Loft Conversions in Manchester

Looking for a loft conversion in Manchester, Stockport, Oldham or anywhere else in Greater Manchester? CK Architectural can help.

Loft conversion with bifolding window and Juliette balcony

A loft conversion can be an easy and cheap way to get an extra room into your home by utilising the space that’s already there, and CK Architectural provide the designs and building project management needed to make one across the whole of Greater Manchester, spanning from the city itself through to areas like Stockport, Rochdale, Bolton and Warrington.

We are specialists in architectural design with decades of experience working on residential renovations and all shapes and sizes of work, with loft conversions being some of the most frequent work we undertake. We know everything there is to know about the entire conversion process, and we’re always happy to help people turn their homes into something they love even more

A loft conversion can be an easy and cheap way to get an extra room into your home by utilising the space that’s already there. Master bedrooms with en-suite and dressing rooms, a cinema/games room or children’s playroom, or anything else you’d like in your home can be achieved with good architectural design.

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The loft conversion process

The process for a loft conversion in Manchester is relatively easy in most cases, especially compared to other projects. Once the property is surveyed and measured, we create designs for you to see what’s possible, find what you do and don’t like, and make sure you’re happy with the space you’ll be creating. After this, it’s usually a case of a quick permitted development enquiry, or planning application if required, before building regulations drawings and submission, before you can finally have your project built seamlessly.

All good loft conversion designs should achieve what you need whilst being buildable in accordance with the regulations and your budget. Height is a major factor in making these rooms work as the roof pitch will generally pitch down to the floor, but the staircase is also a large factor of course, too. After these legal requirements, the rest of the design is largely down to preference.

All of this is essential information to bear in mind when considering the project of your conversion.

Design considerations for loft conversions in Manchester

When you have determined the best position for the stairs, landing and structural elements of your loft conversion design, you can begin to design the room(s).

Sloping roofs can be hard to work around, but with the correct layout, they create a nice feature. It is best to work with the shapes you have and let each room get the full triangular profile where possible. Velux windows are the most obvious way to let light into a loft room.

Be careful when choosing the exterior finish, however, as sometimes the small dormer side/cheeks will not look good if you try matching the tiles. You cannot always blend it in, so choose finishes that enhance the angles and make it prominent and purposeful.

Other options are dormers, building up the gable, forming hip dormers and in some situations putting a new roof on. Depending on the planning limitation due to the surrounding properties, the best way forward may be to put a new roof on, as this can be designed around what you really want and surprisingly won’t add a significant amount to the build if attic trusses are utilised.

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Planning permission in Greater Manchester

Planning permission is something that needs careful consideration with any renovation. A good thing about converting the loft in Manchester is that it can sometimes be converted under permitted development, and even roof extensions and dormers can be done this way.

It is possible to add up to 40 cubic meters on a terraced property or up to 50 cubic meters on detached and semi-detached properties.

Even if you do need planning permission, with careful design and consideration, we can make it work with the character and style of your home which gives the project more chance of success.

When it comes to helping you achieve the extra space you want, CK Architectural will always offer the best advice.

Loft conversion permitted development rules

1. No extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway.

2. No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof and similar materials.

3. No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.

4. Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.

5. Roof extensions, apart from hip to gable ones, to be set back at least 20cm from the original eaves.

6. The roof enlargement cannot overhang the outer face of the wall of the original house.

7. Roof extensions not to be permitted development in designated areas such as AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty), conservation areas, listed building etc.

Building Regulations For Loft Conversions in Manchester

You will always need a building control certificate for any changes to the roof, especially when creating habitable rooms i.e. bedrooms. When designing a roof, your architect or architectural designer must consider the following:

  • The new floor joists and roof will need to be supported; this is generally done via steel beams designed by an engineer.
  • A protected fire route must be provided, this is 30 minutes all the way down to the final exit, existing doors will need upgrading to fire doors.
  • Detection and sounded alarms will be required and need to be interlinked.
  • The stairs will need sufficient headroom – 2m and not be too steep (under 42 degrees).
  • Reasonable sound insulation between the conversion and the rooms below.
  • All the designs we present to you will be with the intension of passing building regulations and be buildable.

Building and Builders

Most of the work in loft conversions is in the roof, however, when the new stairs go in there will certainly be a dirty period when it is advisable to move out if you can. There are specialist roof conversion companies, but with detailed drawings, most competent builders can do the job.

When choosing your builder, ensure that you choose someone with specific and relevant experience and most importantly, choose someone you’ll feel comfortable working with and talking to about concerns – they are going to be in your life and home for a substantial amount of time. Be clear about your timescale expectations and specific finishes.

Quotations should be clear and easy to read with reference to our detailed approved building regulations drawings. Ask who will be doing the work, will it be their company, or will they be sub-contracting and who is managing the process. Make sure you discuss payment dates and check their payment structure and be comfortable with it. Don’t always go with the references they give you, it’s not hard to find out where else they may have been working.

We try to add as many construction details as possible, but some assumptions must be made, and certain areas investigated with the builder before moving forward. Ensure that you are happy with everything before proceeding. We offer help throughout for both you and the builder, and we will come to the site if help is required.

What our customers say about us

Lars Cavi
13. November, 2020.
As a developer in Hull, I have been working with CK Architectural on many complex projects and they have always delivered a great professional service. Highly recommended. Lars
Peter Tyas
28. August, 2020.
Great service from the team at CK helping out with a every changing project design. Friendly and knowledgeable service, which I would recommend. Thanks.
Dave Turner
12. July, 2020.
Highly recommend CK Architectural. Chris and his team did a great job gaining planning permission for a new build and renovation of an existing property. We hit some dead ends with the planning officer but Chris found different ways of getting around the problems without going over budget.
Carl Newlands
10. July, 2020.
For someone far removed from the building / planning industries the thought of where to start when thinking of a big extension project to my house (two story to the side and wrap around of semi-detached 3 bed) was a little daunting at first. Luckily, after obtaining a competitive quote, I enlisted the services of CK Architectural and have been very impressed with not only the service received but the ease at which they have made the whole process. After listening to my thoughts and the reasons for needing the extension work doing, the architect came up with a great design that encompassed everything that was needed. Even when I changed my mind over a couple of aspects, Donna, Chris and the team were quick to administer any alterations. Every visit to the house for measurements / planning etc has happened without a hitch with all members of the team we've encountered being punctual and professional at all times. The best thing has been by far the ease at which CK have made of getting all council and local authority sign off for the project. All I have needed to do is pay the fees at the required time, no stress involved and all went through seamlessly. I'm now at the stage where I have the drawings to hand and have submitted them to builders to obtain quotes. Importantly, the feedback so far from the builders indicates the project to be within the budget specifications I explained to CK during the first consultation. Very happy customer 🙂 Carl.
Delwar Hossain
21. May, 2020.
Excellent Service and prompt!! I have taken CK's service twice. Chris and his team is very helpful and most importantly have enough patience to accommodate my frequently changing mind set. I would happily recommend any one to CK Architectural and wish them all the best.
Rockmetteller Woof
11. September, 2019.
Proffesional, helpful & a great price. Produced hard copies & electronic of everything we needed. What more could you ask for .
Carla Dulare
23. August, 2019.
Enjoyed working with CK on our loft conversion, kept us updated along the way and very happy with the outcome and the service. Would highly recommend
P Furley
23. August, 2019.
Great service and really helpful with any changes I wanted to make.

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