When it comes to permitted development and expanding the space in a home, space comes at an absolute premium.
Because of this, a surging number of people have asked about loft conversions. For some, it is about getting the extra space for a home office or bedroom, but for others, it is about increasing the value and desirability of a home.
Before you go ahead, however, it pays to be prepared, and with that in mind here are three questions to ask yourself first before you go ahead with your conversion.
Would Your Loft Support A Conversion?
Not every loft can be converted without significant modifications to the roof, particularly if you have a home with a shallow roof.
The best way to tell is to measure the height of the room from the floor joists to the highest point of the room. The target height you are looking for is at least 2.2 metres.
As well as this, you need to ensure you have space for a comfortable staircase to work its way up from the floor below.
A good rule of thumb to check is to look at similar houses near to you and see if they have loft conversions; if they do, there is a good chance you can have the same, and if they let you have a look around you can get an idea of what to expect.
Do You Need Planning Permission?
Loft conversions are typically covered under permitted development rights, but as with any construction project, it is worth checking with your local planning authority to ensure there are no special orders in place that may complicate your plans.
As well as this, if your conversion involves a wall you share with a neighbouring building you may need to get a party wall agreement. Architects, builders and loft converters you work with can help you with all of these issues.
How Much Light Can You Add?
The difference between a good loft conversion and a great loft conversion is how much natural light you allow into the space. Light makes a space inviting, helps with wellbeing and helps the uniquely shaped space look bigger.
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