Wandsworth Home CinemaTraditional House Exterior, London
In the garden, a pair of outdoor speakers resistant to any weather along with a trampoline embedded into the ground make this a wonderful family and entertaining area.
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Go wideWhen a flat-roofed dormer is enlarged so it forms much – or even the full width – of a house, it’s called a ‘box-dormer’. These really maximise the potential space internally and are certainly the best way, in most instances, to get great upstairs space. Typically, for cost reasons, these will be built with fairly small windows and roof tiles hung on their vertical faces as an exterior wall finish. However, their appearance (and effectiveness) can be greatly enhanced by choosing full-height glazing, as seen here. Light will flood in and you’ll get great views, too.
Rear dormer with full-height glazingThis house demonstrates both a rear extension to the ground floor and one to the rear of the main roof. Both have full-height glazing, allowing maximum light and views for the owners. Note how the rear dormer is slightly set away from the edge of the roof: this is a planning requirement, at least for most London councils, as it helps to distinguish the extension from the main building.
Think beyond the boxThe typical, tile-clad box with a smallish UPVC window (or two), stuck unsympathetically on top of an unsuspecting Victorian terraced house, is not how it has to be. This example provides the occupant with just as much new internal space, but the materials and finesse of the external design lift it above the usual standard.If you’re getting your loft converted, speak to different experts and seek out – and consider investing a little more in – those who offer you a creative, bespoke solution. Be suspicious of mass-replicated designs that may, simply, be the easiest ones to build. After all, converting and/or extending your loft is likely to cost tens of thousands of pounds, so it would seem well worth spending a little to get the best design possible.
Pros and ConsYou don’t necessarily need Planning Permission…A big reason people go for a dormer loft conversion is that you can build under Permitted Development (PD). PD allows you to extend up to 40 cubic metres for a terraced property, and 50 cubic metres for a semi-detached or detached house. Permitted Development doesn’t apply if you live in a flat or a conservation area (you can find out whether you’re in a conservation area on your local council website). Under PD, the dormer must be set in 200mm from the eaves.If you want to go for anything bigger, you’ll need to apply for Planning Permission.