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THE MOST DREADED QUESTION WE RECEIVE
"JOHN I WOULD LIKE A LOFT CONVERSION WITH A FULL-WIDTH DORMER TO INCORPORATE A LARGE BEDROOM AND AN EN-SUITE, WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO HAVE A DOUBLE-STOREY SIDE EXTENSION TO ACHIEVE TWO BEDROOMS ON THE FIRST FLOOR. WE WOULD LIKE TO START IN 2 MONTHS TIME WITH ALL THE WORKS AND BUILD ALL AT THE SAME TIME CAN YOU HELP US?"
SIMPLE? NO NOT AT ALL - WE SPEND USUALLY 50 MINUTES ON THE PHONE EXPLAINING TO CLIENTS IN NEED OF THIS DESIGN SO WE HAVE MADE THIS
We will try to explain to you to in simple terms why we cannot just design a loft and double storey together. The council do not make this easy for us too as you can get designs approved under different applications and the same design refused by making another application.
LETS START WITH THE LOFT CONVERSION HIP TO GABLE DESIGN EXPLANATION
To get a hip to gable loft conversion with a full width rear dormer passed by the planners you will need to apply for a certificate of lawfulness. The planners will pass this design based on volumes, 40sqm3 for a terraced and 50sqm3 for a semi detached or a detached property. You will need to build the loft conversion and then apply for the double storey side extension and apply for planning permission. A house holders application for the double storey side will then be issued to the council based on your loft and gable wall profile built as completed meaning EXISTING. A site visit for the proposed double storey side extension will take place and it will be the judge of the planners to agree on the proposed development.
Build loft first