|Posted by dave on July 2, 2011 at 7:10 AM|
Planning For A Loft Conversion
Planning to convert any building can take a lot of time, effort, and, of course, money. There are important things you need to know before beginning such a project, and making sure you have the proper permission is the first one.
Any building conversion can be a difficult, long project to undertake. There are many things to consider when planning an addition to any building, whether it be a house or commercial building.
There are many types of home additions ranging anywhere from extending a room or just adding a new one. One of the most difficult additions, however, is a loft.
A trussed roof is one of the easiest roofs for a loft conversion. There are several changes that must take place to the building structure in order to make the loft possible.
The external brickwork needs to be extended to create adequate head room. A stairway must be constructed that will support the loft and be sturdy enough for frequent use. This is important even if you are converting an attic or room into a loft. Here, former windows or skylights can easily be added, and accommodations for these can be met.
Generally, you are not required to apply for planning permission to re-roof your house, insert roof lights, or put in skylights. You are, however, required to apply for permission if you live in a conservation area, a national park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, or anywhere else that might have building stipulations that fall outside the norm.
If you would like to build an extension to the roof of your house, or any addition which would materially alter the shape of the roof, the process is a fairly easy one. If you wish to make an addition that falls outside those planning areas, it will be necessary for you to apply for permission. The areas that fall outside the above listed criteria are listed below.
If you would like to build an addition or extension to any roof slope facing a highway, permission will likely be required. You must apply for and receive permission. This will also be required if the roof extension would be more then 40 cubic meters to the volume of any terraced house, or more than 50 cubic meters to any other kind of house. You must also apply for permission if the work would increase the height of the roof.
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