Considerations for loft conversions in new build properties

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Choosing to install a new loft conversion can be a great way to add space and value to your property. This space can be used for a range of purposes including an additional bedroom, bathroom, living room or home office. Suitable for both period properties, terraced homes and new build houses, a loft conversion is one of the most popular home improvement options. But what are the considerations for loft conversions in new build properties? Well, here at Pinnacle Loft Conversions, we are Preston’s leading loft conversion experts. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about new build loft conversions.

What are the important considerations for loft conversions in new build properties?

There are a number of important considerations to take into account for any loft conversion project, But for a new build property, there are specific things to consider. These include:

  • The type of roof- in a lot of cases, new build loft conversions can be more difficult to install than those in older properties, built before the 1960s. This is because since the 1960’s more homes were constructed using W-shaped ‘fink’ trusses. These take up a lot of room in the loft space, and without these, the roof would collapse. These trusses will need to be replaced with steel beams for a loft conversion to be installed.
  • Leasehold new build homes- if your home is a leasehold property, you are likely to need the permission of the freeholder before any development can take place.
  • Restrictive covenants- some new build properties have restricted covenants that could prevent a loft conversion from being installed. This means you may need to seek the developer’s permission or try to have the restrictive covenant removed.
  • The available space- any loft conversion needs a ceiling height of a minimum of 2.3 metres. In new builds this is usually possible after removing the trusses, although some properties have less space than others. If your loft does not have enough space, you could consider increasing the roof height, but this may need planning permission.

For more information or advice about loft insulation or for professional advice about your new loft conversion, get in touch with the professionals today here at Pinnacle Loft Conversions.