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LOFT CONVERSIONS
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With the escalating cost of purchasing a home in recent times, not every property owner is even able to find the money to move to a bigger house just to gain that extra bit of living space. It's not simply the house prices that affect this, but in addition the cost of moving, which can be very expensive in recent years. Nonetheless moving is not the only solution when your family is getting too big for your present home.

You could potentially put an extension onto your house to generate extra living space but this can be very costly and might depend on whether or not you can get the required planning permission. Another potential option is to do a garage conversion, which would be a lot cheaper although depends upon you having a suitable garage and not needing it for parking your car. The last solution is to do a loft conversion, which can not merely be affordable, but may also add value to your house without the need to increase its footprint.

Loft conversion has gotten a lot more popular over the last few years, mainly for the reasons mentioned previously. You should make certain your house is in actual fact well suited for a loft conversion prior to making your final judgement. Houses which have got trussed roofs are not normally suitable. The majority of homes constructed prior to the seventies have a lot of head space and are apt to be more suitable for loft conversion.

To take a look the scenario with your particular loft space and make certain it is suitable you will have to call in a conversion specialist. The builder will give you an estimate for the project as soon as he's confirmed that your particular loft is okay for conversion. Don't simply go with the first quotation you get though, get several quotes before choosing your loft specialist. When choosing the ideal company for the job you should use your instincts and not simply go for the lowest quotation.

Loft conversions almost never need planning permission, so it's not likely that yours will. Your local authority planning office is where you should go to determine whether you are going to need planning permission. Any chosen loft conversion company should have dealt with this issue repeatedly before, so get their guidance before going forward.

You shouldn't suppose that doing a loft conversion is going to be cheap, because it is a pretty expensive solution. Unless you already have the required cash you can always ask the bank for a loan, which is often not too difficult as the likelihood is that your loft conversion will add to the value of your home. As a general guideline you could expect a loft conversion to cost roughly the same as a good size brick built extension and the probability is that you will gain more room with a loft conversion whilst not expanding the footprint of your property.

Dormers

Your home's layout and design will be the determining factor for what kind of conversion is the best for you. There are different forms of loft conversions that you can get in including: mansard loft conversions, roof lift conversions, roof light loft conversions, dormer loft conversions, hip-to-gable conversions, velux conversions and loft pods. Speak to the loft conversion specialist to fathom out which sort is the most appropriate for your house and also which would be the most economical to suit your allowed budget.

One of the most popular kinds of loft conversion presently is the dormer pattern, a kind that delivers value for money, yet delivers the most additional space. The dormer is a fashionable option with property owners as it's both effective and attractive while offering almost everything that is required. With this form it might even be possible to include a little balcony, meaning you're creating supplemental exterior space as well. You'll discover there are different types of dormer conversions namely Velux window dormers, shed dormers, flat roof dormers and hipped dormers. Chat with a professional to understand which one is the best option for your particular property.

Velux Windows

Without doubt one of the best known names in roof windows, Velux, have been around for over 50 yrs and you can rely on them to provide a loft window which is both premium quality and dependable. Velux windows are supposed to fit in line with the angle of the roof and hence don't change the look of the roof structure, they do not in general require local authority permission and they're comparatively economical to put in. They let in a decent quantity of light and in reality could even need blinds the summertime. If your attic has got a decent amount of head room, a Velux windows may be ideal for you, in particular if you've got limited capital.

How Long Will it Take?

The time scale for completing a standard conversion is dependent upon four or five variables which include the availability of required components, the level of pre-planning which is done, the type of conversion, the reliability of the building contractors and the prevailing weather conditions. As an approximate guide a rear dormer conversion undertaken on a terraced dwelling ought to take approximately 4 to 5 weeks, a hip to gable dormer conversion on a semi-detached property should take around five or six weeks.

You just need to decide what to use all of that extra space for as soon as the loft conversion is completed. You might turn it into a home cinema, a new family bathroom or an extra bedroom or two. But of course there are a number applications to which a nicely built loft conversion can be put, restricted merely by your imagination!

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