If your family is outgrowing your home or you simply want extra room, you don’t need to go to the trouble of moving. A loft conversion allows you to add space without having to move and will probably add extra value to your property. In every sense, it’s a great investment.
You could be sitting under a hidden asset that has never seen the light of day. At the moment, it may only be used as a general storage area or somewhere to house the water tanks, yet with a little imagination and some help from Loft Conversions North, your loft could be transformed into a versatile and comfortable living area.
Utilise your unused loft space!
There are many millions of homes in the UK which could have a loft conversion, often with minimal structural alterations. What’s more, converting your loft is usually the cheapest way of adding floor space to your home as the basic structure is already in place and the work involved is surprisingly simple and straightforward to a loft conversions specialist.
Loft Conversions are versatile!
Converted floor space can be extremely versatile. You can use it for extra bedrooms with a shower room or a bathroom, you could use it for a hobby or for more specialist requirements such as a home office.
Natural light with Velux!
One of the tricks in getting a loft conversion right is to use the roof lights well. Long gone are the days of dingy lofts and tiny cast iron skylights. Today Velux roof-lights not only look good but they quite literally transform a home’s internal environment, by breathing light and life into previously ‘dead’ areas to create stylish, vibrant living space. While Velux roof-lights always look good on their own, they look even better when combined together.
No need for planning permission! (* with some types of conversions)
There are some special rules which apply to certain kind of property’s but the basic rule to determine whether or not you require Planning Permission is how much cubic content you have left on your property. This is called “Permitted Development.” Terraced (including end of terrace) have 50 cubic meters and semi and detached houses have 70 cubic meters. If you have already had some form of extension added to your property since it was first built, then we have to add the cubic content of your extension together with your dormer conversion. If this figure is over your allowance then Planning Permission will be required.
In some areas of the country Permitted Development rights are more restricted or even taken away if you live in a Conservation Area, a National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or listed buildings.
Not all loft conversions require Planning Permission, however all conversions do need to comply with Building Regulations. Building Control approval of your project will ensure that your conversion is structually safe in the event of a fire, and full compliance guarantees certification of the works upon completion; this is required for the future sale of your property. It will also be automatically registered with Land Registry.
If a conversion is started without Building Control approval, heavy fines are imposed on both parties and you may be served with an enforcement notice if the alterations don’t comply.