Recent years have seen the traditional methods of finding more space in homes changing swiftly. Initiating extensions of buildings was on the agenda for people in past years. However, this is changing, and families are opting for loft conversions in more recent times. Societies are more interested in building extensions at the building tops rather than the backs and sides of buildings. Conversions of lofts have taken over the liking of people, and this is right too. This is especially true in the City of London, where space constraints are troubling many families.
The reason behind the change
One of the primary reasons why the conversion of lofts is getting priority is that this activity is done to obtain more space in homes. This leads to saving the space in the garden that might have been used if extensions of the building would have been considered. Loft conversions are also carried out without disrupting the existing structure of the house. The families also save considerable amount of money with this activity, as the space already exists in your home, and you are just converting the unused space into a usable one. This also negates any kind of construction activity that might have been needed for extending the existing property.
Initially, developers of properties had their entire focus concentrated on using cheap coverings for roofs, rather than the provision of loft spaces. The heavy rise in the price of properties has prompted the residents to opt for lofts rather than extension of existing properties. The presence of lofts in homes provides the residents with the option of having additional rooms in the space of the loft, rather than purchasing large properties that need quite a bit of money.
Studies have proved that lofts occupy almost 30 percent of the entire area of the house or floor area. Usually, these spaces are used as storage spaces or chimney stacks. However, close analysis will let you understand that these spaces can actually be used as study rooms, rooms for kids, small bedrooms or even a bathroom, rather than wasting it for storing rubbish.
Permission for loft planning
Loft conversions necessitate that you obtain all the necessary permissions for doing so from planning authorities or local building authorities. It is also important to note that the location you stay in is also a deciding factor for viewing your application for planning the loft. There are certain conditions wherein you will need permissions. If the residence is in conservation regions, the permissions are necessary from local authorities. Mostly the authorities insist that instead of the roof lights, you fit dormers. Permission is needed if the conversions are made to the shape of the original roof in the front sides of your building or the sides. This is also inclusive of the dormer windows added to the properties. You need permission if extensions have been previously done on the properties.
Overall, loft conversions are beneficial for you as far as room extensions are concerned if you have the required permissions from the concerned authorities.