Guide to loft conversions
Why a loft conversion?
A loft conversion can be an extremely practical way to add additional space to your home. Whether you are planning on increasing your living space, adding an extra bedroom, play room or making the most of your study and office space, most experts agree that this is a relatively simple project that increases the value of your property.
In terms of space, the slope of your roof provides a guide to how much extra room area a loft conversion will provide. If you require any advice, it is worth calling Bromley & Gaines to offer an expert opinion on the options available. This will allow an opportunity to measure your loft and to give you an accurate assessment of how much practical space can be created and to offer you a quotation on the cost of completing the work, without obligation.
If you feel that converting your loft will provide a solution to your desire to have more room space, fitting Dormer windows can make the loft space brighter, lighter and more attractive. These can be built to extend out from the roof and provide a sizeable additional space that will extend your loft further. Dormer windows can also enhance the external appearance of most properties.
There are several benefits of adding a loft conversion that are discussed below.
A loft conversion, because much of the structure is already there, can be the most economical way of adding value to your existing property. It is also one of the most cost effective ways of adding extra living space to your home.
If you are proud of the home you have created, but find you are in need of extra space but do not wish to move, then extending your current property can often provide a worthwhile solution. Compared to the relative ease of converting a loft; alternative ways of extending your home can become both costly and, at times, impractical. If you have a suitable property, it may be feasible to build an extension beneath your house to create a basement or by converting an existing sub-basement. However, this can be an expensive option and it is usually only feasible with larger properties and will generally involve major excavation and structural engineering work. If you have space beyond your existing structure of your home, then a single or two-level extension might be another option. Many houses, particularly many older terraced and semi-detached properties, were originally built with part of the structure constructed as a single storey extension that contained a kitchen, bathroom or a utility room. Homes of this type are often the simplest to convert by building an extra room above an existing single storey.
As house prices continue to rise, creating extra living space within your property can add still further to the overall value. Although the housing market can change almost at a moment’s notice, your home, nevertheless, is likely to remain the best and most secure investment most of us are ever likely to make. It therefore can make sense, when possible, to build on your investment by increasing the floor space you have available.
Generally speaking, when it comes to buying or selling a house, the deciding factor can often be down to the number of bedrooms the property contains. A loft conversion, can be an ideal way of increasing the number of bedrooms by one or more, depending on the size of your home. Even if you do not intend to use a loft conversion as a bedroom once it is completed, the option always remains to do so at some point in the future. In any event, should you ever consider selling your home, a solidly built loft conversion will usually be viewed as a worthwhile selling point. When compared to converting a basement or sub-basement into a bedroom, as some people are averse to sleeping below ground, this could be disadvantageous. Extensions to a property that are built as a separate annexe can also have a certain negative aspect, as they can be regarded as being detached from the main building and therefore less part of the home. In most ways a loft extension can be more appealing, especially if there is also a likelihood that it can provide a commanding view across neighbouring countryside, for example. Even if you are not looking to sell, a loft conversion provides one of the best ways of adding value to your house for inheritance purposes. The value of your asset could rise considerably, or at least should maintain its value more robustly should prices fall.
Cheaper than moving
When you weigh up the monetary aspects and other advantages of a loft conversion, it can be difficult to argue against the benefits as it is a thoroughly practical way of extending your useable space while at the same time adding value to your property. It can also present a viable and economic option than having to move house when a lack of space becomes a problem. Moving home can also be extremely stressful, emotive and upsetting for everyone concerned. If you have children, this could involve disrupting their education by having to change schools as well as damaging their friendships.
Relative ease of work
When compared to other forms of home enlargement, converting a loft space can be far more practical than other types of home improvements that may require large and sustained building works and plant on site. A loft conversion is relatively easy to achieve and the work can usually be completed in far less time than building an extension or separate detached annexe.
You need to ensure, prior to the commencement of any work, that full planning permission has been granted. As Bromley & Gaines has developed excellent relationships with the planning departments at many local authorities, we can deal with your planning application with confidence as part of our service. You can expect that the local authority planning officer may visit your property as part of the planning application process, but this will be in your interests and will help ensure the process is handled smoothly. It will also ensure that what is planned complies with current building regulations. Anything that impacts upon the exterior appearance of your property, particularly if your building is in a conservation area, will be considered by the local authority as part of your planning application.
If you live in a property that is attached to a neighbouring house, you will be subject to the 1996 Act which covers connected walls (known as The Party Wall Act). This piece of legislation requires you to ensure that any work you intend to carry out does not adversely lead to a downgrading of adjoining walls. This could be in terms of the strength of the party wall, but it can also cover noise levels and other features.
There is no doubt that planning a loft extension can be a legal minefield, but Bromley & Gaines are here to provide the necessary expertise to help you steer smoothly through the process. It is all part of our guaranteed service, after all.
Managing the project from start to end
Once you commission Bromley & Gaines to create your loft conversion, you will be assigned an experienced project manager that will oversee and keep you updated throughout every stage of the project. They have completed many varied home loft conversions in the region and can provide unbiased advice and suggestions on ways of making the best practical use of your available loft space.
With Bromley & Gaines you are assured of being in safe, professional hands, and once we have been commissioned, you will soon be enjoying all of the benefits of your new loft conversion.