You can use Permitted Development Rights to extend your roof space by up to 50m3, or 40 m3 for terraced housing. This is provided the allowance hasn’t been removed or used up before. The limitations are strict, but it saves you from having to go through a complicated and time-consuming process of getting planning permission!
The placement of your roof in relation to the slope is important if you want to avoid getting into trouble with the council. There are also some limitations on what materials can be used and, depending on where it falls within a designated zone or conservation area, there may not even need permission from the planning department for any conversions over 40m3-50 m3.
For those who want to make the most of their space, a loft conversion is just what they need. L-shape conversions are popular for Victorian houses and other properties with similar styles because it involves constructing two dormers – one over the roof of the main house and a second above an existing kitchen or bathroom. The two dormers meet up at angles that create right angle ‘L’ shapes (hence why this type of conversion came to be named).
The L-Shape loft conversion is the best option because you’ll be able to replicate your first floor’s design and space. You can get up to three or four new rooms, but no other loft type will give you as much additional room for storage!
How do you know which type of loft conversion is right for you? That will largely depend on three factors: what kind of roof your house has, how and where the space should be used, and what size budget. There are three different types that a person can choose from; internal conversions, dormer conversions or full removal/builds to create an entirely new room.
The cheapest and simplest way to convert a room into usable space is an internal loft conversion. However, dormer conversions are the most popular because you get more living area with less building work usually required if your home has exposed roof rafters or beams that can support another floor level of habitable space.
Full removal and build-type conversions will give you complete flexibility in terms of what type of new interior design needs to be incorporated but they cost a lot more than any other option on this list for good reason–they require major structural changes that may not even involve adding walls!
Converting the loft space of your home is a great way to give more living and storage area. These cost-effective additions involve adding windows into existing roof slopes, insulating floors with new materials for strength, and reinforcing the ceilings below so that they can hold greater loads on top without becoming unsafe or unstable from weight distribution changes.
Dormer loft conversions can be a way to add an extra bedroom, study room, or bathroom. This will allow you and your family more space without having to move out of the house!
These loft conversions require removal and rebuild and are usually two different types;
Planning Permission can be difficult to obtain, but when you convert your loft into a bedroom it may not even need it! Speak with an expert like us and we will inform you if this is the case. If they don’t approve of your plans just yet, proceed by getting a Lawful Development Certificate for good measure before proceeding with conversion work on the property. A Lawful Development Certificate is a document which confirms that you have permission from the government agency for any planned changes in your home, and it will be very helpful when you eventually come to sell.
It pays to adopt a full plans application approach and have a detailed scheme approved. Having an approved design will take much of the risk out of the work. Your Building Control officer will inspect the work at various stages. On the final inspection they should issue you with a completion certificate. Don’t settle any final accounts until you’ve received the certificate, so don’t settle final accounts. Have a detailed design before you find a builder before you even try to find a contractor.
Loft conversions are a great way to add more space in your home. However, you will need Building Regulations Approval before the construction can begin or else there could be serious fines and penalties enforced by either your Local Authority or an approved inspector. One of two ways is usually necessary:
A Building Notice: The form is an optional way to speed up the process and make it easier for your builders, but there are no specific regulations about loft conversion. If you do not want any delays in construction or additions of fees from inspectors, then this option may be ideal for you.
Full Plans Application: We provide fantastic loft drawings with clear instructions on how to build compliant structures. You can rest easy knowing that all your hard work will have a sub-par result, and we’ll be there for you the whole time!
At Extension Plans UK we understand the cost of a loft conversion planning, but a loft conversion can add a serious amount of value to your property and is seen by many as one of the best investment options available. Our team of architects can help having advised and created a number of loft conversion floor plans for a range of customers throughout the UK.
When you choose us you can rest assured that we keep our prices competitive without compromising the quality. When you choose Extension Plans UK for loft conversion plans you can rest assured that all of our ARB registered Architects will be with you every step of the way.
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