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A loft conversion is one of the best ways to carve out the extra living space you need without having to alter the footprint of your house. In most homes, the loft serves little purpose other than to act as a kind of catch-all storage space. By converting your loft into a bedroom, family room or home office you can not only solve your spatial problems but increase the value of your home by a significant amount.

First Things First: Can Your Loft Be Converted?

Not every loft is a candidate for conversion. For instance, building codes require a minimum of 2.2 meters of vertical space before a loft can be converted into a living area. If the space has the minimum vertical height required by law some loft conversions in Blackheath are allowed under “permitted development”.  Unless, that is, your house is a listed building or located in a conservation area. In which case you will probably need planning permission.

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The Different Types of Loft Conversions

There are almost as many types of loft conversions as there are types of dwellings. In most instances, however, loft conversion fall into one of these categories:

  • Velux – For a velux loft conversion the framing of the roof is not changed in any way. Only windows or skylights are added. Because of this planning permission is almost never required. 
  • Dormer – With a dormer loft conversion a small section (or sections) of the angled roof is removed and replaced with a dormer (or dormers). The end result is more light and a bit more headroom. As a cherry on the cake planning permission is usually not required.
  • Hip-to-gable – This type of loft conversion fundamentally alters the roof line and so typically requires planning permission. The hip-to-gable loft conversion entails replacing the end of the hip roof with a vertical gable end. The result is more headroom inside.
  • Mansard – The mansard loft conversion (named for a 17th-century French architect) usually occurs on the back-facing portion of the roof. The yard-facing part of the gable roof is removed and replaced with a horizontal roof and a vertical wall with a 72° angle.

Contact S&M Solutions

Loft conversions in Blackheath have gained in popularity as more homeowners strive to optimise the latent value of their house. If you are contemplating a loft conversion get in touch with the pros at S&M today by calling us on 020 30923791. Or write to us at: contact@sm-solutions.org.

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