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There are many different types of loft conversions available, so we’ve explained some below that may help.
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Types of Loft Conversions
- Hip to Gable – This type of conversion is mainly for semi-detached properties where the side pitch of the roof is extended out to create more room inside
- Double Hip to Gable – This is mainly for detached properties where both sides of the pitch roof are extended out top create vast amounts of space inside.
- L-Shaped – Some of the older type terraced properties are built in an L-shape. The conversion is then built on top of the property foot print below.
- Velux Conversion – This is a cheaper type of loft conversion where the rafters are removed inside and steels are placed in to strengthen the roof internally allowing for the extra space. Sky windows are then installed both front and back to allow in the necessary light. This is optional as to how many windows you would require.
- Board Out – This the cheapest type of loft build as no staircase would be required and the loft is literally boarded out allowing for extra storage.
When you decide to get your loft conversion built, you will need to approach your local planning department at the council to get permission. The only time you wouldn’t need to do this is, is if your loft conversion comes under permitted development, or you go for the board out option and you don’t require a staircase. You will also need to appoint an architect to draw out the plans when you approach the planning department as they will want to see what type of loft conversion you want to build.
The council will then send round a building control officer at various stages of the build to sign off the quality of the work. There are also private companies that can sign off the build as well. These work on behalf of the council as sometimes the workload can be too much for the local authority, so they will outsource.
It’s really important you’re quite clear on what comes under permitted development. This means that all you need to do is have your plans ready, the loft conversion specialist ready and a notification to the local authority that works as starting on a specific date. As long as you stay within the footprint of the house, and do not raise the pitch of the roof your loft should come under permitted development. You may want to check that you will not overlook a conservation area and your property is not a listed building to ensure you don’t need planning agreements.
Here’s the priority order for your loft conversion build
- Find an Architect and get the plans drawn up
- Find a trusted loft conversion builder
- Contact your local planning department
- Set the build start date
- Clear your loft out ready
*Please note: this information is for guidance purposes only and maybe be subject to change. You will need to speak with your loft conversion specialist to get the latest rules and regulations.