Thinking About a Loft Conversion? Here Are Some Tips

July 4, 2017


With finances tight these days, moving house can be beyond people’s budget. Which is why it makes sense to consider extending your present home.

The loft space in your house can, with a bit of imagination and planning, be made into a thing of beauty – adding value and character to your home.

These pictures may give you some ideas.



What about planning regulations? In the UK, a loft conversion is considered a permitted development, with certain conditions:

  • A volume allowance of 40 cubic metres additional roof space for terraced houses
  • A volume allowance of 50 cubic metres additional roof space for detached and semi-detached houses
  • No extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway
  • No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof
  • Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house
  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms
  • Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor
  • Roof extensions not to be permitted development in designated areas
  • Roof extensions, apart from hip to gable ones, to be set back, as far as practicable, at least 20cm from the original eaves.

You can find out more by visiting this link: Planning Portal – Loft Conversion

Here is a handy link for practical considerations: How to go about planning a loft conversion. Needless to say, TBS will be happy to advise you at every stage from planning to execution – just give us a call!


One comment

  1. A great post, lots of people don’t make the most of their loft space because it can be difficult to find furniture to make the most of the space. I have put some custom made shelving into my loft conversion to utilise the space I have. It really is a lovely and cosy space, it’s surprising how much I can fit in there.

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