These days house prices are continually soaring and not everyone can find the money to move house when things get cramped. The actual cost relocating needs to be added onto the asking price of the new home in addition to all of the extras when figuring out the total expenditure involved. If your house is no longer large enough to comfortably accommodate your growing family, relocating is not the only real solution.
If your property is suitable, you could potentially build an extension to get that much needed extra living space. You must get planning permission to do this and this can be expensive. Yet another potential option is a garage conversion, which would be cheaper although depends upon you having a suitable garage and not needing it for parking your car. The last alternative is a loft conversion, which can not just be affordable, but should also put more value to your property without the need to extend its footprint.
For many of the above reasons loft conversion has become very popular in recent times. You will need to be sure your house is actually suitable for a loft conversion prior to you making a final judgement. Lots of contemporary houses that have trussed roofs are not generally suitable. The optimum homes for doing loft conversions are the slightly older homes, particularly those constructed before the 1970's.
To make certain your particular loft space is acceptable, you will have to bring in a builder to look it over. The builder will provide you with a quotation for the project when he's determined that your loft is suitable for conversion. Don't just stick with the first estimate you receive though, get a variety of quotations before deciding on your loft specialist. Use your intuition rather than just thinking about the cost when deciding on who's the best company to undertake your loft conversion.
There is a high likelihood that you will not need to get planning permission for converting your loft, because most conversions don't require this. To determine if planning permission is required, speak to your local planning department. A local loft conversions firm will no doubt have addressed these issues over and over again in the past, that is why you ought to seek their helpful advice at the outset.
Whilst for house owners, getting their loft converted might be a good option, it does require a significant financial investment. Lots of people obtain a loan for projects such as this, or maybe take out a second mortgage on their house. As a guideline you may expect a loft conversion to cost you approximately the same as a fair sized brick extension and the likelihood is that you'll generate more room with an attic conversion whilst not increasing the overall footprint of your property.
Your house's style and layout is going to be the determining factor for which sort of loft conversion is best for you. There are various different kinds of loft conversion that you can get in including: loft pods, roof light conversions, velux conversions, hip-to-gable loft conversions, dormer loft conversions, roof lift loft conversions and mansard loft conversions. The loft conversion specialist or builder will let you know what design is actually best suited for your property.
Maybe the preferred form of conversion presently is the dormer type, a design that offers value for your money, and still delivers the maximum additional space. The dormer is a favorite solution for householders since its both nice-looking and practical and provides almost everything that is needed. With a dormer conversion it may even be possible to add a small balcony to your extra floor, which means that you're even creating added outdoor space too. There are several forms of dormer conversions and these include hipped dormers, shed dormers, flat roofed dormers and Velux window dormers. Consult with a professional to understand which would be the best option for your specific property.
Clearly one of the best known names in roof windows, Velux, have been in business for more than sixty years and they can be relied on to provide you with loft windows which are both reliable and fine quality. These windows are built to fit flush with the slope of the roof and hence don't change the shape of the structure, nor do they commonly need permission and they are fairly economical to fit. Velux windows let in an adequate amount of light and in fact may even need blinds fitted during the summer. If your attic has a good bit of head room, a Velux windows may be ideal for you, especially when you're on a limited budget.
The length of time that it's going to take to complete a standard conversion would be determined by three or four factors such as the weather conditions, the reliability of the building company, the availability of components, the kind of conversion and the degree of forward planning which is done. As an approximate guideline a rear dormer conversion carried out on a terraced property ought to take approximately 4 to 5 weeks, a hip to gable dormer conversion on a semi-detached home should really take around 5 to 6 weeks.
You just need to choose what to use all that extra space for as soon as the loft conversion is completed. You could turn it into an additional bedroom or two, a dining room or a new bathroom. But of course there's a lot of applications to which a nicely built loft conversion can be put, limited solely by your imagination!
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