Converting your loft is a cost effective way to increase size and value of your property. There are many different ways in which you can convert a loft. To find out the best option for your home, contact this London loft company.
Why Should You Convert the Loft?
This is one of the most popular home improvement projects due to the following:
The conversion can increase property value by 15%-20%
Loft conversions are one of the less expensive ways to increase the size of the home
The conversion can be completed within a two week’s time period
There are many different options for conversion including bedrooms, living rooms, and even a home gym
Average Conversion Costs in the UK
The cost of the loft conversion is going to vary. The factors that affect cost include:
The country where you live
The size of the loft
If structural work is needed
If doors or windows are added
Is plumbing work is going to need to be done
If heater need to be installed
Your decorating preferences
One of the biggest factors that will affect cost if your location. In some cities the price to convert a loft is almost double compared to rural areas.
Dormer Loft Conversion
The cost is going to depend on what you want to convert the loft to. The dormer is a popular conversion. The loft will extend outward from the back of the roof and form the shape of a box.
Hip to Gable Conversion
The sloped side of the roof will be turned into a flat edge which will give the home additional space.
This is one of the more expensive options but will allow you more space. The roof will slope at 72 degrees which makes there will have to be structural changes to the building.
You may be able to convert the loft on your own, but it is not recommended. You should have plenty of building experience and make sure you follow all planning guidelines.
Like with any home project you are going to need planning permission. Many home improvement projects are permitted in the UK. This may not apply to the following:
You live in a listed building
You live in an area of natural beauty
You live in a conservation area
You live at a world heritage site
You live in or near a National Park
You need to consult the building authority for a permit. You may not need a permit if:
You roof is less then 40 cubic meters
You are installing a non opening side window
You do not exceed the existing space of the roof
The materials used are similar to the materials on the rest of the house
The extension will not be taller then the original roof
There are no raised platforms
Party Wall Act
If you share a wall with your neighbour, the Party Wall Act request you need their consent before adding a loft.
All projects in the UK have to follow the rules set forth in the building regulations.
Part A- Structural Safety- make sure the walls, floors, and joint are sturdy
Part B- Fire Safety-there has to be an escape route in case of a fire. Smoke alarms also have to be installed.
Part E- Resistance to Sound-the loft should have adequate sound proofing
Part F- Ventilation- there has to be air vents and windows for proper ventilation
Part L-Conservation of Fuel and Power- it will have to be insulted to save energy
Part P-Electrical Safety- any wires or electrical work must be done by a qualified electrician
Part G- Sanitation, Hot Water Safety and Water Efficiency- if you are installing a bathroom you must make sure the plumbing is safely installed and in proper working order.