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Loft Conversion London Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Does a loft conversion require Planning Permission?
A. If you are simply changing the space from a place where you store things to a living area, you will not need planning permission although you can expect to need to install a new floor and upgrade other elements in your loft such as electrical sockets and possibly plumbing. If you decide you want windows, or will be altering the structure of the building with a dormer extension or hip-to-gable, then you will need to secure planning permission. It is also important to make sure the work in compliant with your local building regulations.
Q. How Long Is Will It Take to Obtain Planning Permission?
A. Depending on your locality and the type of conversion you want, it usually takes about 6 to 8 weeks.
Q. Will I Need a Lawful Development Certificate?
A. A Lawful Development Certificate, often referred to as the LDC, is not legally required, but in the event you wish to sell the property it can be beneficial. An LDC certificate states that all construction work carried out on the property was carried out in accordance with local building laws and complies with all relevant building regulations.
Q. Can I Use My Retractable Steps to Reach the Loft?
A. Unfortunately not. Once the loft has been converted to living space, you will need a solid staircase in place. However, it is possible to construct a narrow staircase that requires little space.
Q. Will I Need To Replace the Fuse Box?
A. This will depend if your existing box is in accordance with the new electrical regulations. If the box isn’t up to standard it will need replacing. But if your box complies and can cope with the extra load put on it for additional heating etc, there won’t be a need to replace it.
Q. How Long Does a Loft Conversion Take?
A. It depends on the type of conversion you choose. If the work required is simply to convert the existing space, it takes a matter of a week or two, depending on how many men are on the job. However, a full extension that requires rewiring and healing installation will take around 6 to 12 weeks.
Q. How Do I Go about Choosing a Firm For a Loft Conversion?
A. First off, make sure the firm is registered with the Federation of Master Builders and any architects they use are associated with the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Make sure the company has insurance to cover any loft conversions in London issues that may arise, and try to get genuine customer feedback. Asking neighbors who have had a loft conversion done for recommendations is another option to be considered.