Adding Extra Space to Your House – Loft Conversions

With the growing cost of purchasing a house currently, not everyone is even able to get together the funds to move home just to gain a little extra living space. The cost of moving must be added to the asking price of the new house as well as all of the extras when you are working out the overall outlay involved. If you find that your home’s not large enough to accommodate your growing family, moving home isn’t the only real option.

A fairly costly solution is to put a brick extension onto your property to generate that additional living space, however you may not be able to get the required planning permission, and your house might not be suitable for this. You could maybe convert your garage, assuming that you have a garage and aren’t at present using it for your car. Potentially the perfect answer is to have a loft conversion, which will add plenty of value to your home and shouldn’t require planning permission.

For some of the reasons mentioned above loft conversion has become extremely popular in recent times. It is vital, before making up your mind, that you check whether your house is in actual fact suited to a loft conversion. Don’t assume all homes are suitable, especially recently constructed houses with roofs made with trusses. Older properties which were built before the 1970’s are usually great for loft conversions since they were built with solid timbers and there tended to be lots of head space.

To make sure your specific loft space is suitable, you should call in a builder to evaluate it. The builder will provide you with a quote for the project once he’s determined that your loft is suitable for conversion. Bring in a number of loft specialists and get a handful of estimates so that you have a general notion of the likely costs. You shouldn’t pick only on cost, make use of your instinct when deciding on the perfect company for the task.

There is a reasonable chance that you won’t need planning permission for your loft conversion, since the majority of conversions don’t require this. Your local planning department is where you need to go to see whether you do need planning permission.

Don’t imagine that a loft conversion is going to be cheap, as it’s quite an expensive solution. If you don’t currently have the money you could always obtain a loan, which hopefully will not be that difficult because the likelihood is that your conversion will add to the value of the house. As a general rule of thumb you might anticipate that a loft conversion will cost you about the same as a good size brickwork ground level extension although the likelihood is that you will gain more extra space with an attic conversion while not increasing the footprint of your property.

Your house’s style and design will be the deciding factor for which kind of conversion is the best for you. The various sorts of conversions include the likes of: roof lift conversions, loft pods, mansard loft conversions, roof light conversions, hip-to-gable conversions, velux loft conversions and dormer loft conversions. Speak with your loft specialist to determine which kind is the most appropriate for your circumstances and which is the most cost effective to match your budget.

Dormer Loft Conversions

Possibly the most popular kind of conversion these days is the dormer type, a kind which gives you decent affordability, yet yields the maximum additional space. This style is a popular option with householders because its both practical and appealing and provides every little thing that is likely to be needed. With a dormer conversion it may even be possible to include a balcony, which means that you are generating extra outdoor space as well. There are several types of dormers and these include hipped dormers, flat roof dormers, Velux dormers and shed dormers. Chat with a professional loft converter  to understand which is actually the most appropriate for your specific dwelling.

Velux Windows

One of the best known names in roof windows, Velux, have been around for over 60 yrs and you can rely on them to provide a loft window that is both high quality and effective. These windows are built to be fitted in line with the angle of the roof and hence don’t change the look of the roof structure, nor do they typically need planning permission and they are fairly economical to fit. They let in an adequate quantity of daylight and in fact may require window blinds during the summer. If your attic has a fair bit of headroom, a Velux conversion could be the perfect option for your project, particularly if you have limited money.

How Much Time Will it Take to Do?

The amount of time that it might take to complete a conversion on your loft is dependent upon various aspects including the weather conditions, the design of conversion, the competence of the contractors, the availability of materials and the amount of planning that’s done. As a rough guide it should take approximately four to five weeks to carry out a rear dormer conversion on a terraced dwelling and around five or six weeks to do a hip to gable dormer conversion on a semi-detached dwelling.

You will find several uses to which the conversion can be put, after it is complete. Some people use it as a games room, an extra bedroom or two or a new family bathroom. But naturally there are plenty of uses to which a decent conversion can be put, restricted only by your imagination!

Bio: Stephen Locke is a sixty three year old carpenter and wood machinist from the United Kingdom he started authoring home repair and home improvement articles in 2006 and at the same time he also created several informative and practical internet sites on the subject of home repairs. His currently ongoing project is a website about loft conversion which has the aim of providing all of the vital advice and guidance for house owners hoping to get a loft conversion carried out on their house in order to create more valuable living space.