In this modern time housing prices are continuously soaring and not every property owner can actually find the money to move house when the time arises. The actual cost moving should be combined with the asking price of the new property in addition to all the inevitable extras when you are figuring out the overall outlay involved. Nevertheless moving is not the only alternative open to you if you find that your family is getting too large for your present property.
A quite costly solution is to extend your home to gain that extra living space, however you may not get the necessary planning permission, and also your property might not be suitable. If you have a sizeable garage that you are not currently using, you might think about having a garage conversion which will be less expensive. Another option is to do a loft conversion, which may not only be cost effective, but could also add more value to your home without extending its footprint.
For some of the reasons above loft conversions have gotten very popular in the last decade. It is very important, before you take the plunge, that you check whether or not your house is in actual fact suited to a loft conversion. Properties with trussed roofs aren't normally suitable. More mature homes which were constructed prior to the 1970's are frequently well suited for loft conversions since they were created with sturdy rafters and there was normally lots of head space.
To be sure your particular loft is suitable, you will have to speak to a builder to evaluate it. The builder will give you a quote for the project as soon as he's established that your loft is suitable for conversion. Get several more estimates from other conversion companies, so that you've got a good pick of tradespeople. When deciding on the best company for the project you should use your instinct and not merely go with the cheapest quote.
Generally loft conversions in do not require planning permission, so there is a reasonable chance that your conversion will not either. Your planning office is the place to head to see whether you do need planning permission. Your loft conversions specialist will probably have handled these issues over and over again over the years, and so ask for their guidance and advice at the outset.
Do not imagine that a loft conversion is going to be cheap, as it is a fairly expensive solution. If you don't actually have the necessary money you could perhaps obtain a loan, which hopefully will not be too difficult because the chances are that your loft conversion will add to the value of the house. As a guide you might anticipate that a loft conversion will cost you around the same as a decent sized brick extension and the chances are that you will achieve more extra space with a loft conversion whilst not increasing the footprint of your property.
Your property's layout and design is going to be the deciding factor for which sort of conversion is best for you. Loft conversions are available in various designs such as: roof light conversions, dormer loft conversions, loft pods, velux loft conversions, hip-to-gable loft conversions, mansard loft conversions and roof lift conversions. Seek the advice of your builder or loft conversion specialist to fathom out which sort is the most appropriate for your circumstances as well as which is going to be the most cost effective to suit your budget.
Probably the most favoured form of conversion at present is the dormer pattern, a concept which gives you the best affordability, though still yields the maximum possible space. The dormer is a well-liked choice for homeowners because it is both effective and nice-looking and offers almost everything that is needed. With this style it may even be possible to add a little balcony, meaning that you're generating added exterior space too. You'll find there are distinct kinds of dormers such as Velux window dormers, shed dormers, hipped dormers and flat roofed dormers. Ask a specialist to understand which one will be the best option for your particular dwelling.
Definitely one of the best known brands of roof windows, Velux, have been around now for in excess of sixty years and they can be relied on to deliver a loft window which is both dependable and high class. These windows are built to fit in line with the angle of the roof and hence do not change the look of the roof structure, nor do they ordinarily require local authority permission and they're reasonably economical to put in. They let in a good quantity of daylight and actually might need blinds the summertime. If your loft has a decent bit of height, Velux windows might be a good choice for you, in particular if you've got limited cash.
How Much Time Should it Take?
The timescale for a standard loft conversion depends on four or five things such as the availability of components, the level of pre-planning which is done, the proficiency of the building contractors, the design of conversion and the weather conditions. As a rough guideline it should take about 4 to 5 weeks to carry out a rear dormer loft conversion on a terraced property and around five or six weeks to do a hip to gable dormer conversion on a semi-detached property.
As soon as your conversion is complete, there are various uses to which you can put that additional room. You can turn it into a dining room, a new family bathroom or an extra bedroom or two. But certainly there are a number uses to which a nicely built loft conversion can be put, constrained solely by your imagination!