Monday, March 20, 2017

Bournemouth loft Conversion in a Flat

A Bournemouth loft conversion in a flat is going to involve more red tape than a loft conversion in a house or bungalow where you own the whole building simply because of the other people involved.

Unfortunately there just isn’t a way to magic space into your home without affecting other flats in the building.
The communal nature of flats means your neighbours can’t really fail to notice you’re having work done.
As well as basic politeness keeping other residents informed about any disruption they might experience the Party Wall Act means you need to serve notice to any neighbours sharing common boundaries with you.

Because most flats are leasehold properties you will need permission from the freeholder to carry out any major work.
It’s likely that your lease includes details of what you can and can’t do but until you have a green light from the freeholder (or freeholders if it’s shared) there’s no point applying for planning permission which you will also need for a loft conversion in a flat.

Again due to flats’ communal nature, more consideration has to be given to soundproofing than usual.
Improving the loft’s insulation also reduces the amount of sound pollution from your loft conversion so you can kill two birds with one stone there.

Fire regulations can also be stricter for flats than single occupancy buildings.

I didn’t want to mislead you by saying a loft conversion in a flat will be the easiest thing you’ve ever done - because it WON’T!
It probably won’t be the nightmare I’ve painted either.
Provided you keep everyone in the building informed about what’s going on there are ways around every obstacle and we’re here to help you find them.

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