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Velux Loft Conversions

Loft conversions are the new black…they are everywhere! This is partly due to the fact that while house prices have shot up, families have not stopped growing and people continue need more space.

Families are ever-changing; whether that’s because of new additions or because of teenagers growing up and needing different spaces, or because of shifting lifestyles.

Loft conversions are the simplest and most cost effective way to ensure that your family have enough space in which to grow; far more affordable than traditional ground-level extensions, loft conversions have the added advantage of the fact that they don’t take away any of your outdoor space.

As long as your loft is equipped with ample head-height and the fabric of your home is suitable to support another room, then you could soon be enjoying the freedom of a third bedroom, an office space or even a hobby room.

Velux windows are an ideal way to add light to a dark and dingy loft space and to free up that unused space as well as to add value to your property.

Planning permission

You may need planning permission if your home is in a conservation area or indeed, if it is a listed property itself – however most, ordinary houses are often exempt from this because the installation of Velux windows does not constitute a structural change – it won’t affect the appearance of the building in a significant way. You should be able to install a Velux conversion as a Permitted Development, meaning that you won’t need to go through the planning process.

If you’re in doubt, contact your local council’s planning department to enquire about legislation before you begin.

In the meantime, check out the range of Velux windows and accessories at Lawsons