Presidio Heights ResidenceTransitional Kids, San Francisco
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Plan ahead for planningDespite what you might have heard, if you are going to extend your roof you will need Planning Permission. However, there is a mechanism that will give the vast majority of houses automatic permission for a loft extension within certain limits – this is called ‘Permitted Development’.Permitted Development allows roof extensions without the need for a planning application as long as (broadly*) they are not on the front pitch of your roof, do not exceed the highest point of your roof and stay within certain volume limits. However, the section on extending roofs does not apply in conservation areas and flats have no Permitted Development rights at all. *The various rules can get quite complex and then there is supplementary guidance on interpretation of the rules and case law where interpretation has been tested. Accordingly, it is really important to get some informed professional advice to make sure that your plans stay within the various limitations.Our story ‘Do You Really Need Planning Permission For That?‘ provides a brilliant crash course in Permitted Development.
Doubling up works wellWhen the ridge of a pitched roof runs from the front to the back of a house, it can often be possible to build a pair of box dormers opposite each other on the roof slopes, resulting in a much more usable space. This creates the opportunity to bring in daylight from all sides, as well as some interesting symmetrical geometry.What’s your experience of dormer extensions – and which of these examples do you like the best? Share your thoughts in the Comments below.
Try pint-size furnitureChildren’s play tables, chairs and shelving can be tucked into tight spaces where full-size furniture would never work. Finish off a loft playroom with a daybed beneath the window, where grown-ups can hang out while the little ones play. Hanging a chair from the centre beam is a fun touch that also makes the most of the highest point in the room, drawing the eye up.Get expert advice on making the most of your loft conversionTELL US…Do you have a loft space? What have you done to make the most of it? Share your tips and photos in the Comments below.
Think multipurposeThis room has everything a small child could need. A table and comfy stools take care of any craft projects, a play area has easy-to-access toy storage, and a swing chair is perfect for reading time. There’s even a day bed for afternoon naps – perfect for child and parent alike!Make sure a room like this is easy to tidy – the line of baskets here would make short work of a child’s jumble. Choose a rug over carpet so any spills aren’t disasters.
Investigate whether you need Planning Permission‘Not all properties require Planning Permission: most houses have permitted development rights of 40 or 50 cubic metres, depending on the type of house, which will allow a conversion without full Planning Permission,’ explains Graham Chappell from nuspace London. ‘However, permission is required for all flats, and for houses in conservation areas.’‘The rule of thumb is that if you are adjusting the roof line externally – either taking it higher or having a front-facing dormer added – you will probably need Planning Permission,’ says Keith Merryweather from Project4. ‘Anything on the rear of the property does not typically require permission, providing it does not go above the roof line.’
Appeal to all agesThis might be a kid’s bedroom area, but this loft conversion is so stylish, no adult would object to spending time up here, too. Clever storage helps the space feel roomy, while the suspended macrame hanging pod is pure Seventies chic.Browse kids' rooms with grown-up appeal