Most loft conversions do not need planning permission unless:
Building Regulations are concerned with the finer practical details, to make sure that the work complies with Health & Safety for construction and habitation.
Approval for a loft conversion is required if the space is to be used on a regular basis as a ‘habitable space’.
We would submit the plans to the Building Control Office on your behalf; these can take 5 – 8 weeks to process. Administration fees and site visits by the Building Control Officer vary throughout the UK, with each authority having their own scale of charges. An average budget of around £600 should be allowed.
The local authority will inspect work in progress to ensure regulations are being properly observed.
Estate agents say a fourth bedroom is the single most valuable feature a family house can have and usually converting an attic is, generally, simpler and cheaper than building an extension.
The most importantly, a loft conversion should not look or feel like an ‘add-on’ because if it does it will add little to the value of the house. The staircase is the key to making a conversion look as though it is part of the original house.
Wherever possible the stairway should be a natural continuation of the original staircase so that the transition from ‘old’ to ‘new’ is seamless and within the conversion itself the style should follow that in the rest of the house i.e. skirting boards, architraves, picture rails, ceiling heights etc.