Go up in the world with a loft conversion

WHEN the need for more space arises, the ideal scenario would be to move to a new home, big enough to suit your growing requirements.

But moving home isn’t always an option. Sometimes financial difficulties can get in the way, you may just like where you live and don’t want to move or maybe you’ve fallen in love with a property but it’s just not big enough.

If any of the above apply converting the property is your best option.

Loft conversions are an excellent way of adding value to your home and creating more space without having to increase the footprint of the property.

Whether you’re looking to add an additional bedroom, office, kitchen, living room or you just want another way to
bring in more rental income for landlords, whatever the reason you will need to do a bit of homework.

Firstly, not every home is suitable. The first step would be to find out if a loft conversion would be appropriate for your property.

Suitability is based on the head height and the practicalities of installing a staircase without needing to take out a bedroom downstairs. The whole point in converting is to increase space, not take it away.

With a loft conversion there may be limitations on where you can place windows but otherwise you should be able to complete a loft conversion with building regulations approval only.

However, if your conversion involves any extension of the roof space, you may find that planning is needed.

Costs involved in the process can vary drastically. Things to factor into your budget are how large the conversion is, what building work will need to be done, if any plumbing or electrical work which is required and the eventual purpose of the room.

In your quote your builder will need to include planning, drawings, building and conversion work, plumbing and electrics and an en suite if that’s required.

To avoid future problems it’s essential that your loft conversion complies with all relevant regulations, including those for insulation. This will help you save money in the longer term and make your room more environmentally friendly.

A good builder will be able to take all these woes away from you, so choosing the right one is vitally important.

Do your research. Always look at a builder’s past experience and ensure they are a member of the Federation of Master Builders, and of the Contractor Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS), which is externally audited.

In addition they should also be members of ConstructionLine which means they are financially secure and unlikely to go out of business part way through a job, leaving you with an unfinished conversion and no money.

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