An attic conversion is a great way to transform your home.
Loft extensions can add more space, which you can use for a spare office, another bedroom or even a bathroom.
However, you have to make sure that having a loft extension done is worth it, as well as not being disruptive. With that said, we’ve put together a few ideas for you.
Loft conversions aren’t for everyone. Some people cannot afford to have one done. However, many people in the UK have goods in their attic that are worth thousands, so clear out your attic, sell that stuff and then use the funds towards converting your attic.
Loft conversions can easily add around 15 percent of value to your home. Best of all, you don’t have to do anything with garden space, which is not the case with ground-floor work. As for price, you can expect to pay around £15,000 to £45,000 for a standard loft conversion.
The good news is loft conversions usually don’t need planning permission. The average work involved with this counts as permitted development. However, extensions are not allowed to cross over certain points.
The cheapest solution is usually a Velux loft conversion, and this is because the slope of the roof isn’t altered. The property’s appearance is also maintained. However, height is usually limited with this type of loft conversion.
A dormer loft conversion will result a good amount of height, and the windows and doors are vertical. There are also more possibilities, at least when it comes to installing staircases. Then there are Mansard loft conversions, which have a better look than dormer. If you want to have a Mansard conversion done, then you will need to get planning permission.
Before you do anything, determine how you’ll use the space and then figure out what your requirements are. Do you want an office or a bedroom or something else? After you figure this out, you want to consider the floor plan, but do bear in mind that lofts tend to have ceilings that are at an angle, so you won’t be able to place certain furniture in it.
Best of all, the rules aren’t really that complicated, but you will need to obtain a certification from the local authority. They have Building Control Services that will inspect your property to make sure the build can go ahead. The build has to meet basic standards, such as fire safety, structure and ventilation standards to name a few.
However, inspectors won’t check for finishes or the quality of the work. Just make sure you choose a good company to build your loft. Request several quotes and ask your friends and family for referrals.
If your attic shares a wall, then you’ll want to obtain a party-wall agreement. This is basically a contract that states everyone agrees that the work can go through, so make sure you send a notice to anyone who will be affected by the work. Your neighbour can ask a surveyor to look at plans and they can either agree with what’s going to happen or disagree.
Also, consider what you want to use for insulation, such as wool or another type of material. An inspector will likely tell you what kind of insulation you need. Remember, insulation can be installed two ways.
This sounds like a lot, but the practical work doesn’t really take that long to complete. Once it is finally finished, you can go ahead and decorate your new loft. With that said, we invite you to check out a few ideas so you can draw some inspiration.