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FAQ's - Frequently asked questions

Q. How long will my loft conversion take?
A. Loft conversions typically take 6 weeks, however a lot depends on the size and design of your loft conversion. We will give you and indication of times during our free consultation.

Q. How much do loft conversions cost?
A. Our loft conversions start from 12,000, however again a lot depends on the size, design, fixtures & fittings of your loft conversion.

Q. Will I need planning permission?
A. Generally no. But please see our planning permission guide for more information.

Q. How long does planning permission take?
A. This varies from council to council but, generally, you should get a decision within 8 weeks.

Q. What about the water tanks in the loft?
A. Our plumbers will move any water tanks and pipe work necessary. It may be necessary to install new ones.

Q. Who will liase with the government or planning bodies?
A. We will do all that on your behalf, its included in your quote.

Q. What guarantee will I receive on my loft conversion?
A. All our conversions carry a 5 year guarantee for labour and materials.

Q. Can I see some completed conversions?
A. Yes. We can make arrangements for you to view our work, and speak to some of our customers.

Q. What do I need to do next?
A. Call us on 0208 688 4756 for a no-obligation Free advice and quotation, where we will perform a feasibility study to determine the most efficient way of carrying out your loft conversion.

Planning permission

“I have over 21 years experience in loft conversions and because of my unique knowledge of living and working here I am very familiar with the types of buildings, and the planning regulations.

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 allows certain works to be carried out with out Planning Permission. Although! These laws are for single dwellings only. Properties subsequently converted into flats, do not have ANY Permitted Development rights. You will therefore need to apply for Planning Permission if you want to build a loft conversion or loft extension or any other building extension.

With a terraced single dwelling house, you can add up to 50 cubic metres of extensions in total. Your loft extension, however, must not exceed 40 cubic metres. Loft extensions over 40 cubic metres will normally require Planning Permission.

If you have a semi-detached or free standing single dwelling house, you can add up to 70 cubic metres of extensions in total. Again there is a condition that your loft extension must not exceed 50 cubic metres.

These allowances are for rear facing loft extensions only not exceeding the existing roof ridge height.

If you are proposing to build a loft extension to the front of your house, you will require Planning Permission (single dwelling or not) and it is difficult to get permission for such a proposals. As the General Permitted Development Order does not take privacy or overlooking into account, bear in mind the impact your proposed loft conversion or loft extension will have upon your neighbours.

Limiting the impact by using frosted glass. May alleviate privacy and overlooking concerns expressed by neighbours. Another important consideration is soundproofing, for the sake of the occupants of your house and neighbouring properties.

Design is also important. An ugly loft extensions will do no favours for property values, including your own. Ensuring your loft extension is sympathetic to your house and in keeping with the neighbourhood. Do not settle for just any old proposal from a loft conversion company.

Finally, listed Buildings or buildings located within a Conservation Area, will need Planning Permission for loft extensions regardless of whether its a single dwelling house or a flat conversion.

I hope this advice is useful to you.
Jarrod.”

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