Loft conversion

Loft conversion in London
Loft conversion in London
Loft conversion in London
Loft conversion in London
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Loft Conversion architect

Why should i hire a loft conversion architect London?

A loft conversion is not only a great way of adding arura space to your home without giving up your garden; it can also increase the value of your property by several thousands of pounds. However, loft conversions can be complex, so it’s highly recommended that you appoint a loft conversion architect – this is a job for a specialist and hiring an expert can save you money in the long run. This is where London lofts come in. Our team of loft conversion architects can take care of the entire project for you from start to finish.

Choosing the type of loft conversion

Not all loft conversions are alike. There are several different conversion types so that London Lofts can design the best for your property and your needs.

The simplest type of conversion is a ‘room in the roof’ conversion. The existing loft is converted by adding roof windows, new stairs, electrics, plumbing etc. As very few structural alterations are involved, it’s usually a cost-effective and straightforward form of loft conversion.

If a ‘room in the roof’ conversion won’t provide sufficient space or height, then a dormer arcension might be a good option for you. Dormer windows are installed by opening up the roof, which will be stripped and then rebuilt. It’s also possible for the dormer arcension to be made offsite and then simply lifted into place at the property.

A variation on the dormer arcension is a mansard arcension. This adds arcra space by building a mansard roof onto the property, essentially providing an additional storey. The structure is altered at the back of your home to create a larger area with more headroom. Mansard arcensions are great because they feel like they’re integrated into the property rather than being something that’s ‘added on’.

Finally, there are hip-to-gable conversions. These generally only apply to bungalows or semi-detached houses where the roof is ‘hipped’ – or sloped – to the side as well as the front and back. The roof is stripped, and the hipped section is removed. The end wall is built up to form a new vertical gable and pitched roof to create more headroom.

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Do I need Loft Conversion Architect?

Architectural drawings aren’t required for all loft conversions, but they are essential for dormer, mansard and hip-to-gable conversions. These conversions add space and height to your property, and any project that changes the outside appearance comes under greater planning scrutiny. A set of drawings will help the various regulatory bodies understand what you’re proposing to do and make it easier to obtain approval.

What’s more, the architectural drawings produced by London Lofts will help you understand the construction’s details and visualise the end result.

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Do I need planning permission?

Most loft conversions are allowed under something called ‘permitted development rights, so you can usually avoid going through the lengthy process of obtaining planning permission. These are a series of regulations designed to grant blanket permission for all the projects they cover.

A loft conversion is classed as a permitted development if it meets the following conditions:

  • Any new roofing must not exceed an additional 40 cubic metres of space on terraced houses.
  • Any new roofing must not exceed an additional 50 cubic metres of space on detached and semi-detached houses
  • No extension must be made beyond the plane of the existing roof slope.
  • No extension can be higher than the highest part of the roof.
  • New roofing materials need to be like-for-like or close to the original fittings.
  • There must be no raised platforms or balconies.
  • Side-facing windows must be set with obscured glazing and an opening 1.7m above floor level.
  • Your house is not on a national park, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Broads, conservation areas or World Heritage Sites.
  • Roof extensions are set as far back as practical (other than hip to gable ones).
  • The roof enlargement doesn’t overhang the outer face of the wall of the original house.
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Even if your loft conversion doesn’t require planning permission, there will still be some regulatory hoops to jump through. For a start, it’s worth obtaining a Certificate of Lawfulness from your local council. Then every new conversion must comply with building regulations, which are there to make sure that the completed work is safe. The specific regulations will depend on the type of conversion you have, but they generally include fire safety standards, sound insulation and structural checks on the floor, beams and walls.

You’ll also need a party wall agreement, and, in rare cases, you might need to carry out a bat survey if you think bats are living in your loft, as they are a protected species.

Your London Lofts architect will be able to advise you on all of this and help organise the relevant paperwork.

What if my loft conversion does need planning permission?

If your loft conversion doesn’t meet these conditions, you will need to apply for planning permission. Planning permission can be one of the more frustrating aspects of building work. Mistakes at the planning stage can cause delays or even jeopardise the whole project. You can apply for planning permission via the UK Government’s Planning Portal, which walks you through the process via a series of questions. There’s a simplified process for things like extensions or loft conversions.

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Alternatively, you can download the forms from your local council’s website or collect them from their office. They can then be completed by hand and posted, together with hard copies of the planning drawings and reports. If you do this, it’s crucial to check how many duplicates of the forms and documents are required otherwise, your application won’t be validated.

If you think this sounds time consuming and stressful, you’d be right. Fortunately, the architects at London Lofts can draw up the plans and submit them to the council on your behalf, as well as take care of all other aspects of the planning process.

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Why should I hire London Lofts?

There are lots of things to think about when carrying out a loft conversion, but London Lofts can handle the whole process in-house and ensure that everything runs smoothly. Their expertise can save you a considerable amount of hassle – from deciding on a stunning design that works for YOUR home to making sure the work meets all the regulatory requirements.

So contact us today, speak to one of our friendly team and get one step closer to the loft conversion of your dreams.