Loft Conversions


Changes to the planning laws in October last year now mean many Loft conversions will be allowed without the need for planning consent. The rules will remove as many as 80,000 house-holders a year from the planning system. About a quarter of all home development projects that currently require planning permission will be able to go ahead without formal authorisation from councils.

Loft Conversions Penarth

This loft conversion is a good example of a mid-terrace loft conversion in Penarth Corners well Road. The project was completed in June 2006 with the loft conversion planning taking three months to achieve and a construction period of four weeks.

With the property being a large dormer planning restrictions were imposed upon the loft conversion size by Vale Council. This amounted to a three quarter width dormer with the rear elevation set slightly off the rear of the property but given the buildings relatively large dimensions this still equated to a new double bedroom with ensuite and a generously sized study.

Our in house architects undertook the loft conversion design and the property owners are very pleased with the new living space we have helped to create. The ensuite is positioned under the roadside slope which we will often try to achieve as doing so allows a larger bedroom whilst making good use of what can sometimes be an otherwise awkward space to use.

The main feature of this Penarth loft conversion is without a doubt the open tread staircase. The treads are solid pine and the balustrade is plasterboard constructed with an oak capping with a cleverly designed negative detailing. There is landing halfway up which also incorporates a glass floor. Features such as this obviously come at a slight premium but can really define a loft conversion in Penarth.