Our teams of dedicated attic conversions experts cover all areas of Greater Dublin (Northside and Southside) and have years of experience with all types of properties, from period homes to 1980’s bungalows and everything in between. We have overcome every imaginable challenge to create amazing attic conversions for our clients.
We offer the following services:
Whatever the reason for your project – be it to create an extra bedroom or living space, a home office or simply to create extra space for storage we are here to support you and answer your queries.
We work with teams of contractors who are committed to our service charter of quality workmanship and customer service standards and who will work hard to ensure your project runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Contact us now on (01) 539 7282.
We can take charge of all elements of the construction from carpentry to plumbing and electrical providing you with a turnkey solution. Our team of expert builders and contractors can also provide house extensions, garage conversions and other aspects of home renovation and remodelling should you wish to explore further options for extending your home.
And if you live outside of Dublin we also cover areas of Kildare, Louth, Meath and Wicklow including Naas, Lucan, Celbridge, Maynooth, Drogheda, Ardee, Dunshaughlin, Bray, Delgany and Greystones.
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Why an attic conversion?
With property prices still deflated in many parts of Ireland many people are choosing to stay put and convert and extend their attic space is on the increase as homeowners seek to find alternative and affordable solutions to acquire that extra space that their growing family or personal needs require.
And the recent introduction of the new, much stricter mortgage lending rules here will only further require people to remain in their current homes for longer.
Requiring 20% deposit and lending to only 3.5 times earnings the new Central Bank rules will see more families looking at their existing properties and examining how they can make it more suitable to their needs.
Converting your attic is an excellent solution to add more space and a great investment in your home.
It is actually estimated that an attic conversion can add at least 10% to your homes value, even when prices are unstable.
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Frequently Asked Questions
You will need head clearance of at least 7 foot at the highest point of the attic for it to be usable. Additional factors to consider include roof pitch/angle and overall floor area. If the roof height is too low or the pitch is too steep and/or the floor area is too small it may not be possible to create a suitable living space. There are solutions to overcome such issues such as raising the roof height or adding dormer windows and you will need to consider if the costs associated with these additions fit with your budget.
Another important aspect impacting on suitability will be access. Is there sufficient space to install an attic stairway to provide safe access for regular use.
Please book your FREE onsite consultation for more specific detail on this matter.
But in brief you can select to classify your conversion as habitable or non habitable space. Habitable space conversions require planning permission. Non habitable space conversions are most popular and do no require planning permission. However a conversion classified as non habitable cannot be marketed as an additional room in your home.
Whilst your attic may not require planning permission it must comply with Irish building and fire regulations. For this reason it is important to always engage the services of an experienced attic conversion contractor, or an architect or structural engineer at the very least. Failure to comply with building and fire regulations will cause problems if you ever want to sell your home and may also create conflict with your home insurance cover.
Either way you will need space to install a permanent stairs and stairwell to comply with fire safety regulations. So check that you have or can create the necessary space on the landing area below your attic.
Top factors for compliance with building and fire regulations
Stability of the structure for conversion – beams, joists, walls
Fire resistance – doors and materials used
Access and escape – stairs and windows
Weather resistance and energy conservation – must protect from external conditions and retain heat
Adequate ventilation – to provide for a comfortable living environment and allow for fresh air in and damp or stale air to escape.
You do not need to hire an architect. However if your conversion in not straight forward, requires planning permission or your roof levels need to be raised then proper architect drawings may be required. We can advise on this requirement during our FREE onsite assessment.
At Premier Attics we work with professionals who are dedicated to attic projects. As specialist contractors we are experienced at working within homes already occupied by families and homeowners. We respect your space and we respect your home.
Our network of contractors have specialist methods and quality control standards in place to ensure the absolute minimum disruption to your home and family life. A specialist contractor will also have in depth knowledge of planning requirements and building regulations specific to your home and your conversion.
This will depend on a number of factors;
1. Do you have sufficient room to create an ensuite with comfortable standing height for a shower?
2. Will you have sufficient water pressure in the attic?
Water pressure, or lack of it, in the attic can pose issues for creating an ensuite. If your property does not have good water pressure there are solutions but they will add significantly to the cost of your ensuite.
Typically up to 2 weeks for a standard conversion.
Between 10% and 30% depending on the original value of your home and the quality and size of the conversion.