One thing which shouldn’t be unmarked when preparation a loft conversion is how the work will impact on the outside of the property. But it is really important to ensure that the outside design enhances the property and its surroundings.
Even though most styles and sizes ar now OK because of the new permitted development pentateuch a tasteful outside that blends with the surrounding environment will not only look good but it will easy increase the value of the property.
One style that won’t be permitted, and we should all be thankful for it, is the huge, squat and ugly dormers that were flung up during the1980s. These blots on the landscape are truly awful and no way will a homeowner be allowed to build one today.
In October 2008 new permitted development regulations were adoptive by the government which allowed homeowners greater exemption in design and building extensions including loft conversions.
Basically, the new regulations mean that a loft conversion is a permitted development and does non require provision permission as long as certain criteria ar fulfilled. This makes it very much easier for the householder when considering external loft conversion designs as most projects, even those involving the building of a new gable end, do non have to go through the provision process.
One caveat hera though; although there ar no planning considerations it should be remembered that the building regulations still apply to all loft conversion projects. The building regulations shouldn’t be confused with preparation permission; the building regulations are there to ensure a that all work is through to an satisfactory standard. Read the difference between building regulations and provision permit for more details.
The Permitted Development Regulations
There is no need for the householder to apply for preparation permission for his project if:
Terraced houses cannot be extended by more than 40 cubic meters though an extra 10 cubic meters can be added to the roof space of a semi detached or detached property.
* Dormers will not be permitted to the elevation of any roof that fronts on to a highway.
* Any extension should be no higher than the ridge line of the existent property
* Dormers should be set back from the eaves by a minimum of 20 cm.
* Verandas, balconies or raised platforms will not be permitted.
And that is just about it. As long as your project takes those five factors into account than the loft conversion will be considered a permitted development that does not require consent.
Those projects that do contravene those guidelines will non necessarily be refused preparation permission but a full preparation application will need to be made by the homeowner.
Exterior Loft Conversion Designs
Unlike inside the roof space the options for external design is quite narrow. One option is that flush fitting skylights can be installed if there are no issues with headroom.
These kind of windows are very easy to install and ar very cost effective; your design considerations will probably be limited to deciding how many skylights to have, their sizing and how to position them so that the new loft room benefits from the maximum amount of natural light.
If, however, the internal space is non very large than some sort of dormer on the reverse side of the cap will be the answer. Again, the only real considerations will be the sizing and how to blend the dormer into the existing building.
Once you have decided on the external loft conversion designs than the fun in really design the new loft rooms themselves can begin.