Welcome to 5 Star Attics

Many people today looking to expand their home are choosing to get the attic converted rather than getting an extension. An attic conversion is much cheaper and proves a better return on your investment. We are an attic conversion specialist company that are based in Lucan. We serve the whole of Dublin and surrounding counties. Your attic is a huge space and can be converted for many uses. Have a look at our video below to get some attic conversion ideas.

wayneIf you have any questions about the process and your options, call me on 016971847 and ask for Wayne. I would be delighted the answer any questions you may have and guide you through your options.

Attic Conversion Ideas

Attics Conversions

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Dormer Attics

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Attic Ensuite

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Attic Design

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Attic Stairs Design

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Attic Windows

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How long does it take to complete an attic conversion?

A standard three bed semi detached attic conversion will take approximately two weeks, 10 working days, if you like an en-suite it would take an extra 3-4 working days.

Do I need planning permission?

You do not need planning permission for an attic conversion because its non-habital quarter. The majority of people use them as bedrooms, You do need planning permission for a dormer because you are changing the structure of the roof line, you also need planning permission for a Velux window to the front of your house, but Velux windows are exempt from planning permission once they are to the rear of your house.

What is a certificate of compliance?

A certificate of compliance is a certificate from a qualified engineer stating that your attic conversion is built to the building regulations.

What do the building regulations cover?

  1. Structure
  2. Fire safety
  3. Electrical safety
  4. Ventilation
  5. Access to and use of building

Do you need steel beams (RSJ)?

Yes you do need steel beams this is the most important factor of an attic conversion. The steel beams run from wall to wall and carry the weight applied to the attic floor and not to the original ceiling joists, which means your attic is fully dependent in its self.

Can all attics be converted?

Yes all attics can be converted, 5 Star Attics offer a free design and quotation package.

What is a trussed roof?

A trussed roof is a timber framed roof, factory made, and delivered to site ready to be fitted, this a cheaper way to build roofs. If you get up into your attic and its full of cross fit beams, it’s a truss roof. Trussed roofs can be converted Hip and Apex.

What about the water tank?

The water tank is usually in the center of the attic and gets moved into the eves with a door for access.

What Velux windows should I use?

Most builders use a standard Velux center pivot window because they are cheaper.  We use Top Hung Velux window because it can be used as fire escape (which is required to get certificate of compliance).

What about insulation?

Insulation is still the most important and cost-effective way of saving energy. The amount of heat that escapes through a badly insulated attic can be up to 30%.

What happen with the electrics?

In standard three bedroom attic, four double sockets standard to an attic conversion, but more can be fitted if required. We recommend recessed spot lights with LED bulbs to give you more head height, electronic smoke alarm is fitted as standard, all work is carried out by RECI registered electrician, and routed back to the main fuse board on its own circuit.

How does the stairs work?

There is lots of different ways to fit a stair case in an attic conversion without loosing to much space and also not making the stairs to uncomfortable, spiral stair cases can be fitted also when you are tight for space.

Can an en-suite be fitted in an attic conversion?

Yes, an en-suite can be fitted in an attic conversion.

Will there be any storage?

Yes, there will be storage space at the back of the steel (RSJ) and will be fully floored with two access doors and a light.

How much does an attic conversion cost?

Unfortunately there is no easy answer to this question because we will have to survey your attic first. We offer a free survey, design and quotation at 5 Star Attics.