Velux Loft Conversion

by yvonne Gilbert
(London)

I plan to have my loft converted but have a large space and so do not think I need a dormer.

I was also expecting it so be significantly cheaper as I expected the roof not to have to come off.

A builder has told me that the roof will have to come off anyway to put the new joists in, and it would only be about £2000 cheaper.

But I thought that the joists could be brought in through the house and or be sister joists.

This is only the first builder I have had round but I would like to find out what really is possible?

Can you advise

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window sizing

by Laurie
(Sunny Staffs)

Hello there,

Is there any kind of formula for calculating window size for attic conversion, covering pitch, orientation etc or is it just a case of cramming in as many as possible?

Cheers,

Laurie

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Loft Conversion Balconies

We currently have a loft conversion - undertaken about 15 years ago.

We are looking to make the existing room bigger by standing the gable end of the bugalow upright and replacing the existing velux window with two velux cabriolet windows.

The change will mean we still fall within our permitted development rights but I am unsure as to whether to velux cabrio windows will be allowed as some of the government websites say that balconies are not allowed.

It also says side windows (the velux cabrio's would be fitted to the side), need to be obsured glass.

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Loft conversion escape window issues

by mike
(stockport)

We have a loft conversion, done by a builder who we subsequently found out has a well known disregard for building regs and has now disappeared!

After many months of chasing, we approached building services directly to get the work signed off.

We now have an issue with the distance of the escape window from the eaves. It is more than they 1700mm specified in building regs.

However, the ground floor has a small pitched roof that any ladder would need to clear in order to rest on the eaves of the first floor roof and provide an escape route from the loft window.

Because of this, the ladder would reach further towards the window than if the back of the house was straight down, meaning that the 1700mm max distance was not an issue.

Is there any precedent for arguing with building services?

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D.I.Y. Velux windows

by Sue Claybyn
(Stoke Poges)

Would it be possible to install a velux window in an existing loft space (not converted) just to give us ventilation and natural light?

As we accesss our roof space via our loft ladder quite frequently to retrieve stored items etc.

It would make it a much safer and a far more pleasant space.

We were thinking of installing it ourselves.

Would appreciate your thoughts?

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Velux Windows

Please can you tell me if a loft conversion can have just velux windows, or are windows required in the gable end for fire escape.

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Loft Conversion with skylight

Do you need planning regulations to put a sky light window in the roof, if you are installing drop down ladders instead of having a flight of stairs put in?

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Velux window in loft

Do I need building regulations approval to put a Velux window in my loft it would be purely for natural light and ventilation

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