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November 22nd, 2011

Do i need permision from mole valley for a loft conversion?

Assuming Mole Valley is your district council, you will need to make an application to Building Control to have your plans approved and I would strongly suggest that you apply for a Certificate Of Lawful Development from the Planning Department should your proposed works not require full planning application and be within your permitted development…

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November 7th, 2011

I have a chimney stack in the loft, does this matter?

Having a chimney stack in the loft is very common in most properties built before 1960 and this will cause no problem or additional expense while converting the loft.  If the chimney stack is not in use and no longer required it is often advisable to remove the chimney to avoid unnecessary maintenance at a…

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October 26th, 2011

What building regulations apply to a loft conversion?

Practice guidance showing how to comply with the Building Regulations is contained in ‘approved documents’ issued by the Government. As far as your build is concerned, these are a bible and legally enforceable.  The full documents can be accessed on the Government website. Approved Documents. A – Structure. B – Fire Safety. C – Site preparation…

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October 18th, 2011

We have bats in our loft, how will this affect our loft conversion plans?

If you have bats currently nesting within your loft space you will need to obatin a licence in order to carry out the loft conversion. Although this will incur an additonal cost it does not mean that the loft conversion will not go ahead and will almost dictate the time of year that the work…

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October 14th, 2011

Will a loft conversion add value to my house?

A loft conversion that has full building regulations and planning approval will add value to your property. The increase of value can be between £20,000 and £100,000 and is dependent on the number of factors such as area, type of property, size of conversion, size of property prior to the conversion and the current property…

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August 31st, 2011

Will there be any storage space left in the loft after the conversion has been completed?

There is normally some of the existing loft space that remains unconverted that can be used as storage, however the area and volume is dependent on the size of the property and the size of the loft conversion.

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August 22nd, 2011

I have large water tanks in my loft, what would happen to them?

Often the water tanks in the loft are no longer required as the existing boiler has been replaced with a combination boiler at some stage, if this is the case the tanks will be disposed of during the building works. If the water tanks are still in use they will be re-sited into the loft…

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August 16th, 2011

What would happen if planning is refused?

Charles Grosvenor Ltd always ascertian if a property is in a conservation area or is a listed building as the proposed loft conversion will have to be designed with these constraints in mind, this procedure will reduce the chance of the loft conversion being refused planning permission. Should a design be refused planning permission, within…

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July 28th, 2011

How much does a loft conversion cost?

The cost of a loft conversion varies greatly from project to project depending on size, design and specification. We offer a free feesability survey and fixed price quotation to avoid any unforeseen additional expenses that could be incured. Please see the ‘Contact’ page on this website if you require a free survey.

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July 18th, 2011

How long will the conversion take?

Most loft conversions to terraced and semi-detached properties can be fully completed to a finish ready for decorating within 6 weeks. Please see the ‘The Build’ page on this website for further information.

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