Converting your loft could provide the ideal solution to home space problems…and save you money…
Britain has some of the smallest homes in Europe and most households struggle with a lack of storage or living space. A loft conversion can provide a great way to utilise space that is already available and is one of the best ways to invest in your home. A good conversion can increase the value of your home and provide a better return on investment than other home improvements.
Depending on the roof structure and planning constraints, a loft conversion is one of the most straightforward ways of gaining extra space without the need to move. Most houses can benefit from this type of conversion with some simple planning. The suitability of the roof space for a loft conversion depends on the available head height, the pitch and the type of structure and any obstacles such as water tanks or chimney stacks. An inspection of the roof space will reveal its structure and physical dimensions.
Planning permission may not be required unless you extend or alter the roof space to exceed specified limits and conditions. However, building regulations approval is required to convert a loft or attic into a liveable space. The regulations are applied to ensure that the structural strength of the new floor is sufficient; the stability of the structure (including the existing roof) is not endangered; there is safe escape from fire; the stairs to the new floor are secure; and there is reasonable sound insulation between the conversion and the rooms below. It would be prudent to contact a Chartered Surveyor to find out whether work you intend to carry out falls within The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and it is recommended that you contact Building Control to discuss your proposal.