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Loft Conversion

Create more room - increase the value of your house with a loft conversion

It’s a dilemma many house owners deal with at some point. A house that once supplied sufficient room for your growing family suddenly seems frustratingly small. Obviously, you ask yourself whether the time is right to sell up and move somewhere bigger.

However determined you are for additional space, weighing up the costs of a house move can be off-putting. Stamp duty, legal fees, surveys and more might amount to several thousand pounds, and it’s cash you won’t see again. There are other considerations too, not least your psychological attachment to your house and the prospect of kids switching schools.

So what is the best method to extend your house – on a tight budget – without the turmoil of moving, and boost your house’s worth? A home extension is the common response. This offers versatility of design, allowing you to include the wanted amount of additional area to your house. But for many house owners a home extension won’t be possible for reasons of time and expense.

Instead, you might look above for inspiration, towards your unused loft area. Your loft might be appropriate for conversion depending on different elements. These include roof structure and height and the functionalities of installing a staircase. A loft conversion boasts lots of benefits over an extension. It is less likely to require planning consent and won’t lower garden size. Most of the time, it can be completed in a shorter amount of time and might cost less too. And yes, it may add a tidy sum to the worth of your house.

Woman in old loft looking at sunlight

Will a loft conversion increase the worth of my house?

According to fact-finding performed by Nationwide, a loft conversion which incorporates a double bedroom and en-suite bathroom might add as much as 22percent to the worth of a three-bedroom, one-bathroom home. Nevertheless, don’t presume that value added to your house will always go beyond the expense of your conversion. You will have to do some thorough research on other neighbouring homes before anything else. Look at the maximum value of similar-sized homes in the street. Compare this with the existing worth of your house, amount of money quoted for the work and extra square footage. Are you likely to recoup your expenditure and increase the worth of your house? If the answer is yes, then a loft conversion could certainly be for you!

Types of Loft Conversion

Internal Loft Conversion

Internal Loft Conversion

These are one of the most cost efficient loft conversions as they include converting the existing loft area. Really few changes to the roofing area are needed.

Additions include windows set into the existing roof slope, insulation and strengthening of the flooring.

Dormer Loft Conversion

With dormer loft conversions, dormer windows are installed to increase the volume of the roof area while providing full head height. Dormers are typically added to the back, but based on planning permission, they can be built on to the side or front of your house.

Following a loft conversion, the extra area can be used as an extra bedroom or more, a study or home office, a different shower room or a nursery. Or you can think about including an en-suite or separate dressing room connected to a master bedroom.

Side Dormer Loft Conversion

A side dormer loft conversion is frequently chosen to raise head height for houses with a hipped roof, when accessibility to the attic is found under that hip.

Side Dormer

Single Dormer Loft Conversion

These are preferred by planning departments in conservation areas. If allowed, 2 of these can be used to enhance space and add balance.

Single Dormer

L-Shape Dormer Conversion

These kinds of loft conversion are basically suitable for particular homes such as Victorian homes with an addition to the back. The L-Shape Dormer offers a substantial amount of extra area.

L-Shape Dormer

Full Width Dormer Conversion

This type of loft conversion will absolutely maximise space and achieve a completely diverse feel to any other type of loft area.

Full Width Dormer

Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversion

A hip-to-gable loft conversion involves several of the hips being changed with a gable wall (where the roofing system slopes in from the side(s) in addition to the front and back). The roofing system is then crossed over these gables to include additional area with full headroom.

Hip-to-Gable

Mansard Loft Conversion

Mansard Loft Conversion

This type of loft conversion requires one or both slopes of the roofing system being changed with a new structure with really high sloping sides (nearly as sheer as the walls). A practically flat roofing system is put over the top.

This design is applied when the initial roofing system had little or no headroom and creates adequate volume for an extra floor. Mansard conversions typically require planning permission.

How a loft conversion works

loft conversion faq

For most loft conversions, planning permission is not required. That’s simply because they generally fall under your permitted development rights. That stated, you will need to get planning permission if your plans go beyond particular limits and conditions, such as extending or modifying the roofing system area beyond its existing limits.

Obviously this varies greatly from job to job but here’s an idea. A three bed semi with Dorma which would include stairs, fire doors, all electrics, plumbing – basically everything – would approximately cost £17,500 including VAT. There is a deluxe package available which includes, decorating, carpets, lights and sockets for an extra cost determined by specification of the customer.

The answer to this question is it varies greatly from job to job, but as we only work on one project at a time, turnaround time from start to finish is generally quite quick. For example, a three bed semi with a Dorma window would take less than three weeks to complete.

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