Loft Conversion Specialists London – Talking You Through Planning And Regulations
Loft conversion specialists London wide need to know the planning and building regulations inside out. They must be up-to-date with the latest changes; and know how they apply to your potential loft conversion. Where your London roofing and building company are unsure, they should know who to turn to in order to find the answers you and they need to progress with the conversion. Failing to take account of planning rules and building regulations could mean a lot of wasted time and money, and a conversion that needs to be removed, or which cannot be used for the purpose you intended.
Under recent planning changes, few loft conversions require planning permission unless the conversion exceeds certain conditions or limits. These conditions include exceeding the existing roof slope, adding a balcony or veranda, or exceeding 50 cubic metres in a detached or semi-detached house. There are also restrictions on homes in designated areas, including conservation areas. These are all elements that your loft conversion architect London based should be aware of, and should discuss with you during your initial consultation. You also need to be aware of any protected animal species, such as bats, which may be affected by the work of your loft conversion company London.
Even if planning permission is not required for your London loft conversion specialists to go ahead, your conversion still needs to meet current building regulations. These regulations ensure that your conversion is structurally stable and that the floor is strong enough to support the new room and the intended use of the space. Regulations also cover fire safety, including ensuring you can escape in the event of a fire; and that the stairs to the new space are safely designed and fit for purpose. Regulations also cover sound insulation between your existing rooms and the new conversion. The placement of new windows in the loft, particularly where rafters need to be cut or removed, also must meet building regulations to ensure that the stability of the roof is not compromised.
To ensure that your new conversion meets all the current building, planning and fire regulations, we at Bluestone Ltd take time to assess the space you have and talk through your plans with you. Where there is the potential for problems, we can offer advice and alternatives to ensure your conversion can go ahead. We take pride in our customer service, as well as in the expertise and experience of our contractors and the top loft conversions London and beyond that we create. If you have any questions, we can be reached on 01959 462 016. There is also a range of helpful information available on our website at https://www.southlondon-roofing.co.uk.