Can I have a dormer on my loft conversion?

Yes, a dormer conversion is perfectly possible on terraced, semi-detached and detached houses – provided, that is, that it meets fully with planning permission and building regulation guidelines. A dormer adds floorspace to an extension, as well as height. That’s because it extends the existing sloping roof into a ‘box-like’ structure ie it has a horizontal ceiling and a vertical wall (rather than a sloped one). L-shaped dormer conversions are very possible these days. A dormer can be flat-roofed, gable-fronted, come with a hipped-roof or be a shed-dormer (still a vertical roof but not at such a pronounced angle as the main roof).

Can I have a wall at the front of my garage?

If it’s a boundary wall to your property then it must be at least two metres from the garage. If there is a road in front of the boundary wall then the garage conversion shouldn’t be within 3.5 metres of the wall. Neither should the height of the wall be more than four metres. Other planning permission stipulations is that the eaves on the roof of your garage shouldn’t be any taller than 2.5 metres if the conversion is within two metres of the boundary of your property. If the boundary has a road then this distance is extended to 3.5 metres.

Yes same again all depending where you live and what you are doing we can tell you if you will be allowed a wall at the front or not. Usually this is fine but some cases will mean you cant.

Will this add value to my house?

Provided it has been completed by a professional company and has the correct local authority permissions in terms of planning and building regulations then a conversion will almost certainly add value to your existing home. The added space the conversion brings, together with a contemporary feel will prove more attractive to buyers than if you had decided not to go ahead with the work. A typical dormer extension for an additional double bedroom and en-suite costs from £35,000 to £45,000 but it should add 21 per cent to the value of your property according to one London estate agent at Strutt & Parker.

Who does my building regulations?

Here at Sovereign Home Improvements we will carry out the necessary paperwork for your building regulations. We will also liaise with the local authority on your behalf. The Building Control team there will come out and inspect the work to ensure it meets with their guidelines. This includes ensuring the conversion isn’t a fire risk, that it is well insulated and has good sound insulation. Any new walls which have been built must also be able to take the weight of the new or existing roof in the event previous roof supports have been removed. If a wall is shared with a neighbour then you will need a Party Wall Agreement before going ahead with the works. Again, we can help with this.

Do I need planning permission for a Conservatory?

It depends. It you’re planning to convert the loft, garage or basement of your house then there are guidelines it’s necessary to stay within. These include aspects such as the height, width and appearance of your planned conversion. Most loft conversions, for instance, don’t require planning permission unless they dramatically alter the shape of your home or are more than 40 cubic metres big in a terraced house (50 cubic metres for a detached or semi-detached). The extension shouldn’t be higher than your existing roof and neither should it have any balconies or raised platforms. Side extensions should also have windows with obscured glass in order to prevent neighbours seeing directly into your home.

All depending on where you live and the size of the Conservatory you may or may not require planning, give us a call today and we can answer this over the phone for you.