loft conversion detailed design drawings and services for local council approval.

We provide a fast, low cost planning and design services for your loft conversion.


  • permitted development applications
  • building regulations applications
  • structural calculations
  • Sap Calculations
  • conceptual design
  • detailed construction drawings
  • up-to-date advice
  • council submissions

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FAQ


Q: Whats the minimum Height for a loft?

A: 2.2m


Q: Where do i measure from?

A: Bottom of the ridge board to the top of the ceiling joist

Q: Do you need Planning permission?

A: No but Certificate of lawfulness is recommended or Yes if you live in a flat


Q: Do I Need Building Regulations Approval?

A: Yes - via Full Plans (recommended) or Building notice


Q: What's required for a full plans application to building control?

A: Usually detailed plans , structural calculations, specification.


So whether it’s Permitted ​Development, Full Planning permission or Building regulation you require, we can provide you with the service level you need. Not sure? We will let you know what you need, just contact us we are always happy to help.



​What's the basic Building Regulation design considerations?

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Your loft ​addition


Your loft conversion project has great potential. The extent of which rests heavily on the design. If you get the layout wrong or fail to see design opportunities you may regret it, not exploring the design on paper before the build should be a concern.


loft conversion drawings and 2D plans are great and provide you with an idea of the loft layout, standard plans typically comprise of elevations, floor plans and sections. This is all that's required by planning, building control and other interested parties.


However, there is a step closer in between the plans and the build, it offers you a chance to understand the loft space in greater detail. A visual 3d representation of the space to be created.


imagine if you could build your loft conversion and make changes as easy as sending an email, imagine moving a wall or change the location of an entrance door, move a skylight, include a folding separating wall, provide an option for storage between chimney breasts, change a Juliet balcony to a casement window . The list is endless.


The truth is with us changes on paper, will not cost anything and this service is included within our design service, so the chances of you making great design choices is higher with us than any other architectural standard service. Take a look.


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Mrs Collins

New bedrooms above flat - Wandsworth

We have a first floor flat, we learned early in the process that we would need full planning if we wanted to convert the loft with a dormer, we found Sharpeplan and Nigel came up with a design that greatly exceeded our expectation. From our initial design meeting we felt very confident and well informed with regards to the process and finalising the design brief. We had no issues through planning and building regulations, we had one design revision request from the planning officer which we was informed about Nigel and his team amended and submitted within the same application. We really feel that the services that are provided by Sharpeplan are all inclusive and would recommend if the opportunity arises.

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Mr A Dillard

Back again - Lewisham

We converted our loft around 8 years ago with Sharpeplan and we are back converting our second property, we just wanted to take the time to thank Nigel for his time expertise. It became apparent early on in the design process that he was a major asset and a godsend at such an early stage of the process, we always recommend Sharpeplan.

Services undertaken by Sharpeplan

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Sasha Olsen

All-inclusive service - Lambeth

Sharpeplan are excellent Architects, they gave us a detailed quote with everything we needed, other quotations we received left out things like structural calculations and building regulations. Trustworthy and very easy to get along with. Will be working with you again in the future and would like to take the time to thank you.

Services undertaken by Sharpeplan

  • Plan preparation with 3d bolt-on.
  • Specification Writing
  • Detailed drawings
  • Planning Application submission
  • Building Regulation Application Submission
  • Structural calculations
  • Sap Calculations

​​​​For Home owners / property professionals


Services


We provide professional architectural loft conversion plans and services ​to help homeowners and property professionals ​gain the approvals needed to build, ​getting the permissions your self puts our clients in a good position when negotiating ​with your builder.


​Savings on design

typically saving hundreds if not thousands ​when compared to the design and build options, effectively cutting out the middleman. Our ground service takes you from design through to build start.



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For Builders


reliability

​​is your current architect able to respond quickly to a client’s requests? to be able to be flexible enough to make changes, to ensure that you are compliant with all the stages of the build, to ensure that issues are ironed out during the design phase, to deal with all the paperwork that is required to approve your build,


Built in Value

we include liaising with planning and building control officers in order to receive the correct approvals to start works. if the answer to any of these questions is No then you should consider switch to us, we provide all the above as standard and We work with local building control and independent building control inspectors alike.


So if you found a preferred independent inspector, we are able to work with them on your behalf. You could also benefit by becoming one of our recommended builders.

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Loft drawing detail

​Need ​​​A Plan ​Estimate?

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​Need ​​​A Plan ​Estimate?

​get it in 60 seconds

Putting the power back in your hands.


  1. Get the approvals you need
  2. Send your plans to your list of builders 
  3. Hire your builder


Get the plans and approvals ready. This will put your builder in good stead for providing you with a accurate quotation. Your builder will know what steels, timbers, connections, insulation, fire precautions, fabrication details specification Etc. always get several quotes. its easy when you have plans just email to your shortlist of builders for there quote.


​​Fixed Fees and pricing.


Strict pricing quotations specifically for your project requirement, that's right, we believe this is the only way for our clients to receive true value for money without paying for services they don't require. We will issue an itemised quotation that will be fixed throughout the duration of your design project, this could be as long as two months. "two months" I here you say, that's right most application will take around six to eight weeks to receive a decision from your planning and building regulation


we submit your applications to local council and deal with any revisions that may be requested. This part of the process should not be rushed so if you plan to build this year it would be a good idea to get the ball rolling.

Benefits of Sharpeplans Architectural services for your loft conversion

​Low-cost architectural services. All design services included, No middlemen. Great service

​All services in-house ​With increased speed and communication within the design team

​Free design revision during the draft stages of the design process. Not only that, we provide amendments if requested by your local council to approve the design.

​Better design conclusion with our 3-D design bolt on service allowing you to make better design choices as built design capabilities

​Free submission services to local council through to application decision. We act as your agent throughout the design process, liaising with planning and building control officers on your behalf

​Free design revision during the draft stages of the design process. Not only that, we provide amendments if requested by your local council to approve the design.

Popular types of loft conversion

  Dormer 

  Mansard

  Hip to gable​

  Roof light ​

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hip to gable skylight

Where to start?


Here are some simple steps forward to gain the planning permission and building regulations approval for your project

  1.     Fill out our short contact form on our contact page or generate a quote
  2.     We will review your proposal
  3.     We will then provide you with our quotation with associated fees and services you may require we may also provide advice
  4.     If you are happy with your quotation just reply that you would like to go ahead and we will allocate you with an onsite consultation, survey and get your project started.

What's Included


From your ideas to construction our loft extension planning and design packages are second to none. We understand that a loft conversion may be a stressful process, from planning and building control departments it may be hard for some to keep up. Our standard plans and submission service will fill in the gap between your ideas and the first brick laid, because we provide full planning and building control services.


Planning and building regulation ​drawings?


Two separate applications to two different departments at your local council, the planning and the building control departments, both interested in different aspects of your loft conversion. The planning department will generally be looking at the external appearance, were building control will be looking at the structure and ensuring minimum standard are met.


Fast Plans and Turn Around


Our initial ​drafts are usually prepared within seven days and our building regulation applications can run concurrently with the planning permission application allowing you to build as soon as approval is granted. Our services are complete regarding planning and building regulation design, with all services in-house and tailored to your requirements and property, from surveying to structural calculations you can be sure that we are well equipped to handle the design of your Loft conversion.

    

General loft conversion Q&As


The drawings. (example)


Here is a set of our building regulation plans for a Loft conversion project, and will give you an idea of the type of drawings your to expect, these include detailed sections floor plans full bespoke specification structural layouts all in strict accordance with building controls requirements we also offer structural calculations 3d modelling, material listing, as only a part of the services we can offer you.


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