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Not every homeowner can find the money to move house at this time, with real estate prices soaring and expenses spiraling out of control. The cost of moving must be added to the buying price of the new house as well as all the added extras when you are determining the total outlay involved. However moving house isn't the sole alternative open to you when your family is getting too large for your current property.

A quite costly option is to extend your house to gain that extra room, but you may not be able to get planning permission, and also your property may not be suitable for this. If you have a sturdy garage that you are not using presently, you might consider having a garage conversion which will be less costly. Maybe the most effective solution is to have a loft conversion, which should add a lot of value to your property and will likely not need any sort of planning permission.

For some of the reasons mentioned above loft conversion has gotten very popular in the last decade. Prior to going along this avenue, you will need to be sure your home is actually suitable for a loft conversion. Don't assume all properties are suitable, particularly recently built homes that have got trussed roofs. The optimum houses for doing loft conversions are the slightly older ones, especially those built before the seventies.

You will need to speak to a conversion specialist to check on the situation with your specific loft space and make sure it is in fact suitable. The builder will present you with a quote for the project when he's verified that your loft is okay for conversion. Don't merely go along with the first estimate you receive, get quite a few estimates before picking your conversion specialist. Try to use your instinct rather than simply considering the cost when selecting who's the best person to do your loft conversion.

Loft conversions pretty much never need planning permission, so it is extremely unlikely that your conversion will. The planning office is where you should go to determine if you do need to get planning permission.

You shouldn't imagine that getting a loft conversion is going to be cheap, as it's quite an expensive undertaking. Many people put in for a loan for projects like this, or re-mortgage their house. As a guide you could anticipate that a loft conversion will cost about the same as a fair sized brick extension although the likelihood is that you'll achieve more room with a loft conversion whilst not expanding your property's footprint.

Which type of conversion you can get will likely depend on the layout and design of your particular home. Loft conversions are available in a variety of types for example: roof light loft conversions, velux conversions, dormer conversions, roof lift conversions, hip-to-gable conversions, loft pods and mansard loft conversions. Your chosen builder or loft conversion specialist will show you what kind is actually most appropriate for your home.


Maybe the most preferred style of loft conversion right now is the dormer style, a concept which offers value for money, though still delivers the maximum possible space. This is a favorite option with householders because it's both appealing and functional and provides almost everything that could possibly be required. With a dormer conversion it may even be possible to put in a balcony, meaning that you're generating added outdoor space as well. You'll discover there are various forms of dormer conversions including flat roof dormers, hipped dormers, shed dormers and Velux window dormers. Talk to a specialist to learn which is the most appropriate for your house.

Velux Windows

One of the most famous names in roof windows, Velux, have been in business for around fifty years and you can trust in them to provide loft windows which are both superior quality and reliable. These are supposed to fit in line with the angle of the roof and thus do not change the look of the roof structure, they do not typically require local authority permission plus they are fairly inexpensive to fit. They let in a good amount of light and in fact might need blinds fitted during the warm months. If your attic has a good bit of head room, a Velux windows might be a good choice for your project, in particular if you're on a tight budget.

How Long Will it Take to Do?

The length of time that it's going to take to carry out a standard loft conversion is determined by various variables such as the prevailing weather conditions, the capability of the constructors, the level of planning which is undertaken, the type of conversion and the availability of required components. As an approximate guideline a rear dormer conversion done on a terraced house ought to take approximately four to five weeks, a hip to gable dormer on a semi-detached home should really take approximately 5 to 6 weeks.

You simply need to determine what to use all of that extra space for once the loft conversion is finished. You may use it as a laundry room, a new family bathroom or an additional bedroom or two. But certainly there are numerous purposes to which a good loft conversion can be put, limited solely by your imagination!

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