H H Hilder  ​Loft Conversions
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Why use H H Hilder for your Loft Conversion Guildford

You will be dealing directly with the owners of the Company who will personally ensure that your loft will be built to the highest of standards and the minimum of fuss.

The person dealing with your loft and who you will have all your contact with is not simply a site foreman as will often be the case elsewhere.

Dealing directly with the owners will provide you with the flexibility in getting the most out of your Loft Conversion by providing experienced advice at the right time and also being able to make changes as the Loft Conversion process continues.

You will get close and direct service which is available when other Companies simply won’t be.

It is difficult to know at the outset in terms of specification such as sanitary ware, tiles, and a host of other things. Dealing directly with the owner will more easily allow you to make decisions as you go through the process and will not be limited to a standard choice that other Companies may work to.

Can My Loft Be Converted

The first stage of any loft conversion is a close inspection of the loft space. The main consideration is to assess whether there is enough room under the ridge of the roof. Generally speaking 2.3m is required but useful loft space can still be obtained with less. Feasibility also depends on the slope of the roof and the width of the loft but normally if the height is available it is likely to have the potential to be converted.

One of the more difficult problems can be finding a way to get the stairs to the loft. The minimum headroom on staircases and corridors is 2m. In circumstances where there is insufficient space to achieve this height, a minimum headroom at the centre of the stairs of 1.9m may be acceptable.

Are water tanks in the loft a problem

The short answer is no, but they may need to be relocated depending on the design but more often they are replaced with what is called a pressurised system that does not need a ‘gravity’ feed tank. It does still need a storage tank but this need not be located in the loft.
It is possible to use ‘combination boilers’ that provide hot water on demand which do not need a storage tank but with these it is necessary that they can cope with the demand for hot water particularly at peak times.

Is Planning Permission Required

The majority of loft conversions are able to be completed under Permitted Development rights (PD). But there are a number of constraints to this the main ones being:

No part of the roof as a result of the works exceed the height of the highest part of the existing roof.

No part of the house/roof would as a result of the works extend beyond the plane of any existing roof slope which forms the principal elevation of the dwellinghouse and fronts a highway. This means that dormer windows or any enlargement of the roof space in the principal elevation of the house facing a highway is not PD and will therefore require planning permission. Roof lights may, however, be allowed as PD.

The cubic content of the resulting roof space should not exceed the cubic content of the original roof space by more than 40 cubic metres for a terrace house or 50 cubic metres in any other case.

H H Hilder would always recommend that a ‘Certificate of Lawfulness’ is obtained from the local Council in order not to fall foul of any PD rules.

H H Hilder, if you require, are able to manage the whole of this application process for you.

Are Building Regulations Required

Yes they are. There are a multitude of problems that could occur which could mean that the conversion fails to satisfy the minimum standards set out in the Building Regulations.

H H Hilder can deal with Building Regulations for you.

If you want to speed up the process this can be done at the same time as the Planning Application/Certificate of Lawfulness but many people decide to wait in case any changes are required to these applications which would also mean redoing the Build Regulation drawings.

There are numerous regulations to comply with but the most important for you is probably to ensure that the foundations are adequate to receive the new loadings. This will often mean the existing foundations will have to be exposed and assessed by an engineer which H H Hilder can carry out for you.

Another very important regulation that will need to be complied with is the Fire Regulations. In the case of converting a two storey house this will be more onerous than with a bungalow due to the additional height. It will normally entail creating a ‘protected stairwell’ for a safe means of escape that discharges close to a door leading to an external safe place and not in a room. This can lead, amongst other things, to the requirement to upgrade existing doors that lead to the protected stairwell to comply with fire resisting requirements.

H H Hilder can deal with all the fire regulation requirements for you and advise you on what will be necessary.

The Process

Please call H H Hilder and we will visit your property, provide a free initial assessment and take you through the process and explain everything that H H Hilder can do for you.

If you need a builder in the Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet, Camberley,
or Guildford area please call
H H Hilder now on 01252 372671.

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