Considerations before commencing a Loft Conversion

a picture of roofers toolsGovernment regulation regarding planning for loft conversions has been relaxed over the last few years, but before progressing too far, it is advisable to seek an expert opinion. There are still certain strict rules that have to be adhered to as well as Building Regulations that are still very much in place.

The current shortage of housing has encouraged the government and local council to try to make it as easy as possible for people to extend their living space rather than move home. Along with the ever increasing costs of moving home due to stamp duty and other expenses, now is an ideal time to think about extending your home skywards, and make use of all that wasted space in the loft.

The possibilities are almost endless as to what you may be able to use your loft space for. It can be rather exciting to ponder the options open to you in order to improve your living space.

No planning permission is now required for a loft conversions or roof extensions. However, there are certain limitations and conditions that must be met to satisfy both building and fire safety regulations.

Houses on designated land do not benefit from permitted development.
There are additional roof space volumes of 40 cubic metres for terraced house’s, and 50 cubic metres for semi-detached and detached.
It is important to bear in mind that previous roof space additions must be included in these volumes, and you need to make sure that previous occupiers have not used some of these allowances.

If you intend your loft conversion to have Dorma windows, it is worth bearing in mind that no part of the extension is higher than the existing roof. Any roof extension must not be built to overhang the outer face of the wall of the original house. Also, materials used on the outer extension must be similar to the original house materials.
Some roof extensions with Dorma windows may lend themselves to the inclusion of a balcony, but balconies or verandas are not permitted development.

The above is not to deter anyone from exploring the possibility of a loft conversion for your home, far from it! As already mentioned, with preferences changing from local authority and cost advantages weighed against moving, now is a great time to start getting quotes!

Just remember to get expert advice from the outset. Not just on current regulations, but on making the most of the space available.

Get advice on maximising the space and usage of all those awkward nooks and crannies that will obviously be there due to the overall sloping roofs. It is amazing how someone used to designing these attic areas can come up with ideas to make an irritable angular corner into a feature that enhances the overall area.

In summary, you do not need planning permission to convert your loft space, however, always check the government regulations to be on the safe side. However, there are several important considerations one must address at the start of the project to make the best decisions about your conversion. Seek the advice of an expert to be clear on all safety issues and ensuring you are complying with the best standards. Furthermore, an experienced designer can give you some great advice on the best way to design and build our loft conversion.

Lifestyle & Financial Rewards of a loft conversion

loft conversion and financial rewardsMaking the most of our home and living space is a priority in most people’s minds. Not only thinking of comfortable living but also considering the future.

It is a known fact that taking into account economic booms and busts, over the last century, property prices have continued to grow and outstrip inflation. The shortage of available properties in our ever increasing population seems to indicate this will continue.

Therefore, money spent on extending a property by way of a loft conversion, if done well, should bring a better lifestyle as well as financial rewards when deciding to sell in the future.

A loft space in most properties is just a wasted void, and at first look, it is all too easy just to insulate and plasterboard the rafters and put down a chipboard floor. This creates a usable space, but care should be taken before spending any money that may be wasted before taking expert advice on the best and most cost-effective way to proceed.

and what the extra space is going to be used for. Depending on the house shape and size, a loft conversion will have a floor area equivalent to the ceilings in the rooms below. A standard three-bed semi has the potential of yielding a large space which could include a main room, plus storage or another facility, like on suite, depending on access to facilities.

Two vital points that must take early consideration is head height and natural light.

Minimum legal ceiling height has now been removed from Building Regulations. However, practicable height should be a minimum of 2.1m. Standard height of ceilings is 2.4m.
Most loft areas, by design, have slanting roofs. Priority must be to establish whether Dorma or Velux windows are installed.

It is always advisable to try to decide in advance as to what the loft conversion will be used for. Initially, it may be the intention to create a playroom for the kids, so they can leave their toys around without cluttering the rest of the house.

Possibly a workroom, studio or study. It is very easy to get caught up in the urgency of creating a particular space, but forget what happens when you come to sell. Any potential buyers may not be looking for the same uses. Some may be put off buying because they cannot see the potential of spending money to change to their ideas.

It is standard Estate Agent jargon to speak of three bed, four bed or five-bed houses, so when you come to sell it is practicable to be able to easily convert your study or whatever room you choose, to a presentable bedroom. This should ensure the best price for your property, but standard and presentation is paramount.

Any thoughts of a loft conversion must start with finding a reputable expert who can advise on the current legislation regarding planning and building regulations. An expert who can also advise on best use of space, lighting and insulation, and also a firm quote and timescale to complete.

It is important to make sure that you take into consideration every aspect of a loft conversion and seek the advice of an experienced professional before beginning. For more information, read our article on the important considerations of your loft conversion.

Jetts Creek Building Co | Sublime Construction

construction workersWe are Jetts Creek Building Co, a professional firm of builders in the South of the United Kingdom.

We are specialists in building and construction work including extensions and repair work. We primarily serve the domestic market however, we are able to also take on commercial jobs depending on the size of the project.

We work with a variety of tradesmen, so if your building project also requires a plumber, an electrician, a plasterer, a decorator, a carpenter or any other kind of trade, we can bring our partners onto the job to work with us. The tradesmen that we work with are hand-picked, which means you can rest assured only top quality professionals will be working on your project.

This blog will help to give you the information you need in order to make a good decision about the kind of work that you want undertaking. We will give advice on building regulations and special considerations you need to bear in mind for certain jobs such as extensions, loft conversions and foundational repairs.

Many people are a dab-hand at DIY, in which case they may like to undertake minor jobs at home themselves. Therefore, we will also give advice on common jobs from carpentry to minor building repairs.

This information should help to point out some of the pit-falls to avoid in order to complete the job well. As experienced tradesmen, we can also recommend the best tools for these kinds small of jobs.

This is a new blog so please check back in a day or too for more information and advice on your planned building works.

For now, we will leave you with this informative video from LABC Building Control about some rather important changes the building regulations in the UK that you need to be aware of.

Thank you for visiting us.