How to plan your loft conversion

Loft conversions can be a great way to add value to your home and increase your living space, but they are a very big job and not always very cheap. I recently had a conversion done on my home and throughout it would be a great idea to share with you what I learned from the experience.

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One of the first things I noticed when I had my loft conversion work in progress was the the builders were having to walk through my house everyday and more importantly when there’s no roof on top of your house everything is opened up for the elements. I cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure that you use a reputable company with expertise converting lofts, the pros do this work all day every day.

At OSC we have a wealth of experience with loft conversions. Here are some key questions that you need to ask whilst you make your plan for converting your loft.

How difficult will the conversion be?

Some types of roofs are easier to convert than others, the type of roof structure that you have will affect the total amount you will end up paying for your conversion. In some cases the conversion might be so expensive that it makes sense to instead build a one storey extension on to your home. If you live in a terraced house then a loft conversion is really the only option you have to create extra space. Get in contact with a structural engineer or a person that your builders recommend to carry out a survey.

Will it be a cost-effective process?

If you are planning to leave your home in the future then you must consider if it is cost effective to carry out a loft conversion – converting your loft can lead to instant payback if it increased the value of your home. The best way to work this out is to get in touch with some local estate agents to ask for their opinion. Strangely enough a loft conversion can have a negative effect sometimes as it can increase the value of your home too much, therefore making it more expensive than other houses on your street.

Where will you have the stairs?

If you plan to replace or install a new staircase then you will have to comply with some very strict building regulations, this is because the stairs are nearly always the only way out of the loft in the event of a fire.It all depends on the layout of your home, if you’re lucky you will be able to follow your existing stair case and go straight up, of you will have to use space in another room. If you have to use space from another room then you will be paying more, make sure that it doesn’t effect how much you can use the room and also that it doesn’t take away and value from the property.

Have you had a loft conversion in your home? Please let us all know about your experience by putting your thoughts in the comment section below.