Q. Is my roof high enough for a loft conversion?
A. Yes, if the measurement from floor to underside of roof apex is a minimum of 2.3metres 7`6″.
Q. Can a modern trussed rafter roof be converted?
A. Yes, it is possible, but this type of roof will require careful design considerations and additional structural work.
Q. Do I need planning permission?
A. Some dormers and alterations require planning consent, while others may be built without planning consent under PD (permitted development).
Any dormers/roof alterations on the principal elevation facing a highway normally require planning consent.
Rear dormers/roof alterations may not require consent and can be built under permitted development (depending on volume limits).
Side facing dormers/velux can be built under permitted development if the windows are obscure glazed and non-opening. Any clear glass and opening windows to side elevations must be 1.7m off the floor.
Q. Will you arrange the installation of electrics , plumbing and heating?
A.Yes, this will be carried out by our trained staff and will be included in your quotation. All gas work is Gas Safe registered. All electrical work is Part P compliant.
Q. How long will my conversion take?
A. This depends on the size of your particular conversion. An average conversion is normally completed within 4-8 weeks.
Q. Can I see completed conversions?
A. Yes, we would be delighted to show you similar conversions of some of our many satisfied customers, you can even view conversions under construction.
Q. Do you install bathrooms, showers, decorate & tile etc?
A. We fit and install bathrooms showers and fully tile. Though we don’t paint & decorate or fit carpets, we do fit laminate and real wood flooring on request,finishing to a high standard ready for paint & decorating.
Q. Can I expect much mess?
A. Disturbance and mess is kept to a minimum, your home will be left clean, tidy and safe on a daily basis. You do not have to vacate your home during construction.
Q. Why choose Brewer Loft & Roof Conversions?
A. Because with over 25 years experience we are the south coasts leading specialists in design and build loft conversions.
Q. How do I get a quote?
A. Make a no obligation appointment with Nick Brewer by using our Contact Form then he will discuss your requirements, measure your property and provide a detailed floor plan and quotation. You can also use our Online Estimate Form for a quick quote.
Q. Are there any different building regulations when comparing bungalows to houses?
A. Yes there are, generally fire regulations.
Mains connected smoke detection with battery back-up is mandatory in all new conversions and extensions.
Normally one detector to each hallway and landing is required and they must be interlinked.
Below is guidance on what needs to be undertaken for building regulation compliance to each property type.
Bungalow building regulations
When converting an existing bungalow the new staircase can generally be sited anywhere on the ground floor. Each new habitable room in the loft conversion will have to fitted with a window for escape purposes which must have an unobstructed clear openable area of 0.33 square metres, this is best achieved with a window opening a minimum of 450mm wide by 750mm high and can be either a window within a dormer, external wall or a Velux roof window. The bottom (cill) of the escape window must not be higher than 1100mm above the floor.
House building regulations
When converting say a standard 2-storey house into 3 storeys careful consideration must be given to form a protected route out from the loft rooms to a final exit at ground floor. The upper storeys must be served by a fire protected stairway (protected at all levels) which either at ground floor:
a. discharges to a hall served by an external door, or
b. there must be at least two separate escape routes available to an external door – separated by fire resistant construction and fire doors.
If you have an existing open plan staircase please see notes below.
The protected stair enclosure should be enclosed in a minimum 30-minute fire resistant structure to protect the escape route for the occupants to make a safe escape. All doors (new and existing) opening onto the protected stair route are to be fire resistant. This means your existing doors will probably have to be changed to fire doors. One concession is that there is no need to fit self-closing devices to fire doors anymore apart from a door to an integral garage. You must ensure that the new loft access/stairwell is an extension of the existing to avoid the creation of inner rooms i.e. where escape can only be made by passing through another room (this situation is not acceptable).
A lobby and fire door at the bottom of the stairs off your existing landing is acceptable, as long as there is one new loft room only.
Q. What if I have an open-plan arrangement in my house i.e. stairs are open to the main living areas and are not enclosed by a traditional hallway leading to a final exit?
A. Where the existing house is open-plan, it will be necessary to provide a new 30-minute fire resistant partition with fire doors to enclose and extend the escape route to a final exit as indicated in the diagram below.
Diagrams: Alternative arrangements for final exits in a house.
There is no longer a requirement for escape windows in any new loft rooms of houses.
This section presents our Bungalow Loft and Roof Conversions which includes galleries, price guides and client testimonials.
This section presents our House Loft and Roof Conversions which includes galleries, price guides and client testimonials.
We write to thank you for the new conversion of our loft. The space it has created is much better than we anticipated.
Please pass on our thanks to the men as well, without their hard work, advice and good humour we don’t know how we would have coped, it was a pleasure to have such conscientious men around.
We would be more than happy to provide references.
Mr & Mrs Sherrington
Thank you for a wonderful conversion the extra space it has provided has made our home seem twice the size.
It has made such a difference to us all.
Please pass on our thanks to all your dedicated team, they were all very helpful and made us feel at ease from day one.
We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the services of Brewer Loft and Roof Conversions.
Mr & Mrs Mclean
Just a little note to say thank you again for all your hard work and efforts in transforming our bungalow into a much improved and extended living area.
We will recommend your services to friends.
Mr & Mrs Roberts
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, Roger and all the team for all their help in the past few weeks.
Needless to say we are extremely pleased with our new roof conversion and the space it gives, at last the children have their own rooms and peace has come to our household
We would be more than happy to recommend the services of Brewer Loft and Roof Conversions.
We write to express our thanks for the loft conversion you carried out for us. We have been nothing but impressed with your company at every stage and would not hesitate to recommend you.
From our first dealings you have sought to provide exactly what we wanted and we are now really pleased we chose your company.
Although the work naturally involved some upheaval this was kept to a minimum and you worked hard to keep us advised of what was happening and the choices and options available to us along the way.
We would like to thank all your staff that worked on our property. We had no hesitation in leaving them to work on their own in our home and they are a credit to your company.
Having dealt with a number of builders in the past on our previous properties we can honestly say that you have by far exceeded our expectations and provided us with a really super addition to our home.
We wish you well in your business in the future.
Mr & Mrs Cheek
We are extremely delighted with the work carried out by Brewer Loft Conversions.
We won’t hesitate to recommend there services to friends.
Mr & Mrs Alderson
Thank you very much for undertaking this massive project which was more than just a loft conversion, it was an internal renovation project.
The outside of the propery looked great for us, but the interals were old and out of date and the rooms required enlargment and rearranging. Through your help and expertise we’ve achieve the perfect property and a luxury finish home. It’s made such a difference to our whole property.
All your work is truly appreciated and we will of course recommend your skills and services.
Now all the works are completed I would sincerely like to thank you for all the effort put in by you and your men in producing our fine conversion. I would be most pleased to recommend Brewers to any other potential customers who are considering this type of work.
Thank you again for making it as painless as possible.
Mr & Mrs Dence
We are absolutely delighted with the finished conversion, throughout the upheaval your team have been extremely courteous, friendly and particularly flexible in understanding our needs. To have this amount of work done while still living in the bungalow was quite daunting for us, but your efficient team took it in their stride and kept us well informed of all procedures, it ran like clockwork.
We are so grateful and would have no hesitation at all in providing references.
Mr & Mrs Wann
Thank you again for all your hard work in providing our family with such a wonderful extension. I know the planning process was not easy but your perseverance and sound knowledge of these matters paid off in the end.
Could you thank all the guys again and please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like any future customers to look round.
Mr & Mrs King
We are really pleased that the work has been completed ahead of schedule and we have also been really impressed with the quality.
Even the neighbours have been impressed by the professionalism shown. I am sure you are aware that a project like this can be very daunting to the customer, but everyone who came to work on our property was very professional and friendly which made things much easier.
It must be said that your team are a credit to your company and the industry as a whole.
Thanks again for the transformation to our home. Please pass on our regards to the team.
We would and have recommend your services.
Mr & Mrs Dugdale
Thank you for a superb job we are really pleased with our new rooms and with the manner in which the work was carried out, very professional all round, please give a big thank you to all the men involved.
We will recommend your services.
Mr & Mrs De-Garis
Thank you Nick and all the team for producing a wonderful loft extension to our home. The standard of work is exceptional.
Mr & Mrs Snook
A superb conversion all round which has doubled the size of my home. The views from the dormer windows are stunning. I am extremely pleased with all the work and grateful to you and your workforce for all hard work and attention to detail.
If you wish people to view please don’t hesitate to ask.
A total transformation to our original modest bungalow, although the planning process was quite daunting, but Nick Brewer and his advisors stuck at it and eventually produced a design and build scheme that matched our aspirations.
This was a huge undertaking for us, the high standard of work and the end product proves it has all been well worth while.
Would be more than happy to recommend your services.
Mr & Mrs Mitchell
A great conversion all done to an extremely high standard. From a tired old bungalow to a
truly elegant home.
It’s perfect, thank you.
We won’t hesitate to recommend Brewer Loft Conversions.
We would like thank Nick & all those at Brewers for their professionalism, quality and commitment in helping us to achieve the fabulous improvements we see today, a massive undertaking by us made easier by a helpful, knowledgeable and courteous team, we would not hesitate to recommend this company to others.
Mr & Mrs Spooner