Good day and thanks for visiting my personal profile, my name’s Pete but my nickname is Midas, I am a loft conversions expert from Hersham, UK. My favorite interests are fishkeeping, soapmaking and vintage cars. I grew up in in Scarborough and I went to University of West London. I have a brother Dwayne and two sisters, I’ve a pet Shetland pony called Jolly. I run a loft conversion business and help property owners improve their dwellings so they haven’t got to relocate.
At this present time housing prices are continually rising and not every householder can find the money to move home when they need to. The cost of actually relocating must be combined with the price of the new home plus all the added extras when you’re determining the overall expenditure involved. When it’s obvious that your family is outgrowing its home and you cannot afford to buy anything bigger there are more solutions.
You could choose to extend your current home to create additional living space but even this can be quite expensive and will be dependent on whether you can get the required planning permission. You could possibly do a garage conversion, assuming that you have a garage and you aren’t actually using it to park your car. The preferred answer which should increase the value of your home without increasing the property footprint, is to convert your loft.
Over the last few years, for the reasons given above, loft conversion has gotten more and more popular. It is important, before making up your mind, that you check whether or not your property is in fact well suited for a loft conversion. Not all properties are suitable, particularly recently built houses which have got roofs made with trusses. The perfect properties for doing loft conversions are older ones, particularly those built prior to the 1970’s.
You need to bring in a local builder to evaluate the situation with your particular loft space and ensure it is acceptable. If things are okay to go forward with the loft conversion, you could request a quotation from the builder. Get a few more quotes from other loft specialists, so that you’ve a decent choice of tradesmen. When you are deciding upon the perfect builder for the job you should use your intuition and not simply go with the lowest estimate.
There’s a high likelihood that you won’t even need planning permission for converting your loft, as most conversions do not need planning permission. Speak with your planning department or chat to your builder whether planning permission is required.
Though doing a loft conversion is the best option for a lot of house owners, it is still a costly project. Some people put in for a loan for a project such as this, or get a second mortgage on their property. As a rule of thumb you may assume a loft conversion to cost you around as much as a fair sized brickwork extension though the likelihood is that you will gain more additional space with a conversion without expanding the footprint of your property.
Which type of loft conversion you end up with is likely to be based upon the style and design of your particular house. Conversions come in several kinds for example: loft pods, roof lift loft conversions, dormer conversions, hip-to-gable conversions, velux loft conversions, mansard conversions and roof light loft conversions. Consult with your chosen builder or loft conversion specialist to decide which kind is the most suitable for your house and which would be the most cost effective to suit your budget.
Dormer Loft Conversions
Maybe the most preferred type of loft conversion these days is the dormer type, a design that offers value for money, although still yields the most possible space. The dormer is a well loved option with home-owners because it is both effective and attractive and offers all which is needed. With this pattern its even possible to add a balcony, meaning that you’re generating supplemental exterior space as well. There are various forms of dormer conversions such as hip to gable dormers, flat roof dormers, shed dormers and Velux dormers. Chat with an expert to ascertain which would be the best option for your particular property.
One of the most famous brands of roof windows, Velux, have now been around for over sixty yrs and you can rely on them to provide you with a loft window that is both high caliber and dependable. Velux windows are designed to fit in line with the angle of your roof and thus do not alter the look of the structure, they don’t typically need planning permission and they are comparatively cheap to fit. Velux windows produce a decent amount of light and in fact could even require blinds fitted during the warm months. If your loft space has got a fair bit of head space, a Velux windows might be the perfect choice for your project, especially when you are on a budget.
How Much Time Will it Take?
The time scale for completing a conversion on your loft will depend on a number of aspects including the trustworthiness of the building company, the type of conversion, the availability of materials, the level of planning that’s undertaken and the weather conditions. As an approximate guideline a rear dormer conversion done on a terraced house ought to take about 4 to 5 weeks, a hip to gable dormer on a semi-detached house should take about five or six weeks.
Once your loft conversion is completed, there are several uses to which you may put that added area. You might turn it into a new downstairs bathroom, an extra bedroom or two or a guest room. But naturally there’s lots of applications to which a nicely built loft conversion can be put, limited only by your inventiveness!
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