Life can change quickly, so even if you’ve recently bought a new build you might find that you already need more space to accommodate an expanding family or to use as a workspace. Many people ask, ‘can you have a loft conversion on a new build?’ The answer is, it depends. For an attic conversion to be viable in any type of property, the ceiling height needs to be 2.3 metres or more at its highest point.

A loft conversion in a new build can be more complex than in older houses this is because many homes built after the 1960s were constructed using a W-shaped ‘fink’ trusses. W trusses tend to take up most of the room in the loft and without them, the roof would collapse. The way to remedy this is by installing steel beams and the good news is that most W shaped trusses will be of the required ceiling height for a loft conversion.

 

 As a general rule, loft conversions tend to fall under permitted development. However, you may need to get planning permission or face restrictions from the developer of your new build. Some new builds can come with restrictive covenants and of course, leasehold new build homes are separate issues, where you are likely to need the permission of the freeholder before any development can take place. If there are restrictive covenants surrounding your new build, you may need to seek the developer’s permission or try to have the restrictive covenant removed. Any restrictive covenants should have been made clear by your solicitor, however, it is always worth checking your paperwork fully too.

Once you know your loft conversion is possible on your property, the Loftstar team can design, build and manage the project. We also have a few tricks up our sleeves to make the most of what sometimes can be an awkward space.

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