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Leeds Loft Conversion – Value for Money

by Admin on April 23, 2013

Value for money
Loft conversions are a significant investment and can cost from £20,000, but research shows that in the majority of cases they do add more value to the property than the initial outlay.

Building the shell of a loft conversion can take anything from four weeks to a few months to complete. If you’re worried about the weather, try to get the work done in the summer.

Ensure you have alternative space for items currently stored in your loft. It’s easy to underestimate how much junk you’ve accumulated over the years because it’s conveniently tucked away in the loft.

Call in the professionals
A project of this size needs reliable contractors, so seek out building firms who specialise in loft conversions and get at least three separate quotes.

Many people have difficulty in visualising what the end product will look like so view previous examples of a builder’s work. Ask the householder if the builder was reliable and what they would have done differently.

When you have decided which builder you prefer, go through their quote carefully. Ensure you know exactly what you will get for your money.

Planning permission
In England (Wales may differ) a loft conversion in a house that is not on designated land is considered to be a permitted development. That is, provided the conversion meets certain standards, you will not need planning permission – though of course you will still have to meet building regulations (see below). If you live in a flat or maisonette, the rules are slightly different, so you should consult your Local Planning Authority (LPA).

Designated land includes areas of outstanding natural beauty, national parks, conservation areas and world heritage sites. If your building is listed, then you also need to talk to your LPA.

Your conversion is also a permitted development if:

  • It is no bigger than 40 cubic metres for a terraced house, or 50 for a detached or semi-detached house. (Any additions by previous owners are included in these figures, too.)
  • There is no extension beyond the slope of the roof (i.e a dormer window) on the principle elevation fronting the road.
  • Materials used are similar in appearance to the existing ones.
  • No part of the extension is higher than the highest point of the existing roof.
  • There are no verandas, balconies or raised platforms.
  • Any side windows are obscure-glazed, and any opening parts are more than 1.7m from floor level.
  • Roof extensions (apart from those going from hip to gable) are set back 20cm along the slope of the roof from the roof edge.
  • No protected species, such as bats, are affected.

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