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Loft Conversions

Loft Conversion, South London

Bespoke London Loft Conversions. Design & Build by the Barnet Loft Company London.

An attic conversion or a loft conversion is the process of transforming an empty attic space or loft into a functional loft room, typically used as a bedroom, office space, a gym, or storage space. Loft conversions are one of the most popular forms of home improvement in London as a result of their numerous perceived benefits. The installation of a loft conversion is a complicated process, and whilst it may be possible to attempt a ‘DIY’ loft conversion, the large amount of work involved often results in many people choosing to contract a specialist loft conversion company to undertake the loft conversion task.

Dormer Loft Conversion

Hampstead NW11

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since 2008, hip to gable loft extensions are within permitted development rights. this means that you need to have your planning drawings ready to apply for a certificate of lawfulness (col). this certificate is for you if you want to ensure that the loft conversion is legal under permitted development.

However, do check with your local council if they have fully adapted Hip to Gable Permitted Development rights and if your site does not fall within conservation area or any other areas under Article 4. Remember… The permitted development rights only cover dwelling houses, not flats or maisonettes.Even if you have Permitted Development rights, there are still some considerations and limitations you need to abide:

• A volume allowance of 40 cubic metres additional roof space for terraced houses.
• A volume allowance of 50 cubic metres additional roof space for detached and semi-detached houses.
• No extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway.
• No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof.
• Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house.
• No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
• Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.
• Roof extensions not to be permitted development in designated areas.
• Roof extensions, apart from hip to gable ones, to be set back, as far as practicable, at least 20cm from the original eaves.
• The roof enlargement cannot overhang the outer face of the wall of the original house.

Your planning drawings for Hip to Gable loft extension should indicate that you comply with these considerations and limitations to get Certificate of Lawfulness (COL) from your council for your loft conversion.

The first stage of any loft conversion is a close inspection of the loft space to find out its exact dimensions and whether loft conversion is feasible. On entering the loft one needs to establish if there is adequate room under the ridge of the roof. A measurement of 2.3 metres is required to allow enough headroom, although you may find that you can still get a useful loft room from as little as 7 feet (2.1 metres), and there must be at least 2 metres clearance above the position of the access stairs. 1.9m above loft staircase is sufficient for one bedroom loft conversion. 

Due to the slope of the roof and the required loft conversion access headroom, the feasibility of a loft conversion is dependent upon a minimum height of approximately 2.2 m (7 ft 6 in) measured from the joist to the apex. Providing that this requirement is met, most properties will likely possess the potential to have the loft space converted.

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Bespoke & Luxury

New loft conversion dormer, windows and roof lights were added to this top floor master bedroom conversion to add more natural light and liven up the living space. A new staircase was created to maximise the available floor area. It rises up from the 1st floor to make the best use of the available space. Innovative storage solutions were developed to make use of all available space. Original touches, such as shutters, lighting, complement vaulted ceilings, create a modern and natural living environment in the new loft conversion.

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