Is A DIY Conversion Option The One For You?
Does a DIY Loft Conversion need planning permission and does it need to comply with building regulation?
The quick answer is yes on both counts, regardless of who carries out the work. All alterations to a property must comply to all current building regulations, this includes loft/attic conversions, extension, electrical updates, and so on. Regarding planning permission, this really depends on what type of loft conversion you have planned. For example, if its within the existing roof space and your not in a conservation area, then you do not need planning permission. A front facing dormer or mansard would need planning permission. For more information about building regulation and planning permission, have a read of our quick reference guide.
Why can’t I just do the whole loft conversion myself, instead of TVM Lofts?
As well as ensuring you comply to building regulations and planning permission, you must also ensure your loft is safe to take all the additional weight it will now carry. Any loft which doesn’t meet all of this criteria is both a risk to yourself, and it will effect your ability to sell your home later if you have not got the correct certification.
Modern roofs are made from cheaper materials and are not suitable for taken any additional weight. To do this, you must get the right engineering calculations done, then install specialist steel beams, and complete all strengthening works to the floor joists and roof timbers. There is also a very strict set of regulation around fire doors when completing a loft conversion. This must be taken into consideration as well when to comes to the design of your loft conversion.
TVM Lofts can carry out as much or as little of your project as you require.
So how do I get a quote for a DIY Loft Conversion from TVM?
That’s the easiest part of of and it’s free! Simply give us a call, or complete our online enquiry form, and we’ll do the rest. We’ll schedule an appointment to view your project, we’ll sit down and discuss which aspects you’d like us to quote for. We’ll then send you a quote for each of the part you want us to do, and you can decide how you wish to proceed, simple and hassle free.