Bounce Architecture is committed to providing high-quality loft design services that encompass all stages of the construction process, from initial design concepts to building control certification and sign-off. Our extensive experienced ensure that you get functional and inspiring loft spaces that reflect the uniqueness of the place which you call home.
We believe that a successful loft design project is one that is well-planned, efficiently managed, and meets all necessary building regulations. That's why our services go beyond just designing the space - we oversee every stage of the construction process to ensure that the project is completed on time, within budget, and to the highest possible standard.
Our loft design services include a comprehensive range of planning and detailed technical drawings. We also provide project management services, coordinating with contractors, suppliers, and you the client to ensure that the project is delivered smoothly and efficiently.
By providing end-to-end loft design services, we ensure that each project is executed with the highest level of care and attention to detail, resulting in beautiful and functional loft spaces that our clients can enjoy for years to come.
Most lofts do not need planning consent and fall within Permitted Development rights and as a rule of thumb, does not exceed 50 cubic metres of additional volume. If dormers are planned to the the principal elevation, planning consent will be needed.
If you live in a conservation zone or listed building you may also require planning consent, always best to check with you LPA, just in case!
Loft conversions need to be signed off by building control showing compliance with multiple areas of legislation.
Usually structural designs will need to be provided ensuring that your project meets aspects of these requirements and will have to be provided by suitably qualified Structural Engineers.
There are strict Part L requirements related to the thermal performance of your loft conversion. Typically these are found in the specification for the roof, gable ends and eves. Increased levels of thermal insulation will guarantee your annual heating and cooling bills will go down instead of up!
Often overlooked, is the requirement (Part B Fire safety) to upgrade all doors that lead onto the principe escape route to fire doors (other than bathrooms) this upgrade may also apply to the frames. The escape route is from the newly created loft level, down to the ground floor, exiting (typically) from the front door of your home. These will need to be fire doors with a 30 minute certified fire rating.
You may wish to keep historic doors and these could have intumescent paint finish applied to meet the required standards. There may also be a requirement to upgrade the ceilings in habitable rooms, below the loft floor level and for those to also provide a 30 minute fire protection of the ceilings if the the existing is not suitable.
In addition, smoke detectors with sounders are required on all levels of the property for the loft conversion to be compliant.
All electrical work will need to be Part P compliant and any work carried out requires the correct certification to be provided prior to it being signed off by Building Control.
Whether you need extra bedroom space, storage or workspaces as an award-winning business, we are confident in providing the services you need.
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