With over 25 years experience in the industry, Court Lofts has become London's leading loft conversion specialist. Every loft conversion is tailor made to suit each clients specific requirements. We realize that apart from buying a home, a loft conversion is one of the largest investments that a family will make and so it is important to feel totally confident with the company you chose to carry out the work, and with this in mind we aim to exceed your expectations!.
For most, the reasons for moving is additional space, although finding the right home, in your desired location close to work and schools can be stressful and costly. There is a simpler and more cost effective solution to moving, with no estate agent's fees, legal costs, stamp duty or removal expenses. Simply by creating the additional accommodation required in your unused loft space.
Converting a loft allows home owners to utilize the unused space and turn it into additional living space. All properties can benefit from a loft conversion; terrace, semi detached, detached house or bungalows, a loft conversion offers the chance to gain the extra space needed for i.e. bedrooms, bathrooms, study, games room etc. without the upheaval of moving and adding to the value of your home, in fact up to 20% of the property value!.
Permissions & Party Wall Agreement
Planning permission is not normally required. 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 home is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:
A volume allowance of 40 cubic metres for terraced house
A volume allowance of 50 cubic metres 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 eaves.
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. 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
It is important to understand how the building regulatory system applies to your situation as you are responsible for making sure that the work complies with the regulations if you are carrying out building work personally. If you are employing a builder, the responsibility will usually be theirs - but you should confirm this at the very beginning, we at Court Home Extensions it appointed the works contract take full responsibility. You should also bear in mind that if you are the owner of the building, it is ultimately you who may be served with an enforcement notice if the work does not comply with the regulations.
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