weeks to conduct the survey, draw up the plans and get them registered with the local authority.

How long does it take to get permission for my home extension? 2015-07-15T14:16:22+00:00

It takes approximately 8 weeks for the council to decided your application, this is the same for Planning Permission and Lawful Development.

Do I need to apply for building regulations for my home extension project? 2015-07-15T14:17:02+00:00

Yes, it is necessary to apply for building regulations when extending your property, but Upmost will handle this on your behalf.

How quickly can work commence? 2015-07-15T14:18:36+00:00

Typically, within 2-4 weeks of all permissions being obtained.

Who supervises the work? 2015-07-15T14:19:10+00:00

Your foreman will be on site at all times to supervise the work, with support from your project manager and the site consultants who usually visits 2-3 times a week.

How long will my extension take? 2015-07-15T14:19:41+00:00

Construction work is usually completed within 7-10 weeks depending of course on size, style and specification of the extension.