With rising house prices making it difficult for homeowners to relocate, converting your loft into a liveable space may seem like a great idea, particularly as it does not interfere with your garden. As well as gaining an additional room, the conversion will also increase the value of your property and, if sustainable materials are used, it will also reduce your energy costs. There are several things you must consider during the planning stages of a loft conversion, a few of which we have listed below.
Velux or Dormer lofts do not typically interfere with the building structure so you probably won’t need planning permission if this is the type of loft you’re going for. Alternatively, a Mansard loft conversion normally does require planning permission because the construction work is more drastic. Whatever loft you’re planning to have built, we recommend you check with your local planning department whether or not you require permission, just to be on the safe side.
If your new loft isn’t adequately insulated you will lose around half of your heat; a total waste of money. Poor insulation can also cause problems with condensation, leading to mould growth and damp. The type of insulation you use in your loft depends on how you’re planning to use the room.
Loft rooms are often quite small with low, awkward ceilings. This means you’ll have to be smart in the way you decorate and furnish the room, to ensure it doesn’t feel cramped. For example, hanging wall mirrors and painting the walls white will reflect light, making the room seem big, bright and airy. You should also opt for built-in furniture, to make the most of all of the space.
The overall cost of your loft conversion will be quite expensive and depends on several different factors such as the size, the roof structure, the age of you home and what type of conversion you’re planning to build. Bear in mind that not only will your loft conversion increase the value of your property, it will also reduce your utility bills, making it a worthy investment.
Once you have established whether or not your loft is actually fit for conversion, you must then determine what you’re going to use it for. We do not suggest that you carry out a full DIY loft conversion because there are various complex aspects that require the help of a professional.
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