Thinking about a Loft Conversions ?
Loft conversions are a great way to expand the available living space on your property . By converting your loft space into a livable room, like a bedroom or a games room, you will create a larger habitable area for family life. A loft conversion could add value to the property and is often more cost effective than moving house. Look at the houses on your street and compare them with your own. A loft conversion may add up to 20% to the value of your house. Have an idea how much a converted property could sell for before you proceed.
What are the next steps?
Consider if the loft space is suitable for a conversion. Measure the internal height of the loft. It would be best to have an optimum height of 2.2 to 2.5 meters. Look at the pitch of the roof. Generally, anything 30 degrees or more is adequate and will create enough head room.
Look at the pitch of the roof. Generally, anything 30 degrees or more is adequate and will create enough head room.
Review the available footprint. Preferably the internal walls need to be 5.5m from wall to wall and 7.5m top to bottom. Include the chimney in your measure.
What do you want to do with the room, plan out the furnishings? If it is a bedroom what size bed will you install? Where would you position the bed? Plan to maximize and optimize the additional space available.
Loft conversions may require Planning and will certainly need Building Control sign off. Unless you have professional expertise it would be inadvisable to perform the works on a DIY basis.
Who can do the work?
You may want to use an architect or a building company, also there are dedicated loft conversion companies that specializing this field. You can find a company to undertake the work from online directories and reviews or friends recommendations. Be sure to obtain at least three quotations and understand what the scope of works is, timescales for completion, whether VAT is included, the standard of workmanship and the accuracy of the quotation. You can sometimes get an idea for the accuracy of the quotation by the time and detail that has been taken at the survey stage. Remember the cheapest cost may not be the best option. Base your decisions on whole life cycle costing. When will materials need replacing? How are the work and the products guaranteed? Give consideration to insulation as this will save you money on fuel and heating. Once you are ready to get it all written down and signed up into a contract of works and ensure that your Insurers are aware that works are to be undertaken.