Howdy, my name is Gary but my nickname is Twinkle, I am a loft conversions specialist currently living in Hessle, UK. My pastimes are lapidary, hunting and traveling. I grew up in in Swansea and studied at Loughborough University. I have a brother Brent and three sisters, I’ve got a pet tortoise called Cinder. I operate a loft conversion agency and assist people to make the most of houses so that they do not actually have to move.
These days house prices are continuously rocketing and not everyone can find the money to move house when things get cramped. There are far more expenses than just the buying price of a new property to take into consideration, the physical act of home costs plenty and there will be a lot of extra expenditure to look at. If you find that your house is not big enough to accommodate your ever growing family, moving house is not the only real resolution.
You could possibly extend your house to create extra room but this can be quite costly and could depend upon whether or not you can get planning permission. Yet another option is to do a garage conversion, which would be cheaper although relies on you actually having a suitable garage and not needing it for your car. Quite possibly the best possible resolution is to do a loft conversion, which may add plenty of value to your home and should not require any form of planning permission.
For some or all of these reasons above loft conversion has become very popular in recent years. It’s vital, before making up your mind, that you check whether your house is in actual fact suited to a loft conversion. A number of modern day houses that have trussed roofs aren’t generally suitable. Older houses which were constructed prior to the 1970’s are often perfect for loft conversions since they were created with solid rafters and there tended to be lots of head space.
To ensure your specific loft space is acceptable, you’ll want to call in a conversion specialist to inspect it. When your builder gives you the all clear to have a conversion you can get him to provide a quote. Obtain some more estimates from different loft specialists, so you have a good selection of tradespeople. When deciding on the ideal builder for the project you should utilize your instinct and not simply go with the cheapest quotation.
Generally loft conversions carried out in don’t require planning permission, so there is a good chance that yours will not either. Consult your local planning office or chat to your conversion specialist whether planning permission is likely to be needed.
Even though getting a conversion is the best option for lots of householders, it’s still an expensive undertaking. If you do not actually have the required cash you can always ask the bank for a loan, which hopefully won’t be that difficult as the likelihood is that the conversion will add significantly to the market value of the house. As a guide you could anticipate that a loft conversion will cost roughly as much as a decent sized brickwork extension though the chances are that you will generate more space with a conversion without raising the overall footprint of your property.
That type of conversion you can have will most likely depend on the design and style of your property. Loft conversions are available in several types such as: loft pods, mansard conversions, hip-to-gable conversions, dormer loft conversions, roof light conversions, velux loft conversions and roof lift conversions. Your chosen loft specialist will inform you what one will be most suitable for your property.
Dormer Loft Conversions
Among the most popular types of conversion presently is the dormer pattern, a kind which delivers decent value for your money, but still provides the most additional space. The dormer is a well loved alternative for property owners because it is both effective and nice-looking and offers everything which is likely to be required. With this type its even feasible to include a small balcony to your extra floor, which means that you are creating extra outside space as well. You will discover there are several kinds of dormer conversions namely Velux window dormers, shed dormers, hipped dormers and flat roof dormers. Talk to a professional to learn which will be the most appropriate for your particular home.
One of the most famous brands of roof windows, Velux, have been around now for in excess of fifty years and they can be depended on to provide you with loft windows that are both superior quality and dependable. These are made to fit in line with the gradient of your roof and hence don’t change the look of the roof structure, nor do they normally require permission and they are reasonably economical to install. Velux windows let in a good amount of daylight and actually may even need to have blinds fitted during summer. If your loft space has got a decent amount of headroom, Velux windows could be just the ticket for you, particularly if you have limited funds.
Just How Long Could it Take to Do?
The length of time that it will take to carry out a loft conversion will depend on four or five factors including the design of conversion, the prevailing climatic conditions, the availability of materials, the dependability of the constructors and the degree of forward planning that’s undertaken. As a rough guide a rear dormer conversion carried out on a terraced property should take about four or five weeks, a hip to gable dormer on a semi-detached dwelling should take around five to six weeks.
You just have to decide what to use all of that extra space for after your conversion is completed. You could use it as an extra bedroom or two, a new bathroom or a kid’s playroom. But of course there are plenty of purposes to which a decent loft conversion can be put, restricted merely by your inventiveness!