A loft conversion entails structural changes to your roof and party walls, as well as the installation of a staircase and new floor space; our structural engineers have a range of solutions to ensure safety and functionality within budget.

Against a backdrop of financial constraints and decreasing housing options, Laytoe’s trusted guidance enables homeowners to make the most of their properties. Whether you need extra space for your family, or whether you’re considering letting, our specialist loft conversion team will talk you through every stage of dormer, hipped roof or gable conversion.

beam design for loft conversion
  • Structural support for floors, walls and beams
  • Roof light, dormer, hip-to-gable and mansard loft conversions
  • Truss replacement
  • Sound insulation and stairs
  • Building regulations approval
  • Permitted development check & planning permission advice
  • Party walls agreement
  • Fire safety analysis

A bespoke loft conversion gives life to unused space in your attic as well as adding storage and value.

Do I need planning permission for a loft conversion?

Planning permission is only needed if any planned alterations to the roof and exterior wall space go beyond specified limits. Our detailed designs and 3D drawings will highlight factors that you need to consider such as external projection and appearance, windows and roofing – these aspects of a loft conversion should be approved by building regulations. You will be able to submit Laytoe’s plans and sectional drawings to your local authority for building approval.


Why do I need a structural engineer for my loft conversion?

A structural engineer will make sure that your new loft space and adjoining structures are safe and sound. At Laytoe, we are qualified to calculate the strength of your new floor space and the stability of new and existing roofs. Our team will also plan and design safe escape options from fire as well as secure stairways and sound insulation. We will advise you if any of the work you intend to carry out affects party wall agreements.


Why should I choose Laytoe?

Laytoe will guide you through the entire loft conversion process starting with a discussion to help you balance your building requirements with the intended purpose of your new space. For example, the creation of an additional bedroom calls for different configurations (headroom, floor space, storage, en-suite and natural lighting) than, say, a home office or a studio. We will ensure that your choice of loft conversion (hipped roof, gable fronted, flat roof) aligns with the aesthetics, budget and materials that suit you and the structural integrity of your property.

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