You don’t want to move out of your house but you need more space.
This is a scenario that many people are facing for various reasons.
Whatever the reason for wanting more space a loft conversion is certainly worth consideration.
We have put together a guide to help you plan for your conversion. Jeffery and Wilkes are London’s leading loft conversion specialists.
Perhaps you have a growing family and you need an extra bedroom or playroom, maybe you are self employed and would love your own office, you’re a husband that needs his ‘man cave’, or you’re a trendy lady that had so many shoes and clothes they definitely need their own room to put them in order.
How To Plan A Loft Conversion
Measure up: Before you start, find out how big your loft space actually is. Measure its length and width. Measure the height of the ceiling, in particular. It should be no less than 2.3 metres in order to give adequate headroom. Bear in mind that the steeper the pitch of the roof, the more suitable it is for conversion.
Dormer roofs can add headroom and can often span a fair part of the roof. If you are short on headroom, it is worth bearing this in mind. Refer to the FAQ below for more help on deciding the configuration of the conversion.
Call in the professionals: Get advice from an architect or a loft conversion specialist on how the loft conversion should be configured. Using an architect to draw up the plans will save you a lot of trouble and money in the long run.
Prepare the paperwork: As well as your potential planning application form, you will have to submit other paperwork. Planning Application Requirements or lawful development certificates will need to be applied for. You will also have to submit an application to building control to make sure that your plans comply with building regulations.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does ‘designated land’ mean and will it affect plans for a loft conversion?
Designated land means conservation areas, national parks and the broads, World Heritage sites and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Houses that are built on designated land are not normally allowed to have roof extensions, although exceptions can apply for certain conservation areas, and your local specialist or architect will advise.
What are the volume allowances for additional roof space to be added when converting a loft?
Additional roof space such as dormer windows must not exceed the following allowances:
– 40 cubic metres for terraced houses.
– 50 cubic metres for detached and semi-detached houses.Yes, no part of the loft conversion can be higher than the highest part of the existing roof.If the principal elevation of your house fronts a highway, an extension that exceeds the plane of the existing roof slope is not allowed.No. Extended balconies, veranda’s and raised platforms are not allowed in the planning regulations.The materials you use to construct the loft conversion must be in keeping with the materials used to originally build the house.
Is there a height limit for a loft conversion?
Yes, no part of the loft conversion can be higher than the highest part of the existing roof.
My house is situated on a main road, will this affect my plans for a loft conversion?
If the principal elevation of your house fronts a highway, an extension that exceeds the plane of the existing roof slope is not allowed.
Is it possible to have a balcony installed?
No. Extended balconies, veranda’s and raised platforms are not allowed in the planning regulations.
Is there a limit on the materials I can use?
The materials you use to construct the loft conversion must be in keeping with the materials used to originally build the house.
Based in Ealing, Jeffery & Wilkes Ltd cover West London and most Central London postcodes so call us today to arrange for a quotation on your conversion on 0208 819 3883 or fill in the contact form on the contact page of this website.
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