Thinking about creating an extra room within your home? Instead of an extension, why need consider a loft conversion instead? Often cheaper and less time-consuming, this is an excellent way to make changes without breaking the bank.
Check out our tips on how to convert your loft before you begin and arm yourself with the knowledge you need to make a rip roaring success of your new project. Whether you want to tackle the job yourself or prefer to leave it to the pros, it pays dividends to have a thorough understanding of what’s involved before you dive in feet first.
If you are wondering how to convert your loft you will need to consider a few simple but very important factors. First, is your loft suitable for conversion? Second, can you afford to do it? Third, do you need planning permission? And fourth, are you familiar with the building regulations that apply to loft conversions? Discovering the answers to these questions is very simple. The planning department of your local authority should be able to give you plenty of useful advice on regulations and costs. As a general rule of thumb, a high quality loft conversion suitable for habitation costs at least £17k.
How to Convert Your Loft Professionally
Unless you are a very competent DIYer, it’s advisable to let building specialists do the job. Shop around and ask friends and family for personal recommendations regarding reputable companies and builders and loft converters before making your selection. You may want to consider seeking the advice of an architect, or indeed get one to design your loft. If you are intending to use it as a habitable space you want to get it right first time round.
How to Convert Your Loft Yourself
Thinking about adopting the DIY approach? If you have the time, energy and inclination to do so, you could make a massive saving. Think very carefully before you decide to do it, though. This is not a job for the weekend DIY fan whose experience to date consists of putting wallpaper up and drilling holes in walls. Make no mistake; converting a loft is a big project. If you do decide to take the plunge, bear in mind that you will experience prolonged disruption to the house you live in. When considering how to convert your loft, bear in mind that leaving it to the pros will probably be quicker.
If on weighing up the pros and cons you do decide to go ahead, you will need to do some (or all) of the following:
- Install a modern roof window that lies flush with the surface of the roof.
- Lay floor coverings.
- Build plasterboard walls and possibly ceilings.
- Run the power supply and central heating to the loft.
- Install a staircase.
- Strengthen the floor.
If you think you can handle those things, go ahead and convert your loft yourself! If there’s any doubt in your mind, leave it to a professional builder.