Loft conversion

Loft conversion

Loft conversion is most conventional type of way is to have a dormer. A dormer conversion consists of structural work to the existing roof. the conversion requires a ridge beam and a few RSJ to support the loading walls. These are by the most popular ways of converting your loft. The dormer conversion creates more space and subsequent height. A loft conversion can potentially become the largest room in your beautiful house.

Loft conversion

Loft conversion and dormer erected in Ealing.

IMG_1525 (1)All lofts before they are converted consist of timber sloped roof to allow the water to run down. The picture below explains how a loft may look like before a conversion has taken place.

Loft conversion

loft conversion before the dormer and hip to gable has been erected.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Flat roof dormers give the benefits straight walls and flat ceilings. The cost is relatively low to install when compared to a mansard or a hip to gable loft conversion. A mansard is a roof which has four sloping side, each which become steeper half way down and punctured by dormer windows.

A dormer conversion will provide much needed light and also in compliance with regulation a loft will be insulated with Celotex sheet to provide extra warmth, which means less heating is required. A loft conversion can be suitable to any property provided the roof has enough height to erect a dormer.

Our main focus is on Loft conversion in harrow and around London. A dormer conversion allows for a much more smoother staircase finished, it gives height required to have a good staircase which is not too steep.

Does a Loft conversion with a dormer-required planning permission?

A great advantage for a loft conversion is that it can be done under permitted development, the benefits of this are that you could start you loft conversion almost straight away.

You will need to apply for planning if:

The house is situated on designated land. A roof extension does not fall into the category of permitted development if a property situated within an area of outstanding natural beauty, conservation area, and national park or world heritage site.

The volume of the new addition exceeds the limits of permitted development. The limits for a loft conversion are:
• 40 cubic metres for terraced houses, and
• 50 cubic metres for both detached and semi-detached houses.

These limits apply to the size of the ‘Original House’ which refers to the house as it was on 1st July 1948, or if your property was constructed after this date, the size of the house when it was first built. for more information please visit Planning Portal

What are permitted development rights?

Permitted development allows you to make certain amendments of minor changes to your house without the need to apply for full planning application, which is certain situations requires a lengthy period of time. The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 this act sets out specific classes of development for which a grant of planning permission is automatically given.

Loft conversion and ideas

Depending on the size of your loft it varies, some loft conversion ideas are as follow. We have erected loft conversion in harrow with spacious master bedroom with an ensuite. Depending on your requirements you can have a shower and a bath.

Another example would be to have two smaller bedrooms with an ensuite adjacent to the bedrooms, depending on the size or where the soil stack is suited you can have a Jack and Jill bathroom (doors from both rooms leading into the bathroom)

Why not give us a call to discuss your dream project further.