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Things to Consider When Planning Loft Conversions in London

20.11.12

Loft conversions in London are one of the easiest ways to increase your living space and add value to your home. Here are some useful points to consider when planning a loft conversion:

Budget

Loft conversions in London can vary greatly in price. They can be as little as £15,000 to in excess of £60,000. So decide on how much you want to spend and then ask at least three professional, reputable companies for quotes so that you can compare them.

Can your property accommodate a loft conversion?

Not all homes can accommodate loft conversions. London homes are sometimes restricted by the height of their loft space. Check this by measuring the top of the ceiling joist to the bottom of the roof ridge. This will need to be 2.3 metres or more to allow for the new floor and ceiling joists. Don’t worry if your space measures less than 2.3 metres though, as there are still other options available such as re-pitching parts of the roof.

It is against Building Regulations to use just a loft ladder to access a loft room, so think about how your new stairs will fit in with your existing staircase.

If you don’t have a combi-boiler, your hot water and heating will require a water tank. If this is situated in the loft, you will need to have this re-housed.

Planning Permission and Laws

For loft conversions in London as well as anywhere across the UK, planning permission is not generally needed providing the conversion does not extend the current size of the property by a certain percentage. Different styles of properties such as terraced houses and detached houses have different regulations which are all quite generous, so most loft conversions in London do not have major concerns. Do check with your local council if you live in a conservation area or live in a listed building though.

All loft conversions in London must meet local authority Building Regulations. These include things like fire safety and insulation. Your local council’s building control department is responsible for overseeing these regulations and will need to visit the site typically up to three times throughout the build.

Finding a Reputable Loft Conversion Company

It is essential to find a professional and reputable company to carry out loft conversions in London. It is best to get at least three quotes so that you can judge the cost of the project.

For the best loft conversions, London specialists with plenty of years’ experience are recommended as they will be familiar with the local area and planning requirements. They will be able to advise you on the type of conversion that will get you the most space and will be able to provide you with a design that suits your needs and your home.

Look on loft conversion company websites for testimonials and reviews from past customers. If there are photographs and images of previous projects this can give you confidence and may help to inspire you too.

There are many things to consider when planning loft conversions. London homes though can greatly benefit from being extended upwards, so the result will be well worth the time spent planning.

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