There are so many ways to extend one’s home, but loft conversion is one of the most preferred method by many homeowners and home improvement enthusiasts. This is unlike other home extension methods in a way that it does not require as much time, effort, and lot space. The roof and the ceiling, both forming the basic structural framework of the loft room, make this possible. Indeed, you’ll only need to add in some structural reinforcement and a lot of overhaul to the interior.
A Short Overview of Loft Conversion
With loft conversion, one has to convert the commonly unused and misused attic into a more useful part of the house. This home extension method adds a significant amount of space to the house, and is applicable to any structure with a roof. This also adds approximately 20% to the residence’s real property value as a side benefit. The loft can be just about anything: bedroom, kitchen, storage, recreational area, or even a separate housing unit. There really are a lot of possibilities in a converted loft.
However, there is no real freedom when planning the loft’s design. There are certain regulations that have to be followed such that the loft is practical, stable, and does not intrude nature or the neighbors. This is the reason why every attic conversion project requires a loft conversion planning permission and many other papers back in the day.
Loft Conversion Planning Permits Are No Longer Necessary
If you live in the United Kingdom and are planning to convert your loft, consider yourself lucky. You see, some time during the last quarter of the year 2008, the UK government has relaxed all laws related to loft conversion as part of the effort to help the citizens who cannot afford to move to a new home because of the rising real estate costs. Nonetheless, you can only build your loft right after the design process if you follow certain provisions written in the current building code.
What sort of provisions are there? These rules concern both the design and size delimitations of the loft. The design part prioritizes the aesthetics and the residents’ privacy. For instance, side-facing windows should be obscure glazed, and all openings should be no less than 1.7 meters above the floor. Also, open spaces that stick out like sore thumbs on the roof area are not allowed, and the exterior and materials need to be similar to the original construction.
Of course, the rules concerning the roof size is not as simple. The loft should only be within the dimensions covered by the original roof space, and must have sufficient allowance, headroom, and distance from the eaves. The measurements vary from one area to another so it’s best to consult the local building control officer to know the dimensions allowed in your area.
Now you don’t have to confine yourself to all these rules. You can deviate as long as you are willing to endure the expenses of acquiring a loft conversion planning permission and if you are open to inputs and changes required by the building control officer.