Master bedroom loft conversion
lofts are ripe for conversion and they often make the perfect space for a master bedroom. Most loft conversions are considered to be a permitted development. This means that you don’t need to obtain planning permission. As per The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government this is subject to the following limits and 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
- The roof enlargement cannot overhang the outer face of the wall of the original house.
Designing your master(piece) bedroom
First off, select an architect or design and build company who know the regulations and have experience in designing loft conversions in your area. This way you won’t unknowingly breach any regulations. Explain to your chosen team what you envisage. Do you want just a bedroom, a bedroom with an ensuite – open-planned or separate? Is built in storage important? What about natural light?
There are a few different ways that the loft can be converted. A rooflight conversion does not increase the current loft space. The only addition being rooflights, or perhaps windows in the gable walls. If a minimal increase in space is all that is required, then a Dormer conversion could be for you. This is by far the most popular conversion.
Hip to Gable conversions are where the hipped (sloping) side of the roof is removed and a new vertical wall (gable) is built. This is possible on end of terrace houses, semi-detached and detached houses.
At the other end of the spectrum, is a mansard conversion. This involves replacing the roof with a box-like structure to dramatically increase the space. This type of conversion generally requires planning permission. As does a new addition with an extended loft space over the top of it. Your budget, needs and time frame will help shape which conversion will work best for you.
The building stage of your loft conversion
Depending on what type of conversion you’ve opted for, you may not even be affected by the building work. For instance, most of the work of a Dormer conversion can be undertaken without any impact to the rest of the house. 2018 could be the year you make use of that cluttered space at the top of your house.