Mr & Mrs Cox - "We asked Carmichaels to carry out our loft conversion, after seeing the one they did for our neighbours. Needless to say, we are delighted with our new loft. It has exceeded our expectations. Our daughter loves her new room. Thank you all at Carmichaels for carrying out the works so professionally from start to finish. A job, well done!!!"

Planning Permission Required ?

A number of factors determine if your proposed loft needs planning permission. As a general rule of thumb, the following conditions apply:

Planning Permission required if:
  • The property is a flat, maisonette.
  • The ridge line on the building's roof needs to be raised.
  • Any part of the works faces a street or road.
  • The proposed loft conversion exceeds 40 cubic meters in the case of a terraced house or 50 cubic meters in any other case. (This is measured externally)
  • When the proposed loft conversion combined with any other existing extension to a house exceed the permitted development allowance
  • The building is listed.
  • The property is situated in a conservation area.
  • There's a restriction via the property deeds or conditions attached to a previous planning permission.
No permission required if -
  • It's a house (ie not a flat, maisonette), and a single family dwelling.
  • The proposed extension does not raise above the highest part of the roof.
  • The slope of any part of the roof, which faces a highway, must not be extended
  • The loft conversion does not amount to more than 40 cubic meters in the case of a terraced house or 50 cubic meters in any other case. (This is measured externally)
  • When combined with any other existing extension to a house exceed the permitted development allowance

Over the years...

Going through our diary we've done 100+ conversions in..

  • Ammanford, Garnant, Bonllwyn, Glanamman
  • Llandeilo, Llandybie, Derwydd, Milo
  • Penygroes, Gorslas, Crosshands, Capel Hendre
  • Swansea, Sketty, Mumbles
  • Lanelli

Loft Conversion

Carmichaels have carried out a whole range of loft conversions. Our expertise and experience will take you through all the steps, from concept and design stage to the completed project. All you need to do is tell us what you want to achieve in the conversion.

When finished, all our work is fully guaranteed and officially certified, and you will receive all the completion certificates to verify that your home improvement has been completed to comply with all the current legislation.

No hassle if and when you decide to move on.

A general sequence of events

  1. Appointment
    Make an appointment for Carmichaels to survey, discuss your requirements and discuss 'budget costs' based on this information.
    If planning is not required skip to point (4).
  2. Drawings
    When happy with the budget costings then we arrange our in house loft designer to meet and create drawings for planning approval, structural calculations etc, through discussions with the client.
  3. Planning Approval
    Wait patiently for planning approval, around six to eight weeks. (Note the plan is approved then checked by engineering, so two parts).
  4. Quote
    Once approval has been achieved (if required) then a detailed quotation is given.
  5. Conversion Works
    Work is then started at a pre arranged date. A loft conversion takes 6-10 weeks, depending on size/design etc. All initial work is carried out through the roof so the main living area of the house is left undisturbed until the final 2-3 weeks. Local building control are called by us at stated intervals.
  6. Certification
    Work completed and a final completion certificate is handed over by the building control officer.
  7. Play Time
    Move into your new shiny loft conversion and enjoy!!!

Typical Loft Conversion in six weeks

A Simple Guide to your conversion process; these times can be longer or shorter, depending on size and complexities of your conversion but represent an average timescale.

Week 1: New Structural Floor

This means sealing off the upstairs, digging a quick hole to the outside world so the works upstairs will not interfere with you existing living space. The new floor with means cutting away and creating new struts and support for the new deck layer.

Week 2: Insulation and first fix of electrics/plumbing

The second week is spent fixing the new structure skeleton inside the existing. This means that all cables, and pipes for heating, en suite, ceiling lights need to be run at this stage.

Week 3: Dormer build

This means building the outside of the structure, cutting a hole, placing struts and drainage.

This is where the stairs in going to be for up or down

Week 4: Dry Walling

Instead of bricks of younder year, the walls are now plaster board. This stuff is fitted onto the structure.

All artefacts, arches,doors and frames are also installed at this stage.

Week 5: Cut through for stairwell and fit new staircase

Access to the new loft is created by punching a hole though the new loft, and installing the staricase. The staircase will probably be fitted in parts on site with some prefab but will need to fit through the front door.

Week 6: Plastering and second fix of electric/plumbing

With all the bits in place, the final step is to plaster the walls, and fix the plugs, taps, ceramics etc.. and make it look clean and nice