Loft conversions are one of the most popular home improvements carried out in the U.K.
If you are looking to increase living space in your property with a loft conversion, our experienced building team can offer a high-quality and bespoke service, from planning through to building.
Our attention to detail and careful planning mean that access to your new loft conversion in Bath can be constructed to optimise space. Staircases can be a feature in their own right. Additional spaces such as en-suite bathrooms can be installed by BPM Maintenance builders and plumbers as part of your loft extension or building works and all plastering work and finishing will be completed by our highly skilled and experienced team.
We take safety very seriously. All of our engineers have been assessed by Safe Contractor & found to have excellent & safe work practices by health & safety inspectors.
Government regulations on loft conversions state that planning permission is only required if the roof space is not significantly extended or altered. The full details can be found in this animated mini guide.
As with all BPM Maintenance project work, you would have one point of contact for all aspects of the work. For a loft conversion in Bath as a one-off improvement to your property, or as part of a wider renovation project, please call BPM Maintenance on 01225 462598.
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Loft conversions are becoming an enticing project for home owners throughout the U.K. With issues such as over population, rising house prices and a tumultuous housing market, maximising on existing space within a property has never been so vital.
Adding an extra, functional space to a house can greatly increase its selling value, as well as expanding a property’s buying potential with extra bedrooms. Rising house prices are also putting home-owners off up-scaling and moving to bigger properties, rapidly making loft conversions one of the most popular forms of home improvement in the U.K.
Loft conversions come with many green benefits and are considered an efficient way of recycling and reusing an existing space. Converting a loft is a great opportunity to tackle heat loss and those rising bills through double glazing and attic or roof insulation. Also, using eco-friendly materials during construction could reduce a home-owner's carbon footprint and even make the work eligible for funding for energy grants through green building companies.
However, the main appeal of a conversion is the fact that you do not normally have to apply for planning permission, as it is considered to be a permitted development. The extension is a conversion of a space; therefore issues surrounding land or privacy infringement do not apply as it would with an extension. However, you will need to inform your local authority to gain building control approval, but often this is not necessary in certain local authorities or with certain builds.
Planning permission is only required if:
Suitability for conversion will also depend on features such as: head height, pitch angle, structural strength and type of roof structure. Other factors that could potentially hinder installation could be the location of the chimney stack or water tank, suitability for building a dormer and suitability for breaking through a new staircase. In most cases, the majority of households are safe, but in some modern builds, structure of building may slow down the conversion process.
Most loft conversion companies require the minimum height required to comply with current planning requirements is 2.3m high, however you should be able to stand in your attic to ensure the space you wish to convert is functional. Some companies give a limit of 40 cubic metres of additional roof space for terraced houses, and a volume allowance of 50 cubic metres additional roof space for detached and semi-detached houses.
It is advisable to get a quote from a reputable construction company who will keep you in the loop throughout the planning and project management stages, all the way through to completion. Try to work with companies that specialise in loft conversions and have experience in working with a range of property types and can advise you accordingly.
Although they require some thought and planning, loft conversions can be a much-needed lift up the property ladder and a way to add value and space to your house, on your own terms.