Velux Loft Conversion or Skylight Loft Conversion
Velux Loft Conversions Watford? A Velux loft conversion or skylight loft conversion is one of the simplest and most cost effective loft conversions to build as the roof of the property is not altered in any way and only windows are added. This generally means that planning permission is not required. If you are looking to maximise your space, then this type of loft conversion may not be suitable for you as it is more restrictive than other types.
Velux Loft Conversions Watford
Need more space?
Your loft is probably the largest bit of unused space in your home. It’s also the easiest and least disruptive to convert. More cost effective and less stressful than moving house!
Add Value to your home
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says a loft conversion could increase the value of your home by 25 per cent and costs about one third of moving home.
Is my Loft Suitable for a Velux Loft Conversion?
If your loft at the tallest part measures 210cm from the floor to the roof, there is sufficient head height for a conversion. Ideally at least half the loft space should be at least this tall.
Pros and Cons of a Velux Loft Conversion
- extra room and space
- more affordable option
- no loss of outside space
- won’t obscure or overshadow other properties
- possible even in lofts with limited space
- suitable for all types of properties
- may not make sufficient room for a fully usable space
- not suitable for all properties
Do I need Planning Permission in Watford for a Velux Loft Conversion?
There are, however, limitations of permitted development, and if we are unsure if your proposed conversion passes the permitted development tests, we recommend obtaining a Lawful Development Certificate from your local authority. The LDC is not the same as planning permission, but does provide you with written proof that your loft conversion is lawful should questions be raised at a later date when you come to sell your house.
There are also regulations about how much space can be added inside the house – 40 cubic meters for terrace properties and 50 cubic meters for a semi or detached house.
How about Building Regulations in Watford?
Building Regulations Approval is required on any loft conversion regardless if planning permission is required. Building Regulations ensure that the structure is safe and will cover, amongst other things, structural strength, stability, sound insulation, safety and suitable emergency exits.