Whether you’ve moved into a new home and you want to get started on your plans to transform the space, or you’re running out of space and want to convert your loft into an additional room to add essential space to your home, a loft conversion is a really beneficial project to undertake. Converting your loft comes with many benefits, both for you and your house, but there are important things to consider when deciding to begin the work, so here’s what you need to know.
Most Lofts are Convertible
Whilst its always essential to have a professional come and asses your loft space before you start to plan your dream conversion, you can rest assured that almost every loft is suitable to be converted. It doesn’t matter what size or shape the loft is, the main elements that make a difference to whether your loft is suitable or not are the walls, flooring and roof, which you know will be okay as they are safe and secure for your house. The loft size often causes many people to put the conversion ideas on the back burner, however, there are lots of different features that you can include now that can help you to add more space to your loft area and create a really good conversion, so don’t give up on your dreams just yet!
To most people, a loft conversion is simply just a loft conversion, but there are actually 6 main types of loft conversions that are available, so it’s always good to know what they are before you get stuck in with the planning process. The 6 conversion types are Dormer conversions, Gable-to-gable conversions, Modular extensions, Mansard conversions, high-to-gable conversions and Rooflight conversions. Each different conversion type is suited to different loft styles, but you can find out which type is best for your home when the professionals come in to take a look at the space you’re working with.
Worth the Money
Investing your money into a loft conversion can seem like a lot at the time, but any conversion is always worth the time and money. By converting your loft into an additional room, you are instantly adding value to your property which will be really beneficial when you come to sell your home. You should always budget before planning any extension or conversion on your property, as you want to ensure you’re working to and within a specific cost range, to know exactly how much has been spent and what you have left to work with.
Just like any work that you do on your home, it’s always very important to ensure you receive the best quality labour, as well as introducing high quality décor too. There’s a huge difference between investing your money into a high-quality loft ladder, that’s durable and going to stand the test of time, rather than finding a cheaper alternative and risking potential danger or having to spend more money further down the line when the ladder lets you down. Similarly, loft conversions with high quality décor features and furniture pieces are much more likely to stand out to potential buyers, which will then help to enhance the rest of your home and tie the whole space together perfectly.
Planning Permission Guidelines
For a loft conversion, you won’t necessarily need any planning permission to go ahead with your ideas. Most loft conversions will be classed as permitted development, as you’re not changing any of the foundations of the property. It is always really important to check with the professionals before going ahead, however, as every property can be different and you don’t want to miss anything important to make any drastic mistakes that could cost money further down the line.