Loft conversions

Realise your dream without the drama 

  • Bespoke loft conversions
  • Full service from initial design to completion 
  • Any style and size conversion undertaken
  • Free consultation
  • Team of experts ensure quality of work
  • Expertise covering all areas of construction
  • Summer start dates available 

Easton Bevins' architectural team can help you realise your dream loft conversion. 

From initial concept and design through to final completion we will oversee every aspect of your project ensuring things run smoothly and work remains on schedule. We have built a reputation for high quality design and excellent service delivery. 

To find out more call 0117 942 7876, email or complete our enquiry form.

How we work

Our friendly and professional team will help you every step of the way.

We are passionate about buildings and highly experienced in their creation and evolution, including extending or converting existing dwellings to create additional space.

Loft conversions are a fantastic way of achieving more living space and we have helped many property owners realise their dream loft conversion. Our expertise and rigorous attention to detail throughout the project lifecycle helps avoid additional costs, ensuring we deliver a finished product within the required time frame and without exceeding the budget. 

Our 4-step process is designed to make your loft conversion project as straightforward as possible.

Step 1
Free home consultation to discuss your requirements

Everything starts with a free home consultation. This allows us to take a look at your building and discuss exactly what you would like to achieve from your loft conversion. It also allows us to review options for the conversion, and potentially offer additional creative suggestions for making the most of the available space. 

The home consultation also enables us to provide an accurate and competitive quote for the design services. Once this has been accepted we will measure the building and draw up a set of ‘as existing’ plans to work from.

Step 2 
Initial sketched designs 

Our architectural team will draw up some initial sketched designs for your loft conversion. This helps ensure we have correctly interpreted your brief and that the design meets your requirements.

We can also survey the building and deal with building regulations at this point, as well as apply for planning if required. 

Once the plans have been signed off and the necessary paperwork is in place, we can get things ready to start building. 

Step 3 
Project management (if requested)

Our experienced team will oversee the building work from start to finish, ensuring everything is completed to a high standard and that the project progresses on time and on budget.

We will remain in contact with you throughout the build process to answer any questions and make sure that any issues that arise are dealt with efficiently and effectively. 

Step 4 
Completion and handover (if requested)

Construction for a standard loft conversion usually takes 12 to 14 weeks, depending on the size and complexity of the project. Once the construction work has been completed, and the internal fittings have been installed and checked, we will be ready to hand over.

We want you to be both delighted and entirely satisfied with your loft conversion, so we will inspect the work together with you to ensure every detail meets your approval.

Loft conversion types

The type of loft conversion available to you can vary due to the style of your house, planning restrictions and budget.

Roof Dormer Loft Conversion

Roof dormer loft conversions are suitable for most styles of house, including terraced, semi-detached and detached. Dormer loft conversions are a popular option, potentially providing an additional light and airy living space and extra headroom.

A roof dormer is a box-like structure that projects from a property’s existing roofline, so it is important to ensure that the visual appearance is in-keeping with, or complements, the appearance of the existing roof. 

It is a versatile loft conversion option, which can typically accommodate a large double bedroom or two smaller single bedrooms as well as a bathroom, significantly extending the living space of your home. 

Velux Loft Conversion

A Velux loft conversion is one of the most straightforward loft conversions. With this style of conversion the external roof structure does not need to be altered, apart from inserting some skylight windows, so you do not usually require planning. This significantly reduces construction costs and helps keep the overall price of your loft conversion down. 

With a Velux loft conversion headroom may be impacted by the shape of the roof's sloping walls. None the less this type of conversion can create a useful, light and airy additional space, such as a guest bedroom, child's bedroom or a study. 

Mansard Loft Conversion

A Mansard conversion is a way of maximising your roof space to its full potential and significantly expand the overall living space of your home.

A Mansard conversion is often built to the rear of a property, typically consisting of a box-shaped dormer with windows and a flat roof. It will completely transform the shape of your roof, converting the sloping side into an almost vertical structure. With creative input form a qualified architect you can explore ways of creating a stunning addition to your property and optimise potential for the project, example by adding a roof terrace. 

Hip to Gable Loft Conversion

A hipped roof impacts on the internal head room available in a loft, reducing the useable floor space. A hip to gable conversion offers a solution to this problem. 

With a hip to gable conversion the sloping 'hip' roof is removed and the ridge of the roof is extended to allow the roof to be raised and creating a new gable end. The newly raised roof provides full height head room within the loft, which makes for a far larger and more useful interior space.

A hip roof is often found on end-of-terrace properties, as well as detached or semi-detached houses. The defining feature of a hip to gable conversion is the removal of the side roof elevation which is replaced by a vertical gable end.

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Loft conversion FAQs

What kind of loft conversion is best?

Our team of talented designers can talk you through the options available for your specific property and some common approaches are:

Mansard loft conversion: A mansard roof is a type of roof with steeply sloping sides leading up to a shallow or flat top section. If your property has a mansard style roof you probably have a lot of available space which can lend very well to conversion. A mansard style roof can be created as a replacement to a more typical dual-pitched roof, though this would require planning approval and may not be suitable in all cases.

Hip to gable loft conversion: Hipped roofs are those with angled pitches on every side, where as a gabbled roof is one where the side wall continues straight up to the roof ridge. A hip to gable loft conversion seeks to transform one (or both) of the side hips into gable ends, which gives more useable floor space in your loft.

Dormer loft conversion: A dormer conversion is a very popular approach and involves a flat or shallow-pitched roofed extension to the roof to give more height and usable floor space. Some dormer loft conversions do not require planning permission so can give you a great deal of benefit with minimal fuss.

Is my loft big enough for a loft conversion?

Most traditional houses in the UK were built with generous loft spaces which are often ideally suited to convert into extra habitable space. Traditional houses, such as Georgian and Victorian era houses often feature ‘rafter and purlin’ structures to the roofs which usually require only light alterations to convert to more useable space for your family.

Newer houses may have ‘trussed rafter’ style roofs, which can be less spacious and require a bit more work to convert, but our expert team can talk you though the possible solutions with a free home consultation.

How can I get a quote for a loft conversion?

Just send us an enquiry using the information box on this web page and one of our friendly staff will get in touch with you. We’ll arrange a convenient time for one of our design professionals to come over for a free home consultation, which helps us to provide you with an accurate and competitive quote.

Do I need Planning Permission for my loft conversion?

This can depend on the specifics of your property and the type of work you are having done to convert your loft. Many domestic properties in England benefit from ‘Permitted Development Rights’ which include a number of provisions applicable to loft conversions meaning you don’t necessarily need planning permission for some types of loft conversions.

The planning system also has a process called a ‘Certificate of Lawfulness’ application which is used to formally confirm that, in the absence of a planning approval, your loft conversion works are lawful under your Permitted Development Rights. This can be especially useful if you plan to sell your property in the future.

We can help with planning applications and Certificate of Lawfulness applications, whichever is most appropriate to your project.

What is your availability for loft conversions?

We usually have availability to start working on your loft conversion project right away. Send us an enquiry and we can kick off the process with a free home consultation.

Can I stay in the house when having a loft conversion?

In most cases you will not need to move out of your home while the loft conversion works are going on, though you should be prepared for builders being in your home for a few weeks as well as some dust and minor disruption while the building works are going on.

Do I need to inform my neighbours I am converting my loft?

It is always a good idea to let your neighbours know when you are having any kind of building work done to your home so that they know to expect some noise in advance, as well as maintaining a good neighbourly relationship. If your loft conversion work is likely to involve any operations such as cutting into a shared wall or works to a shared roof you will have a legal duty to inform your neighbour(s) in writing via a ‘Party Wall Notice.’

We have a team of highly qualified Building Surveyors who can serve these notices on your behalf and help you to discharge your party wall duties.

How will you fit stairs to my new loft conversion?

In most cases our talented designers can find ways to fit loft access stairs into your home without compromising too much space. Drop us a line; this is one of the key items we’ll discuss with you during your free home consultation.

Can I have a bathroom in my loft conversion?

If your loft is spacious enough to include a bathroom or en-suite into the conversion plans, we can certainly help you to achieve this. We’ll plan out the space and aim to make your dreams a reality, and handle any consequential design considerations required – for bathrooms or en-suites this can include things like structural upgrades to the floor joists to carry the additional weight and where the drainage runs will go.

Do I need fire doors when converting my loft?

If your house currently has two or more floors, Building Control will require the doors to ‘habitable rooms’ such as bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, etc. to be upgraded to fire doors when you convert your loft. This is to ensure that everyone in your home can safely get out of the property in the event of a fire.

Bungalow loft conversions may not require fire door upgrades, but this depends on a few determining factors, which we can discuss with you during our free home consultation.

How do you insulate a loft conversion?

Typically, the simplest way to insulate a roof for a loft conversion is with an insulation board between the existing rafters. Depending on the depth of your existing rafters additional insulation underneath them may be required to achieve the insulation values that the current Building Regulations stipulate. We will design this for you as part of our loft conversion design service to make sure that all relevant Building Regulation requirements are met.

Can you do a loft conversion in the winter?

Yes. A loft conversion can be done at any time, though requires careful management in times of expected bad weather. Works to the roof covering such as inserting rooflight windows can be planned around the weather to make sure your house is watertight when you need it most. For more extensive roof works in the winter, such as building a large dormer, a ‘tent scaffolding’ can be utilised to keep the building dry throughout the build.

Can I get a loft conversion in a leasehold house?

Getting a loft conversion in a leasehold house is certainly possible and will require clear and open communication with your freeholder. The first step would be for you to raise the question with the freeholder and get a general agreement (in writing) that they are open to idea of allowing you to convert your loft. There may also be clauses in your tenancy agreement that deal with property alterations, so have a look through that, too.

If your freeholder is open to the idea, our team can help you though the process and assist you in getting the right approvals for the work.

Do I need to tell my home insurers I am having a loft conversion?

Yes. You should always inform your home insurers when you have any kind of building work done to your property.

The building works will be covered by your builder’s insurance, but it is important that you also inform your home insurer that you are having building works done.

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