A very popular way of gaining additional bedroom space is to create a room or rooms within an existing loft space. As leading Architectural Consultants in Kent specialising in the design of bespoke loft conversions we offer solutions to maximise the available space. Usually it is possible to avoid full planning permission for loft conversions, however, we would always encourage a lawful development certificate be applied for under planning jurisdiction.
The main criteria for loft conversions is height. Usually an existing height of 2400mm or more, measured from the top of the existing ceiling joists to the underside of the ridge, means that a loft conversion is achievable. The only measurement that must be achieved is a 2000mm clearance for all of the staircase including point of termination. Existing doors serving habitable rooms directly accessed from the hallway will require upgrading and often some existing ceilings will require an additional layer of plasterboard.
The process involves a visit from Anderson North Ltd for assessment of the existing loft space. Once the design and use of the space, including position of the staircase has been agreed Anderson North Ltd will then carry out a full measured survey of the property. Plans are prepared for approval and all necessary applications are made by us to the local council. A qualified structural engineer will be introduced as required and approval under building regulations will shortly follow. The whole process from appointment usually takes 10 weeks to gain full approval with the grant of a lawful development certificate.
Once approval has been forwarded Anderson North Ltd are happy to recommend specialist companies in order to obtain quotations to carry out the works as required.