LOFT ROOF BALCONIES

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Balconies have been in common use for centuries but over the last few decades in the UK we have seen a huge growth in the use of small balconies as an added feature on loft conversions.

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Velux, the UK roof window brand leader, introduced the roof windows above several years ago. The design is such as it can be transformed into a roof balcony within a few clicks and we now see them used routinely on new build properties and loft conversions.

What we have also seen in recent years is the growth in the “Juliet” balcony, see photo on the right, as it allows for the installation of French doors and sidelights to the loft conversion.

Having a set of French doors that are almost floor to ceiling in height alongside matching sidelights will have a huge impact on any type of loft conversion.

Of course we can’t just install French doors in a loft wall and hope nobody walks through them. What we needed was a safety device and the Juliet balcony solved the problem.

I’m not sure which came first, the idea of using floor to ceiling doors in the loft or the Juliet balcony but either way the invention allows for a wider range of styles and improvements to many of our loft conversions.


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.

LOFT CONVERSION LUXURY BEDROOM EN-SUITEThey 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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