Loft Conversions - Adding More Space and Value to Your Home|
In this modern time house prices are constantly escalating and not every homeowner can actually find the cash to move house when the time arises. It isn't only the housing prices which affect this, but also the cost of moving home, which has become horrendously expensive nowadays. If you find that your property is not big enough to comfortably accommodate your ever growing family, relocating isn't the only real solution.
If your property is suitable, you could perhaps build a proper extension to get that much needed extra living space. You'll need planning permission for this and it could be costly. If you have a decent garage that you are not presently using, you might consider doing a garage conversion. Probably the best solution is to do a loft conversion, which should add lots of value to your house and is not likely to need any planning permission.
In the last decade, for the reasons given previously, loft conversion has gotten increasingly popular in the UK. Before you head down this avenue, you'll have to make certain your house is in actual fact suitable for a loft conversion. Lots of modern day properties which have got roofs made with trusses are not usually suitable. The best homes for having loft conversions are slightly older properties, especially those put up before the 1970's.
To take a look the scenario of your particular loft space and ensure it's suited to conversion you will want to speak to a UK builder. If the builder gives the all clear for a conversion you can get him to give you a quotation. Speak to a number of loft conversion specialists and collect a number of quotes so that you have a broad idea of the likely cost. You shouldn't decide just on cost, use your instinct when picking the perfect tradesman for the project.
There is a good chance that you will not even need planning permission for converting your loft in the UK, as most loft conversions do not require it. The planning department is where you should go to see whether you do need to get planning permission.
Though for UK property owners, having their loft converted might be a sensible choice, it does require a substantial financial commitment. Most people get a loan for projects like this, or re-mortgage their house.
The design and layout of your home influences which type of conversion you opt for. There are different types of loft conversion that you can get in the UK including: roof lift loft conversions, roof light conversions, loft pods, velux loft conversions, mansard loft conversions, dormer conversions and hip-to-gable conversions. Seek the advice of your loft specialist or builder to find out which kind is the most appropriate for your property and which is going to be the most cost effective to match your allowed budget.
You simply need to determine what to use all of that additional living space for once the conversion is complete. You could use it as an additional bedroom or two, a new office or a new bathroom.
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