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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Tips on Creating a New Loft Space At Home

The loft conversion is becoming a supremely popular addition to the home. Not only does the loft conversion add another room to a home, it can also add value if you’re thinking of selling in the future. However, there are so many things you need to think about before you decide to go through with a loft conversion, and even some things you should spend money on first. Let’s talk loft conversions in more detail below:

How Do You Go About Your Loft Conversion?

How you go about your loft conversion will depend on your roof structure and planning constraints. A loft conversion is one of the most straightforward ways to get extra space, however, you need to assess your roof in great detail before you can be sure whether this is the right thing for you to do. Nearly every home will be able to benefit from one of these with extra planning, but you need to be careful. 

Building Regulation Approval 

Every home that plans on creating a new loft space will need building regulation approval. This goes regardless of whether you need planning permission or not. If your home is semi detached or terraced you will usually need to inform your neighbor of the goings on too, especially if something affects a party wall. 

Having an assessment to ensure your loft is suitable for conversion will check things such as head height, pitch, and the type of structure. Obstacles will also need to be looked at and assessed, such as water tanks. Head height is especially important as you do not want to be disappointed with the amount of standing room you have. You may need to raise the roof, as it should be at least 2.3m for you to have a comfortable loft conversion. Speaking with a roofing contractor should give you a better idea of the work you need to be done and how much it will cost you. 

A basic room in roof conversion is the cheapest option and can cost upwards of $15,000. With this sort of conversion you can expect things like: 
  • Reinforcement of the floor
  • Added skylights 
  • Staircase to the loft 
  • Electrics, lighting, and heating 
  • Fire safety measures 
When you take your time with your loft conversion you can add value from $20,000 to $45,000 depending on your area. In most cases it’s more than worth the expense when you consider how you can better use your home, and how much value the conversion will add. However, you absolutely must take the time to do things properly. There are no cutting corners with your loft conversion; you need to make sure everything is assessed, that all of the regulations and permissions are adhered to and that you hire the appropriate professionals to help you with the job. An architect may be required alongside professional contractors to get the look you’re going for. 

Will you have a loft conversion in your home? Leave your thoughts below.