A popular method of increasing room space is to carry out a loft conversion. This may be simply a case of installing a stair and a Velux rooflight but may also mean a complete roof re-build with considerable input required from a consulting structural engineer, re-routing of services for bathroom facilities in a character building, etc. In those instances where a loft conversion will affect the external fabric of the existing building, eg. through the creation of a dormer window, most local authorities will require a planning application to be submitted. It will also be necessary to submit an application for Building Regulations approval and further drawings may be required for costing and construction purposes.
Alex Coleman Associates work closely with all clients from initial design consultation through to building completion. Services offered include:
The exact type of loft conversion you choose will depend largely on the type of property you have.
However, the following styles are the most common:
The size of the loft conversion is dependent on the size and style of the house but can typically add between 15-40m² and from a single room through to 2 rooms with a separate bathroom, landing and roof terrace.
Once submitted, the Local Authority is required by law, to grant (subject to conditions) or refuse planning permission within eight weeks of registering the application, or else provide a reason why it has been unable to do either.
A similar period is permitted for a Full Plans Building Regulations application although in the case of smaller schemes, by choosing to provide ‘Building Notice’ it is possible to commence on site within 48 hours.