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We live in a terrace house, and want to build a dormer 'Loft extension'.
Our neighbours to the left of us, already have their own dormer, and have built onto our boundary line, therefore we have had to ask their permission to build onto their Party Wall.
They have objected, and of course we are gutted. Have now had to get 2 Surveyors, one for our property & they have got one for theirs.
Will we 'win' this objection?? As we haven't heard anything yet, and we are getting mixed outcomes as to who is in the right!! (We will be able to build onto them or not)
We don't want to have to lose out on any space, being that they're on our boundary line!!
- Ybeeswax75 8th Dec, 2013 Loft Conversions
I've heard that the design and position of the staircase is a key decision in a loft conversion. I'm not sure what to look out for and what I should be considering when I speak to builders about my loft conversion, any tips?
And should a spiral stair case be a last resort because not enough space?
Thanks in advance!!
- Ye17 1st Dec, 2013 Loft Conversions
I recently moved into a house (1960s construction) with a loft that has been for all intents and purposes converted into a room but without full building regs to class as a bedroom. During the winter it is very cold so I would like to try to add some insulation. There are sloping ceilings with dwarf walls on each side, and access doors through the eaves on each dwarf wall.
Inside the eaves there seems to be no insulation other than under the floorboards, just the felt underside of the roof. there is no insulation on the inside of the dwarf walls. Between the sloping ceiling and the felt underside of the roof there is a small gap in which there seems to be some glasswool or mineral wool, but this seems to be patchy.
My idea is that it might be possible to buy some insulating board and literally push it between the rafters through that gap between the sloping ceiling and the underside of the the roof, then insulate the inside of the dwarf walls with the same board. I would obviously have to cut the board in small lengths in order to fit inside the eaves, which might then leave gaps. might this also cause ventilation problems?
You can probably tell I don't know what I'm doing, but I'd like to get an idea of what kind of job it is, hopefully to try it myself, but if not at least so that I know what a builder is suggesting if I have to get someone in for a quote. Does what I'm suggesting sound possible, or totally impractical? Obviously the sensible thing is to pull down the ceiling, insulate, then put it back up, but I really don't want to have to do that.
Thanks in advance
- Yoptimisticdiyer 8th Nov, 2013 Loft Conversions
Would it be possible to change a current staircase to a loft room? It's a 1st floor flat. The current stairs are very steep and the back comes out a lot into the hallway right next to the living room door. You could easily bang your head which i find a little dangerous. What is the process?
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Any suggestions please?
- Yrosemary_43 31st Oct, 2013 Loft Conversions
I am in the process of purchasing a circa 1910 upper Tyneside flat. The flat has undergone a loft conversion, I am told by a loft conversion company, this is not described by the estate agent as a bedroom but as a loft room which is fine. Having had a survey done the report states that the lounge ceiling finish suffers from noticeable distortion along with cracking, this "may" well be as a result of movement of the tie beam caused by the additional weight which the loft conversion "appears" to utilise for support. It says allowances should be made for the tie beam replacement in the near future and that further investigations are recommended during the replacement of the lounge ceiling. At this stage I cannot offer any dimensions etc other than a typical average size Tyneside upper flat. What I am looking for here a) is it possible to replace an insitu tie beam? b) approximately how long would a job of this nature take to complete from start to finish? (to include a new ceiling) and c) can this work be undertaken whilst in residence, ie how disruptive would it be? I would be looking to post the job on here subject to completion of purchase.
- Ysteve_94 29th Oct, 2013 Loft Conversions
In my previous house, I laid rockwool between the joists of my loft and then used the tongue and groove B&Q boarding to board over it.
In my new house, I was planning on doing similar but not using rockwool, instead using Warmcel 100 Insulation to the depth of the joists about 3 inches and using Wickes tongue and groove loft boarding to put on that. Avoiding light fixtures and keeping electric cables above the boards.
I'm not looking for the perfect 10 inch insulation I just want some insulation and the loft boarded.
I was reading though that you should leave some space for air to flow beneath the boards to avoid condensation etc. So if I only did 2 inches of insulation and boarded over it? Does not seem like much to me.
Also on here I read someone suggested using solid insulation boards over the joists and no insulation between them. Is that right, could you just board your loft with solid insulation boards and that is safe to crawl about on, or would you lay the insulation boards and then put loft panels over that?
Any professional advice would help.
- Yeric_95 22nd Jul, 2013 Loft Conversions
I'm trying to decide whether it's worth extending the existing dormer window in the front bedroom on the top floor of my 3 storey terraced house.
Currently there is a dormer in place that is 135cm wide. I would like to extend it to something more like 250cm. Given that the room is 3 floors up - so I'm guessing scaffolding will be quite expensive - is the cost of a job like this not really worth the gain? The room feels quite dark at the moment and my teenage son (whose bedroom it is) often bangs his head on the slanted ceiling.
If anyone could offer some idea about the scale of this kind of job e.g. timeframe and whether I'd need planning permission (the house is about 100 years old) I'd really appreciate it.
- Ypcclp 19th Jun, 2013 Loft Conversions
we are looking to take our house up a further level and utilise the roof space, containing 2 beds and an en-suite. The house is built into the hillside with 2 rooms down below floor level and kitchen, living room, utility on the ground floor, the loft is currently accessed through a set of open stairs in the living room directly into the loft. this has already been converted with new floor and windows but is only above head height in the centre with 4 large wooden beams set onto the eves. we want to go up a full storey and bring the house up to the same level as the other surroundiing properties?, Any ideas of costs please?.
- Ytalulah42 3rd Jun, 2013 Loft Conversions
We live in a bsf (british steel framed house) with steel sheeting for a roof. In this weather, condensation is forming on the underneath of the roof and dripping down through the loft insulation and damaging the bedroom ceiling.
- Ykimmo 11th Nov, 2013 Loft Conversions
Query is in regards to a standard 1930's semi detached property. Is it possible to raise stairs into the loft using the stair return from the ground floor to the first without a hip to gable extension?
We are looking to convert the loft into a bedroom with a small en-suite, we need an idea of the cost of the conversion that includes at least two velux windows, plumbing and electrics and also how long the project may take. The loft at the moment is barely insulated and only part boarded. Many thanks in advance.
- Ygilesmac 20th Sep, 2013 Loft Conversions
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