Deciding to convert your roof space into a usable loft area is an exciting prospect. Along with adding value to your home, extensions and conversions also ensure that you have enough space in your house for an additional bedroom or study. Before you get started you may want to enlist the services of a builder or architect. These professionals will be able to guide you in choosing the perfect loft for your needs as well as assisting you in choosing the right way to go about doing the conversion.
There are a lot of seemingly complicated steps to getting your loft converted, so knowing where to start can feel daunting. We have compiled a step-by-step guide to ensuring that your loft conversion goes off without a hitch. Through this guide, we will help explain to you the key stages which are needed for you to understand how best to convert your loft.
Before you do anything else, you need to work out whether your loft space is actually suitable for a conversion. Many of today’s houses will come with an allowance for permitted development. This means that you can go ahead with the conversion without any major planning permissions. But, if you live in certain protected areas, you may find that you do not have enough space available in your roof for these conversions. If this is the case, then you will need to ensure that you obtain the relevant permission before setting out to convert your loft.
An easy way to get an idea of whether your loft can be converted is to see whether any similar houses on your street have had loft conversions. If you spot one or two houses in your area which have successfully undertaken loft conversions then there is a great possibility that your loft can be converted. Once you have determined whether you can go ahead with the conversion, you can move on to the next step.
The next step you need to follow is to set up a budget for your conversion. Take a look at a number of sites to get an idea of how much you can expect to pay for your loft conversion. You may want to research a few tips and tricks from professionals on how to keep your costs down.
Your next step is to decide which type of loft is best suited for your needs. You need to know that there are four main types of loft conversions; roof light, dormer, hip-to-gable and mansard. The one you choose is likely to be determined by a number of factors, including the type and age of house you live in, and your budget.
Your final step in the process is t appoint a contractor to help you. When hiring any tradesmen, it’s best to start with a recommendation. Speak to friends and family, and have a look online to see if there are any local forums offering recommendations. If you’ve spotted any loft conversions along your street and you feel comfortable knocking on some doors, ask your neighbors who they used and how they found them.