A loft conversion can be the easiest solution if you need more space in your home. Instead of going through the purchase of a new home, with the additional legal, logistics, searches, mortgage costs, a loft conversion can be the answer to get the additional space you need, while staying in the house you love. You can have all that at a fraction of the cost!
Looking to do a loft conversion? Expand your home? Then this read may prove useful to you.
First of all, please note that this guide is not exhaustive and it only applies for loft conversion works done in England. Wales may have different rules for loft conversions.
Planning permission for loft conversion
For a simple loft conversion, planning permission is not normally required. However, where attic conversion works involve extension or altering of the roof, then permission will be required.
There are some limits and conditions to be met in order that a loft conversion does not require planning permission. Below there is a list of the most important ones (please do check with the local planning permission office for the complete list or give us a call for more details):- Terrace houses: volume allowance of 40 cubic metres additional roof space required- Detached and semi-detached houses: volume allowance of 50 cubic metres additional roof space required- Extension must not exceed the highest part of the roof- House appearance must be maintained at all times, therefore materials used bust be similar in appearance to the existing house- Verandas, balconies or raised platforms are not allowed- Any side-facing window must be obscure glazed and any opening must be at least 1.7m above the floor- The roof enlargement cannot overhang the outer face of the wall of the original house- If the house is in a designated area, such as conservation area, World Heritafe Sites or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty roof extensions are not allowed
Things to consider when doing a loft conversion
Work on a loft conversion may affect bats or other protected species that use the space. Before engaging into a loft conversion work, a study may be required. If bats or any other protected species are using the loft space, then a licence may be required.
Building regulations for loft conversion
In order to convert a loft or attic into a liveable space, building regulations approval is required.
Please note this is a guide only – for detailed requirements please contact Force 10 Building Solutions or the building regulations office.
The regulations come into force to ensure the structural safety as well as the sound insulation, so to:- Ensure structural strength of the new floor is sufficient- Ensure the stability of the structure is not endangered – this includes the roof- Ensure there is a safe escape from fire- Ensure proper, safe stairs are designed to the new floor- Ensure reasonable sound insulation is provided between the new conversion and the rooms below.
Loft conversion: boarding up for storage
In most homes the existing timber joists have not been designed to support a significant load. If you intend to lay flooring boards over the existing joists you may need a Building Regulations Application to Building Control.
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Loft conversion: creating a liveable space
A live able space in your loft it is most likely to require a series of alterations.
As these alterations during the loft conversion works may significantly impact the rest of the building and its occupants, you need to ensure you take proper advice.
All alterations, if not properly thought may adversely affect the building, therefore it is of utmost importance that the conversion property works are planned and undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the current building legislation.
Final thought on loft conversions in Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield and across South Yorkshire
A loft conversion can save you time, hassle and money, while providing you the additional space you need.
However, as it potentially adds significant weight to the building/ loft, it is important that proper planning, approvals and works are undertaken.
Force 10 Building Solutions, with offices in Doncaster and Sheffield can deliver all types of property works, from gas certificates and boiler servicing to property/ loft/ attic conversions, full refurbishments and new builds.
If you have any questions, why not give us a call for free chat and consultation on 0330 333 0701.
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