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With the soaring cost of purchasing a house currently, not everyone is even able to get together the funds to move home just to gain a bit of extra space. It's not just the house prices which affect this, but also the cost of moving home, which has gotten horrendously expensive recently. Nevertheless moving house isn't the sole alternative if you find that your family is getting too large for your present property.

If your home is suitable, you could possibly add a proper extension to generate that extra living space. You are going to need planning permission to do this and this can be costly. If you happen to have a garage that you're not using presently, you could give some thought to doing a garage conversion which will be cheaper. Probably the best answer is to put in a loft conversion, which will add a considerable amount of value to your house and is not likely to need planning permission.

For the reasons above loft conversions have become extremely popular in the last decade. It is vital, before deciding, that you check whether your property is in actual fact suited to a loft conversion. Don't assume all houses are suitable, particularly modern day houses with roofs made with trusses. A lot of homes built prior to the nineteen seventies have a lot of headroom and are more suited to loft conversions.

You'll want to speak to a conversion specialist to evaluate the situation with your specific loft space and be sure it is in fact suitable. If the builder gives the nod to have a loft conversion you can get him to give you an estimate. Obtain a few more quotations from different builders, so you've a decent pick of tradespeople. Try to use your intuition rather than only thinking about the cost when deciding on who is the best to accomplish your loft conversion.

The vast majority of loft conversions carried out in do not need planning permission, so there is a good chance that your conversion will not either. Talk to your planning office or chat to your builder about whether planning permission is needed.

Though getting a loft conversion is a great option for a lot of house owners, it is still a costly undertaking. Some people get a loan for a project like this, or get a second mortgage. As a guide you could assume a loft conversion to cost approximately the same as a good sized brickwork extension though the chances are that you will achieve more space with a loft conversion with out raising the footprint of your property.

Your house's style and design is going to be the deciding factor for which variety of conversion is best for you. There are different styles of loft conversions available in including: velux loft conversions, loft pods, roof light loft conversions, hip-to-gable loft conversions, dormer conversions, mansard conversions and roof lift conversions. Speak to the loft specialist or builder to ascertain which sort is the most appropriate for you home and which is going to be the most economical to suit your allowed budget.

Dormer Loft Conversions

Probably the most popular style of loft conversion currently is the dormer style, a concept that gives you value for money, though still generates the maximum possible space. The dormer is a fashionable solution for home-owners as its both eye-catching and effective while offering almost everything which is likely to be needed. With this type it could even be possible to put in a small balcony, which means that you're generating supplemental outside space too. There are various types of dormers namely shed dormers, Velux dormers, flat roofed dormers and hip to gable dormers. Consult with an expert to learn which is the most appropriate for your particular property.

Velux Windows

Clearly one of the best known brands of roof windows, Velux, have now been around for in excess of 50 yrs and you can depend on them to supply loft windows which are both fine quality and efficient. Velux windows are made to be fitted flush with the angle of your roof and therefore do not alter the shape of the roof structure, they don't ordinarily require planning permission and they're fairly economical to install. Velux windows let in a decent quantity of light and in reality may even require blinds fitted in the summertime. If your loft has got a fair bit of head space, a Velux windows could be ideal for you, particularly if you have limited money.

Just How Long Does it Take to Do?

The timescale for completing a standard conversion is dependent upon a number of factors including the weather conditions, the capability of the constructors, the level of planning that's done, the availability of required materials and the kind of conversion. As a rough guideline a rear dormer conversion done on a terraced house ought to take approximately 4 to 5 weeks, a hip to gable dormer on a semi-detached property ought to take around 5 to 6 weeks.

You'll find quite a few purposes to which the loft conversion can be put, after it is complete. Some turn it into a home study, a new bathroom or an additional bedroom. However there are lots of purposes to which a nicely built loft conversion can be put, restricted solely by your imagination!

Tags: Loft Conversion, Loft Conversions, Creating More Space, Home Improvement

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