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How to Create More Space with a Loft Conversion in London where Properties are Expensive
In a family, members learn and adjust to live together and share rooms with each other if the house is small. This continues until we finally grow up and the want for a separate room becomes a need. Such are the times when most families think about shifting to a new house if the old one is short of space. So, you are in need of a new room, aren’t you? Unlike all those people who have already bought and move to a new place, you might not have to go through all the trouble to get the needful.
Loft conversion is your answer. The old empty attic you had been using to store the waste, can be transformed into a functional rooms in the ways you can’t imagine. What further makes this enticing is that planning permissions are not requisite in most cases, especially if you don’t intend to extend the room’s area. If the following conditions are being met, a planning permission is not required.
- A volume allowance of 40 cubic meters additional roof space for terraced houses
- A volume allowance of 50 cubic meters 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
- No verandas, balconies or raised platforms
- Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor
Is this a fair deal?
A momentous factor while analysing the viability of loft conversion over shifting is cost. Is it really cost-effective to reconstruct, at least internally, an entire room on the rooftop than getting yourself a new furnished house with the capacity you’re just looking for? Well, yes! It is. It’s no secret that property value in UK has risen exponentially in the last decade and the average house price currently is around GBP 304,105. In London this is substantially more. On the contrary, the cost of loft conversion including all surplus charges involved doesn’t exceed GBP 20,000 for a fully renovated single-suite and ranges from GBP 35,000 to GBP 60,000 for a double-suite. This conspicuously speaks in the favour of loft conversion as they are more cost effective and doesn’t require you to abandon or sell you long-loved house.
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