Adding a loft conversion to your home is a fantastic way to increase living space without having to move or expand your property. It can be used as a bedroom, office or lounge and will increase your home’s value by at least 20 per cent.
The cost of a loft conversion depends on the size, type and location of your house as well as its internal specifications. However, it is a relatively inexpensive option when compared to other extensions and can often be completed within your budget.
A reputable loft conversion specialist will have many years of experience and can help you decide what layout and design suits your requirements. They can also help you with the planning process and manage the Building Regulations application, if necessary. They should provide drawings and plans for your approval, and can also take care of any Party Wall Agreements if necessary.
Depending on the extent of your loft conversion, you may need to make alterations to your staircase. Your Tasker can advise you on the different stair options that are available; from fixed stairs, which comply with safety standards and save space to spiral staircases, which offer a more unique look and are ideal for those who want to maximise their storage space.
If you’re converting your loft into an open-plan space, it’s important to consider your furniture choices. You’ll need to ensure the space is big enough to accommodate a bed, sofa and wardrobes or cabinets. Your Tasker can help you select the best furniture for your loft and recommend a designer or interior decorator if required.
Some loft conversions near me don’t need to be approved by your local council as they fall within the parameters of ‘Permitted Development’. However, if you live in a listed or conservation area, or your loft extension will go above 2.2 metres in two-thirds of the floor area, you’ll need to apply for a permit. A call to your local planning office before starting work will confirm this.
Another factor that may influence whether you need to get a permit for your loft conversion is if it involves a dormer. A dormer converts a hipped roof into a gable, increasing the amount of headroom in your loft and opening up larger windows that will bring more natural light into the new living space. It’s usually a bigger job than a hip to gable loft conversion and may require a change to the outside of your home.
Before work begins, you’ll need to give your neighbours a “party wall notice” detailing the works and allowing them to agree or refuse consent, which prompts a dispute-resolution procedure. You should ask your Tasker what their policy is on this and also check that any subcontractors working on the project are fully qualified and insured. For example, anyone installing gas needs to be registered with Gas Safe and those who install electricals (in England) need to be Part P certified.