GARAGE CONVERSION AUDIT
STRUCTURAL LOFT CONVERSION AUDIT
PRE-PURCHASE FEASABILITY CONSULTATION
STEEL WORK CONNECTIONS
INTERIOR MINOR ALTERATIONS
CDM & ASSOCIATED REPORTS
HEALTH & SAFETY REPORTS
3D MODELLING (from)
SOIL INVESTIGATION REPORTS
AIR PRESSURE TESTING
BUILDING CONTROL APPLICATIONS
AIR TIGHTNESS TESTING
SOUND INSULATION TESTING
PART F VENTILATION TESTING
RENEWABLE ENERGY ADVICE & INSTALL
THERMOGRAPHIC SURVEYS & TESTING
CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES
PART G WATER CALCS
DOMESTIC EPC’S FOR LANDLORDS & HOMEOWNERS
Our team at STAAC has quite experience working with properties in conservation areas, successfully achieving a modern look while preserving the area's heritage. We understand the importance of adhering to regulations and ensuring that your project complies with the law. Let's explore some of the rules of renovating a conservation area.
Conservation areas are designated by local authorities to protect and preserve the special architectural and historic interest of a place. These areas aim to maintain the unique character that sets them apart. When you live in a conservation area, any changes to your property will be subject to stricter regulations compared to properties in non-conservation areas.
When it comes to changing your windows, there are a few key considerations, including planning permissions:
Choosing the right window material is crucial. In conservation areas, using uPVC windows in front of your house is usually discouraged. However, it's possible to install uPVC windows with the proper planning permissions and the expertise of a specialist who can design them to meet the Local Authorities' requirements. STAAC specializes in creating efficient and sustainable uPVC windows that comply with these regulations while maintaining the charm of your property.
The design of your new windows should match the character of the conservation area. You might need to choose a style that goes well with the surrounding buildings.
You can use double glazing, but it shouldn't change the way your house looks. Slimline double glazing that looks like single glazing may be necessary.
Adding dormers to your loft can be a great way to create more space and light, but it also involves planning permissions and expert guidance:
Your dormer's design should fit in with the look of your property and the conservation area. It shouldn't be too big or overshadow neighboring houses. STAAC can help design dormers that meet Local Authorities'requirements while enhancing your property.
Just like with windows, use timber for your dormers, and make sure they match the area's style.
The pitch of your dormer's roof should match the angle of your existing roof.
Dealing with all the rules and standards in a conservation area renovation can be tricky. That's where STAAC comes in. We have a team of experts, including architects and engineers, who specialize in working within these special areas. We know how to keep the area's history alive while giving your property a modern update.
With our Design and Build approach, we make sure your project follows all the rules. Whether you're changing your windows, adding dormers, or doing any other kind of renovation, we'll help you create a project that blends seamlessly with the conservation area's character.
To conclude, renovating a property in a conservation area might seem challenging, but it's all about following the rules and standards while considering planning permissions. When you're thinking about changing your windows or adding dormers, make sure you choose the right materials and designs that respect the area's history.
STAAC is here to assist you with our team of experienced architects and engineers. We'll ensure your project meets all the requirements, including planning permissions, while achieving the modern look you desire.
Get in touch with us today to start your conservation area renovation journey.