CONVERT LOFT TO BEDROOM

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Converting the loft to a bedroom or two is easily the most popular type of loft conversion and depending on your location will almost certainly makes sense financially by adding value in excess of the cost of the conversion. There are however certain areas where you may not get back the amount you spend on the conversion so you would do well to talk to one or two local estate agents before making too many plans.

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One of the reasons why many people move house is that they need more space and in particular additional bedrooms. That being the case it’s well worth considering the cost of selling your house, the costs, including any stamp duty, of buying another house and the moving costs and compare them to the cost of converting your own attic regardless of whatever value a conversion might add. If you do happen do live in an area where a loft conversion will add value in excess of the cost of the conversion then you would be far better off to stay put and convert the attic rather than move.


IS A NEW LOFT BATHROOM A GOOD IDEA?

Absolutely yes. Consider a regular three bedroom house that has just added two extra bedrooms with a loft conversion and you realise that you now have only one bathroom servicing five bedrooms. This is wholly inappropriate as a large family would really struggle in the mornings and even more so if there is no w/c on the ground floor.


DO I NEED PLANNING PERMISSION FOR A LOFT CONVERSION?

The good news is that planning permission is not normally required for loft conversions. However, permission is required where you extend or alter the roof space and it exceeds specified limits and conditions.

Under new regulations that came into effect from 1 October 2008 a loft conversion for your house is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:

 

DO I NEED BUILDING APPROVAL FOR A LOFT CONVERSION?

The Building Regulations are made under powers provided in the Building Act 1984, and apply in England and Wales. The current edition of the regulations is ‘The Building Regulations 2000’ (as amended) and the majority of building projects are required to comply with them.

PLAIN WHITE VELUX LOFT CONVERSION They exist to ensure the health and safety of people in and around all types of buildings (i.e. domestic, commercial and industrial). They also provide for energy conservation, and access to and use of buildings.

The Building Regulations contain various sections dealing with definitions, procedures, and what is expected in terms of the technical performance of building work. For example, they:



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