Like many people in the UK I’m saving for converting the space in the loft to make the most of the space in my house. I love bright and airy spaces and I particularly like removing as many walls as possible to create a living space, where one can run around the house.
For those who are new in this extension/conversion of the property business, a great source of information is the Planning Portal website , where you’ll find plenty of pointers on where to start. A loft conversion is considered there to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, provided certain limits and conditions are met:
> Loft conversions are NOT permitted development for houses on designated land (national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites)
> Any additional roof space created must not exceed these volume allowances:
*40 cubic meters for terraced houses
*50 cubic meters for detached and semi-detached houses
> An extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts a highway is NOT permitted development
> Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house
> No part of the extension to be higher than the highest part of the existing roof
> Verandas, balconies, or raised platforms are NOT permitted development
> Any side-facing windows must be obscure-glazed and non-opening unless the parts which can be opened are more than 1.7 meters above the floor of the room in which it is installed
> Roof extensions, apart from hip to gable ones, to be set back, as far as is practicable, at least 20cm from the original eaves.
> Work on a loft or a roof many affect bats. You need to consider protected species when planning work of this type. A survey may be needed, and if bats are using the building, a licence may be required.
After we decided on the size of the conversion, we meet all the legal requirements and the neighbors agreed on the ongoing work taking place next door, we are ready for the next step…choosing the windows. As I’ve mentioned I want my loft conversion to be bright. I want the daylight to be there all day so I don’t have to use electricity to lit up the place. I’ve been recently recommended an international brand called VELUX®, which sells window innovations, including roof windows, solar panels, and blinds (you can open and close them with the remote control!). You can check out VELUX shop to explore their products and get the prices.
Here are some loft conversion ideas I’ve gathered from their website and other sources. Which is your favorite?