Why Jon Pritchard?

Your loft is our reputation. As an independent local business known for our expertise in loft conversions, we really care about our customers, the work we do and our relationship with everyone we deal with.

We are proud to have a portfolio of excellent testimonials on our Which Trusted Trader site and Facebook page, from people like you, whose homes we have improved.

Is Jon Pritchard an accredited builder?
We are proud to be the most accredited loft conversions specialists in the West. All our accreditations require rigorous assessment. Head to our Accreditations page for more information.
Is my loft big enough for a loft conversion?

All lofts require the internal space to be altered in order to open up the loft to create rooms. Some smaller lofts may need a particular kind of loft conversion to increase head room. Dormers are one way to add headroom, and if that isn’t enough your property may be suited to a hip-to-gable style conversion, which raises a section of the roofline to add internal space.

Read our blog to find out more about Loft Conversion Types.

Contact us with any questions or concerns – we’re happy to help, and our initial quotation is free.

How will you fit stairs to my new loft conversion?

We work with a local craftsman who custom builds your new stairs to exactly fit your home.

Usually the stairs will be positioned over your existing staircase, as a natural progression to your home. This helps to integrate the new floor of your home and give a good flow in your interior space.

You can choose between an excellent range of ‘off the shelf’ newels, handrails and spindles to best match your existing stairs. You also have the option to order bespoke woodwork if your current stairs are more unusual. Some customers take the opportunity to upgrade their whole staircase e.g. to replace solid panel stair sides with open banisters to increase light and a sense of space.

Other things to consider are whether you’d like to include a landing study area, bookshelves up the stairs etc. Visit our stairs gallery here, and take a look at our ‘Loft Conversion Stairs’ Pinterest board for more inspiration.

Will I need Planning Permission or Building Regulations?

All our lofts are designed to adhere to building regulations and to be within permitted development. However, some homes fall out of the permitted development scope and planning permission may be required. As soon as we have information about your home, or the property to be converted, we can check whether planning permission will be needed.

We serve the appropriate notices and liaise with the authorities on your behalf for the certificate of lawfulness, or planning application if applicable.

Once the planning phase is complete we submit your design to building control, who serve the initial notice and approve plans for your new loft before the build starts. A building control inspector visits three times during your build to check everything is completed properly and is in order.

At the end of the project building control issue a final certificate. This is an important document as itis confirmation that your conversion has been built correctly and to regulation.

For more information visit the Planning Portal website.

Will a loft conversion add value to my property?

Absolutely! A good quality, well-designed and executed loft conversion can add more than 20% of value to your property.

Read this article on our blog to find out more.

What kind of loft conversion is best?

The kind of loft conversion partly depends on what kind of property you have, what you’re hoping to achieve, and your budget.

The simplest loft conversion involves opening up your loft space, supporting the structure with new steel beams, and putting Velux windows into the roof. This is possible when there is a high ridge, allowing space to create rooms without adding dormers.

Most people add at least one dormer to their loft conversion. This may be flat or pitched roof dormers. You may also be able to extend your roof hip-to-gable if you have a detached or semi-detached home. Don’t worry – we can advise you on which will work best on your home.

Read our blog post on Loft Conversion Types, and get in touch - we’re happy to chat about what can work for you.

How long will it take to convert my loft?

This depends upon the type and size of your conversion and the interior works you choose to have done. However, we try to complete building work within 6-12 weeks, and most of our projects come in around 8 weeks. Smaller lofts take less time to complete.

Timescale is something we’ll discuss with your right from the start. And if you make any changes along the way that will affect the completion date, we’ll let you know before you decide to go ahead.

You can read more about the Design and Build Process here.

How much noise and mess will there be?

Naturally with building work, there is some disruption to your home! We try our best to minimise it by talking through all the stages with you so we can schedule things around your needs, as much as possible.

When we do need to enter your home we lay down protective coverings, and seal doors where required.

Our teams work efficiently and cleanly and, where possible, clear away any visible mess at the end of each working day.

“The whole process from initial consultation through to the build was extremely well organised and there was minimal disruption to our family as the project progressed. The speed in which the project was completed was particularly impressive as is the quality of the finished product.”

R Jones (Testimonial on our Which? Trusted Traders page.)

Will my family be safe during the building works?

Health and Safety is very important to us. We have fixed Health and Safety processes and procedures that are designed to keep you and your family safe, as well as our teams.

Your loft conversion is a building site. For this reason we ask that you don’t go onto site unaccompanied – however tempting it may be.

Of course you are welcome to visit – but please talk to your Project Leader to arrange a suitable time to come up to the loft accompanied, so that we can provide a hard hat where necessary and ensure you are safe around any hazards. Our teams have a Health & Safety briefing at the start of the job, and will continually be made aware of hazards or dangers. They have also had Health & Safety training specific to loft conversion construction sites and the tools and materials they are using.

We work very closely, on an ongoing basis, with our dedicated independent Health and Safety advisor at C2 Safety.

What is a Which Trusted Trader?

To become a Which Trusted Trader, Jon Pritchard went through a rigorous assessment process, including:

  • A preliminary credit check to validate our business’s financial health.
  • A check of customer references (chosen at random by the Which? Trusted Traders endorsement team from the 10 domestic customer details provided).
  • A thorough examination of our business and administrative procedures, including checking certificates and insurance.
  • A visit from a Which? trading standards assessor and a face-to-face interview.
  • Agreeing to the Which? Trusted Traders code of conduct.

Find out more on the Which? Site.

What is the IWA insurance-backed guarantee?

Your 10-year structural guarantee and 6-month workmanship guarantee are from Jon Pritchard.

Both guarantees are insured by the Independent Warranty Association, just in case something should happen to our business. The insurance means the IWA would honour your guarantees and organise for any necessary work to be done. The IWA administers a scheme underwritten by FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) authorised insurers. Work carried out by IWA approved companies can have the benefit of Deposit Protection and Guarantee Insurance for up to 10 years.

Jon Pritchard don’t ask for a deposit, but only charge to work completed. So your JP guarantees are insured for their full terms, as long as you are the homeowner.

How much does the IWA insurance cost?

Jon Pritchard pays for your IWA insurance. We want you to have peace of mind before, during and after your loft conversion project.