Are Loft Conversions a Good Investment? Let’s Start with the Basics

If you are not keen on moving but would like some extra space a loft conversion or extension is an option. Not only do they have a “real” function, they invariably add value to your property as well. It could be something small and simple like a playroom or home office, to a more elaborate project like a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Some extensions and conversions need planning permission, but not all. Certain designs do fall into the “permitted development” category. Before you charge ahead here are some basic guidelines that should help you get started on the right road to a successful conversion, or alternatively, just call now for a free quote.

Is A Loft Conversion Possible?

For the most, a loft conversion is a lot easier solution than relocating. However, not all lofts can be converted – at least not converted perhaps how you’d hoped or indeed, if not at all. There are crucial factors that will decide what can be accomplished, and an initial survey of the building is needed to access all the possibilities. There are minimum ceiling heights to be met, depending on the roof structure. Access and fire precautions, as well as the connection of utilities – All these things need to be considered.

Three Primary Factors

There are three primary factors that will dictate what type of loft conversion will suit you best.

1) The type of roof structure (traditional-cut and purlin roof or post mid-60s modern trussed roof).

2) What the space is going to be used for

3) Budget

Internal & Dormer Conversions

There are three types of conversion. Internal and Dormer conversions are simpler and so the least invasive. Neither demand any major changes to the existing roof structure which keeps the costs down quite considerably. Windows are usually mounted into the slope of the roof and the walls and floors insulated and drywalled.

New Build & Roof Removal

These conversion projects are generally quite complex and budget busting compared to internal and dormer conversions. The big bonus is there’s a lot more flexibility with regards to design. To get things moving quickly, pre-fabricated units can be combined quickly to make the roof watertight in days.

Are loft conversions good investments? Getting back to basics…

A quality loft conversion can add twenty percent onto the price of your house: The monetary investment made will usually be added to your homes’ value. The key word here is quality, so choose carefully. Most internal and dormer conversions will not need planning permission. They come under what is known as “permitted development”.  If you need to take the roof off and build beyond certain limits set out in the councils’ regulations, then you probably will need your plans passed first. Without doubt, make sure you do have permission (if needed) before removing a tile!

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