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History of Loft Conversions (Photos)

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We will explain, in a very simple way, what a loft conversion is and the steps to convert a loft into a home. The different regulations that you will have to comply with and our recommendations so that the whole process is as simple as possible.

As many of you already know, the origin of the use of premises and offices as homes, what we all know as Loft, dates back to New York city but they are more common in the United Kingdom. Three of its neighborhoods, Tribeca, Soho and the West Side, they had been powerful industrial zones, they offered to the young students and artists a new possibility of space before the high rents of flats and apartments. At first, and almost clandestinely, industrial spaces were rehabilitated and adapted to become homes, studios, stores, and restaurants, and, years later, end up being an expression of a lifestyle that focuses on the design and the latest trends.

How to convert a space into a Loft?

If we decide to convert a room or an office into a new home, we must comply with current regulations and this forces us to do a loft conversion.

What is a change of use?

It is a building license that must be authorized by the technical services of the Town Planning Department of our City Council. To obtain this license, we will have to present, in said department, a project of work written by an Architect. An example of one of these architects, also called loft conversion specialists can be seen here –  WimbledonLoftConversions.co.uk.

Compliance with Property Laws

There is full freedom to establish the use that can be given to a property. Co-owners cannot be deprived of the use of their right to own their property in the way they consider most appropriate. There will only be these impediments: that the new use is legally prohibited or that the change of use is expressly limited by the regime of said Horizontal Property Law, its constitutive title or its statutory regulation.

However, even if there is no prohibition in this sense, it will be necessary the agreement of the Board of Owners, if the loft conversion work affected or altered common elements of the building or if the participation fees were modified. If this situation occurs, this agreement must be adopted unanimously.

Compliance with administrative and urban regulations is of course necessary.