Most London houses have around 25% of total floor space in the attic . Converting this floor space into a highly desirable usable loft adds greatly to your living space and makes sound financial sense. A loft conversion will add thousands to the value of your home especially in areas of high property prices and low availability such as London.
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We are also happy to work with your own loft designers and architects.
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Lofts now need only reach the minimum height at the access and entry point to convert into a habitable room built to Building Regulations Approval. Height should be 1.8 m minimum at the edge of a stair with 1.9 m at the centre line if the ceiling is sloping - See our Loft Height PDF Guide
Planning permission for your loft may not be required if your loft design falls under 'Permitted Development '.
Certain types of property are not covered by these rules and will need planning permission.
Properties not covered include Heritage Buildings, properties in areas of outstanding natural beauty and properties in Conservation Areas.
Local Councils can also remove the rights to Permitted development in certain areas.
The best thing to do is to call you Local Council's Planning Department and ask if your loft conversion falls under the Permitted Development Rules.
If brief, the rules for permitted development, when applied to loft conversions are as follows -
No part of the loft extension can be higher than the existing roof.
No part of the new loft can can exceed the plane of an existing roof slope that fronts onto an existing public road or foot path.
If you live in a terraced house the loft cannot increase your living space by more than 40 cubic metres.
In the case of semi detached or detached house this is increased to 50 cubic metres. Most houses in outer London will fall under Permitted Development Rules.
Building Regulations now specify the rate of acceptable heat loss in newly created rooms in existing building - this includes lofts.
New lofts must be insulated to acceptable standards and constructed so as to avoid 'cold spots'
Good loft design and construction will minimise this problem.
The loft must be constructed so as not to restrict ventilation and prevent the build up of condensation.
During the loft construction process additional roofing vents may need to be added to ensure adequate air flow.
Mansard Loft Conversions are usually done to the rear of a building. The conversion has a flat roof with a back wall which slopes at a 72 degree angle. The installed windows are usually built within small dormers. Mansard Loft conversions need planning permission and are particularly suited to properties in conservation areas.
The loft conversion involved making structural changes which involved removing rotten joists and supporting walls which were replaced with steels.
All work on your loft must comply with Building Regulations. These are a set of minimum building standards which your loft must comply to.
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With over 30 years of experience of Loft and Attic conversions YourLondonBuilders.co.uk know that our design and construction techniques will comply to all necessary building regulations.
If you converting a loft in a semi detached or terraced house you will need to ensure that any work on walls that you have in common with your neighbours conforms to the regulations specified in The Party Wall Act 1996.
You must let your neighbours know of any work being done to shared walls. In the case of loft conversions neighbours should have absolutely no objections but is good manners to let them know in advance about the loft conversion and any disruption that may be caused during the building process.
If your neighbour refuses to cooperate and refuses to fill out the Party Structure Notice they will need to hire a surveyor who will impartially assess the standard of work being carried out and ensure that it meets all necessary requirements.
It is worth noting that your neighbours cannot stop the work from happening but may have a bearing on how and when it happens.
Converting a loft adds a third floor to your house and the fire risk is therefore greater than in a two storey property.
Good loft design and construction takes into account fire safety by minimising the risks involved -
YourLondonBuilders.co.uk will advise you on the best construction and design techniques in order to comply with fire safety regulations
The second was due to the limited budget the client had in order to complete the build.
The third reason was that a Velux Conversion gave a view of tree tops and sky as opposed to overlooking existing terraced buildings.
No Matter what type of loft conversion you decide on the basic process is the same. The loft conversion work will be organised
around your schedule without any catastrophic disruption to your daily routine.
You will always have direct access to your onsite 'hands on' project manager to raise any concerns or issues you may have.
A Hip to Gable Loft Conversion means that the sloping roof at the end of you property is removed (the hip side) and replaced with a flat gable end. The creates a much bigger loft space
A dormer loft conversion creates a square end which projects out from the sloping roof, creating plenty of floor space and height in your loft. Dormers can go on the front, rear and side of your property.