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Loft conversions in East London

Transforming unused loft spaces into beautiful places

At Tailored Lofts, loft conversion builders in East London, our core specialty is turning underutilized attic spaces into beautifully designed, fully functional areas of your home. Our expertise in loft conversions allows us to create additional living space that not only meets your specific needs but also enhances the overall value and appeal of your property.

Operating primarily in the Waltham Forest, Redbridge and the neighbouring areas, we handle your East London loft conversion process, from initial design and planning permission to the final touches of decoration. However, if you already have your own architect or prefer to decorate the newly constructed rooms yourself, we will adjust to meet your specific needs and requirements. Our dedicated team works closely with you to ensure that the new space is customized to your lifestyle, whether you’re looking for an extra bedroom, a home office, a playroom for the kids, or a quiet retreat.

Using only high-quality materials and best building practices, we ensure that your new loft space is safe, comfortable, and energy-efficient. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and our commitment to delivering exceptional results within the agreed time-frame and budget.

Choose Tailored Lofts for your loft conversion in East London, offering a service that’s smooth, without stress, and customized to your needs. We’re here to help you enhance your home’s potential with a loft conversion that will delight you.

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Why Tailored Lofts?

Since its inception, Tailored Lofts has been dedicated to achieving full customer satisfaction through our loft conversions in East London, driven by our foundational principles:

What to expect

Building a loft extension: a typical project timeline

Our Specialty

Loft conversions in East London

As as building company in East London, we primarily work in Waltham Forest, Redbridge and nearby areas:

Loft conversions in Waltham Forest districts:ChingfordWalthamstowLeytonLeytonstoneWanstead

Loft conversions in Redbridge districts:LoughtonWoodford, South WoodfordBukchurst Hill

Typical sequence

Planning your loft conversion

Establish feasibility
The first step is to find out whether your project can be done or is worth doing

Our surveyor will come to your place, discuss the requirements and take measurements of existing structures. Your initial quote will be generated.

Initial plans
Get your project plans drawn up.

You can either use our architect, or have your own architect if that’s your preference.

Local authority permit
Local authority must be notified about your planned project.

Your project may fall under permitted development (normally loft conversions are) or if it doesn’t meet the permitted development requirements, it may need planning permission.

Party wall award
Your neighbours must be notified about the planned works.

A party wall award must be in place before the actual works can start. Read below for more information.

The actual building works can begin

Starting with the erection of scaffolding and the installation of structures, and continuing all the way to completion, there will be periodic visits and inspections by building control at certain stages of the project. For more details, please refer to “Typical loft conversion project timeline” above.

Installations will be commissioned, required certificates issued.

The final stage and equally, if not most, important: you will have certificates confirming that your loft conversion project is constructed according to building regulations and best practices.

Frequently asked questions

Party wall related questions

  • What is a Party Wall?
    A Party Wall is a shared wall in your home that connects your property to that of your neighbor. Both you and your neighbor jointly own these walls, referred to as ‘Party Walls’. If you live in a terraced house, semi-detached house, or an apartment, it’s common to have at least one shared party wall with a neighboring property.
  • What is the Purpose of a Party Wall Agreement?
    A Party Wall Agreement serves as a formal, legal document that governs the party wall shared with your adjacent neighbor. Its primary objective is to safeguard against any negative impacts on your neighbor’s home structure due to construction work, such as a loft conversion, on your side of the shared wall.
  • Is a Party Wall Agreement required for a loft conversion?
    If your property has a shared wall with neighboring houses, then obtaining a Party Wall Agreement is mandatory before beginning your loft conversion. This requirement is stated by the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 to ensure the interests of all parties are protected during such construction work.
  • What are the possible implications of my loft conversion on the shared Party Walls?
    The scope of your loft conversion may involve certain actions, such as:

    • Inserting new steel beams or wooden joists into the party wall for structural support.
    • Modifying the party wall by increasing its thickness or elevating its height.
    • Removing a chimney breast that is part of the party wall.
    • Dismantling and potentially reconstructing a section of the party wall if it’s found to be structurally unsound.
    Given that these actions fall under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996, you are required to inform your adjacent neighbor about any intended construction work.

  • What steps should I take to secure a Party Wall Agreement for my loft conversion?
    Before initiating any construction on your loft, it’s crucial to get a Party Wall Agreement. Start by issuing a Party Wall Act Notice to your neighbor, detailing the proposed construction activities. The notice should include specifics like:

    • Your full name and residential address
    • The specific location where the loft renovation will occur
    • A comprehensive description of the planned work, inclusive of any drawings or architectural plans
    • The anticipated commencement date for the loft conversion

    Should Fitted Lofts be responsible for your loft renovation, we will provide you with the necessary Party Wall Notice forms to be filled out by both you and your neighbor. To minimize any surprise or concern, it’s advisable to have a preliminary, informal discussion with your neighbor about the proposed work. Sharing your plans can foster a cooperative relationship and keep them informed.

    You have the option to personally deliver the Party Wall Notice or engage a Party Wall Surveyor to manage this process for you. We can suggest surveyors we’ve partnered with before.

    The Party Wall Surveyor, will create a ‘Schedule of Condition’ for the Party Wall. This process includes a thorough examination and photographic documentation of the current state of both your and your neighbor’s party wall before beginning the loft conversion. This Schedule of Condition serves as a reliable, unbiased record of the Party Wall’s pre-construction condition and can be used as evidence should your neighbor claim that the construction has caused damage to their property.

  • When should I serve the Party Wall Notice?

    You must deliver the notice to your neighbor no later than two months prior to the commencement of your loft conversion.

    Your neighbor is granted a 14-day period to provide a response, in which they can formally agree or disagree with the proposed work in writing.

  • What steps should I take if my neighbor objects to the Party Wall Notice for my loft conversion?

    Usually neighbors will consent to the construction work and provide their written approval. If, however they object to the notice, the initial course of action is to select a mutual ‘agreed surveyor’ whom both parties accept to prepare a ‘Party Wall Award.’ This is an official document that outlines the conditions and timeline for the construction.As an alternative, each party has the option to appoint their own surveyor. These surveyors will collaborate to prepare the award.

    This process is designed to protect the rights and interests of both you and your neighbor during the drafting of the award. In the uncommon event that the surveyors cannot reach a consensus, a third surveyor may be called upon to establish an award that is agreeable to both parties.

  • What should I do if my neighbor does not respond within the 14 days?

    Should you not get a reply from your neighbor within the 14 days, or if they are otherwise unreachable, it’s treated as a dissent, and you’ll have to appoint a Party Wall Surveyor to mediate any disputes.

    The surveyor is responsible for creating a balanced award that serves the interests of both you and your neighbor, outlining the manner in which the work will proceed.

  • What happens if my neighbor and I have a good relationship, but they still object to the Party Wall Notice?

    It’s not uncommon for neighbors who have an amicable relationship to request a formal Party Wall Agreement. Even if they verbally express approval for the construction, they may still formally dissent, prompting the need for an agreement. This is a precaution to ensure their property is protected and that there are clear, documented terms for how and when the work will be executed.

  • Who is responsible for covering the costs of the Party Wall Surveyor?

    Typically, as the property owner undertaking the loft conversion, you are expected to bear the surveyor’s fees. In an ideal scenario, both you and your neighbor will concur on appointing a single surveyor. However, if your neighbor prefers to hire their own surveyor, you will be obliged to pay for both surveyors’ services.

  • Do you offer assistance with Party Wall Agreements for Loft Conversions?

    Our goal is to streamline your loft conversion process, offering guidance on Party Wall Agreements and additional planning prerequisites. With extensive experience assisting London homeowners in establishing Party Wall Agreements while preserving positive neighborly ties — so much so that neighbors often request our services for their own conversions subsequently — we’re well-equipped to support you.

    Beyond offering advice on establishing a Party Wall Agreement, we’re also ready to connect you with Party Wall Surveyors. Reach out to us today for complimentary, no-obligation advice regarding your loft conversion’s Party Wall matters.

For more information on party wall awards please read here:

Frequently asked questions

Planning and building control related questions

  • What is a permitted development?

    Permitted development allows you to carry out certain types of work on a house (not including flats or maisonettes) without needing to obtain planning permission. This concept refers to the property in its original state — either as it was initially constructed or as it existed on 1st July 1948 for homes built before then. If your ‘original house’ hasn’t been previously extended, including loft conversions, you might have the opportunity to enhance your property under these rights.

    Given that permitted development has specific restrictions regarding height and volume and can vary greatly, Tailored Lofts routinely seeks a Certificate of Lawful Development to ensure any permitted development complies with the law.

    In some cases, such as within a conservation area, your local planning authority may have removed permitted development rights.

  • Is planning permission required for my loft conversion?

    In East London and Essex, loft conversions often don’t need planning permission. However, you will need permission if your roof space modifications exceed certain limits and conditions.

    Since 1 October 2008, regulations state that loft conversions are generally considered permitted developments and do not need planning permission, given they adhere to these restrictions:

    • Terraced houses have a volume limit of 40 cubic meters of additional roof space.
    • Detached and semi-detached houses have a 50 cubic meter volume allowance.
    • Extensions must not project beyond the existing roof slope on the front side that faces the road.
    • The extension cannot exceed the highest part of the current roof.
    • The materials used must closely resemble those of the current structure.
    • The design must not include verandas, balconies, or raised platforms.
    • Any side-facing windows must have obscure glass, and any openings must be at least 1.7 meters above the floor level.
    • Roof extensions are not allowed as permitted developments in specified areas.
    • Except for hip to gable extensions, roof extensions should be set back at least 20 centimeters from the original eaves, where feasible.

  • Is planning permission required in a conservation area?
    In a conservation area or for a listed building, you will definitely need to obtain planning permission. It’s advisable to consult your local planning authority for accurate advice and instructions.
  • How can I get the planning permission?
    Fitted Lofts can manage communication with your local planning authority, assisting with the necessary paperwork and providing expert advice.
  • What is the timeframe for receiving planning permission?
    Typically, you can expect a decision from the local authority on your planning permission application within a period of 6 to 8 weeks, but in some cases it may take 6 months and even longer.
  • What is the building control and when should they be contacted?

    Every local council has a building control department tasked with ensuring that building projects adhere to the building regulations, which cover the use of proper materials and adherence to approved design and construction standards. Legally, ‘building work’ is:

    • The construction or extension of a building;
    • Any modification made to a building;
    • A significant change in the building’s use;

    For internal modifications, such as reconfiguring the layout — even if these changes are not structural — it’s wise to consult the local authority’s building control office. This is particularly important for aspects like fire safety, where changes might necessitate additional measures like extra fire doors.

    Routine minor repairs, such as like-for-like replacements, usually do not require formal approval. However, if there’s any uncertainty, it’s best to reach out to your local authority’s building control office for guidance.

What our customers say
Tailored Lofts and Donatas were fantastic and did a superb job of our kitchen project. This required demolition, steel beam insertions, kitchen fitting, plastering. plumbing and installation of a new shower room ... READ MORE
James Hunt
Walthamstow E17
Really pleased with Donatas and his guys. They worked hard, delivered what we wanted on time and kept to the same budget as quoted. We did a dormer loft and a sorting out of the whole house in Leytonstone... READ MORE
Will Innes
Leytonstone E11
Tailored Lofts carried out a loft conversion for our Victorian terraced house in East London. Donatas and his team were professional, efficient and flexible from day 1. It was a tricky project and ... READ MORE
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Leyton E10

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We provide 10 years warranty that applies to structures and damp penetration. Minor cracks that appear due to drying and shrinking materials are not covered by this warranty. Equipment and fittings warranties are covered by manufacturers.

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