FAQ’s2019-09-30T21:27:01+01:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most popular questions we are asked.

If you would like more information call us on 020 8395 2233 or 07793 917769

Loft Conversion

Is there enough space under my roof for a loft conversion?2019-09-08T16:05:35+01:00

Yes, provided the underside of your roof apex, measured from the floor of your loft, is at least 2.2 metres tall.

Will my loft room add value to my house?2019-09-08T16:07:34+01:00

The general answer is yes. The value of your home could increase by around 20%. However this is not always the case as there are many external factors that effect the market.

 

Does MMANN LOFTS cover all the work to be done?2019-09-08T16:08:42+01:00

We have liability insurance to cover the whole project and put your mind at rest.

What areas in the UK does MMANN Lofts work in?2019-09-08T16:10:16+01:00

We cover all of Surrey, Kent, south east regions and parts of London.

How involved are we in the project?2019-09-08T16:13:20+01:00

It is very important to us that you are involved in the whole process of  the loft conversion. Each step of the way we will keep you informed of progress. Feel free to talk with us at every stage. It is important for us that we achieve what YOU want.

Will there be much mess and disturbance?2019-09-08T16:25:39+01:00

Mess, disturbance and rubbish is kept to a minimum. Where scaffold is erected that is our main point of entry for work on your loft. Materials are taken up to the work are via the scaffolding as well.

We will only need to be working in the landing area to fit your new staircase and any stud walls that may be required, but we always cover your flooring with protective dust sheets and clean up any mess as quickly as possible.

Are there different types of loft conversions?2019-09-08T16:30:50+01:00

There are. We will visit you to discuss your options. Visit our loft conversion page to see examples of types of loft conversions.

Who supervises the project?2019-09-08T16:32:11+01:00

MMANN Lofts will have a dedicated team on site. We will supervise the project at all times.

Can I have an en-suite or bathroom installed in my conversion?2019-09-08T16:34:41+01:00

That is certainly possible depending on the size of your loft. A en-suite or bathroom will add convenience and enhance your living space.

Can I have extra radiators, wall sockets?2019-09-08T16:35:49+01:00

Certainly – not a problem at all.

How is waste disposed of?2019-09-08T16:37:04+01:00

We will arrange to have skips transported to site for rubbish removal. The cost of skips is built into your price.

What happens to my water tank?2019-09-08T16:45:58+01:00

Your water tank will have to be relocated to a new area. In most cases it will be moved behind the lower wall section of your new loft. Access can be gained via small in built door.

You might want to take advantage, at this point, of having a new boiler installed in order to do away with your water tank.

Will I require planning permission?2019-09-08T16:51:37+01:00

Not all loft conversions require planning permission, but all do require that the loft conversion is carried out according to strict building regulations. Permitted development enables you to build up to 70% or 50% of your property in some cases, before you need planning permission. These details may vary by some councils and in some conservation areas.

When do I need a party wall agreement?2019-09-08T16:57:39+01:00

A party wall is the shared wall, usually between a terrace or semi-detached house, and divides the homes of two separate owners.

In the home, Party Wall Agreements are most commonly needed for building works that involve loft conversions, the insertion of damp proof courses and the digging of new foundations (as would be required in building an extension).

How do I obtain permission for party wall building works?2019-09-08T17:00:38+01:00

Before party wall building works can start, the homeowner needs a written Party Wall Agreement from all affected neighbours.

A surveyor has to be appointed to prepare a Party Wall Award. To begin this process, the homeowner has to serve a Party Wall Notice on their neighbours, in writing, about the planned party wall works.

 

Serving a party wall notice.2019-09-08T17:10:52+01:00

A homeowner has to give two months written notice on building works which affect a party wall or boundary, or one month’s notice for excavations. Planning permission is not needed to serve a Party Wall notice, and once notice has been served, the homeowner has up to a year to start work.

Do I need building plans for my loft conversion?2019-09-08T17:15:33+01:00

Yes. If your loft conversion is for habitable use it needs to be detailed and planned professionally to ensure that it conforms to building regulations. Our technical team will produce your plans to the highest standards and specifications, which will result in your loft conversion meeting with current legislation.

How much does a loft conversion cost?2019-09-08T17:59:21+01:00

This is not easy to answer as every project is bespoke and can only be assessed following a full and detailed survey of your property.  Get in touch here to arrange a visit. We will not take too much of your time to provide you a fixed, no obligation quote for your loft conversion.

TEL: 020 8395 2233
Mobile: 07793 917769

Planning and Permissions

Will I require planning permission?2019-09-08T16:51:37+01:00

Not all loft conversions require planning permission, but all do require that the loft conversion is carried out according to strict building regulations. Permitted development enables you to build up to 70% or 50% of your property in some cases, before you need planning permission. These details may vary by some councils and in some conservation areas.

When do I need a party wall agreement?2019-09-08T16:57:39+01:00

A party wall is the shared wall, usually between a terrace or semi-detached house, and divides the homes of two separate owners.

In the home, Party Wall Agreements are most commonly needed for building works that involve loft conversions, the insertion of damp proof courses and the digging of new foundations (as would be required in building an extension).

How do I obtain permission for party wall building works?2019-09-08T17:00:38+01:00

Before party wall building works can start, the homeowner needs a written Party Wall Agreement from all affected neighbours.

A surveyor has to be appointed to prepare a Party Wall Award. To begin this process, the homeowner has to serve a Party Wall Notice on their neighbours, in writing, about the planned party wall works.

 

Serving a party wall notice.2019-09-08T17:10:52+01:00

A homeowner has to give two months written notice on building works which affect a party wall or boundary, or one month’s notice for excavations. Planning permission is not needed to serve a Party Wall notice, and once notice has been served, the homeowner has up to a year to start work.

Do I need building plans for my loft conversion?2019-09-08T17:15:33+01:00

Yes. If your loft conversion is for habitable use it needs to be detailed and planned professionally to ensure that it conforms to building regulations. Our technical team will produce your plans to the highest standards and specifications, which will result in your loft conversion meeting with current legislation.