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A simple guide to loft conversions

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Converting your loft lets you squeeze every inch out of your home without enlarging it. Whatever reason you have for wanting extra space, a loft conversion is an attractive way to get it that brings many benefits.

However, like all work on your house, loft conversions are large undertakings. What’s more, loft conversions are costlier and taking even longer than usual, given recent events

Even so, should you decide to take the plunge, there are some important questions that you’ll need answering. That’s why we wrote this simple guide to help you get up to speed on the basics concerning loft conversions.

How much do loft conversions cost?

Before starting anything, it’s crucial you take stock of your financial resources and how you’ll pay for the work that’s needed.

The costs involved in converting your loft can vary, depending on how much roof remodelling you need to carry out, what you plan on using the loft for and any unexpected hurdles that might appear.

Make sure that you understand the factors that will contribute to the final sum and consider how they relate to your home. This will give you better direction than any generic figure that doesn’t take your unique situation into account.

Why convert your loft?

For numerous reasons. You might want more space to accommodate a growing family, free up extra storage or create a home office, for example.

On the other hand, converting your loft adds value to your home. Having extra space in a crowded urban environment is a quality that homebuyers find highly desirable and are willing to pay for.

What types of conversions are there?

There are four typical loft conversion types that take place in the UK:

  • Dormer loft conversion
  • Mansard loft conversion
  • Roof light loft conversion
  • Hip-to-gable loft conversion

The most suitable one will depend on your roof structure and shape, your budget, and any planning restrictions. Consult an expert such as a builder, house designer or loft conversion specialist to discuss your needs and work out which type of loft conversion is best for you.

Do you need planning permission?

A loft conversion usually falls under permitted development, depending on the nature of the work you’ll be doing. However, if you live in a listed building, conservation area, area of outstanding beauty or national park, you will need to apply for planning permission.

There are additional factors that could mean that you need planning permission. Homeowners who carry out loft conversions that fail to comply with building regulations and planning rules are forced to reverse the work done and are often fined as well. 

So, consult an expert to find out if you need planning permission. Alternatively, contact your local planning authority through your local council. 

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