Georgian townhouses can be some of the most sought-after properties in London. Their classic style is still popular with homeowners as shown by the many mock-Georgian style developments across the country. Characterised by classical architectural features, Georgian homes were built for a different time, while some are spacious – even palatial – the more modest townhouses could sometimes be described as a little poky.

As the centuries go past, the needs of families change, in the 18th– century, boomerang children were unlikely to be a problem, nor did they have to contend with ever-shrinking houses and an unpredictable housing market that can change at record speed!

Whatever your reasons for needing more space, sometimes adding a loft conversion can make more sense than moving. The space you gain with a loft conversion can be used in several ways; you can add bedrooms, bathrooms, an office or even your own private yoga studio. How you use the space is up to you and our designers can help you make the most of the space you have.

If you are thinking of undertaking a loft conversion for a Georgian property here is what you need to keep in mind:

Conservation areas and listed properties

Georgian properties can throw up unique challenges. Many Georgian properties in London are listed, which means you may have to apply for planning permission. Even if the property is not listed, it could be in a conservation area, which will also mean planning permission will need to be sought. You may also be restricted by the type and style of loft conversion you can have.

Roof space

Many Georgian houses have low roof spaces, so a loft conversion may prove difficult. However, in some cases, there might be a way of getting the necessary headspace. All loft conversions need to have clear headroom of 2.0-2.1m at the highest point. 

Planning permission

As mentioned above you may need to apply for planning permission if your Georgian property is listed or in a conservation area. However, you may also need to apply for planning if you have already exceeded your house’s permitted development. What is permitted can differ from council to council and is dictated by the type of property you have. Our expert in-house team will help guide you through the planning permission process.

If you are thinking of extending your Georgian property with a loft conversion but are not sure if your property is suitable then contact us for a free site survey.

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