What you need to know about loft conversion planning permissions

Planning Permission Loft Conversions & What You Need To Know

Here at Foster & Co Lofts we are all about making your life easier, we know that making any improvements to your home is a big decision and that it can also be disruptive to your home life. Therefore we have decided to put together a special guide for you here on planning permission, when you will need it and when you won’t at your home in London and Hertfordshire.

Roof

Planning permission is not required in all cases when it comes to a loft conversion, but it does if the work exceeds certain limits and under special conditions. Some of these are specific to the actual roof itself. Schedule 2, Part 1, Class B of the The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 states; “the enlargement of a dwellinghouse consisting of an addition or alteration to its roof.” This means specifically;

Any alteration to project no more than 150 millimetres from the existing roof plane.

No alteration to be higher than the highest part of the roof.

Side facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.

Solar Panels

Solar panels are permitted but also has limits dependent on where you live and if it is a protected area, so this is worth checking out locally. Certain allowances are also apply in general to houses rather than flats, some converted houses, and areas with a planning condition.

Loft Conversions Space

In terms of an actual loft space conversion the limits that you have with regards to not having to apply for planning permission come under the following limits;

A volume allowance of 40 cubic metres additional roof space for terraced houses*

A volume allowance of 50 cubic metres additional roof space 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 original eaves

The roof enlargement cannot overhang the outer face of the wall of the original house.

Wildlife

We all love animals and it is important to remember that even if we don’t plan on having them to stay, they can sometimes use our homes along with us. You therefore need to consider protected species when doing your loft conversion, specifically bats. If you suspect that bats may be nesting in your roof area then you may need a survey, and a licence might need to be sought.

Structure

The load bearing walls in your home will need to be considered for their structural stability as they will need to support the weight of your new living space. For example, if new floor joists are provided and they are to be supported by an existing wall, the wall will need to continue all the way down through the house to a foundation or alternatively the wall will need to be provided with an adequate intermediate support.

The foundations of your home are also a consideration, though in general terms for a loft conversion not a huge amount of weight will be transferred to the foundations of your home. This is of course something that we can help you with in making your decision as we will know the extra weight created.

Some homes that may have had pre-existing walled areas opened up (knocked down) that carried through load bearing into the foundations. Therefore if these were replaced by a beam we may need to check that this will also carry the extra weight of your loft conversion.

We Can Help

This all seems tremendously complicated but we at Foster & Co loft conversions are on hand to support you and provide advise every step of the way. With our wide experience of creating stunning loft conversions we have also come up against many of the sticking points and questions involved with regards to what you can and cannot have, and also with regards to Planning Permission. Feel free to contact us with any queries you have and we will be only to happy to facilitate you in creating your dream loft conversion.

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Spring Is In The Air!

That’s it, spring is in the air and here at Foster & Co Lofts we are happily busy working on loft conversions projects in North London and Herts and our team have some amazing news coming for some projects we are currently working on.

We are getting incredibly more social these days and would love you to head on over to our Facebook or Twitter page where you can keep up to date with all the latest news, industry news, new styles that we like and keep up to date with the latest building trends in North London and Hertfordshire.

We are looking forward to summer and hope you are too, if you are thinking of refurbishing your home either by way of a loft conversion or home extensions or even with artificial lawns then we have the right solution for you.

Why not book a chat with Alana today!

Dormer loft conversion in Barnet North London

Loft Conversion in North London and Hertfordshire

Leading the way with imaginative Lofts

So, you have decided you would like a Loft conversion in North London or Hertfordshire? …. But have you thought about your storage, your style or glazing?

The design of your project is vital to making sure that your loft Conversion will accommodate your needs. After all, if you are going to commit to a development on your property, it has to be ultimately enhance your home life.

Foster and Co Lofts have worked with many clients on their Loft Conversions in North London or Hertfordshire and over the years, we have advised on many tricks and techniques which turn a standard project into an individual and personal conversion.

In order to make sure that your project will encompass all that you want for you home, you must first ask yourself ‘why am I doing this?’

The main reasons that Foster and Co Lofts see within our clients reasoning are space and storage.

Trying to balance a growing family with the ever changing housing marketing creates a difficult decision, move or upgrade existing. Due to the stability of the market, it seems a safer and more reliable option to enhance what you already have.

In that respect, what is the best way to make the most of your space and create storage? Foster and Co think that utilising the unusual shape of the eaves is both a creative and intelligent way to maximise space for your Loft Conversion or North London and Hertfordshire

The eaves are the part of a roof that meets or overhangs the walls of a building. This creates a triangular shape and can be seen as restrictive. However, Foster and Co think this is just an opportunity to be imaginative. The shape of the eaves can help you create fantastic fitted furniture. Cupboards, drawers and dressers that are made to measure and fit snugly within the eave space allow you to create a feature out of what could potentially be an awkward space.

The eaves can also be used to bring large amounts of light into your loft conversion. Velux is a top quality supplier of angled roof windows and as they work with the pitch of your roof, they are the perfect way to bring the outside in and make the most of otherwise unused wall space.

There are many tricks of the trade the will help you design the best possible build for your Loft conversion in North London or Hertfordshire. Foster and Co would be happy to meet with you to discuss your options and inspire you with ideas and options that you may not have even considered!

Contact the Foster and Co Team now to start your Loft Conversion Journey!

 

Dormer loft conversion North London

Amazing Loft Conversions in North London and Hertfordshire

 

Increase space and add value with style, class and loft top views

We have been so busy at Foster and Co Lofts, working on Loft Conversions across North London and Hertfordshire. To see some of our most recent projects, click on our gallery below!

Are you thinking of having your own Loft Conversion in North London and Hertfordshire? If so, we are happy to guide you through the process, assisting you with the many queries involved in a project of this nature.

A loft Conversion is a fantastic way to add both value and space to your home. With any project, there are of course regulations to follow in order to make sure that your new home will meet all the standards required.

We feature a lot of information on our website which will inform of what you should consider when thinking of adding a Loft Conversion in North London or Hertfordshire. Click on the link below to take you to our services page.

You can also find information on the vast world wide web. For further research, Foster and Co Lofts have found a brilliantly informative website link which can advise on planning and how this works with Loft Conversions in North London and Hertfordshire which usually fall in to the permitted development category.

As well as the many images of stunning Lofts Conversions on our gallery, we have also found a beautiful example of how a project like this can really expand your home and increase the living space for your property. A lovely family based Coventry needed extra space desperately for their ever growing foster family. In order to do so, they completely renovated their home, including a full dormer Loft Conversion which gave them an incredible three more bedrooms’ and an additional bathroom. Not only is this an inspiring story in terms of personal generosity, it can also inspire families to create Lofts Conversion in North London and Hertfordshire in a truly creative and exciting way!

 

To start your Loft Conversion journey, Contact the Foster and Co Team now.

WELCOME TO 2016 – THE YEAR TO ADD VALUE WITH A LOFT CONVERISON!

WHETHER IT IS A EXTRA BEDROOM OR A HOME OFFICE, ADD VALUE WITH A CONVERTED LOFT!

 

In London, a large garden space is not a luxury many households have. When deciding how best to add value to your property, many of our clients simply don’t have the space to build an extension and when gardens are a luxury, it seems it is better to ‘go up rather than go out’

A loft conversion is smart building. It is utilizing space that you already have but are not using. Most property have an empty space in the roof which is too often overloaded with old junk and of course, that box of Christmas decorations from 1989!

Many surveys conducted over the last few years show that a loft conversion can add up to 10% value to your property. In today’s current market, this is an exceptional opportunity and one that many are thankful for at a later date.

A trend that has been identified for 2016 is the Home Office. This has already become a regular occurrence in the past few years as more and more people have excessive workloads that spill over in to home life or entrepreneurs that have started their own business need a hub to work from. Adding a home office in to your loft conversion will give you the option of transforming in to a bedroom at a later date if needed.

Another 2016 Trend is the addition of an ensuite in a Loft Conversion. Especially if your objective is to add another bedroom, an ensuite is not only ideal and practical, it can also be a stunning and modern way to take advantage of the ‘hotel room chic’ style that is becoming very popular.

If you are interested in finding out the benefits of a Loft Conversion, then Contact the Foster and Group and we will be happy to discuss your potential project with you.

Advise On Planning Applications For Your North London Loft Conversion

 

The Down Low On Your Dormer – Loft Conversion For North London And Hertfordshire

So as most people who are thinking about undertaking a loft conversion or in fact any type of construction on their home should know all about planning and what their council specifies must be done. This can vary between councils so make sure you know the regulations.

Sometimes it may be confusing with so many parties involved in the Build control of your project. With Clients getting muddled whether it is their architects, contractors or themselves who should put in the planning notices, sometimes this may get lost in translation. In researching this blog, I came across an article which shows the one of the unfortunate outcomes if the planning does not get completed properly.

An architect in Handbridge, Chester had designed a Loft conversion with a dormer extension for a family home. There was also a single story extension in the project. Unfortunately, their dream home has caused issues as no one had sought the correct planning consent before the project begun. Due to this, the surrounding neighbors have been extremely unhappy with the design and have lodged complaints. The unfortunate owners of the property in question have now been the subject to comments from the neighbors which the architect describes as ‘Nasty’. Although this seems to be a simple miscommunication between the architect and the home owners it has tainted the dream of the perfect home. Although retrospective planning is now being sought, the home owners will still have to decide if they can overcome the angry neighbors and make a good life in the community.

The Foster And Co Group Always Ensures Your Loft Conversion Is Warm And Cosy!

For Perfectly Professional Loft Conversions, Contact The Foster and Co Group!

 

The Foster and Co Group know how to create the perfect Loft Conversion. In the summer, our Clients discuss the views from windows, the space and the brightness of the room. These are obvious priorities for us as we know they are important to the Client, however as Builders, we know how important it is for you Loft Conversion to be insulated properly so when the winter comes, you are warm and cosy.

Many people may be under the impression that you can complete your Loft Conversion yourself! Foster and Co would never recommend this as there are strict building control regulations that must be adhered too, this of course includes insulation. This is why Foster and Co Lofts are dedicated to creating the perfect room for you. No matter how desperate you are for the additional space, we know you’re your Loft Conversion should still be carried out properly and even more so, to a highly professional standard. The Foster and Co team are extremely knowledgeable on the building standards that must be met when completing a Loft Conversion and will work with architects and structural engineers in order to ensure every aspect of your Loft Conversion is carried out to perfection.

In particular, as these cold months draw in, your Loft Conversion should be comfortable, warm and safe for you to use. The Foster and Co team can advise on the different options available to our clients when opting for a Loft Conversion and make sure that every detail is considered in the design.

If you are interested in added extra space and additional value to your home then don’t wait any longer! The Foster and Co team will be happy to discuss your possible designs and how best to execute them within your property.

Contact our Office now for advice and appointments.

Modern Loft Conversions by Foster and Co Lofts!

 

Dark and Dreary Loft Converions? Never with Foster and Co Lofts!

 

A new phrase has been heard doing the rounds in Home Development…. Move up, not out! Loft Conversions are now the most common Home Development across London with the RICS (Royal Institute of Charter Surveyors) even stating it is the ‘rise of the people’s penthouse’

For such a busy and crowded city such as London, this is the best possible solution to find some extra space. Where a lot of properties may not have the exterior space on the ground level, there is usually unused areas to be found when going up in the attic and roof. This is the reason why Foster and Co Lofts are extremely busy and are converting lofts across North London and Hertfordshire with efficiency, provision and creativity.

Whilst traditional Loft Conversions mainly feature Mansard Roofs and Dormers where the roof simply is extended, a more modern take is to take the standard dormer and create amazing balconies with clever glazing options. Juliet balconies are also a strong feature amongst our many Loft Conversions. By using the dormer to its full capability and utilising the new room’s views, glazing and large openings can really bring an attic room to life. For people concerned that a Loft Conversion may be dark and dreary, think again! Today’s Loft Conversions are bright, airy and usually allow in endless streams of light. This is usually due to clever designs and brilliant use of windows and doors.

For more information about how to utilise every inch of space in your loft then click on the link for a brilliant article!

Foster and Co Lofts are a dynamic company that keep evolving with the changing times. The construction industry moves with the trends and as new designs come in to people’s homes, the ideas begin to spread across the country. Foster and Co will never complete a simple project that doesn’t bring any excitement or inspiration. Our experienced teams love nothing more than working on a truly stunning project where they can really use their skills to make a something special.

If you think Foster and Co lofts are the company for you, then contact us now to find out more!

Do You Know The Planning Laws For Your Loft Conversion?

 

 

Know the Facts For Your Loft Conversion!

The Foster and Co Group are very familiar with the different planning laws for your Loft Conversion. Over the years that our Foster and Co Loft Conversion team has been operating, we have seen many different scenarios that have highlighted how the planning laws for a Loft conversion will affect each project individually.

In theory, you do not need planning permission for your Loft Conversion. A Loft Conversion is usually considered permitted development which means almost anyone has the right to convert the Loft area in their house. This is dependant however on whether you are extending or altering the roof space and specified regulations must still be followed.

Please click our Planning Portal link which allows you to check on the strict rules that apply to converting your loft space.

In reference to these planning laws, you may need some assistance if you are not clear on what your property must adhere too. Each and every Loft Conversion is different and therefore you should always work with a good contractor like the Foster and Co Group or an architect who can advise you on how the regulations will affect your project.

Sometimes, the wording of a planning law can be ambiguous. I have found an article on the Planning resource Website www.planningresource.co.uk. This described a case study in which the client was not entirely sure on how he should interpret the independent planning laws for his own property and in this case was unsuccessful in fighting to convert his Loft with a Dormer. It is exactly because of this article that we urge all our clients and in fact, anyone who is thinking of doing a Loft Conversion, to research their property and get advice from credited Architects and Contractors.

For more information about your Loft Conversion, contact the dedicated Foster and Co Loft Conversion team now!

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