Do You Need Planning Permission for a Bungalow Loft Conversion?
Most loft conversions come under Permitted Development as long as some key conditions are met, meaning that planning permission is not necessary. If your design does not come under PD, then you will need to apply for planning permission. You’ll also need to get planning permission if your bungalow is located in a Conservation Area or National Park. There are some restrictions to be aware of for Permitted Development loft conversions, including the total volume that is allowed for dormer windows or hip-to-gable conversions. Other rules include:
- You cannot raise the roof’s height
- You cannot construct dormers or anything projecting out from the roof at the front of the home
- Any new side-facing windows should be obscure-glazed and have an opening casement located at least 1700mm above the floor
- No raised platforms or balconies
You should use materials that are similar in appearance to the existing property
How Much Value Could a Loft Conversion Add to a Bungalow Property?
How much value your loft conversion could add to your bungalow will depend on a number of factors including the size, type, and quality of the loft conversion, along with what the space can be used for. A study by Nationwide of homes in the UK found that adding a loft conversion featuring an additional bedroom and en-suite bathroom could increase the value of a property by 21%. If your bungalow is in London, a loft conversion with an extra bathroom and bedroom could increase the value of your property by almost a quarter, making it worth investing in if you are planning to sell your home for a profit in the future.
Bungalows might be known for only having one floor, but there is no reason why you can’t change that with a loft conversion. Along with adding extra space to your property, a loft conversion can increase the value of your bungalow.