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Loft Conversion Mistakes

Loft Conversion

In today’s market, a lot of homeowners are looking to move up rather than move on. Loft conversions are become more popular than ever. By in large, down to the fact that a good loft conversion can add at least 10 percent to a property’s value. However, they aren’t always straight forward, there are plenty of loft conversion mistakes out there just waiting to happen. Make sure you do your research and plan well before taking on this home renovation.

We’ve put together a list of important factors you should consider before going ahead with your loft conversion.

Loft Conversion Considerations

  • Will your boiler be able to cope with the added pressure need to supply water to another floor.
  • You should aim to get at least 3 quotes from builders. You should priortise builders who specialise in loft conversions. It is always good to get a recommendation from someone you trust.
  • One consideration, mainly for families is noise. Sound-proofing may be an option to cut out noise from the extra floor.
  • The majority of buyers will want to add another bathroom in the loft conversion. This will make your home more appealing to future buys but be aware of the potential costs. Financially and with the space this will take away from other rooms.
  • You will need to add some way of getting to the new floor. You need to consider how this will affect the current floors in the house. You will need a large space to add in a new stairway. Of course this is fine if you have  large landing area.
  • Run you plans by the architect, especially in terms of furniture. The sloping walls don’t make it easy to accommodate furniture and neither does the lack of height.
  • Do your research on building regulations. Ignoring these could end disastrously for you. Doors and ceilings on the floor beneath may well need to be replaced to make sure they are fireproof. You will also need a new escape plan in case there is a fire.
  • If you currently use your loft for storage, you will need to find a new home for the current storage.
  • Make sure your calculations are spot on. Generally loft conversions cost between £25,000 and £40,000. However, they can add up to 15% to your property’s value. Especially in built up areas where space is in high demand.
  • Check on the overall space in the new loft conversion. Headroom and space between furniture. You are more than likely going to have a double bed in a bedroom, check you can easily get in and out.
  • Is the property in a conservation area. The majority of people will be allowed to carry out a loft extrension/conversion without having to inform the local council. However if you live in a conservation area or you plan to include a dormer, the rules will be different.

 

We hope this list proves helpful. For some further reading on loft conversions, check out the different types available.  If you have any questions or queries on loft conversions or any building matters, please don’t hesitate to contact us.