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When it comes to loft conversions, London is an area where this is much in demand; property in the city is at a premium and homeowners are wise to make use of every available bit of space.
Planning regulations in London have been simplified twice in the last few years, meaning that many loft conversions no longer need planning permission, although they must still comply with building regulations in the area. The new Permitted Development Regulations allow for most loft spaces to be converted without too many problems.
A loft space is the ideal area for an office or study away from the rest of the house, or for an extra bedroom or bathroom, or both; to add value to the home while making living arrangements more comfortable. There are different types of conversions to choose from, depending upon the individual property, total space available, roof height, local area building regulations, individual requirements and budgets, and also whether the property is in a conservation area.
Some spaces may only require a small window fitted flush with the existing roof line or exterior wall, while others will necessitate the addition of a dormer to provide extra space. Dormer conversions can be flat roof, gable front, hip roof, or shed dormers; again depending upon the property, existing space, and extra space required.
Property with a hip roof; that is to say the sides of the roof are slanted like the front and back; may require what is known as a hip to gable conversion, whereby the sides of the loft are extended to a flat wall or gable end. This style may require planning permission, depending upon the area in which the property is located.
Some loft conversions require a complete reshaping of the roof, like the Mansard loft conversions; named after their inventor Francois Mansard, a French architect in the 17th century. Because of the necessary alterations to the existing building, this type of conversion may also require planning permissions.
Many homeowners are opting for a loft extension with French doors leading to a roof terrace, but this undertaking generally requires planning permission, which may not be given in many areas of London. In this situation the areas most likely to grant planning permission are Fulham, Hammersmith, and Wandsworth.
Whatever your loft conversion London requirements, you should find something to suit your needs and budget without causing too much inconvenience, but making maximum use of your available space to make living conditions more comfortable.