With the Edinburgh property market being so competitive, it is becoming increasingly popular for homeowners to look to increase the size of their existing living space by extending or converting their loft space. Adding to your Edinburgh property’s square footage without the headache of having to move is becoming more and more attractive. As with any large scale home renovation property, a loft conversion is a big project but one which will only result in adding value to your property and future proofing it for years to come.
There are many elements to consider when you begin the project planning phase of your build and it’s important to consider the likelihood that you will need both additional lighting and power in your newly created space. Your local expert Edinburgh electrician can advise but it may be possible for your additional power & lighting to be supplied via your pre-existing circuits. If this isn’t possible then a partial home rewire may be required and the addition of a new consumer unit. You may also be looking at installing an extra shower room or bathroom in your newly constructed loft space. It is imperative that your local Edinburgh electrician advises and undertakes all aspects of the electrical work required given that electricity and water can be a dangerous combination.
The architect who provides your plans will be able to help regarding building regulations but there are some situations where an extension or loft conversion can be considered as a permitted development, so subject to certain stipulations there would be no need for planning permission. Larger and more complex additions to your current property would however require that the correct planning permissions are in place before your project can commence.
Planning aside, it’s pretty much a certainty that building regulations will be required for all areas of your build including the electrical work.Running your plans and electrical requirements past your local Edinburgh electrician is the best course of action to ensure you get the most relevant expert advice. All NICEIC certified Edinburgh electricians can self certify any work they undertake at your property and provide you wil the correct paperwork & certifications you require.
When you contact your trusted Edinburgh electrician such as the team here at DC Electrical regarding your loft conversion project, you may want to consider requesting a visual survey regarding the rest of your property’s electrical system. If a full or partial home rewire is required then having this done at the same other significant building work is taking place is the most efficient and cost effective course of action.
From loft conversion electrical work to full and partial home rewires, electrical testing and certification to alarm installation, we’ve got your covered! We’d love to be part of your next project so why not get in touch for a free, no obligation quote and see for yourself why our friendly and expert electrician crew are the number one team working across Edinburgh and The Lothians.