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The Loft Conversion Gallery

Now updated with the latest batch of pictures.

See the house get plastered...


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Jun. 3rd, 2003 05:03 am (UTC)
How difficult was it to get all the necessary planning permission and building regulations paperwork done on this?
Jun. 3rd, 2003 05:14 am (UTC)
The only difficult bit was getting permission for the roof terrace. And that was dealt with by arranging to wall it in glass bricks!

The key is to get an architect who knows the foibles of the local planning authority. For example, our council Wandsworth will only give permission to rear mansards or dormer windows - with no changes to the roofline.
Jun. 3rd, 2003 05:54 am (UTC)
Any advice ...
... on how to find a similar architect for Hounslow (and in particular Feltham/Bedfont if the stuff isn't borough wide?)

I've been giving some thought to various changes to my place and I'd like to have a discussion with an architect about what sort of things are possible and what sort of costs are involved.

Ideally I'd like to put a two storey (plus roof conversion) at the back of the house over where the conservatory is now, and then possibly add on a new conservatory/sunlounge behind that ... however that might be best accomplished by connecting to the garage (and that provides all sorts of concerns about doorways and access to the garden)

The basic floor plan of the current house is at http://www.magician.co.uk/house.htm and the relative positioning of the garage is that it's about 2/3rds of the way down the conservatory and the nearest wall of the garage is about in line with the right hand wall of the utility room, so extending the utility room another six feet would cause the outside corner of that room to meet the outside corner of the garage (blocking the path into the garden). Conservatory is about 3.5m x 3m (short distance across the house)

Outrageous plan 1: two storey extension, about 4.5m x 4m. Downstairs there's a new toilet (about where the utility room is) and the kitchen is opened up into the current dining room (to give a bigger kitchen/diner). The front room is converted into a spare bedroom and the new ground floor extension is the new living room. Upstairs the Bedroom 3 is converted into the recording room (plus library for sound deadening!). Bedroom 1 becomes the spare bedroom+library+recording studio/office. Bedroom 2 is extended to form a larger master bedroom with storage space (and possibly an ensuite shower+wc), and the bathroom is extended to give room for a larger bathtub!
If a roof expansion is possible at the same time (over the extension with some additional dormer expansion from the main roof) then the new flight of stairs may go inbetween the current Bedroom 1 and new Bedroom 2.
Jun. 3rd, 2003 11:55 am (UTC)
Re: Any advice ...
talk to a builder as well as to an architect, for accurate costs and a reality check. At this point, I rather wish we'd gone straight to the loft conversion company without passing go and spending £1500+ on structural engiener drawings that turned out to be useless and could have caused us considerable delay and expense if the building inspector had insisted on new drawings to cover all the changes made from the submitted plans, as he's in his right to do; he could have asked for the foundations to be dug into, to investigate the walls that the steels were being bolted to when the struc eng's plan of pinning metal beams to the top of interior walls turned out not to be feasible. It was a builder who came up with the idea for where to fit in a roof terrace. On the other hand architects are good at visualising space and flow and dynamics, and they know about planning regulations; what very few of them know is how the building work actually works on site and how to specify what will work in a particular building.

To find an architect or builder
1. ask around the neighbourhood for recommendations. Our architect would come out to you.
2. look on www.improveline.com
3. wait for Architect week when you get cheap consultatiosn for charity
4. look on Google for architect search sites like http://www.archsearch.co.uk/lSn6Otj9Kdq=xgVsKFsNRWw/search/searchPrivate.html

Jun. 3rd, 2003 11:34 am (UTC)
well, it took several months and the drawings had to be revised at least once, so not quite as easy as you remember, dear ;-) but not impossible either, and if you own a house and don't plan to have a mansard or dormer and haven't already extended you may not need planning permisison at all. Your friendly local planning officer will be friendly in discussion and right up until the point you want to do something they don't like/your neighbours don't like. Ask your builder/architect if they've worked in your area before - our builders have a good relationship with the building inspection officer and this helps hugely.
Jun. 3rd, 2003 09:29 am (UTC)
Looking good...!
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