We’re fast coming to the end of our A to Z guide to loft conversions. For the letter ‘t’ we have decided to focus on some tips and tricks, to help you through all stages of the conversion process without a hitch. So before you start to panic that a loft conversion project seems like too much hard work, read through this tips and tricks guide.
Ask an architect
It is really important to consult a professional architect before you make a start on any work. They will be able to draw up a floor plan of the existing space and how the newly converted room will look. They’ll also be able to advise you about how to make sure your loft complies with planning permission.
Secure planning permission
Not all loft conversions will require planning permission but you should contact your local authority first just to be on the safe side. In addition to securing planning permission for the build, you’ll have to ensure that the new space complies with building regulations – that means setting up the appropriate fire prevention measures too.
Work out the cost to value ratio
You may think that a loft conversion is expensive. However, it is actually the best home improvement you can make to get the most return for your money. Loft conversions have been proven to add significant value to a property, so if you’re in need of extra space and cannot afford to move house, consider using some of your budget to create more loft space. When you finally come to sell your house, you’ll get more money for it and you’ll likely find that the sum is higher than what you paid for the conversion, making it a win-win situation for you in both the short and long term.
Get the experts in
Of course, it is possible, depending on your roof type, to do some of the conversion work yourself. However, if you want to ensure that your loft conversion meets all regulations and is finished to a superb standard then it really is best to seek out a team of professionals.
At Econoloft, we’ve been in the loft conversion industry for over 40 years, so we’re more than qualified to complete the job for you. What’s more, we tailor all of our designs to suit you, no matter how conservative or how extraordinary your tastes – take a look at our gallery where you’ll find plenty of design inspiration.
For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft today on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.