A loft conversion could be just what your home needs. Not only do they provide you with useful additional space, but they can also add tens of thousands of pounds to the value of your home. But before you get to work on making that dream loft conversion a reality, you’ll need to do a bit of planning first. There’s plenty to consider in terms of what you want from your loft conversion, how much it’ll cost you and whether there are any regulatory issues to overcome.
By working out what you want from your loft conversion and how to go about getting the job done, you can save yourself a lot of unnecessary hassle and stress later on.
Covering the cost of your loft conversion
Perhaps the first question to consider is where you’re going to get the money from to cover the cost of your loft conversion. Many homeowners simply tap into their equity to pay for the work. However you raise the money – whether you borrow it or save up out of your own money – stringent budgeting is crucial. Lots of different elements will have an impact on the total cost. These include the size of the conversion, the number of rooms you want to divide it into, and whether you want to add additional features such as skylights or Juliet balconies, for instance.
It’s wise to do some research in to how much loft conversions typically cost, and how much value they add. Be sure to seek the opinion of an expert – they’ll help you get the most bang for your buck.
Regulations and red tape
It’s also very important to familiarise yourself with the relevant regulations before starting work on your loft conversion. The chances are that you won’t need planning permission, but you should get in touch with your local council to see exactly what you have to do to avoid breaching any rules. For instance, the design will need to incorporate adequate means of access and escape from the loft space, as well as structural stability and ventilation. Should your loft conversion not meet the standards set out in the regulation, you won’t be able to market it as an extra bedroom should you come to sell the property – which means you won’t get the value add that means your loft conversion work effectively pays for itself.
If your home is a listed building or is situated in a protected area, you may require special permission to proceed with the work. Again, it’s always advisable to contact your local council to see what you need to do to ensure your loft conversion complies with the appropriate regulations. If you don’t and you later find that you should have done, you could find that the council takes action against you.
The best thing you can do is to seek specialist advice before attempting to do anything else. Here at Econoloft, we have four decades’ experience in completing loft conversions. Just get in touch with our friendly and helpful team, and we’ll be more than happy to take you through the process of converting your loft.