House division

Postby R1ck » Sun Jul 22, 2007 6:12 pm


I own a relatively large late 19C 4/5 bedroomed 2 storey house in a small village. The house is roadside, double fronted, on street parking and no garden. It has now been on the market for #330k for approximately 2yrs and has thus far only attracted 5 viewings I assume the previously mentioned restrictions + price is responsible for low interest!!!! As I would, obviously like to realise maximum price for the property I am now thinking of converting the house into 2 x two bed with kitchen and bathroom believing that two halves will be worth more than a whole!!???

Please discuss ......any views, experiences, advice etc will be gratefully received?

Thnx Rick
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Postby pmgltd » Thu Jan 22, 2009 5:49 pm


Firstly, you will need to discuss your proposals with the Local Planning Authority, they will be able to inform you whether they would welcome a planning application to sub-divide your property into two properties. Some planning authorities require the provision of off road car-parking, private amenity space, bin/cycle storage etc, when creating additional dwellings. Some authorities even request a financial contribution to assist maintaining open spaces and transport provisions - this sum of money can sometime amount to a few thousand pounds.

Assuming the planning department welcome your proposals, you will also need to consider achieving compliance with the Building Regulations. The properties should be sub-divided with 60 minute fire resisting and sound insulated construction. The existing thermal elements of the house (floor, walls, windows/doors and roofs) may need to be upgraded to achieve an improved thermal provision. Creating additional bathrooms/kitchens would require additional drainage provisions. Other regulations include smoke detectors, suitable means of escape, ventilation provisions, new boilers, etc.

Hope this helps
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