A loft conversion transforms an often empty attic space into a practical and useable room. This functional room is often used for an additional bedroom, office or storage space. This is an area of developing your home that is guaranteed to add value to your property alongside making it possible for growing families to remain in their homes for longer if moving house is not possible, without eating into your valuable garden space.
A loft conversion is by far one of the most popular home improvement choices. Why is this? Moving home can be both expensive and stressful. The expense lies with estate agency fees, solicitor fees, removal fees and stamp duty. Alongside these are the worries linked with finding a buyer, chains created through purchasing, family implications such as moving children and finding the best possible schools. However, today’s largest growing issue for individuals is securing a new mortgage at a time where lending has become hugely difficult.
There are numerous benefits linked with loft conversions which include cost efficiency, reduced stress and the benefit of additional living space. With the issues of falling property prices and challenges linked with a time of recession, many families are choosing to move up rather than out, utilising wasted loft space.
There are important considerations to account for prior to work commencing including;
– Building regulations; every single loft conversion will be required to meet current building regulations to ensure that the work is completed to the highest-level standard required
– Planning permissions; it is likely that your extension will require planning permission. It is advisable to seek further advice from your Local Authority prior to work commencing
– Insurance coverage; you will need to inform your current household insurer that you have added another room to your house. They will then outline whether your premium will alter to cover the additional space.
What choices are available? These differ dependent on your budget, planning restrictions and the design of your existing property;
– Velux: this is a cost-effective and may not require planning permission. The Velux windows are installed flush with the roof line and do not alter the existing roof structure
– Dormer: for spaces with limited space or headroom, this design extends the existing roof structure and protrudes from the roof line. The complexity of the build will undoubtedly result in this option being more costly
– Mansard: the roof has two slopes, one nearly vertical and the other almost horizontal. This maximizes all available space. These conversions often require planning permission
– Hip to gable: the gable wall is built up vertically and a new roof section is built, filling the space between them. This alternative requires major changes to the roof structure.
Some people may contemplate completing a DIY loft conversion; however the complicated process is more than likely going to be contracted out to a building services specialist in most cases. A loft conversion expert will be able to provide references of previous work, detailed quotes and should have a wealth of trade experience. Regulating bodies ensure high-level workmanship with rules about Codes of Practice and relevant public liability insurance. Look for a professional with a website and one that comes with a recommendation.
Time invested into choosing the correct local builder and a design that is bespoke and matches your personal needs will result in a stylish new living area; a great home improvement solution to any space problem!