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Your Questions About 3 Bedroom House Plans With Loft

June 17, 2012

Richard asks…

Help with house plans?

Hi so this is what we want :

Like a ViceRoy style of home (the property is on the lake)
2000-2750 Square Feet
3 Bedrooms
2-3 bathrooms
2 floors (at least, but no basement)
And also there has to be the Master Bedroom on the main floor and on the upper floor a loft either in between the 2 bedrooms or somewhere else so we can use it kind of like a play room or rec room. Links would be great!!
are you serious?? why would we pay you, we just need some ideas!!

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Linda asks…

Is our LOFT CONVERSION LEGAL? Explain Building Law in Scotland?

We moved into our ex-council house 3 years ago. We bought it from a private owner, not the council. The owner before the pervious one converted the loft into a large room about 10 years ago. It appears to be done correctly, well insulated, proper staircase, fire door etc. We are re-locating and want to sell the house but there is no documentation for the conversion.

Is there some law that exempts planning permission after a certain amount of time? Or if we try and get documentation from the local council will they order us to put it back the way it was? This is Scotland and usually the law differs from England. We basically want to class it as a bedroom as it is huge with about 8′ in height.

Administrator answers:

I had a similar situation with a window installed in our loft. We were able (for about £75) to purchase a one time insurance policy which protected the new buyers in case there was ever a problem.

Ruth asks…

The PERFECT sleepover bedroom? 10 points (:?

Hi(: I’m 13 so my dad and I decided it would be a good time to redecorate my bedroom. The thing is I am CONSTANTLY having sleepovers, almost every weekend if I’m not spending time with my nephew or at somebody’s house. I have the master bedroom in my house (its not that big of a deal, my grandmother has the converted garage for her oxygen tank and other medical equipment and my dad wants me to have the larger bedroom) but its still kinda small, I’m planning on getting a loft bed to go over my full bed. I want to know some must-haves I should get for a sleepover-friendly room because I want every one of my guests to be comfortable and feel at home( I normally have 3 or 4 girls over)

Administrator answers:

I understand why you have the master, okay so. I need to admit something, dude. Bean bag chairs! They are kind of expensive but geez I’ve seen 7 foot bean bag chairs (Really expensive, don’t buy it. I was just thinking.) and the girls could sleep on them easy. I think maybe if you really wanted to have this- A mini fridge with little goodies in there. :)

A popcorn machine. Not a huge one, or a little gumball machine, sounds like a fun and yummy time. I’m trying to get a vintage gumball machine (classic.) I found one on ebay for 20 dollars and my mom nearly got it for me for christmas.. My love of gum is a crime. Lol.

Try searching on google for comforters. My gosh I got this really mature, but not overly mature one for christmas, and I lovee it!

Also perhaps you could try to get a vcr or dvd player (Why did I even mention vcr, those are so old now.. :P ) if you have a tv and then you guys could watch movies.

Thats all I can honestly think of at the moment. Sorry if I didn’t help? Awesome if I did? :) Also! Butterfly chairs (Google) may be good to have too. I don’t think they are as expensive as other chairs. I don’t know for sure, but I have a zebra print one for my room. :) luckk

Ken asks…

remodel my house, any help would be appreciated?

we just bought a house that we plan on living in for at least the next 5-7 years. it has 1660 sq ft. main floor has kitchen 12×11, dinning room 12×12 living room 16×14 master 19×10 and another bedroom 12×10 and a small bathroom and long hallway. upstairs has loft area 26×14 and 2 bedrooms 13×11 and a half bath. what i was wondering is we watch that HGTV all the time. we were thinking about knocking down the wall between the 2 downstairs bedrooms and making the master larger and adding another large master bathroom so we would have a master suite. that would still leave us with 3 beds and 2.5 baths. i want to know if that will increase the value of my home going from a 4 bed 1.5 bath, another problem is we are the largest house in the area right now. there was an upstairs added, all the other houses are smaller 1 story prolly 1000 sq ft homes. other houses around are going for 70-80k we bought ours for 110k. would it be worth doing this remodel???

Administrator answers:

It is your house, you are going to live there. As far as resale you still have 3 bed and 2.5 bath the most in demand home for resale. Master suites are a big plus these days. In 5-7 years good chance the neighbors will do some improvements and their values should increase as well. The changes you write about should help your value without making your house seem out of place. Do you intend to do it yourself? If you are going to pay to have this done then you may be wasting your money. The value of the neighborhood may never go up as much as you would need to just break even.

Charles asks…

Detached garage conversion?

Ok, here’s the issue.

The house my girlfriend is currently renting a room at has already had a loft conversion, meaning that the house has gone from having 3 bedrooms to 5. I’m not aware that there were any issues with regards to planning permission but it was done some time ago apparently. Now the live-in landlord is converting a detached double garage into another bedroom so that his brother can stay. So I’ve 2 questions:

1. would this be against planning/building regulations and
2. are there limits on how many people can share an accomodation before the facilities have to be upgraded?

If you can answer either of those I’d be really grateful!

Administrator answers:

The building must meet a minimum standard. It must comply and the conversion does require planning and building regulations permission.

With regard to upgrading speak to social services they will tell you what the minimum expected standard is for the number of occupants.

What about fire regulations? Are stair wells protected? But that’s another issue

Nancy asks…

should we move to a new house which isn’t any bigger than the flat we live in now?

Should we move to a new house which isn’t any bigger than the flat we live in now?
Sorry this is a little long but trying to get as much info in!!!
We’ve lived in our rented 3 bedroom flat for over 9 years and have 3 children; 2 which were born at home in the flat we’re living in now. For about 4-5 years we have tried to look for a new house as we feel we are a little overcrowded and the children (boy 9, girl 4 and boy2 1/2) would be better off in their own separate bedrooms and a garden that is not shared would benefit us and the kids.

The council that we rent from offered us a 3 bedroom new build property (not completed) a few months back which is now ready to be moved into. Now that we have looked at it i am not sure that it is any bigger than the flat we live and the smallest of the rooms is around a meter shorted than our small room at the moment, the new house although does have a back garden! there is very little storage space (as with the majority of new build properties) in comparison to every bedroom that we have now having a double fitted wardrobe. The new house does have a loft but we can not do anything (i.e. conversion to extra room) to it for at least 1 year due to the builders guarantee and then still have to apply for planning permission if its spacious enough to do anything with it!
The 2 youngest will still have to share a room which ive bought bunk bed for them until we ‘maybe’ able to convert the loft.

The kitchen/diner is quite big with quite a few cupboards but only has space for a washer and a cooker, nowhere for the dishwasher (due to where the plumbing, is as well as space) and at a push i could get the tumble-dryer in but it wouldn’t be under the worktops! again we can’t touch the kitchen due to the builders guarantee!
I was hoping to get a range cooker but can’t now as the space is standard 60cm, and were told that if our cooker is bigger than this we have to buy a new smaller cooker or just use a microwave!!!!

I have lived on this estate for 26 years, never anywhere else; along with most of my family and have concerns about moving to the new estate as the area is not one of the best, but i suppose everywhere has 1 or a few bad apples, and obviously i have sentimental ties with the flat im living in, and don’t have many, if any problems with neighbours. My eldest (awaiting behaviour assessment) has nice friends around here which he doesn’t want to leave and we only live 5 minutes from his school. The new house is at least a 30 minute walk (10min drive) and i have not passed my driving test yet so will have to walk or use public transport.
The children around the new area don’t seem to have any respect for anyone and no control from parents as they always play in the road even though cars are travelling and trying to pass them and give a mouthful of cheek if you ask them to move. (obviously not sure what all of the new tenants and their children will be like!)

I am very worried that i we will move and give up the flat we have; which is livable in and that we will hate the new house and/or area.
Is it better the devil you know, should i stay put and keep trying for something closer to where we are with 4 bedrooms or take the risk and then maybe have another 5-10year wait before i could get back to the estate.

Ive also spent a lot of money buying new things for the house and garden before we viewed it and some of the things could be used where we are now but some just wont fit.

My partner doesn’t see any of the bad that i do, and thinks i am making something out of nothing, that because i am looking at all the negative about the new house i am going to hate it.
please help me with this decision, if it were you what would you do?

thanks in advance
as far as i am aware i can i have a dog; i hope i can as i have 2!!

Administrator answers:

My advice to you is yes move by all means but be sure its affordable and the location is right for you
look around and see whats on the market before you decide.

Paul asks…

How much would a dorma loft conversion cost?

I am looking to buy a 3-bed house and, before moving in, get a dorma extension in the loft to a create a large 4th bedroom with en-suite.

I would like to know:
a) What is the process I would need to go through, and how much would each stage roughly cost?
b) What would the entire project very roughly cost? How much should I budget as an absolute max for a nice job?
c) How long will this all take, from initial planning right the way through to completion?

In-depth answers are much appreciated. Many thanks for your help.

Administrator answers:

1) You need to get some plans drawn up for planning permission and building regs. Plans could be £300 ish and planning etc.. £400 to £500.

2) £7k to £10k if you’re lucky. What ever it costs, that tends to be the most value your house will appreciate by.

3) 8 weeks to get planning, 6 to 8 weeks for the work, assuming all the trades turn up when they should. Obviously longer in the winter for darker nights and weather.

The regs on loft conversions is dire. From stairs access etc.. To fire regs with windows and doors etc.. I don’t want to put you off but you will have to work through a very long list to get the job done.

Once you get plans drawn up, estimates for each part of the job can then be worked out. Depends on steelwork required (if any), waste pipe for en-suite etc…

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