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Why not move up rather than moving out? All while saving money and increasing the potential re-sale value of your home!

Our nationwide team have the skills and experience necessary to guide you through your attic conversion or loft conversion project from initial consultation and design to the conversion of your attic or loft area. We are fully qualified, certified and insured to cover all attic conversions and pride ourselves on providing a customised and affordable service for all of our clients. Our team are dedicated to customer care and support, and will do their very best to transform your vision into reality.

Get in touch with our specialist attic conversion team today to request your free quotation for your newly converted attic or loft space.

Attic Conversion Experts

If you are considering an attic conversion or loft conversion, you have most definitely come to the right place! Our team of nationwide carpenters and joiners are experts in attic conversions and roofing projects. We cover all attic conversion projects from standard to dormer style spaces.

We have been converting unused attics into beautiful, usable spaces for families in homes throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland for years, be it for storage or for additional living space.

Over the years, we have gained the knowledge and expertise necessary to ensure that our attics are converted to exceptional standards, resulting in many many happy customers. In addition to being fully qualified and certified, our team of carpenters and roofers are also fully insured, providing cover on your attic conversion project.

Can My Attic Be Converted?

Hip Roof Versus Apex Roof

Whether you can implement a loft or attic conversion all depends on the shape and pitch of your existing roof. The main criteria is the amount of usable load bearing walls available to support your new structure.

An apex roof with a gable end wall is ideal for an attic conversion as they have a greater capacity to support new beams or purlins which may be required for your attic conversion. In comparison, hipped roofs are less suitable, however these can still be converted for additional space if internal load bearing cross walls are available.

A hip roof generally does not pose a problem, however there can be difficulty fixing a staircase due to the lack of headroom where the stairs needs to be installed. For this reason, in most cases hipped roof conversions often require a folding attic ladder for access.

 

How to Check

A simple and quick way to check whether your home is suitable for a loft conversion is to stand in the centre of your attic, between the ridge and ceiling joists, and measure your headroom. Ideally, if you have 7ft or more of space, an attic conversion should be possible.

If you are unsure whether your attic is suitable for conversion, feel free to get in touch with our attic conversion specialists.

Attic & Loft Conversion Ideas

Depending on the size of your home and the type of roof pitch, you can choose from an array of attic and loft conversion ideas. The possibilities of converting an unused attic space are endless, and a much more cost effective alternative to building an extension. Many of our clients choose to use their new attic space as a spare bedroom, a children’s bedroom or play area, a study or home office, an art studio, multi-purpose room or for storage purposes. Whatever the purpose of your attic conversion, our team are happy to help! Get in touch today to discuss your project.

Will an Attic Conversion Add Re-Sale Value?

A loft or attic conversion is often cited as one of the best ways to add value to your home when selling. Research carried out by the Nationwide Building Society stated that an attic conversion can add up to 20% to the re-sale value of your home.

A loft conversion is a brilliant, cost effective way of increasing the square footage of your home and therefore increasing the potential re-sale value of your property.  For example, if you own a three bedroom home and you convert your attic space, you can call your home a four bedroom. However if you have made structural alternations you cannot sell your house without a “certificate of compliance” provided by your architect to certify that the work has been carried out in accordance with new building regulations.

Do I Need Planning Permission for My Attic Conversion?

Most attic conversions do not require planning permission in the Republic of Ireland as the ceilings of the build are not high enough to qualify as “Habitable Accommodation”. However, if you want to add a dormer window, or install Velux windows to the front of the property, you will need to apply for planning permission as this changes the original appearance of the structure.

Do I Need Architect’s Drawings?

If you have architect’s drawings, attic conversion specialists will be happy to work from them. However, in reality the vast majority of attic conversions are carried out without them. Architect’s drawings are not necessary for standard attic conversions if carried out by experienced and qualified carpenters who know exactly what is required in order to meet building regulations. However, if your home design or roof type is not typical, it is advised that you consult an architect or engineer in advance.

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A hip roof does not usually pose a problem. The difficulty is in fixing the staircase due to the lack of headroom. Therefore, in most cases hipped roof conversions will require a folding attic ladder for access.

Architect’s drawings are beneficial in cases where the roof type is unusual, however the vast majority of attic conversions in standard homes are carried out without them.

Yes! Research by the Nationwide Building Society suggests that an attic conversion can add up to 20% to the value of your home when selling.

If the ceiling of your house is not high enough to be classed as “Habbitable Accommodation” and is therefore to be used for storage purposes or similar, then your attic conversion will not usually require planning permission. However, if you intend on changing the appearance of your property by adding a dormer window or installing Velux windows to the front of the property, you will need to apply for planning permission.