Loft & Garage
Loft & Garage
Sometimes adding an extension is just not possible. Maybe you have a small garden or yard, maybe you just want to preserve your garden to enjoy. But what do you do when you need extra habitable living space?
Well.. you can go up? Often the easiest way to add a bedroom or living space is to convert your loft. Fancy a brand new master bedroom with en-suite? No problem, we’ve done exactly that before.
Maybe your garage is not being used except to hoard clutter? Convert it into a playroom for the kids? Cinema room? Office? or even that much needed extra bedroom?
Does a Loft Conversion Require Planning Permission?
Loft conversions are generally covered under permitted development as there is no change to the existing footprint of your home. However there are a number of specified parameters that you may need to adhere to.
As always SPD can advise on your options for your loft when we come out to see you for a free no obligation quote.
Garage conversions will usually fall under permitted development as well- particularly if you’re not altering the actual structure. Although it is always advisable to check with your local council, as sometimes conditions may be attached to the garage such as it may have to remain as parking. You would often be able to apply to have these conditions removed if necessary. Other considerations may be a change of use particularly if the garage is a separate, stand alone building
*** Please note, rule and regulations are constantly changing to its worth getting in touch and arranging us to come and see you.
As usual when a habitable room is being made then building regulations will always be required whether or not planning permission is. What are they? Well… simply put they ensure that the conversion or any work your have done are of a standard required by your local council to be made habitable and adhere to latest regulations such as energy efficiency, ventilation etc. Many people are daunted by this but think of it as a very welcome service to make sure your investment is being built well and will stand the test of time.
DON’T WORRY!!! SPD can take care of everything regarding building regulations and will liase with the council’s building control officers.
You may be desperate for an ensuite… will it fit? SPD can help you.. often you may not be able to think of a way to get everything you want into a certain space. Don’t worry with our advice there may be a simple solution. With loft conversions, we are specialists and know how to ensure you meet minimum height requirements as well as all staircase regulations.