How much does a loft conversion cost? If you know your attic space is suitable for a loft conversion, you’re probably wondering how much it’s going to set you back. A loft conversion can add thousands to the value of your home and gives you a versatile space to use with your family.
The average cost of a loft conversion in 2022 is £40,000. It’s likely to take up to 12 weeks. But costs vary depending on the type of roof you have, your location and how big you’d like your conversion to be - so make sure you get a range of quotes from reputable tradespeople to ensure you’re paying a fair price.
In this guide, we’ll help you to get an idea of how much you’ll pay for a loft conversion by breaking it down into sections:
Types of loft conversion
Material costs for loft conversions
Will I need planning permission?
Cost example of a loft conversion
How long does a loft conversion take?
How much a loft conversion costs will depend on the type of conversion you’d like. There are a few different types to consider:
A roof light, or Velux, conversion is usually the most cost-effective type of loft conversion. It’s also the least disruptive type as it involves adding a skylight window (the best-known brand is Velux), laying a suitable floor and putting in a staircase for access. This type of loft conversion is perfect if you want to use the space as a home office or separate living area for older children.
A roof light conversion is likely to take between 4 and 7 weeks, depending on the size of your loft.
A dormer loft conversion is the most common type of loft conversion. It involves a builder extending your existing roof with vertical walls, so you get more floor space and can add more windows. Most properties with sloping roofs are suitable for a dormer conversion, but you should always check with a structural engineer or architect if you’re unsure.
Dormer conversions are ideal for creating an extra bedroom with an ensuite. The extra space and additional windows allows for more light to come in, so the room will feel even larger.
Expect a dormer loft conversion to take between 6 and 9 weeks.
A hip to gable loft conversion involves replacing one side of your sloping, hipped roof with a vertical end wall (a gable end), which increases the amount of space you have in your loft. Hipped roofs tend to have limited floor space so having a hip to gable conversion will help you to fit in a staircase alongside your living space without it feeling cramped.
However, it’s worth bearing in mind that hip to gable loft extensions are classed as major roof alterations, so you’ll need to apply for planning permission. You can also only have a hip to gable conversion if your house is detached or semi-detached. They generally take between 6 and 9 weeks to complete.
Mansard loft conversions are typically the most expensive type of conversion. They have sloping walls and a flat roof, making them a versatile type of attic extension that can work for lots of properties. You can also ask an architect to design a mansard extension to match your home so it doesn’t look out of place.
Since you’ll need to change the roof a lot, a mansard loft conversion is the most expensive type and you’ll also need to apply for planning permission before any work can begin.
Mansard loft conversions take anywhere between 8 and 11 weeks to complete.
It’s not uncommon for bungalow owners to decide to convert their lofts since there is so much space in the roof. You could create extra space for bedrooms, living areas and bathrooms - whatever your family needs!
Since bungalow lofts are larger, the average cost of a conversion is higher than for two-storey homes. They also take longer to finish - around 10 to 12 weeks.
Since you’re creating a whole extra room for your house, there are a lot of material costs to think about. These include:
Note: due to Covid-19 lockdowns and Brexit shortages, material prices are currently higher than usual. You might find that you also have a longer wait for materials to arrive, so it’s worth factoring this into the time your loft conversion takes.
If you want to use your new attic conversion as a proper room, you’ll want plenty of light coming in through windows. Speak to your builder or architect about the amount of windows they recommend you should have. The cost of your windows will depend on the type you’ll need. If you’re having a dormer loft conversion, you’ll want specific dormer windows, but you may want roof lights for other types of loft extension.
Roof lights are often referred to as Velux windows, but this is just one brand. These windows fit into your roof and can be manually controlled or operated using a remote.
|Window type||Average cost per window|
|Roof light (Velux)||£320-£550|
Flooring is one of the most important costs to consider when it comes to furnishing your loft conversion. What kind of style do you want? Would you like real wood, laminate or carpet? These days, there are lots of options out there and they don’t have to break the bank.
Here’s a quick summary of the costs of different types of flooring:
|Flooring type||Average cost per m2|
You’ll need to consider the cost of your stairs if you want to access your loft conversion! Do you want to go for a traditional, understated look or a more modern aesthetic? Whatever you choose, there’s a cost involved and it’s one you don’t want to scrimp on for safety as well as style.
|Stair material||Average cost per staircase|
The angle of the roof can make loft conversions quite dark, so you’ll want to consider lighting carefully. When you furnish your room, you might want to add table or floor lamps, but we’ll focus on the lighting you’d need an electrician to wire in for you.
You’ll need to decide whether you’re happy with standard ceiling lights, like spotlights and pendants, or whether you’d like to splash out and get smart lighting that you can control with your smartphone.
|Lighting type||Average cost per fitting|
You’ll need to ensure you can heat your loft conversion efficiently if you want to use it as an extra living space. These days, lots of people go for underfloor heating since you can power it using solar panels, but you’ll need to have this installed before your floor is laid. Many people opt to add radiators to their current gas central heating system.
Make sure you check that your current boiler will be able to cope with additional radiators - otherwise you may need to factor in the cost of a new boiler too.
|Heating type||Average cost|
|Standard horizontal/vertical radiators||£50-£900 per radiator|
|Electric radiators||£90-£400 per radiator|
|Wet underfloor heating||£60-£80 per m2|
|Dry underfloor heating||£30-£40 per m2|
You’ll need to consider the cost of insulation for your loft extension as you want to make sure you don’t lose too much heat through the roof and walls. How much it sets you back will depend on the type of insulation you choose.
|Insulation type||Cost per m2|
Most roof light and dormer loft conversions fall under permitted development rules and therefore you won’t need to apply for planning permission. However, if you’re opting for a hip to gable or mansard loft conversion, you will need to apply for planning permission as these types of extensions are considered as major roof alteration works.
Remember, even if you don’t need planning permission for your loft conversion, you’ll still need to get it inspected by your local building control. Submitting your plans and having inspections costs between £400 and £800.
A loft conversion is no small project and there are lots of different parts required to make the room habitable. Take a look at the below table to give you an idea of the supply costs for a 30m2 conversion:
|Materials||Cost (not including labour)|
|Velux windows/roof lights||£1,200|
|Structural beams and joists||£2,500|
|Party wall survey||£200|
How long your loft conversion takes will depend on the type of extension you go for and how big it is. To give you a rough idea, we’ve put together the time it takes to complete each type of small, medium or large loft conversion.
|Loft conversion type||20m2||30m2||40m2|
|Roof light||4-5 weeks||5-6 weeks||6-7 weeks|
|Dormer||6-7 weeks||7-8 weeks||8-9 weeks|
|Hip to gable||6-7 weeks||7-8 weeks||8-9 weeks|
|Mansard||8-9 weeks||9-10 weeks||10-11 weeks|
Make sure you get a range of quotes for your loft conversion so you can hear from a variety of builders to see what they would do with the space. Getting more than one quote protects you from being overcharged and also from being undercharged and being left with poor workmanship.
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|New fitted kitchen cost||£19500|
|Cost to lay a new driveway||£3400|
|Cost to fit a new bathroom||£8000|
|Cost of a loft conversion||£49900|
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