Here at MB Construction Essex Ltd, we have a proven track record as a building contractor that completes loft conversions to impeccable standards on time and within budget. As members of the Federation of Master Builders, and with a team sharing 30 years of trade and industry experience, we undertake every aspect of the design and build. With start-to-finish project management, our clients receive a smooth, efficient service throughout. From our base in Hornchurch, we create loft rooms in the neighbouring areas of Essex and East London.
To take your first step toward one of our stunning loft conversions, please contact us to schedule an initial consultation with a time-served building contractor.
Utilising an underused loft can solve various issues, from accommodating a growing family to making a long-term property investment. Below, we’ve provided a brief guide outlining some of the most important aspects to consider before work on our loft rooms begins.
If you’re considering options for loft conversions, you must first clarify the suitability of your home. In our position as your chosen building contractor, we carry out a site survey that takes in the pitch, structure and head height on your loft, as well as an extensive inspection of the roof space to gather measurements. As a general starting point, to accommodate most loft rooms, the existing space must measure at least 2.2m from the top of the ceiling joist to the bottom of the ridge timber.
While all loft conversions in Hornchurch and the surrounding areas require Building Regulations approval, they do not always need planning permission. Our clients only need to apply for permission if they intend to alter or extend the roof space beyond the permitted limits. A common example would be exceeding the volume allowance of 40 cubic metres within a terraced house.
In order to comply with Building Regulations pertaining to fire safety for loft conversions, provisions for an escape route must be taken into account. Providing access via a new staircase usually solves the problem, but it must be placed in an appropriate location. Stairs giving access to and from loft rooms must have at least 1.8m of room to the side and 1.9m of headroom.
Having completed countless loft conversions as a locally trusted building contractor, we swiftly assess any property for suitability before explaining possible options in a clear and easy-to-understand manner.
When it comes to loft rooms, MB Construction Essex provides the four primary designs: dormer, Mansard, hip-to-gable and Velux. Finding the most suitable option depends on the type of property you have, the available budget and the dimensions of the existing loft space.
Dormer Loft Conversions – These loft rooms extend up from the current roof, most commonly at the rear of the properties in Hornchurch and the neighbouring areas. This type of construction creates additional floor space within the loft. In fact, this increase can often be as high as 50m³. This makes dormer loft conversions a great choice for new spacious bedrooms.
Mansard Loft Conversions – Most common in terraced properties, these loft rooms create an even greater amount of space. Mansard designs carry a distinctive flat roof and back wall set at a slope of 72°. These loft conversions require significant changes to the roofing structure and shape, so they usually need planning permission. Where necessary, they must also comply with the Party Wall Act.
Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversions – As your building contractor, we can only construct this design on semi-detached and detached homes with a hipped roof. In order to create these loft rooms, we replace the sloping side of a roof (the hip) with a vertical gable wall that forms an extension of the existing outer wall. We then cover the resultant gap with a new roofing structure to create a large living space beneath. Due to the construction work involved, planning permission might be needed.
Velux Loft Conversions – This design offers homeowners in Hornchurch, Essex and East London with the quickest turnaround time, the most cost-effectiveness and the least disruption. We fit Velux windows flush with the roofline which itself remains largely unaltered.