Project: Loft Conversion to existing Mid Terrace 3 Bedroom House

We were contacted by the client asking if we could help after a bad experience with another architectural designer. The previous architectural designer didn’t provide the service that was promised, and they were left disheartened, out of pocket and desperate to start work on their loft conversion.

The project’s brief involved converting the existing roof space to a flat roof dormer loft, providing an additional bedroom and en-suite for their eldest son. We met with the client and discussed their proposed plans. Although the client’s budget was practical, they hadn’t allowed for any extra finishes that we would recommend being added. We wanted to restore the client’s faith and move their project forward quickly. Initially, we looked at the previous architect’s plans, but these were confusing. We explained the best way forward would be to start the process again. Initially, the clients were understandably reluctant. However, the client agreed, and we set a plan in motion.

During the first week, we surveyed the property taking all the necessary dimensions of external elevations, internal floor plans and we took a look at the existing space. Later that week we prepared sketches and details of the proposed room layout and proposed location of the staircase from the landing area.

Quickly we moved forward and began to prepare detailed floor plans and elevations showing how the external and internal areas would look. Within the plans, we had borrowed space from the original box room to enable the installation of the new winding staircase. Building regulations require 2-metre headroom for the stairs and landing area within the loft, so it is sometimes tricky to locate the stairs so they strike in the highest point of the ridgeline of the roof. The staircase will lead to a large bedroom area with a flat roof dormer with Velux roof lights to the vaulted roof section and a window to the en-suite shower room.

Within 7 days we submitted our building control application along with structural engineer’s calculations for the steel beams that will provide the skeleton framework for the conversion. A loft conversion does not require planning consent as long as the works proposed meets certain planning criteria.

After just 7 days we had the great news, that our building control application had been approved and that our plans met the building regulations. It was now time for the client to select a suitable builder to carry out the works, we recommended Oaklands Mill. Keith and the team have extensive experience and quality workmanship, converting lofts and general building works.

Within just 3 weeks the customer had approved plans.

In part 2 of this blog, we will share how the project progressed.

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