With some studies showing that a loft conversion could add up to £20,000 to the value of a home this is continuing to be a popular option for many homeowners.
Cheaper and less of an upheaval than moving house, an extension can give you that sorely needed extra storage or add a badly needed extra bedroom especially where a growing family is concerned. And with current planing laws as they are it could be even easier than you would think.
What The Law Says
The Planning Portal is the UK Government’s online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales.
Here is what they say about Planning Permission for Loft Extensions.
“Planning permission is not normally required. However, permission is required where you extend or alter the roof space and it exceeds specified limits and conditions.
A loft conversion for your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission…”
There are certain restrictions and conditions* of course and you can read them here http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/loftconversion/
Popular Loft Conversion Products
Trading Depot already sell a number of products that prove especially popular with homeowners who are extending their houses such as underfloor heating which has the main benefit of freeing upwall space which is particularly beneficial in the case of a loft conversion where this means you can avoid trying to squeeze radiators on to limited wall space.
Loft conversions are prime candidates for these products as it allows your layout to be designed as you want it without being dictated to by the location of existing plumbing or soil pipes.
Add That EnSuite You always Wanted
Adding a bathroom to a loft entension is one of the more popular options and Trading Depot sell Bathroom Suites form top brand names such as Vitra, Ideal Standard and Roca. Some ranges such as the Ideal Standard Spaceare specifically designed for areas where space is tight.
In addition we are now in the process of adding a range of Roof Windows and associated products from Fakro which includes Loft ladders, Light Tunnels as well as Centre Pivot and Top Hung Roof Windows.
We will take a closer look at the products in the Fakro range in a future blog post.
*even though planning permission is not always needed your development will need to comply with building regulations despite the work being carried out internally. These cover areas such as energy efficiency, lighting, insulation and fire safety, and it is also possible that you may also be affected by The Party Wall Act 1996 if you live in a terraced or semi-detached property. This ensures your planned changes don’t compromise the strength or soundproofing of the dividing wall.Before carrying out any devlopment of this nature we always advise you seek specialist advice at an early stage.
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