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Hello there, my name is Lukas but my buddies call me Sooty, I'm a loft conversion specialist from Prestwick, England. My favorite passions are glassblowing, larping and disc golf. I grew up in in Birmingham and attended University of Manchester. I have a brother Milan and three sisters, I've got a pet cat Maxwell. I run a loft conversion enterprise and assist home-owners to make the most of properties.
With the growing expense of purchasing a property nowadays, not everyone is even able to find the cash to move to a bigger home in order to gain a bit of extra space. There are far more expenses than merely the buying price of a new home to take into account, the act of physically moving home costs plenty and there will be a lot of supplemental expenditure to look at. Nevertheless moving isn't the sole alternative when your family is getting too large for your current property.
If your home is suitable, you may be able to put on a brick extension to generate that extra living space. You might need planning permission to do this and it could be costly. If you've got a sizeable garage that you're not currently using, you might give some thought to having a garage conversion. Possibly the most effective answer is to have a loft conversion, which can add a lot of value to your property and isn't likely to require any planning permission.
Lately, for some of the reasons given above, loft conversions have become more popular than ever. It is essential, before making up your mind, that you check whether or not your home is in actual fact well suited for a loft conversion. Don't assume all properties are suitable, particularly modern day properties that have got roofs made with trusses. Many homes constructed prior to the 1970's have ample headroom and are the most suited to loft conversion.
You will need to call in a local loft specialist to take a look the situation with your loft and make sure it is suitable. The builder will give you an estimate for the project once he's established that your loft is okay for conversion. Bring in quite a few loft specialists and get a handful of quotes so you have a good idea of the likely costs. Use your intuition instead of purely thinking about the cost when choosing who's best to carry out your loft conversion.
In general loft conversions carried out in do not require planning permission, so there is a pretty good chance that your conversion won't either. The local planning department is where you should go to determine if you need planning permission.
You shouldn't believe that a loft conversion will be cheap, because it is a pretty expensive undertaking. It is extremely unlikely that a lot of property owners will have that amount of cash just lying around, and so it may be necessary to get a loan or a second mortgage. As a general guide you may anticipate that a loft conversion will cost roughly the same as a fair sized brickwork ground level extension although the chances are that you will generate more extra space with a conversion while not expanding the overall footprint of your property.
The style and design of your actual house will have an impact on what sort of loft conversion you end up with. There are several different forms of conversions that you can get in including: mansard conversions, velux loft conversions, hip-to-gable conversions, loft pods, roof lift conversions, roof light loft conversions and dormer conversions. To fathom out which one will be the most economical and appropriate for your home, seek advice from your builder or loft conversion specialist.
Probably the preferred style of loft conversion presently is the dormer style, a concept that delivers value for your money, and still delivers the most additional space. This is a favorite solution for property owners since its both pleasing and effective and provides every little thing that is likely to be required. With a dormer conversion it may even be possible to add in a small balcony to your extra floor, meaning you are even creating added exterior space too. There are several forms of dormers and these include gable fronted dormers, flat roof dormers, Velux dormers and shed dormers. Chat with an expert to ascertain which one is the best option for your property.
Certainly one of the most famous names in roof windows, Velux, have been in business for more than 50 years and they can be trusted to supply a loft window that is both efficient and high class. Velux windows are supposed to fit in line with the angle of the roof and thus don't alter the shape of the structure, they don't typically require local authority permission plus they are relatively inexpensive to fit. They let in a good amount of light and in fact may require blinds fitted in the summertime. If your loft space has a good amount of headroom, a Velux conversion may be the perfect option for you, especially if you are on a tight budget.
The timescale for doing a conversion on your loft is determined by various things including the degree of planning which is undertaken, the climatic conditions, the availability of required components, the design of conversion and the dependability of the builders. As an approximate guideline it ought to take about four or five weeks to complete a rear dormer conversion on a terraced home and approximately five to six weeks to do a hip to gable dormer on a semi-detached house.
You simply need to determine what to use all that extra space for when the loft conversion is completed. You could turn it into a gym, an additional bedroom or a new bathroom. But of course there's a lot of purposes to which a well built conversion can be put, limited merely by your inventiveness!