17 March 2017

Everything You Need To Know Before You Convert Your Loft

If you’ve got a loft lying there vacant, it makes sense to use it. But how do you go about converting an attic, how much will it cost, and is it worth all the effort? If you’re thinking about creating a new room in the eaves, here’s everything you need to know. 

Is your loft ripe for conversion?
If you have an attic, you may assume that it’s possible to convert it, but this is not always the case. If you’ve got a very low ceiling, for example, or the space is small, it may not be possible to use the space for anything other than storage. To determine whether it’s possible to convert your loft, you’ll need to contact some building firms like detaildevelopmentsltd.co.uk. Once they have explored, they will be able to tell you whether the plan would get the green light, and give you an idea of cost. In most cases, planning permission will not be required, but there are regulations and stipulations in place, so make sure you’re doing things by the book. 


How much does a loft conversion cost?
There is no universal cost for a loft conversion, and you’ll need to take several factors into account when doing your sums. Firstly, different firms may give you varied quotes. The nature of the work will also determine the cost of the build. A simple bedroom conversion, for example, will cost a lot less than a brand new master suite. The area in which you live and the age of the property may also have an impact. As a general rule, you can expect to pay upwards of £20,000, but it’s always good to get a few different quotes. You can ask friends for recommendations or search online for local building firms and reviews. 


Will a loft conversion add value?
When you’re a homeowner, you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a renovation project only to find that it doesn’t have a positive impact on the value of the property. There are multiple factors, which affect the amount of value an attic conversion will add. The cost of the build is perhaps the most important. The location of the house and the versatility and size of the space may also come into play. Recent research suggested that a loft conversion can add up to 20% to the value of the average house in the UK. 


What’s the best way to use the space?
Every family is different, and you may have specific reasons why you want to convert your loft. Perhaps you want an office away from the hustle and bustle of the ground floor, or you want to add an extra bedroom for guests. There’s scope to create whatever you want, and you may find these ideas inspiring https://uk.pinterest.com/explore/loft-conversions/


Are you thinking of converting your loft? If so, take this information on board, get some quotes, and go through some ideas. It’s also really useful to get a couple of local agents to visit and give you an idea of how much value your project could add.

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