Well, three years after we started planning our rear extension, we are now thinking about a loft conversion.
The idea is simply to create a master bedroom with en suite, walk-in wardrobe and small office room in the loft space. We will make the current master bedroom smaller to accommodate the stairs and extend the landing area and the other three rooms downstairs will remain the same. End result, five bedrooms plus an office that can be used as a single room.
I have read through the building / planning rules for loft conversions and spoken to the local council, and have made a permitted development (PD) plan. You can see it below (published via Google Drawing).
Now I just need to find an architect to do the structural / engineering drawings, get it through building control approval, and then contract a builder – I have two builders in mind, both have come recommended and neither are related to the last bunch I used!
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I used HomeStyler.com to help with the layout, using the house plans that my architect drew up for the previous extension.
Currently, we are planning to have a rear dormer across the back that will provide the main bedroom space and house the ensuite.
The stairs will run above the current stair case but start closer to the front wall to provide more space at the top of the stairs for the bedroom. We really want a super-king size bed, which is both longer and wider than a standard bed.
There will be windows in each of the existing birck gables for light, plus two windows in the dormer, one providing light and ventilation to the en suite and another light to the bedroom. The office room, which faces the front, will just have a large Velux window.
We might put Velux on the left side for additional light, but permitted development rules will mean that these must be over 1.7m off the floor level and frosted – they will purely be fore additional light, not to create a nice view of my neighbour’s roof.
We might not bother with the walk in wardrobe and just have one long room, but not sure. It will bring more light into the space but risks turning the area into a mess of wardrobes that don’t fit or spending thousands extra on custom-made wardrobes. A stud wall and some hanging rails will be cheaper and sound flashier. 🙂