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Adding space with a loft conversion
According to a spokesman, “Getting into gardening at 41 may seem late, but with adults not getting on the property ladder, or living in flats until their late thirties, it’s becoming the norm.”
The study found that 23% of people taking part had never mown a lawn – or even raked up any leaves.
As for identifying a fuschia, that was beyond 50% of participants, while 40% would “struggle to spot a pansy” and over half said they wouldn’t know a geranium if they saw one.
And as for trimming hedges or potting plants, well, let’s just say those are skills many, many people still have to learn.
For those lucky enough to have acquired a garden before the age of 41, it seems family and friends volunteer (or get roped in) to keep itA loft conversion is a great way of adding space and most roof spaces can be converted to benefit from this type of cost effective extension. New rooms within the roof can benefit from sunlight for much of the day, make the most of any views, and can have tremendous character.
A conversion can be suitable for almost any residential use, providing you comply with Planning and Building Regulations.
In many cases planning permission is not required, but since the Hungerford district is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) the Local Authority will always require a full set of planning drawings and a planning application (current fee £206.00).
Regardless of whether you require planning approval or not, building regulation approval from Building Control is required, to ensure design and construction standards are achieved. For Building Control applications, you will need a set of building regulation drawings and structural calculations. Local Authority Building Control fees are based on the size and value of the works.
Installing roof lights are the cheapest option when converting your loft. The insertion of dormers is a more expensive option but will give you extra headroom and additional usable floor space.
Employing an Architectural Design Practice with experience dealing with your local planning authority is important, together with sourcing the best local trades-people.
Orange Key Design Studios, a local friendly design practice, offer a free design consultation if you are considering a loft conversion. They provide a full planning and building regulation service and can be contacted on 01488 682918.
Orange Key Limited, 4 The Cuttings, High Street, Hungerford, Berks RG17 0LU www.orangekeyltd.co.uk