Loft Conversion Drawings and plans - are they a requirement and who do you use.
Yes. Any building project requires drawings or plans simply for ensuring that you get the
design right on paper before its installed on site. Having a ‘make it up as you go’ approach will lead to tears and
a poor quality loft conversion that is probably also illegal.
Most homeowners will engage their own experienced house extension designer or architect to prepare the loft
conversion drawings, plans and specifications. Most designers will also act as your Design or Planning Agent
through the council applications. Be wary of anyone who simply provides you with the loft conversion drawings or
plans and walks away expecting the homeowner to take the scheme through the various council approvals.
Having a good set of loft conversion drawings and plans (usually at a scale of 1:50) also allow the homeowner to
plan out the various aspects of the loft conversion with regard to determining the full head height walking areas,
the location of the bed, wardrobes and other storage, the size and aspect of any dormer windows or roof lights, the
location and practicality of the new stair set etc.
The loft conversion plans and drawings used for the Building Regulations will also normally include a
specification manual and other sections through the building with large scale details of all the relevant elements
of construction. These loft conversion drawings will then be used by the tendering loft conversion builders to
provide the house owner with their best price for completing the works.
The building contract for engaging your final selected builder will also refer to the loft conversion plans and
drawings as these will be the basis of ensuring that your builder installs the works in accordance with the
approved and agreed plans. Should any Design Agent suggest simply preparing enough basic details for the submission
of a Building Notice to the Building Control Dept. then you are to avoid this person or company.
These types of low grade loft conversion plans or drawings will not be good enough for allowing your builder to
provide you with a fixed price quote simply because the plans, drawings or specifications will not be concise
enough to allow the loft conversion builder to price the works and you will be exposed to excessive claims of extra
costs and you will not have the required level of control over the builder.